Telefonica/KPN under pressure to give up German spectrum

Telefonica/KPN under pressure to give up German spectrum

05 AUG 2013

The heads of Telefonica O2 Germany and KPN’s E-Plus unit have each received a letter from the Federal Network Agency that suggests they might have to give up some spectrum should the merger of the two companies go ahead, according to a report from Bloomberg.

Spectrum for 2G and 3G, wrote Iris Henseler-Unger, vice president of the agency, was granted under the condition that holders remain independent.

“As a rule, the Federal Network Agency must guard the competitive independence of owners of frequency rights in an area of scarce resources,” Henseler-Unger added. “Ultimately, the Federal Network Agency can enforce this by withdrawing the frequency assignment.”

The companies claim the O2/E-Plus transaction, which they plan to complete mid-2014, will result in cost savings and revenue synergies of between €5 billion and €5.5 billion.

Both the European Commission and the German Federal Cartel Office are due to review the proposed merger.


Ken Wieland

Ken has been part of the MWC Mobile World Daily editorial team for the last three years, and is now contributing regularly to Mobile World Live. He has been a telecoms journalist for over 15 years, which includes eight...More

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