Telefonica plans to sell radio masts for 1.5 billion euros


Telefonica Germany already sold a good 2,000 transmission towers to Telxius in 2016.

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Berlin The Spanish telecom giant Telefonica is conducting negotiations with telecommunications infrastructure company Telxius on the sale of radio masts from its German subsidiary Telefonica Deutschland, according to a media report. The Spanish newspaper “Expansion” reported on Friday that a sales sum of 1.5 billion euros was under discussion.

It is about up to 10,000 masts. Telxius is more than 50 percent owned by Telefonica, further shareholders are the financial investor KKR and the investment fund Pontegadea, which belongs to the textile billionaire Amancio Ortega. Telefonica and Telefonica Deutschland did not want to comment.


The propitious moment for the ebook: what is and what is missing on the platforms of the electronic book

Until 24 years ago, Nubico, 24Symbols and Amazon Unlimited have acted as “the spotify of books”. Your offer is still under development.

A girl from Schwerin (Germany) reads on a screen.

A paradox: browsing the Kindle Unlimited catalog is similar topredigital experienceto go to a saldillo bookshop, one of those with an immense background, chaotic and not very well selected. The reader refuses to find the exact book he is looking for, he must arm himself with patience and look with kind eyes at dozens of anachronistic covers. Novels by Luca Etxebarra, Paulo Coelho and Turgueniev, a biography by Miles Davis and another by Gardel, a book that Santiago Abascal wrote when he left the PP and another about Che Guevara.Learn management, Iniesta’s life,Harry Potter, all Stefan Zweig and infinitesthrillersself-published … In the end, there always ends up appearing something that may be fine.

Flat-rate digital reading platforms, the famous spotify literature have been with us for 10 years but we still perceive them as a recent invention that is about to consolidate. Among other things, because Kindle Unlimited, the reading service of the almighty Amazon,looks like an unfinished product. Its offer is wide but not very rigorous. It thrives, above all, on classical authors whose author’s rights are released, on self-published novels and off-season non-fiction books. J.K. Rowling is an attraction in her catalog, but the author that appears everywhere is Fernando Gamboa. The information is carelessly arranged andthe algorithm always leads to the same titles. Its users pay 9.90 euros per month, with one month free.

If Amazon does not make a more ambitious product, it is because in the US there is no faith in these services. There, the sale of books one by one works well and reading platforms do not seem necessary, explains a professional in the publishing sector. So this year, the groupPenguin Random House withdraw their funds from this market. Right now that the running of the bulls seems like the right time for the ebook. Last week, the report by the consulting firm Libranda calculated an increase in the reading on screens of the12.5% ​​after years of stagnation.

In reality, platforms are a Spanish invention that appeared in response to a very high incidence of piracy, explain the same professional. This is the case of Nubico, the reading service that was born in 2013 at the initiative of the Planeta and Telefnica group, with 3,000 books in its catalog. Today it offers 50,000 and 80 magazines. Its brand is a complement available to Telefnica customers and its flat rate costs 8.99 euros. How about the catalog? Nubico’s fortress is at the back of Planeta. The authors of Seix Barral, Tusquets, Crtica, Destino, Espasa and others are well represented.Almudena Grandes, Fernando Aramburu and Juan Bonilla, Santiago Posteguillo, Megan Maxwell… We look at the recent Nobels? Handke has three listed titles; Olga Tokarczuk one; There is nothing from Ishiguro, Modiano, Munro and Alexievich … If we ask for Vargas Llosa, the search engine suggests books by Manuel Puig, by Amos Oz,Infinity in a reed, Handke,The starsde Paula Vzquez … The offer of independent publishers is not bad.

Very different is the story of24Symbolswho was born in 2010, but not from the publishing business but from the audacity of an engineer, Justo Hidalgo. And you can see that the page is nimble and well designed. We have 1.5 million books in our catalog, mainly in Spanish, English and German, because they are our markets, explains Isabel Blank, part of the 24Symbols team.1.5 million are many books but they are not all. Neither the titles of Penguin Random House nor those of its competition, the Planeta group are in the showcase. Instead, all Modiano’s books in Anagrama are available; from Alexievich you can find something in English, not in Spanish; Alice Munro is not there; Tokarczuk and Handke s … Our business model begins to be based on corporate clients, companies that offer subscriptions to their employees or their clients, explains Blank. One more fact: 24Symbols entered bankruptcy a few months ago. It is an agreed process that does not prevent us from being in the order of payments. We continue to increase our catalog and invest.

