O2, E-Plus unveil three-month roaming trial

16 Jan 2015

O2 Germany has revealed that it has initiated a three-month trial, during which customers will be able to use the UMTS network belonging to new sister company E-Plus in the towns of Gummersbach and Siegen, both of which are situated in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia, and Altenkirchen (Rhineland-Palatinate). While no confirmation has been provided by the cellco, it seems likely that the tests will ultimately act as a precursor to a full operational merger between the two units.

According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, in October 2014 Telefonica Deutschland, which provides fixed and mobile services under the brand O2, announced the completion of its EUR8.55 billion (USD11.9 billion) acquisition of KPN’s German mobile unit E-Plus, creating an operator with almost 47 million customer connections. The deal received final clearance from the European Union (EU) in August 2014 and Telefonica Deutschland subsequently completed a capital increase the following month, paving the way for the conclusion of the transaction.