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Vodafone Deutschland outlines Gigabit plans

Vodafone Deutschland has outlined plans for further network investments, with the creation of the first ‘Gigabit city’ in Bavaria pencilled in for later this month. Vodafone said that it would connect 16 million people to its Gigabit network by the middle of next year, rising to 22 million by the end of the year. The […]

Vodafone Deutschland agrees on digital investment

Vodafone Deutschland has entered into a strategic digital partnership with the  government of Lower Saxony to develop digital services in the region. Vodafone said it would contribute to meeting the goal of delivering Gigabit connectivity to all households in Lower Saxony by 2025 by investing in fibre networks and deploying DOCSIS 3.1 technology over its […]

Unitymedia ups Funke to CFO

Unitymedia has promoted Thomas Funke to chief financial officer, replacing Winfried Rapp who was upped to CEO over the summer. Funke was previously Unitymedia’s vice president of accounting and finance operations, a role he took in 2015. In his new position he becomes part of the executive board. The news comes after Unitymedia’s parent company, […]

Unitymedia CEO moves to Virgin Media

Unitymedia CEO Lutz Schüler is swapping one Liberty Global division for another after being appointed chief operating officer of Virgin Media. Schüler, who has been chief executive of Germany’s Unitymedia since January 2011, is due to take up his new post in the UK on September 10 and will report directly to Virgin Media CEO […]

Vodafone and Deutsche Telekom spar on merger at ANGA COM

Senior executives from Vodafone Deutschland and Deutsche Telekom clashed over whether the acquisition of Liberty Global-owned Unitymedia by Vodafone would have an anti-competitive impact in Germany at ANGA COM yesterday afternoon. Taking part in an industry panel at the event, Dirk Woessner (right), management board member for Germany at Deutsche Telekom, said that his company […]

Telekom chief commits to building broadband, criticises Vodafone deal

Deutsche Telekom invests “more than all of its competitors put together” in broadband in Germany, according to CEO Timotheus Höttges. Speaking at Telekom’s shareholders’ meeting, Höttges also called for an end to regulation of “new fibre-optic lines” to achieve the goal of nationwide access to gigabit speed broadband, but continued to voice his opposition to […]

Vodafone deal is ‘incredibly positive’ for competition, says Fries

Liberty Global’s planned sale of its German unit to Vodafone is “an incredibly positive transaction for consumers and for competition” and there is no justification for claiming that it threatens competition, as Deutsche Telekom CEO Timotteus Höttges has done, according to Liberty CEO Mike Fries. Speaking to analysts after Liberty announced the deal and its […]

Vodafone to pay €18.4bn for Liberty Global assets in Europe

Vodafone has agreed to acquire Liberty Global’s operations in Germany, the Czech Republic, Hungary and Romania for an enterprise value of €18.4 billion. Vodafone said the deal will create a “converged national challenger to the dominant incumbent in Germany” and claimed that it will also transform its fixed line and convergence strategy in key Central […]

Unitymedia launches 1 Gbps broadband in Germany

Unitymedia has started to roll out 1 Gbps broadband in Germany, launching the 1,000 megabits per-second fibre connections in Bochum, a city in the west of the country. Unitymedia said that the launch establishes Bochum as “the first major German city to enter the gigabit era,” with launches in more cities in the planning stages. […]

Deutsche Telekom: Vodafone-Liberty Global deal ‘completely unacceptable’

Deutsche Telekom CEO Timotheus Höttges has spoken out against a potential tie up between Vodafone and Liberty Global-owned Unitymedia, branding it “completely unacceptable”. Speaking on the company’s fourth quarter and full year earnings call, Höttges raised concerns about market concentration in the TV market and said that a combined Vodafone and Unitymedia would dominate the […]

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