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Vodafone warns of attacks on 5G antennas in Germany

Attacks on 5G cell towers

A 5G transmitter was destroyed in an arson attack in Huddersfield in Northern England.

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Dusseldorf The network operator Vodafone has warned of attacks on cell towers in Germany. Arson attacks have already taken place in several EU countries. Similar things could happen in Germany, said Vodafone Germany boss Hannes Ametsreiter on Wednesday.

“These activities can endanger life,” said Ametsreiter. In the UK, a cell tower near a hospital was destroyed, and emergency calls could not be made. That is a worrying development.

The background to the attacks are conspiracy theories that have linked the expansion of 5G mobile communications to the outbreak of the corona pandemic. Masts had been damaged or destroyed in Great Britain, the Netherlands and Cyprus.

Despite attempts by scientists and politicians to calm the population, concerns about similar events in Germany are increasing. Vodafone technical director Gerhard Mack said: “We must not fool ourselves.” The expansion of 5G mobile radio is still in the early stages in Germany. In the Federal Republic, “many thousands of new masts” would still have to be built to supply the population with 5G.

German industry in particular had been pushing for a 5G supply that was as extensive as possible. She hopes to be the basis for new products, better networking of production and the basis for applications such as autonomous driving.

Vodafone and Deutsche Telekom announced on Wednesday to significantly expand the expansion of 5G mobile radio in Germany. Telekom wants to supply half of the German population with 5G this year. That would correspond to about 40 million people. “We have big plans for 5G and will bring the latest mobile communications standard to large parts of Germany this year,” says Telekom Germany boss Dirk Wössner.

Vodafone also announced that it would make its 5G network available to around ten million people in Germany this year. In the beginning, Vodafone focused on the cities, said Ametsreiter. “Now we’re bringing 5G to the area.”

Important frequencies for 5G were auctioned in Germany last year. In addition to Telekom and Vodafone, Telefónica Deutschland and the newcomer also secured themselves for a total of 6.55 billion euros Drillish, behind which the group United Internet (Brands 1 & 1, GMX, stands, frequencies. The nationwide expansion of mobile radio technology will take years.

More: This is how scientists assess the theories about the relationship between 5G and corona.


Conspiracy theory about Corona is spreading

Corona graffiti

A graffiti on a wall in Kensington in Great Britain links the corona pandemic to 5G mobile communications.

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Dusseldorf When the first arson attacks on 5G cell phone antennas were carried out in Great Britain, experts at most took notice. But the situation changed within a few weeks. In the UK, more than 60 cellular antennas have already been set on fire. Authorities in the Netherlands, Cyprus and Ireland have now registered similar attacks.

The background to the attacks is a conspiracy theory that has become increasingly widespread in Europe over the past few weeks. In online forums, people claim that there is a direct link between the outbreak of the corona virus and the expansion of the latest 5G cellular standard. Scientists and experts are against it.

Nevertheless, there is growing concern about attacks in Germany. The president of the digital association Bitkom, Achim Berg, said: “Autonomous companies have just started an arson attack on a telecommunications network in the middle of Berlin.” Berg said that operators always take precautions to protect their networks. “Nevertheless, it cannot be ruled out that infrastructures that have been expanded in the area can be successfully attacked.”

The network operators in Germany are watching the situation. On VodafoneSpokesman said: “In the UK, there have recently been cases in which individual locations of the telecommunications infrastructure have been damaged because individuals are constructing a link between 5G and the corona virus.” The spokesman emphasized: “There is no scientific evidence or evidence for these claims. 5G, like its predecessor technologies, is a safe bet. ”

The company takes constructive criticism from concerned people seriously. “We also have an open exchange with cell phone critics,” said the spokesman. “Cases in which the infrastructure was affected by vandalism are currently not known to us in Germany.” Therefore, no additional security measures are currently being taken.

