Press Releases Telefónica Germany

21. Februar 2022

Telefónica Deutschland extends CEO contract with Markus Haas

At today’s meeting, the Supervisory Board of Telefónica Deutschland Holding AG approved the appointment of Markus Haas as the company’s CEO for a further three-year term until 31 December 2025. His current contract is valid until 31 December 2022. Markus Haas has been CEO of Telefónica Deutschland since January 2017 and leads the seven-member Management Board.
17. Februar 2022

Open RAN in the mobile network:

O2 Telefónica uses Nokia artificial intelligence to optimize its mobile network

O2 Telefónica is the first German network operator connecting an Open RAN Intelligent Controller (RIC) from Nokia to a mobile communications cluster in its own commercial live network. In the coming months, the artificial intelligence of the RIC will independently optimize the mobile network for customers in the Hellersdorf district of Berlin.
18. Januar 2022

SZ interview with CEO Markus Haas:

"5G will help the cloud achieve a breakthrough"

In an interview at the start of the year with the Süddeutsche Zeitung, CEO Markus Haas talks about digital opportunities for a new German government, ways to speed up network expansion and the benefits of 5G.
17. Januar 2022

Innovation in Munich:

O2 / Telefónica activates Germany's first Open RAN mini-radio cells

As the first German network operator, O2 / Telefónica has activated the first mini-radio cells with innovative Open RAN technology (ORAN) in Munich. In addition to the very well developed O2 network, this will provide all O2 customers with even more capacity and higher bandwidths at busy locations in the future. The installation of pure 5G Open RAN mini radio cells ("5G standalone") will follow later in the year.
14. Januar 2022

ESG pioneering role confirmed:

O2 / Telefónica achieves top ratings in sustainability ratings by Sustainalytics and EcoVadis

O2 / Telefónica Germany continues to improve in the relevant ESG ratings by Sustainalytics and EcoVadis. The company performs particularly well in the environmental and ethical categories, confirming its pioneering role in sustainability management in the telecommunications industry.
10. Januar 2022

Expanded fixed-network offering for O2 customers:

O2 markets fast fixed-net products via the network of Westenergie Breitband

With immediate effect, O2 customers as well as interested new customers in numerous regions of Rhineland-Palatinate, North Rhine-Westphalia and Lower Saxony can book faster fixed network connections. To this end, O2 / Telefónica Deutschland has added another strong regional partner to its already leading internet at home availability.
04. Januar 2022

New Year's Eve 2021/22:

O2 network starts with data fireworks into 2022

The year 2022 starts directly with data fireworks at O2 / Telefónica Deutschland: In the first hour of the new year, customers sent more mobile data through the O2 network than ever before on New Year's Eve, with around 382,000 gigabytes. This represents an increase of 35 percent compared with the prior-year period (283,000 GB data volume). Traditionally, customers send many congratulations via instant messaging apps such as WhatsApp or via social media channels such as Instagram and Facebook, especially in the first hour of the new year. With a total of 13.5 million phone calls, more calls were also made in the hour after midnight than in the previous year.
29. Dezember 2021

The end of UMTS in Germany:

O2 deactivates last 3G sites in its network

A mobile communications era is coming to an end: O2 / Telefónica will shut down the last 3G sites in the O2 mobile network on 30 December, sealing the end of UMTS (3G) in Germany. The freed-up frequencies at 2,100 MHz, which O2 previously used for 3G, will be used entirely for the faster and more efficient 4G standard.
20. Dezember 2021

Milestone in Software-Defined Networking (SDN):

O2 / Telefónica uses new standardized SDN interface for 30,000 microwave links

O2 / Telefónica has reached a milestone in the implementation and control of software defined network functions. For the first time, the telecommunications provider – together with its technology partners – has implemented a vendor-agnostic SDN interface in its nationwide O2 network. This interface is compatible with a wide range of microwave systems, enabling the company to implement changes to its microwave links uniformly across all manufacturers and in near real time. O2 / Telefónica is already using this innovative interface for all of the approximately 30,000 microwave links in the O2 network, which are responsible for transporting data between mobile network sites and the next network node with capacities of up to 10 Gbit/s. Microwave complements fiber-optic services to transport large amounts of data over longer distances cost-effectively and efficiently over the air.
17. Dezember 2021

