German cable operator Kabel BW has announced it will offer a mobile telephony and data service for its ‘Clever Kabel’ internet and phone subscribers from 2 November. CommsUpdate reported in July 2010 that the cableco had signed an agreement with Telefonica O2 Germany to secure wholesale capacity over the company’s mobile network. Kabel BW’s new entry level ‘Family & Friends’ mobile phone tariff has no monthly subscription charge and includes free calls to the cableco’s fixed line and mobile telephony customers. Calls to other mobile networks and the German fixed line network are charged at EUR0.15 (USD0.2) per minute, with text messages charged at EUR0.15 each. Kabel BW also offers a flat rate for calls to the German fixed line network for EUR9.90 per month, and a flat rate for calls to all domestic networks for EUR39.90 per month, which includes a flat rate for mobile internet access offering HSDPA speeds up to 200MB a month and GPRS speeds thereafter. Customers can also choose the ‘Handy-Surf-Flatrate’, which is available for EUR4.90.
Kabel BW follows in the footsteps of rival cableco KDG, which added mobile telephony over the network of O2 to its portfolio of services in May 2009 as part of a quad-play package, while broadband provider HanseNet introduced wireless telephony through the launch of MVNO Alice Mobile in the third quarter of 2007, again through a network deal with O2.