Telefónica / O2 again delivered strong operational and financial momentum in the third quarter of fiscal year 2021 driven by strong demand for the core O2 brand and a good partner business. The number of contract mobile customers (excluding M2M) increased by 415,000, while revenue grew by more than 5 percent and adjusted operating income OIBDA by 3.0 percent.
Telefónica Deutschland is expanding its wholesale partnerships with Lebara as a prominent newcomer. The international mobile provider Lebara has also been present in the German market since 2010 and is an established part of the market landscape there as a provider of mobile voice and data services for 'global citizens'. In order to further increase its growth potential, Lebara will in future realise its mobile business via Telefónica Deutschland's network infrastructure. The switch as the newest wholesale partner to the Munich-based telecommunications company is planned for next year.
In SMARTPHONE magazine's major mobile network test, the O2 network secured the grade "very good" for the first time this year. Due to the latest expansion successes and enormous increase in network quality, the O2 network also moves up to second place among the best German mobile network providers. The O2 network impressed in the test with strong performance in cities.
For the first time, O2 is using an innovative "all in one" mobile communications antenna in its 5G network that supports all frequency bands and mobile communications standards. Currently, for example, network operators have to install additional 5G antennas to existing antenna systems on rooftops and cell towers for the 5G network rollout on 3.6 GHz. The new "all-in-one" antennas significantly simplify such upgrades and conversions of mobile network sites. They also reduce the space required as well as the overall weight of the setups and cut operating costs by around 30 percent.
Telefónica Deutschland / O2 will present for the first time at ITS World Congress Hamburg (October 11-15) a mobile edge computing networking solution that enables digital mobility applications via real-time communication in the 5G network. The company will also showcase a 5G campus network, cyber security for robots and a fleet management system at its booth (B5142).
Telefónica Deutschland / O2 is expanding its IoT tariff portfolio: The new O2 Business Easy IoT prepaid tariff complements the already well-known IoT Connect tariff.
O2 Business Easy IoT provides companies with an easy-to-administer tariff that is especially designed for IoT applications with low data transmission requirements and very long usage periods.
One year after the 5G launch, Telefónica Deutschland / O2 confirms its expansion plans for the latest mobile communications standard: the O2 network will cover over 50 percent of the German population with 5G by the end of 2022. The company is also on track for the end of 2021 and continues to target coverage of over 30 percent. The basis for this is the high investment programme with a volume of around four billion euros until the end of 2022. In the expansion of the new mobile technology, the focus is on so-called "pure 5G" via the most powerful 3.6 GHz frequency. The 3,000th 3.6 GHz antenna just went live in the O2 5G network. Meanwhile, Telefónica Deutschland / O2 is installing around 180 of these 5G antennas in the network every week, tendency further increasing. The company is expanding 5G twice as fast overall compared to 4G and is fully on track to supply all of Germany with 5G by the end of 2025.
Today, Telefónica Tech and Alias Robotics, a company specialising in cyber security for robots, have inaugurated the world's first laboratory dedicated exclusively to innovation in cyber security for robots, at the Wayra Innovation Hub in Munich.
O2 is packing almost a terabyte of data volume into its new flagship prepaid tariff. From October 5, 2021, the O2 my Prepaid Max will offer 999 gigabytes of high-speed data for maximum surfing pleasure.1 This will give O2 customers even more mobile freedom for streaming, surfing and gaming - without a contract commitment, with full cost control and maximum flexibility. For those who are also looking for a new smartphone, O2 has five devices ready in a package with the O2 my Prepaid Max1.
O2 has become the first German mobile network operator to successfully make a voice call purely over its 5G Live network. The technological innovation Voice over New Radio (VoNR) makes voice telephony in the 5G network possible in the first place. To date, voice calls in all German mobile networks still run via predecessor technologies.
O2 is expanding its fair O2 My Handy bundle offer for rate plans and smartphones: From October 5, 2021, O2 customers will have additional options for paying their devices in installments. In addition to 24 months, they can also pay off their desired device individually over 36 or 48 monthly installments and combine it with a 24-month rate plan.
O2 will offer the best-ever lineup of iPhone, including the innovative and elegant iPhone 13 Pro, iPhone 13 Pro Max, iPhone 13, and iPhone 13 mini. Redesigned inside and out, iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max introduce the most advanced pro camera system ever on iPhone, Super Retina XDR display with ProMotion, improved battery life, the Apple-designed A15 Bionic chip with 5-core GPU, and an advanced 5G experience. iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini feature the most advanced dual camera system ever in iPhone and the powerhouse A15 Bionic chip in a sleek and durable design.
Telefónica and NEC Corporation (NEC; TSE: 6701) announced today that they have entered an agreement to conduct Open Radio Access Network (Open RAN) pre-commercial trials in Telefonica’s four core global markets: Spain, Germany, the UK and Brazil.