Fibre-optic connection for mobile stations loses monopoly:

High-speed directional radio becomes turbo for O2 5G network expansion

For its 5G mobile network expansion in Germany, O2 / Telefónica Deutschland is relying on state-of-the-art microwave radio as a supplement to the fiber optic connection of mobile stations.
13. Dezember 2021

New records in mobile communications:

O2 network cracks 2 billion mark in data usage and telephony

Driven by the 5G network rollout and Corona-related contact restrictions, German mobile communications is producing new records in telephony and data usage: the O2 network breaks the 2 billion gigabyte barrier in data consumption per year for the first time. O2 customers sent more mobile data through the network than ever before in the last eleven months from January to early December 2021.
30. November 2021

Connect confirms "very good" network quality:

O2 network achieves best result in the company's history

The O2 network has achieved the best result in the history of Telefónica / O2 in the renowned connect network test. The trade magazine again awarded the O2 network the grade "very good" this year for the second time.
11. November 2021

O2 sends a clear signal for customer friendliness:

Full flexibility at no extra charge for all O2 mobile and fixed-network rates

From December 1, 2021, O2 is abolishing the surcharge for rates without a term for all O2 Free and O2 Free Unlimited mobile rates. Such an offer already exists for fixed-network rates. In addition, O2 is reducing the regular cancellation period from three months to just one. And another good reason for a carefree contract conclusion with O2 in addition to the acknowledged first-class price-performance ratio: Also from December, existing fixed-term contracts will be automatically extended only in monthly intervals after the end of the regular contract term.
04. November 2021

Experience more emotion and be closer to the action with the latest 5G technology:

Handball top match SG Flensburg Handewitt vs. Füchse Berlin with Sky and O2 also as a 5G live stream

In cooperation with O2, Sky Sport will also present the top match in the german Liqui Moly Handball premier league between the SG Flensburg-Handewitt and Füchse Berlin on 10 November via O2 high-end 5G network. Thanks to flexible professional and Samsung smartphone cameras, the match will be followed up close on O2 super-fast 5G network and broadcast live on the Internet, among other things. In addition to the classic TV broadcast, the match will be available to all fans via stream on and the Sky Sport YouTube channel.
03. November 2021


Mobile Phone Eco Rating scheme now inviting more operators to join

Consumer mobile phone labelling scheme launched in 24 European countries by Deutsche Telekom, Orange, Telefónica, Telia Company and Vodafone now set to expand globally | Fairphone, Realme and vivo join Eco Rating, now 15 manufacturers in total | More than 150 mobile phone models now assessed by Eco Rating methodology
03. November 2021

July - September 2021:

Telefónica Deutschland / O2 upgrades OIBDA guidance again for fiscal year 2021 after strong third quarter

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.
03. November 2021

Prominent Newcomer:

Lebara partners with Telefónica Germany

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.
27. Oktober 2021

SMARTPHONE magazine network test:

O2 network jumps to second place and receives "very good" rating

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.
26. Oktober 2021

One antenna, all technologies:

O2 uses new "all in one" antenna for 5G network

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.
08. Oktober 2021

ITS World Congress Hamburg:

Telefónica Deutschland / O2 showcases solutions for networking real-time applications

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).
06. Oktober 2021

Price offensive in the Massive IoT market:

Telefónica Deutschland / O2 Business democratizes the Internet of Things market with extremely affordable prepaid IoT tariff

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.
05. Oktober 2021

Focus on "pure 5G" over 3.6 GHz frequency Fast O2 network expansion:

50 per cent 5G coverage by the end of 2022

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.
23. September 2021

Telefónica Tech and Alias Robotics:

Launch of the world's first cyber security for robots laboratory in Munich

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.
23. September 2021

New prepaid tariff from O2:

999 gigabytes for maximum surfing pleasure

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.
22. September 2021

Voice over New Radio (VoNR):

O2 succeeds in making Germany's first voice call on the 5G live network

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.
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