The value of innovation, through the roof

The bread and butter revolution

According Alexis Superí, Santander Architecture Manager Technology in Santander Argentina, the way to a digital transformation It successfully imposed, first, the hiring of 900 developers.

“Until a year and a half ago, the bank outsourced 90% of its technological endowment. We depended on suppliers for any solution we wanted to implement. With the arrival of Diego Salama – Director of Technology and Operations – we suggested that if we wanted to take ownership of the products, improve them and streamline them, we had to put together our own development team ”explained the computer engineer in the past Red Hat Openshift Commons Gathering on September 21, making the preview of the Forum that, for the first time, was completely virtual.

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The Red Hat Forum Latin America was attended by representatives of important companies.

It happens that the paradigm of permanent change and crisis management may be known in certain settings. But banking is, by history, used to the solidity, which it needed until recently to sell certainty to its customers. With the birth of Fintech, and DeFi -which operate with cryptocurrencies on Blockchain- the enormous and bureaucratic banking structures are seen in the urgency of becoming greyhounds, such as the comparison that Salama used in his participation in the “Cultural Transformation Panel and Modernization ”To describe the challenging digital transformation scenario that Santander has been facing for a year and a half.

In a nutshell, What is basic for a digital native company, such as being scalable, flexible, adaptable to changes and quick to reflect, for a bank can be an exercise in tightrope walking.

However, with his feet on the ground, for Superí, the best way to explain this technological and cultural revolution in Santander is by arguing that the enormous change that they promote, despite seeming pretentious, is laying the foundations for the future. . That is why “it is the bread and butter of our organization. That which we have to know how to do very well, in which we have to be very mature, to be able to move on to doing more complex things, ”says the Santander Manager.

Is it not the most expected, on the part of the clients of the banking entities, that their mobile application is updated incorporating functions that make it increasingly simple, useful and practical?

“Of course,” says Santiago Sinelnicof, Principal Architect of Red Hat Solutions for South America and the Caribbean. “In that sense The Red Hat OpenShift platform is the technological infrastructure that allows a bank to improve the response time in solving a problem in its app, from months to minutes”, He adds.

The advantage that Sinelnicof describes could be explained as follows: whereas in traditional software architecture, in order to innovate, a company had to ask its systems supplier to modify something in a program that was generic – and, therefore, the changes were expensive and slow in addition to the fact that the client’s interest did not necessarily coincide with that of the provider – working with applications developed in the hybrid cloud, through Plataforma OpenShift de Red Hat, the same IT team of the company modifies its software as and when it wants, without intermediaries.

But even using this platform, since Red Hat is considered as the leader in enterprise open source, the improvements that a company introduces in its software can then be used by the other members of the community, which results in the real benefit of becoming open source. This is a guarantee of constant innovation, a dynamic that corporations like banks need like water, so as not to be left behind.

Migrate to the cloud, or die

Averaging Tuesday morning, Sebastián Cao, Senior Director of the Office of Technology of Red Hat Latin America, opened his presentation on the future of business by providing a fact that is as objective as it is surprising: “9 out of 10 companies that appeared in the Fortune 500 in 1995 no longer exist today.” With that laconic diagnosis raised from the outset, it was not difficult for him to explain the urgent need for large companies to reconsider the benefits of the open hybrid cloud.

It is enough to observe two famous examples to understand that the disappearance of large companies in recent years is explained by their inability to adapt to technological changes.

This is what happened with Olivetti (typewriters) versus computers. The Italian firm that lived its golden years in the 60s and 70s, was liquidated by the beginning of the 80s, when the PC took hold. And the same happened with the giant Blockbuster, a global leader in home cinema until the beginning of this century, when it was surrendered to streaming, today dominated by Netflix. In both cases, these are companies whose ranking was enviable until they succumbed to the digital avalanche.

In this sense, the Red Hat Forum It left no room for doubt: managing a hybrid cloud (public and private) on a platform like OpenShift allows working with containers whose update and implementation is agile and adapts to sudden increases in demand. Ideal and absolutely necessary for organizations that decouple their management system from the digital services they provide to the consumer or end user.

For this reason, both Edenor and the Ministry of Health of the Nation were featured on Tuesday. In a talk moderated by Jorge Payró, Sales Director for Red Hat Argentina, Luis Lenkiewicz -Head of Information Technology at Edenor- and Fernando Núñez –National Director of Governance and Integration of Health Systems– they talked about the technological transformation that they launched with Red Hat, both in the private and public spheres.

While the representative of the electricity supplier described the progress in the culture of data in the company, whose effect is the possibility of doing analytics and creating value with the information that is collected, for his part, Núñez detailed to what extent the An open source solution allows the digital health systems of each province to become interoperable, even above the great asymmetries of the country.

