Combined O2/E-Plus must give up spectrum, FNA says

2 Apr 2014

German telecoms watchdog the Federal Network Agency (FNA) has said that the combined Telefonica Germany (O2) and E-Plus will have to give up some wireless frequencies if the EUR8.55 billion (USD11.8 billion) merger between the two companies receives European Commission (EC) approval, Bloomberg reports. Dutch telecoms firm KPN agreed to sell E-Plus to Telefonica in July 2013, but in December Brussels opened an in-depth investigation into the transaction and has until 14 May 2014 to make a decision on the matter. If concluded, KPN will receive EUR5.0 billion in cash and a 20.5% stake in the combined entity, reducing the number of network operators from four to three, with the enlarged Telefonica becoming the market leader ahead of Telekom Deutschland and Vodafone Germany. In a document published on its website, the FNA said that the combined entity will hold more than half of all available 900MHz and 1800MHz frequencies. The regulator said that should the merger receive EC approval, it plans to start an allocation process this year for 900MHz, 1800MHz and other frequencies. Interested parties have until 11 April to submit their opinion on the FNA’s recommendations, with a final decision planned for June.

Germany,E-Plus Group, KPN, Telefonica Deutschland Holding, Telefonica, Federal Network Agency (FNA),


Subscribe to CommsUpdate to get the day’s top telecom headlines delivered to your email.

Subscribe to CommsUpdate


Have feedback, corrections, or story ideas? Send them to

Browse Past Issues


Filter CommsUpdate by the following categories or use the search.


Visit our help page information on performing advanced searches, including how to restrict the results by country or company.


CommsUpdate is an outstanding advertising venue for companies seeking to reach:

  • International carriers
  • Wholesale service providers
  • Equipment and software vendors
  • Telecom investors
  • Regulators

Learn more about advertising on CommsUpdate.