Vodafone Germany has reported that there were over half a million 3G devices registered on its mobile network at the end of June 2005. Of the total number of devices, it counted 411,000 3G-enabled handsets and 117,000 data cards. Vodafone’s 3G network coverage now extends to 1,200 towns and cities in Germany, or around 60% of the population, and it is aiming to cover 70% by the end of the first quarter of 2006. It estimates that during June 100,000 customers used its ‘MobileTV’ service to watch TV channels on their mobile phone.
Elsewhere in the German mobile sector, regulator RegTP has dismissed a complaint filed by mobilcom against the low-end ‘Simyo’ brand introduced by rival E-Plus. Duesseldorf District Court rejected mobilcom’s application for an injunction against E-Plus last month; mobilcom had attempted to stop E-Plus selling cheap SIM cards online, claiming that the offer ‘distorted competition’.