O2 Germany sees next decade as a growth phase following years of network build and integration. Outlines plans to start building 5G in five cities during 2020. Huawei and Nokia selected to build the 5G RAN, although the China‑based vendor remains a political hot potato in Germany.
Operator cites a variety of reasons for delays as it falls short of the progress of its rivals in meeting targets for households and transport infrastructure across the nation. O2 promises to fulfil obligations by end‑2020. Coverage obligations are part of ongoing 5G legal wrangles.
Telefónica Deutschland claimed to be the first German telecoms company to have signed a “sustainability-linked loan”, in an effort to link financing costs with its environment, social, and governance (ESG) rating.
NatCo goes omnichannel; pushes button on reorganisation around digital. Few details offered but recalibration looks significant for people, organisation, and technology. Union agreement firmed up pre-announcement.
First pilot in Lüdinghausen covers households and businesses. Harmonisation of technology and processes underway. Similar collaboration in other municipalities if pilot proves successful.
T‑Systems intends to open a second European Open Telekom Cloud location in Amsterdam, extending beyond its original regional hub in Biere, Germany.
Stephan Altmeyer, Vice‑President of Patent Strategy & Defense at Deutsche Telekom (DT), made positive noises regarding proposed changes to Germany’s patent legislation.
Talks are underway with free‑to‑air broadcasters on sub‑licencing of rights to matches in the 2024 UEFA European Championship.
NatCo embarks on ‘lease and operate’ partnership. Two parties aim to connect “entire municipalities” with fibre.
Vodafone works with LOXXESS for new logistics system.
Turn-of-the-year movements across Vodafone’s Europe businesses.
5G equipment contracts put on hold due to “unclear political situation”. Chancellor Merkel makes industry wait for political clarity.
TDE cleared for strategic capital offset manoeuvre. No major damage evident from approval push, despite drawn-out process. 2020 launch still on cards.
5G reach extends to eight cities. 1,500 5G antennas in 20 cities are planned by December 2020.