Great skepticism about network expansion

The other network operators also expressed similar comments. “Fortunately, damage to mobile phone locations due to arson, for example, occurs very rarely in this country, and the majority is pure vandalism,” said a Telefónica spokeswoman. “We do not currently see an increase, which is why there are no additional protective measures.”

At Telekom it was said: “There are always cases of vandalism,” said one Telekom spokeswoman. “But we are currently not seeing any change in us.”


The development comes at a time when there is already great skepticism about network expansion in Germany. The digital association Bitkom conducted a representative survey. Almost one in two (48 percent) spoke out against the construction of new cell towers. The Federal Network Agency had only discovered a few days ago that Telekom, Vodafone and Telefónica are lagging behind the minimum requirements in expanding their networks in Germany and that there are still too many dead spots.

For years, scientific studies have dealt with the question of whether and what influence cell phone radiation has on people. The Stiftung Warentest recently summarized many of the available studies. In the analysis, the consumer organization came to the conclusion: “The research findings provide little cause for concern.”

ARD science journalist Mai Thi Nguyen-Kim did a research More specifically, a possible connection between cell phone radiation and cancer diseases and came to the conclusion: “So far, there is no conclusive hypothesis – no idea yet – how cell phone radiation could theoretically trigger cancer.”


Telekom, Vodafone and O2 fail to meet network specifications

Dusseldorf For years there has been a dispute over the quality of mobile communications in Germany. The federal government wanted to create the exemption in 2015. With the award of the mobile radio frequencies in 2015, it imposed targets for minimum coverage on the three network operators. Now the network agency is determining: No company has met the requirements.

The deadline had actually expired at the beginning of this year. The Federal Network Agency had taken the time to understand the results. Authorities chief Jochen Homann made a clear announcement to the public on Tuesday: “We want to see verifiable improvements over the next few months that will ensure that the requirements are fully met by the end of the year.”

On top of that. “This expressly includes the fact that we may impose fines and fines,” said Homann

The Federal Network Agency set goals in 2015. This includes that by the beginning of 2020, 98 percent of all households in Germany and 97 percent of households in each federal state must be supplied with a data speed of at least 50 megabits per second (Mbit / s) and antenna sector. In addition, motorways and rails should also be fully supplied.

Connection and data interruptions while driving on the main traffic routes should actually no longer exist in Germany today. But the reality is obviously different. The results at a glance:

Deutsche Telekom

Even the industry leader was unable to meet the requirements. According to the network agency, Deutsche Telekom “narrowly missed” the requirements in the federal states of Baden-Württemberg, Rhineland-Palatinate and Saarland. The main traffic routes were also not completely supplied. The authority reported a value of 97 percent for motorways and 96 percent for railways.

At the end of 2019, there was still some catching up to do in the federal states of Baden-Württemberg, Rhineland-Palatinate and Saarland, Telekom admitted on request. A spokesman said the company is continuously expanding its network. “We have now also exceeded 97 percent in Saarland,” said the spokesman. In addition, Telekom had the best network in the mobile radio tests of the magazines “Chip” and “Connect” for the first quarter of 2020.

Telekom admitted that there was room for improvement in the motorways and railways. There is a plan to supply the routes completely. However, the approval of the necessary locations for cell towers is a challenge.

Telekom Germany boss Dirk Wössner complained: “We are already expanding beyond our commitments and could already have an even higher LTE coverage today if it were not so difficult to get new antenna locations and obtain permits in many places.”


The authority accused the network operator of not complying with the requirements in four federal states. These are Baden-Württemberg, Hesse, Rhineland-Palatinate and Saarland. In addition, the network agency found that only 96 percent of motorways and railways were only 95 percent supplied.

A spokesman for Vodafone said there was a “difference of opinion” between the company and the agency about the interpretation of the supply requirements. Since the beginning of the year, the network operator has “implemented” 2400 LTE construction projects. “We are therefore confident that we will also comply with the stricter interpretation of the Federal Network Agency,” said the spokesman.

Telefónica Germany

The network operator behind the O2 brand was by far the bottom of the review by the Federal Network Agency. In all 13 federal states, the supply requirements were not met. In addition, only about 80 percent of the main traffic routes are supplied.

