DGAP-News: Telefónica Deutschland Holding AG: Starting signal for the joined network:Telefónica Deutschland combines O2 and E-Plus UMTS networks

DGAP-News: Telefónica Deutschland Holding AG / Key word(s): Miscellaneous Telefónica Deutschland Holding AG: Starting signal for the joined network:Telefónica Deutschland combines O2 and E-Plus UMTS networks 04.03.2015 / 08:01
Starting signal for the joined network: Telefónica Deutschland combines O2 and E-Plus UMTS networks - Nationwide national roaming for UMTS starts mid-April 2015 - For the first time, customers will benefit from the joint strength of O2 and E-Plus networks - Highest density of UMTS network in cities, considerably expanded coverage in rural areas - Milestone on the journey to the best network experience for customers 4 March 2015 MUNICH. By mid-April 2015 Telefónica Deutschland will make the UMTS networks of O2 and E-Plus available to all customers of the Company. With this milestone for the network integration, the company bundles both networks' strengths for the first time. Telefónica Deutschland offers own and partner brands' customers in cities the highest density and in rural areas a significantly expanded UMTS network infrastructure. Therefore, the user experience of mobile data services improves even where customers are not supplied with LTE yet, without additional costs. The technical foundation for this is called "national roaming". The company will introduce this connection to each other's UMTS network nationwide to all customers in O2 and E-Plus networks within a few weeks. "The introduction of national roaming is the starting signal for Telefónica Deutschland's new network. Hence, also in terms of network our customers and partners will experience the first tangible benefits of the merger. With the joined network coverage, we will provide them with the best network experience via UMTS in Germany and are pleased, that we are able to realize this technological large-scale project for our customers ahead of schedule," said Thorsten Dirks, CEO of Telefónica Deutschland. In cities, customers can expect a denser network coverage especially in buildings. In rural areas, especially those customers will benefit, whose previous network did not provide UMTS coverage. They can automatically use the other UMTS network, if available. UMTS networks continue to be Germany's "workhorses" of mobile infrastructure, transporting the largest data volumes. A registration of the customer device for national roaming is not required. The national roaming will also support positive customer experience during the further integration of the two network infrastructures. Telefónica Deutschland intends to complete this consolidation within the next five years. At the same time, the Telefónica Deutschland is making good progress driving the accelerated expansion of its LTE network. In the fourth quarter of 2014, the company considerably increased its investment in comparison to the previous quarters. Currently, network coverage in the LTE network is approximately 62 per cent of the population. For the end of year 2016 Telefónica Deutschland plans to reach an outdoor LTE-coverage of up to 90 per cent. More Information: Telefónica Deutschland Investor Relations Georg-Brauchle-Ring 23-25 D-80992 München t +49 (0)89 2442-1010 f +49 (0)89 2442-2000 e ir-deutschland@telefonica.com
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Language: English Company: Telefónica Deutschland Holding AG Georg-Brauchle-Ring 23-25 80992 München Germany Phone: +49 (0)89 24 42 0 Internet: www.telefonica.de ISIN: DE000A1J5RX9 WKN: A1J5RX Listed: Regulated Market in Frankfurt (Prime Standard); Regulated Unofficial Market in Berlin, Dusseldorf, Hamburg, Munich, Stuttgart TecDAX End of News DGAP News-Service
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