Telefonica, E-Plus merger challenged

German regional player Airdata filed an official challenge with the European General Court over Telefonica’s $9.6 billion acquisition of E-Plus in Germany, which was completed last year. The deal, which was approved by the European Commission in July 2014, reduced …

The post Telefonica, E-Plus merger challenged appeared first on Mobile World Live.

Drillisch bolsters German MVNO play

Drillisch saw its status as the emerging competitive threat to Germany’s incumbent mobile operators boosted by two deals. The MVNO has taken over 301 shops and 300 employees from Telefonica Deutschland, one of the conditions attached to the operator’s acquisition …

The post Drillisch bolsters German MVNO play appeared first on Mobile World Live.

Telefonica Deutschland aims to match rivals’ network quality by 2017

Following its takeover of E-Plus, Telefonica Deutschland has vowed to get on equal footing with rivals T-Mobile and Vodafone when it comes to network performance. In an interview with Handelsblatt, CEO Thorsten Dirks (pictured) set out 2017 as the date when …

The post Telefonica Deutschland aims to match rivals’ network quality by 2017 appeared first on Mobile World Live.

Telefónica to sell yourfone to Drillisch

The process of consolidation following the acquisition of E-Plus by Telefónica has begun with the announcement of a non-binding “Letter of Intent” between Telefónica Germany and German MVNO Drillisch for the latter to buy yourphone, which is currently a sub-brand of E-Plus.

Telefonica gets green light for E-Plus buy

European carrier Telefónica has cleared the final regulatory hurdle ahead of its acquisition of E-Plus from Dutch operator group KPN. The European Commission has confirmed that the previously announced agreement with Drillisch complies with the agreed upfront conditions.

Telefónica acquisition of E-Plus gets conditional all-clear

The European Commission has announced the conditional approval of Telefónica’s bid to acquire German operator E-Plus, almost a year after the deal was first announced, which will result in the merger of Germany’s third and fourth-largest operators and reduce the total number of operators in the country to three.

Telefonica Germany opens network up to competition

In a bid to stave off antitrust concerns over its acquisition of E-Plus, Telefonica’s German operation on Wednesday announced plans to open its network up to a local MVNO and IT services firm.

E-Plus hands over network management to ZTE

German operator E-Plus, which is in the process of being acquired by Telefónica, has completed the transition of its network management to Chinese firm ZTE.