Handelsblatt learned that the Federal Network Agency Telefónica has therefore set tight partial deadlines. In order to meet the requirements, 7600 mobile phone locations would still be necessary, it says in a letter to the advisory board of the Federal Network Agency. By the end of June, Telefónica is to build 40 percent of the locations. The share should increase to 65 percent by the end of September and all necessary locations should be established by the end of the year, the authority dictated to the company.

A Telefónica spokeswoman said: “We have presented a clear plan on how we will achieve the missing percentage points from the expansion requirement of 2015.” The company is convinced that it can fulfill the plan. “It is in our own interest to provide large parts of the population and area with mobile communications as quickly as possible,” said the spokeswoman.

The consequences

The Federal Network Agency requires network operators to report each month how many mobile phone locations they have put into operation. The authority wants to check this information on a random basis. Otherwise, the authority faces fines.

More: Actually wants 1 & 1 Drillishly become the fourth network operator in Germany. But the corona virus becomes a problem – and there is more.


Julin Santamara, forgotten pioneer of Spanish design, dies of coronavirus

One of the designers who modernized Spain in the 1960s died at the age of 90

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One of Santamara’s designs

Francisco Umbralthe prediction: “Julin SantamaraHe is one of those artists and designers that Spain exalts or ignores, according to the seasons. “Last Tuesday Julin Santamara López died at the age of 90 of the coronavirus, as confirmed by his family this Friday, and his death has gone completely unnoticed, as his His own figure in the last five years.Unfairly forgotten (not even a technical entry in Wikipedia), Santamara was one of the founding fathers of the Spanish graphic design.

“A ‘Swiss’ in Argelles”, as defined in the designer’s reference guide ‘Pioneers of graphic design in Spain’Emilio Gil. It is not that Santamara was Swiss, but that his style was like Helvetian: sober and elegant, modern and minimalist, avant-garde in a Spain closed in on itself. A ‘Swiss’ who landed in the Madrid neighborhood of Argelles, where he had installed his workshop.

Design, what we call design, is the future of art. The paintings will disappear. Because everything is beautiful: cars, clothes, tobacco packs, Santamara said decades ago. Today, design invades everything. And yet, few remember one of the designers who made Spain a more modern country aesthetically and conceptually, the author of hundreds of posters, beautiful book covers, magazine illustrations, modern logos … His works belong to the collections of the Reina Sofa and the Lincoln Center in New York (where he participated as one of the 50 most important poster designers in the world in 1966).

Who was Julin Santamara? His birth seems like a tale: in the small town of Reinosa (Santander), on the banks of the Ebro, in a mill that disappeared. As a child, the story turned into a nightmare: at six years of age the Civil War broke out. After a hard post-war period, at 18 he went to Burgos, where he began to study Commerce, but soon left it to devote himself entirely to drawing and painting. At that time, I was already painting large posters from the period to advertise the movies in theaters. And in the lobby of the Teatro Principal he exhibited some of his early paintings.

With a scholarship to study at the San Fernando Academy of Fine Arts, she settled in Madrid at age 21. I studied, worked and became head of the internal advertising studio for the Cortefiel brand. A position that, in the middle of the dictatorship, would leave Spain and travel to France, Switzerland and Germany, where it assimilated the European graph of the 1950s.

The 1964 poster

1961 was an important year for Santamara: he set up his own studio, won the National Prize for Decorative Arts and the First World Poster Prize in Manila, and was one of the founders of Group 13, a collective of young designers likePepe Cruz Novillo, Fernando OlmosorJuan Poza, which elevated advertising to a terrain between design and art, far from the authentic parts of the regime. On Christmas of that year, Grupo 13 received a commission – which today would be completely unthinkable – from the Central Traffic Headquarters: 20 giant ‘Christmas’ on 4 x 3 meter billboards that were installed along the central hedge of the Calle Alcal, from Plaza Cibeles to the Círculo de Bellas Artes: an authentic showcase of the new Spanish design.

