REUTERS: EU clears Telefonica Deutschland’s takeover of E-Plus


“Vodafone and Deutsche Telekom expressed concern that the concessions forcing Telefonica to give favorable conditions to virtual operators went too far.
Telecoms consultant John Strand questioned whether even beefed up virtual operators would be a real force against Telefonica, Vodafone, and Deutsche Telekom.
“Drillisch is not what you can call a player with success,” said Strand. “If I was Telefonica I would be happy, Drillisch will probably not be able to sell the traffic Telefonica have to offer to them.
“Deutsche Telekom said that the merger would generate “a massive” imbalance at radio frequencies above 1 gigahertz.
Vodafone also said it wanted the German regulator “to take back significant amounts of the merged entity’s spectrum.”"

Read the  entire contribution by REUTERS on Wed Jul2, 2014

The EU doesn’t defer the decision to the german cartel office, but opens probe into E-Plus-Telefonica merger itself

In the WSJ-article from 20th december 2013 you can read, among others:

[...] The deal is seen as a test case for the European telecoms sector when it is under pressure to consolidate [...].

“The Commission has concerns that the transaction would remove an important competitive force and change the merged entity’s incentive to exert significant competitive pressure on the remaining competitors,” the EU’s regulator said in a statement.

The commission has until May 14 next year to decide on the deal. [...]

Also read the article from the same day: German Cartel Office Asks to Review Telefonica/E-Plus Deal

Crucial moment in the european cell phone industry

The intended fusion of O2 and E-Plus in Germany is questioned by the German “Monopolkomission” and currently under evaluation by the European Commission.

The below article in the German FAZ provides insight to the complexity and ambivalence of the current trend-setting decision to take by the market regulators and anti-monopoly commissions: the decision whether the fusion of the two operators O2 and E-Plus should be allowed, and if so, under which conditions this should happen.

Read “Wettbewerbshüter sehen Fuion von E-Plus und O2 kritisch(FAZ, 2013/12/13)

The goal: Highspeed everywhere not later than 2016

And the winner is… Spiegel Online provides some more details about the ramp-up to the auction:

“Die Teilnehmer der Auktion haben sich verpflichtet, im Falle des Erwerbs entsprechender Lizenzen ab dem 1. Januar 2016 in allen Bundesländern einen Versorgungsgrad von 90 Prozent zu erreichen. Erst wenn Gemeinden und Städte mit höchstens 5000 Einwohnern schnelle Internetanschlüsse bekommen haben, dürfen die Unternehmen die lukrativere Versorgung von größeren Städten angehen.” (Spiegel Online, 2010/04/08)

LTE or “The story never ends…”

Interesting read in the German FAZ. The industry is still subject to massive innovation.  More and more capacity is made available to customers and the network speed is going to accelerate, including the reaction time in mobile applications. This type of  innovation will have a deep impact on – to say the least – our communication behaviour. Let’s see what we are going to have to do when it comes to an upgrade of the network infrastructure…

Read “Die mobile Revolution heißt LTE” (2009/10/27)
Read “Was kann der UMTS Nachfolger wirklich” (2010/03/18)