German mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) Drillisch is looking to merge with four competitors, debitel, mobilcom, Talkline and Phonehouse, to create a single rival to current wireless leaders T-Mobile Deutschland and Vodafone Germany. According to its CEO, Paschalis Chouldis, Drillisch (owner of MVNO brands Drillisch Alphatel, VictorVox and SIMply) and mobilcom have already had talks regarding a merger, and the fact that debitel and Talkline are ultimately owned by private equity funds (Talkline via Danish telco TDC) rather than strategic investors, would make the process easier. The five independent companies presently have around 25 million customers between them. Details of MVNOs in the German market can be found in TeleGeography’s GlobalComms database.
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