In 1964, to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the end of the Civil War, Santamara presented a poster as simple as it was powerful, pure typography: the letters of the word PEACE painted in white and surrounded by four colors. The daring part is that it was not only PEACE: he made three other versions in Catalan (PAU), Basque (PAKE URTE) and Galician (in which he added: PEACE. ‘Na nosa terra. Agora e semper’). And they won the state contest. A work that connects with the poster of Spain that he painted in 1970 for the New York World’s Fair: his own version of the symbol of peace with the same colors (white, black, lilac, green and red). A philosophy of synthetic gesture.

In the 1970s, jobs for large companies arrived: Telefnica, Repsol, Campsa, Radio Nacional de Espaa, the Spanish Museum of Contemporary Art, etc. I always linked the aesthetics to the function, to the message, whether they were bullfights, boxing championships or the Holy Weeks. Particularly significant is his poster for the San Sebastin Film Festival in 1962: an X formed with two celluloid strips that marks a before and after in the cinema, symbolized by a black and white pole and the other in color.

He always combined his work as a designer with semi-abstract paint, with clean and essential lines. “Eternally boy, with or without a mustache, a little Groucho,” said his good friend Paco Umbral. “To stay definitively, in flat ink, in a happy press, when I am less of a crazy boy.” Not even at 90 did he stop being a crazy boy.

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Equity strategy: Investors go bargain hunting in the crisis

Many European companies got under the wheel on the stock exchange. Despite further upheavals, analysts are again seeing exciting buying opportunities. .

Analysts go bargain hunting in the crisis

Gas station of the French oil company Total

Analysts like the company’s comparatively low debt

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Frankfurt Analysts and investors with strong nerves are already looking for entry opportunities on the stock markets. Even if, in the view of many strategists, the prices should drop even further in the short term, there are already numerous papers in Europe that are considered to be overly cheap.

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Telefónica guarantees “reliable, stable and secure” connectivity of its network

Telefónica has created a fund of 25 million euros to provide sanitary equipment and respirators to the most needy areas in the face of the crisis caused by the spread of the coronavirus. “Telefónica can only be understood by what we contribute to society. And in addition to guaranteeing connectivity, we have to go one step further,” stressed the company president, José María Álvarez-Pallete, when announcing the initiative.

Based on an almost century-old experience in which “Telefónica has experienced crisis situations at different times and in different countries “, Pallet has claimed that “In times of crisis, communication tools and networks are even more crucial than usual: Communication becomes not only essential, but also truly critical in order to move forward, “and added:” Therefore, during these weeks our teams are working in close contact with the health authorities and the social agents to give a responsible response to all our interest groups. “Pallete has defended that” this is one of those moments in which companies must strive more than ever to act with values ​​and responsibility at the service of society. “

Within the field of telecommunications, the company has focused on ensure that connectivity and network are working at full capacity in a reliable, stable and secure way. The objective is none other than to provide the company’s networks with sufficient capacity to absorb the peaks of maximum demand at a time when confinement forces people to stay at home.

Telefónica has also made its services and capacities available to Public Administrations and health institutions to help contribute to efforts to contain the outbreak. Big Data and aggregated anonymized data management capabilities of the network, mobility data, cloud data processing centers, as well as telephone or digital service capabilities.

The company has collaborated, along with other companies, in the creation of the app, presented on March 18 by the Community of Madrid. The system allows examining symptoms to receive recommendations for action and decongest telephone hotlines, in a more efficient and personalized way. This initiative has been expanded, again with the participation of Telefónica, with the ‘Covid-19 Support’ application, already available this Monday in Asturias, the Canary Islands, Cantabria, Castilla-La Mancha and Extremadura, thus joining the Community of Madrid.

Telefónica has also deployed the data network to provide connectivity to the Temporary Hospital of the Community of Madrid in IFEMA and to the 11 converted hotels in hospitall in Madrid due to the covid-19 crisis. The deployment consists of a series of 1 Gbps fiber circuits in the Temporary Hospital of the CAM in IFEMA and 100 Mbps connections in the 11 hotels converted into hospitals.

I also know has collaborated in the dimensioning of the Emergency Services, both in number of agents and in the reinforcement of communication systems and infrastructures, to meet the growing demand for queries about coronaviruses.

