German ISP United Internet, multi-service operator (MSO) Freenet, and MVNO Drillisch have announced that they have entered talks on a potential strategic partnership. This could potentially involve Drillisch acquiring Freenet’s wireless business, although this would be subject to a change of control at Freenet. However, the MSO has granted
Drillisch exclusivity for the contract negotiations.
United Internet has already denied wanting to take over Freenet, but has said on more than one occasion that it is interested in its DSL business. Drillisch said last month it was considering a takeover of Freenet. In September, Drillisch and United Internet said they wanted establish a joint holding company with a view to increasing their 30% stake in Freenet and possibly take over the entire company. Drillisch has been pushing for a break-up of Freenet to take advantage of the booming DSL market, having previously had its attempt to merge with the MSO rejected. Freenet was formed in March from a merger of cellco mobilcom and its internet arm freenet.