Telefonica strikes Drillisch deal as part of E-Plus concessions

first_img DrillischE-PlusGermanyRegulatoryTelefonica Germany set to move on €1.1B coverage scheme Telefonica Germany entered into an agreement to provide Drillisch, an MVNO, with deeper access to its network, as it looks to address competition concerns related to its proposed acquisition of E-Plus from KPN.The deal will see Drillisch acquire 20 per cent of the network capacity that will be under the control of the merged entity. The MVNO already uses the networks of both operators to provide services to its customers.The network capacity will be reached over a period of five years and Drillisch will have the right to acquire up to 10 per cent of additional capacity. The MVNO will have a greater opportunity to differentiate the services it offers to customers, making use of existing and future developments on the network.The European Commission’s competition body is currently considering the proposed acquisition of E-Plus by Telefonica, which would reduce the number of mobile operators in Germany from four to three. The EC decision is expected next month.Telefonica is making concessions to allay competition concerns the EC may have, including providing MVNOs with better access to the merged network. As well as Drillisch, Telefonica was believed to be talking to Freenet and United Internet, but Reuters sources now suggest it is no longer seeking deals with them.A Reuters report last week suggested that the Telefonica/E-Plus deal was close to approval after the Spanish-based operator group had offered the various MVNO concessions.However, Financial Times subsequently reported that the EC’s approval of the deal is running into widespread opposition from national regulators, with just two out of 12 supporting the Commission’s remedies in a recent meeting in Brussels.The opposition from national regulators comes off the back of a report that the EC’s proposal is causing concern with the Bundeskartellamt, the country’s antitrust authority.The Telefonica/E-Plus deal is seen as a key benchmark deal to establish the terms under which operators are allowed to consolidate in the European Union. Tim Ferguson Related Home Telefonica strikes Drillisch deal as part of E-Plus concessions Author Telefónica refuerza la seguridad de las cadenas de bloques Telefonica bolsters blockchain security Previous ArticleSecond-hand device website drops T-Mobile US supportNext ArticleSamsung CFO downbeat on Q2 earnings AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 25 JUN 2014 Tags Tim joined Mobile World Live in August 2011 and works across all channels, with a particular focus on apps. He came to the GSMA with five years of tech journalism experience, having started his career as a reporter… More Read more last_img read more

US regulator seeks faster 5G tower upgrades

first_img Nokia scores Philippines 5G deal with Dito Tags 5GFederal Communications Commission (FCC)infrastructuresite permits Related Telkomsel turns on 5G in major cities Asia Diana Goovaerts Diana is Mobile World Live’s US Editor, reporting on infrastructure and spectrum rollouts, regulatory issues, and other carrier news from the US market. Diana came to GSMA from her former role as Editor of Wireless Week and CED Magazine, digital-only… Read more center_img Previous Article5G Gears Up to Create New Value in the ICT IndustryNext ArticleHonor readies first 5G X-Series model for China AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 20 MAY 2020 Home US regulator seeks faster 5G tower upgrades Mobile Mix: Buzzing for Barcelona Author The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) mulled a fresh round of changes to site planning regulations to accelerate upgrades of existing tower infrastructure for 5G.In a statement, Commissioner Brendan Carr (pictured, second from right), explained the organisation aimed to remove ambiguity from existing regulations which he said had previously hindered “what should be straightforward projects”.He proposed new approaches regarding what equipment required fresh permissions; aesthetic conditions local authorities can impose on operators; and when a 60-day timeline for approval of upgrades should begin.Carr told a Wireless Infrastructure Association event the updated plans would “separate the difficult project approvals from the easier ones”, noting there “shouldn’t be much concern about taking old boxes down and putting new ones up” on existing towers.In 2018 the FCC updated regulations around placement of small cells, granting exemptions from reviews covering historic sites and environmental impacts, along with amendments to the time local authorities had to review requests and charges for these.However, FCC chairman Ajit Pai (pictured, centre) in January said infrastructure siting remained one of the key hurdles holding back 5G deployments.A vote on Carr’s proposal is set for 9 June. Subscribe to our daily newsletter Backlast_img read more

Watch Police Officer Help to Save Suicidal Man From Bridge After Offering to Give Him a Hug

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreA compassionate cop is being hailed as a hero after he managed to talk a suicidal young man off of a bridge by offering him a hug.The incident occurred back in March when a 26-year-old man climbed over the safety rail of a highway overpass in Phoenix, Arizona with the intention of jumping.After Officer Aaron Little of the Chandler Police Department arrived on the scene, he comforted the man and offered to give him a hug. RELATED: ‘Guardian’ Officer Has Saved Over 200 People From Jumping Off the Golden Gate BridgeIn an emotional video that was released by the police department earlier this week, Little can be heard saying: “I’ll hug you, man. I don’t care. I just want to talk to you. I swear.”Finally after two minutes of encouragement and conversation, Little convinces the man to climb back over the safety rail and return to safety – and true to his word, Little gave the tearful young man a big hug.Little then tells his fellow officers that the man is safe before putting his arm around the rescued civilian and guiding him back to the parking lot.(WATCH the emotional video below)Save Your Friends From Negativity By Sharing The Emotional Story To Social Media…AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

AGs urge Congress not to gut EPA

first_imgVermont Business Magazine Attorneys general from 12 states and the District of Columbia expressed their opposition to all legislative measures that would reduce funding for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in a letter to the US House and Senate Appropriations Committees. The White House’s 2018 budget blueprint proposed a 31 percent cut to the EPA’s budget, the biggest cut of any federal agency.In addition to Vermont Attorney General Donovan, the letter was signed by attorneys general from Connecticut, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Washington D.C.“One of Vermont’s most important resources is our environment and it must be protected. The EPA helps protect Vermont and now we must help protect the EPA,” Attorney General Donovan said.Cuts to the EPA would have a significant impact on states’ ability to implement and enforce environmental laws. In Vermont, about 40 percent of the State’s funding for environmental programs comes through the EPA. Vermont receives roughly $20 million from the EPA for drinking and wastewater infrastructure improvements. With the President’s proposed cuts, federal funding for the cleanup of Lake Champlain may be eliminated. This is potentially $4.5 million annual loss.The President’s Administration’s cuts could critically damage Vermont’s ability to protect its rivers and streams from pollution, to improve drinking and waste water facilities, and to protect its wildlife. Additionally, money received by Vermont for the cleanup of Superfund sites may also be eliminated. Last year Vermont received $300,000 for the cleanup of Superfund sites around the State.This is the latest effort by Attorney General Donovan to preserve environmental programs that have come under fire by the President’s Administration. Attorney General Donovan recently joined forces with a coalition of Attorneys General opposing the President’s executive orders to gut the Clean Power Plan and rollback vehicle emission standards.Related document:Copy of the Letter from 13 Attorneys General to United States House Ways & Means Committee and United States Senate Budget Committee Chairs and Ranking Members(link is external)Vermont Attorney General: March 30, 2017last_img read more

O’Leary heading out on loan

first_imgThe goalkeeper will join the National League club ahead of Saturday’s home game with Gateshead.Academy graduate O’Leary spent last season on loan at Bath City, excelling between the sticks.Meanwhile, Alhaji Sesay has returned to Ashton Gate after his loan spell at Paulton Rovers ended.Elsewhere, James Morton and Cameron Allen have extended their loan spells at Chippenham Town and Mangotsfield United respectively.last_img