Also, José María Álvarez-Pallete and the presidents of Fundación Telefónica, César Alierta, and Fundación ‘la Caixa’, Isidro Fainé, which together promote the digital education program ProFuturo, have donated 1,000 tablets to the Community of Madrid for what boys and girls in vulnerable situations They can access educational resources and continue learning from home while the educational centers of the capital remain closed.

This initiative is reinforced with the donation of another 5,600 tablets that will be distributed to the rest of the Autonomous Communities. These deliveries are part of a collaboration plan between ProFuturo and other public administrations and organizations to extend the initiative to hospitals and residences so that Covid-19 patients and the elderly admitted to these centers can use the tablets to communicate with their families.

Fundación Telefónica has also made its 13,000 Telefónica Spain Volunteers available to the Red Cross for the development of virtual, telephone or digital assistance tasks, and the joint development of solidarity campaigns to serve the needs that may arise in the coming weeks.

To help mitigate the economic impact derived from the special measures adopted in recent weeks, Telefónica has also shortened payment terms to suppliers in Spain with the aim of helping these companies in “difficult liquidity times” as a consequence of the crisis generated by the outbreak of coronavirus.


Boom through home office: tech companies are reaching their limits

Dusseldorf, San Francisco Since Anton Döschl has been working in the technology sector, he has experienced a number of special situations, such as the CeBIT at their weddings or the financial crisis in 2008. The past few weeks have been “probably the most intense” in his career, says the manager. He is responsible for the IT group Cisco Sales and advice on communication and collaboration solutions, including the Webex system. And that is in demand more than ever.

Because public life is severely restricted by the coronavirus epidemic, companies send their employees to their home offices and connect them with video conferences and virtual meetings. Authorities, medical practices and schools are also dealing with the technology. Many of them contact Döschl and his team. “The number of strokes has increased enormously.”

While work is breaking out in large parts of the economy, tech companies such as Cisco, Microsoft, Zoom and Teamviewer, which offer systems for virtual collaboration, are experiencing a special boom. The situation is similar with network operators like that Deutsche Telekom, Vodafone or Telefónica. Worries about a bottleneck or failures make the round.

In a conversation with the Handelsblatt a few days ago, Telekom boss Timotheus Höttges gave the all-clear: “Our network runs completely smoothly without a single major failure.” Telekom had to upgrade in some places and the fixed network in particular was in demand again.

The head of Telekom, on the other hand, saw difficulties elsewhere: “There are some services, such as video conference providers, that are reaching their limits in terms of their capacities. Sometimes it’s the capacity of corporate networks. But it’s not because of the telecommunications networks. “

While the mobile and broadband networks have so far been able to withstand the rush, there are difficulties in their places. Technicians have to upgrade the data centers regularly, the sales representatives handle the mass of inquiries.

Sometimes the systems reach their limits. Even social media like Facebook and Twitter have been in demand for a long time. The corona crisis is a technical test – but when it pays off economically is open.

Video conferencing is becoming the norm

Webex is a platform through which users can chat, hold video conferences and edit documents, much like teams from Microsoft or Zoom from the US company of the same name. Many customers are currently working on the introduction of such solutions. “They are faced with the massive challenge of getting the employees into their home office,” says Döschl, who is currently having all the conversations himself from his home office.

If necessary, video conferences are also used in politics, education and healthcare. Chancellor Angela Merkel last reported from quarantine. A university in Rome switched the lectures to distance learning for 4800 students within 48 hours. Yoga and guitar teachers can also continue teaching. And even doctors and clinics are trying out the technology.

The data traffic is growing enormously. At the De-Cix Internet hub in Frankfurt, the volume increased by ten percent within a week, and the number of video conferences even doubled during this period.

The operating company emphasizes that the core network is designed for this – as soon as a certain threshold is reached, it increases capacity. However, there may be delays for individual users.

The rush is so big that even technology giants like Microsoft or Google Book failures. Of all things, the collaboration and communication service Microsoft Teams had to struggle with greater difficulties on the first day of the numerous school closings in Germany. Other providers of video and telephone conferences have had to admit technical problems time and again.