World premiere in Munich: On the occasion of the IAA Mobility, Telefónica Deutschland/O2 demonstrates the possibilities that 5G technology has to offer for the future of mobility as part of the "O2 5G Race Days". Via the public O2 5G network, anyone of interest will be able to control racing cars in real time over a racetrack – anywhere across the world and from wherever 5G is available. A 60 meter race track, 6 model cars, 6 Samsung smartphones and a powerful 5G network - for their demonstration, O2 has set up the race track in the 5G Tech Lab of its Innovation Hub Wayra in the heart of Munich. There, model racers of the startup VROMBR will be controlled via the 5G network for the first time worldwide. Due to its superior technical properties - particularly the exceptionally short response times of currently already 10 to 20 milliseconds - the 5G mobile communications standard makes it possible for control commands to be transmitted from smartphone to automobile in real time.
Mobile analytics company Opensignal awards O2's network as the fastest 5G network in Germany in terms of the download speed category. According to the latest industry report on the quality of 5G mobile networks in Germany, O2 customers experienced significantly faster download speeds than customers in the 5G networks of competitors, with an average of 131.4 Mbit/s.
Telefónica Deutschland / O2 and Stiftung Digitale Chancen are today launching the educational campaign „Faktisch betrachtet – fit gegen Fake News“ for older people on the topic of disinformation on the Internet. The core of the education is an information package that ranges from a checklist for debunking false information to explanatory videos and various event formats.
Due to Corona, many companies allow their employees to work flexibly. Home office is more or less standard and no longer just a voluntary goodie of attractive employers. At the same time, companies need to keep an even closer eye on operating costs in these particularly challenging economic times. This is where O2 Business delvers added value: with the new solution consisting of Managed Microsoft 365 and a virtual telephone system, O2 Business creates a modern and cost-efficient workplace of the future for companies. With its attractive price-performance ratio and with an additional savings potential of up to 46 percent, O2 Business offers companies the economic basis to be able to act financially efficiently.
Telefónica Deutschland / O2 is accelerating the shutdown of its 3G network in various regions of Germany. Instead of the originally planned implementation by the end of the year, the company will now convert the majority of 3G sites as early as September and carry out the last large-scale shutdowns by mid-November. The company began shutting down the 3G network in individual regions on July 1.
As a partner of Messe München, Telefónica Deutschland / O2 is setting up comprehensive 5G high-performance mobile communications coverage at the trade fair grounds and for the adjacent A94 motorway. Just in time for the IAA MOBILITY from 7-12 September in Munich, the trade fair in the Bavarian capital is thus also launching into the 5G era.
Telefónica / O2 delivered record revenue and operating profit in the first half of fiscal year 2021. Based on the strong operational and financial momentum in the first half of the year, the company raises its guidance for fiscal year 2021.
O2 Business has developed a new digital networking solution for SMEs that enables companies to easily network their company locations and securely set up existing infrastructures for the digital age. The O2 Business Smart Network product is based on SD-WAN (Software Defined Wide Area Network) technology.
O2 is now offering its O2 my Home tariffs via Tele Columbus' 2.4 million Internet-enabled cable connections. From July 21, 2021, the O2 brand is thus expanding the network infrastructure for its fixed-network offering, which is implemented via a broad and unique technology mix of DSL, cable, fiber and 4G/5G mobile. Being already connected to the Vodafone cable network, O2 will then reach more than 26 million households with fixed-network services via cable connections through its partnership with Tele Columbus, Germany's second-largest cable network provider.
The rapid network expansion of Telefónica Deutschland / O2 is making itself felt in a significantly better network quality and thus also in a strong increase in data usage by customers. The company's approximately 44 million customers are sending more and more mobile data through the nationwide O2 mobile network. This is mainly due to the increasing popularity of music and video streaming as well as sharing photos and videos on social media or via messaging apps such as WhatsApp. In the past six months alone, the O2 network transported around 1 billion gigabytes of data volume - an all-time high in Germany's mobile networks. This means that data usage in the O2 network has doubled in a period of only two years.
O2 has started the 5G expansion turbo: In the O2 5G network, almost 2,000 5G antennas in around 80 cities are already transmitting on the high-performance 3.6 GHz frequency specially designated for 5G. O2 customers thus receive higher speeds, additional network capacities and thus an optimal network experience overall. Telefónica Deutschland CEO Markus Haas talked about the current progress of the network expansion offensive and the benefits of 5G for consumers and the economy on the occasion of a "5G theme day" with the news channel ntv (ntv Telebörse on July 2, 9 a.m.). The special feature: For the first time, the interview was broadcasted in real time to the ntv studio via O2's own 5G network in Munich.