EU approves Telefónica's purchase of HanseNet

MUNICH. The European Commission's approval under competition law of 29 January 2010 is an important step for Telefónica in the purchase of HanseNet Telekommunikation. With total sales amounting to € 5 billion, the company will then be one of Germany's largest three telecommunications service providers.
"Telefónica O2 Germany is the fastest growing telecom service provider on the German market. Together with HanseNet, we can now accelerate this development all the more", comments René Schuster, CEO Telefónica O2 Germany. "We welcome the decision of the EU Commission. Last year, HanseNet was able to hold its ground well against the competition and, following this decision, we are confident that we will be able to continue on in this positive vein," says Paolo Ferrari, Managing Director at HanseNet. Following the approval, which was given without any restrictions, the companies can commence with the final closing of the transaction. HanseNet is expected to join the Telefónica Group in the first quarter of 2010.
Telefónica O2 Germany GmbH & Co. OHG belongs to Telefónica Europe and is part of the Spanish telecommunication group Telefónica S.A. The Company offers its German private and business customers postpaid and prepaid mobile telecom products as well as innovative mobile data services based on the GPRS and UMTS technologies. In addition, the integrated communications provider also offers DSL fixed network telephony and high-speed internet. Telefónica Europe has nearly 49 million mobile and fixed network customers in Great Britain, Ireland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Germany.