German spectrum auction raises over €5B

Germany’s hotly contested spectrum auction ended today (19 June), raising €5.08 billion, after 181 rounds and 16 days of bidding. Vodafone Germany spent the most, bidding a total of approximately €2.1 billion, while Deutsche Telekom and Telefonica Deutschland will spend …

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France set for 700MHz auction

France’s telecoms regulator announced plans to allocate 700MHz frequencies to mobile operators later this year, at the same time as a late rally in prices for this band in the now completed German spectrum auction. In a statement today, Arcep, …

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German operators criticised for ongoing spectrum battle

Germany’s three major operators are “playing a losing game” by trying to outbid each other in the country’s ongoing spectrum auction, according to Coleago Consulting, as it approaches the €5 billion mark. Deutsche Telekom, Vodafone Germany and Telefonica Germany commenced …

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German auction sails past €1.5B reserve in two days; 900MHz more valued than 700MHz

Two days into Germany’s multi-band spectrum auction, total bids reached nearly €1.9 billion – so eclipsing the €1.5 billion floor set by BNA, the telecoms regulator – with operators apparently valuing 900MHz spectrum much more than frequencies in the 700MHz …

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Deutsche Telekom snaps up remaining 49% of Slovak Telekom

Deutsche Telekom has continued its expansion strategy across Eastern Europe after striking a deal to acquire the 49 per cent stake in Slovak Telekom that it does not already own. The agreement, worth approximately €900 million, had been touted earlier this …

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Germany gets approval to use 700 MHz for fast internet connections

The German cabinet has approved a change to regulations which will allow frequencies in 700 MHz spectrum, currently used for television, to be used for fast internet connections in rural areas, Reuters has reported. At the moment, only 20 per cent …

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Germany plans auction of 700 MHz spectrum

Germany’s telecoms regulator Bundesnetzagentur will auction radio spectrum in the 700 MHz band in May and June this year, and will also re-auction frequencies in the 900 MHz and 1.8 GHz part of the spectrum, where licences will expire in …

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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.

EC urges German regulator to lower mobile tariffs for the fifth time

The European Commission (EC) has asked the German telecoms regulator Bundesnetzagentur (BNetza) to amend or withdraw its proposal on mobile termination rates (MTRs), saying it is the fifth time it has had to intervene in the regulator’s pricing model. This comes as BNetza proposed MTRs for Sipgate Wireless 80% higher than in most EU countries. […]