TELEFONICA, DEUTSCHE TELEKOM AND VODAFONE PLAN TO ENTER INTO COOPERATION

20.01.2021

Telefónica (o2), Deutsche Telekom and Vodafone plan to enter into mutual cooperation to close gaps in their mobile communication networks, so-called grey spots.

As known, Deutsche Telekom and Vodafone had already agreed on a similar cooperation however, the Bundeskartellamt has insisted that the cooperation would be extended to include Telefónica in order to prevent competition concerns. According to the Bundeskartellamt, the agreement ensures the best outcome for mobile telephone users in Germany and that breakdowns in connection can be best avoided.

The aim of the agreements is for the companies to grant mutual access to their 4G networks in areas with low mobile phone traffic and in this way to close smaller gaps (“dead spots”) in areas otherwise supplied by the respective operators.

This form of cooperation granting mutual access does not provide for any direct participation of companies which currently do not already have their own widespread network.  Also, The Bundeskartellamt will monitor the further design of the cooperation to ensure that competition is not disrupted.

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