The digital transformation seems to suggest that, for the great players, the immediate future imposes them to avoid any tie to unalterable principles, as well as to take care of trying magic solutions whose foundation is not supported by the knowledge of experts. Perhaps the challenge today is, more profoundly, to change to keep changing, because change is what keeps us alive.

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will be in all major Spanish cities in four months

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Telefónica It already has a date for the launch of its commercial 5G network. The telecommunications operator will begin its deployment this week and expects to be in all major Spanish cities within a maximum period of four months. In fact, as confirmed by this newspaper, the commercial campaign will begin in the coming weeks.

As already advanced Invertia a month ago, the goal of Telefónica it was always to be in the market before the end of the year with a commercial deployment that ensures that an important part of its customers could access the operator’s 5G, at least 50% coverage of your total deployment.

In this sense, the commercial launch of 5G of Telefónica It will take you to all 148 cities with more than 50,000 inhabitants in Spain, almost all of those with 30,000, more than 50% of those with 20,000 and some with 10,000. In total, it will be a coverage equivalent to 75% of the entire population of the country.

The CEO of Telefónica, José María Álvarez-Pallete, has made the announcement and He stressed that “the launch of our 5G network is a level leap towards hyperconnectivity that will change the future of Spain.”

“It is 5G for everyone, without exceptions. In all autonomous communities. With this boost, Telefónica accelerates the digitization of SMEs, public administrations and citizens. Like fiber and like so many other great things, 5G is Telefónica ”, he indicated.


Pallete announces the launch of 5G in all major cities in Spain.

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This strategy fits the Digital Pact presented by the president of the operator Jose Maria Alvarez-Pallete which has as one of its main objectives that by 2025 fiber optics cover 100% of our country, and that the operator is a leader in the implementation of 5G technology.

The blue operator had repeated on many occasions that they were prepared for the launch since in addition had the experience of deployments in UK and Germany, but until now they considered that the Spanish market was not yet mature.

However, it is considered that things will begin to accelerate at the end of the year with the auction of the 700 MHz spectrum, the arrival of new terminals and a much more favorable industrial context for the new technology.

Orange and Vodafone

A year ago, Vodafone launched the first commercial 5G network in Spain with coverage in the central nuclei of fifteen cities, which have subsequently grown to 21. However, the operator does not provide data on customers that currently have 5G and mobile manufacturers are reluctant to give figures for the sale of terminals that support this technology.

Vodafone works with fifteen terminals and, at the moment, the bulk of its 5G customers are in administrations after winning the state mobile supply in the last Cora contract.

Likewise, before the summer Orange threw a blast announcing that they would launch 5G service before the end of the year. For the moment, Orange’s deployment will be somewhat less than Vodafone’s with a handful of cities and a territorial coverage that will not exceed 20%.

Manufacturers indicate that the big explosion of commercial 5G could occur from next semester with the launch of more affordable equipment and terminals.

Future 5G auction

At the moment there are already terminals below 400 euros, but most are close to 1,000. And neither has there been the great launch of Apple terminals with 5G coverage, something that tends to stimulate the arrival of new technologies. In fact, The three major operators are awaiting the arrival of the terminals of Apple and new ones from Samsung in the coming weeks.

The other problem is precisely the coverage that Telefónica was referring to. At the moment, the operators have only been awarded the 3.5 Ghz band and a series of scattered blocks that the Executive has promised to order in the coming months.

This means that the current coverage of Vodafone and the future of Orange and Telefónica is not made on the total potential capacity, at least until the first quarter of next year.

It will be on those dates when the Executive launched the last auction with the 700 Mhz spectrum, which in principle should give all of Spain the capillarity that commercial 5G networks need.

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Maite, Movistar’s virtual legal assistant, already has her first client

“Maite was born to help people know their rights, to make the world more just. Maite will work alongside the lawyer to provide her legal services to end users. Maite will be in charge of performing routine legal tasks and answering simple inquiries. We are very happy because we offer the market what we use at Telefónica ”, he explains Juan Manuel Haddad, manager of regulation and competencies of Telefónica Argentina, on the beginnings of digitization at Telefónica.

The virtual legal assistant Maite is a reference in Latin America in LegalTech developments and it is a unique case that a legal department sells its internal developments.

“Maite, which incorporates sophisticated algorithms and artificial intelligence, is a key tool for us, because first we are internal users of Maite for our legal investigations and to be able to provide quick responses to clients, and secondly as a service provider unit in the form autonomous to specific customers. A product like Maite does not exist in Paraguay. Being the “champion” is always a great advantage in a market, and especially in a small market like ours (compared to economies like Argentina, Brazil or Chile) “, he commented Diego Cuevas, from LinkLex.

Telefónica is leading the LegaltTech ecosystem in Argentina, being a reference in the implementation and dissemination of different legal innovation projects. Today, the company has digitized the response to the 7,000 court requests it receives monthly – going from a process of eleven steps to one of two – helping to speed up judicial investigations throughout the country.

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Osiptel: Telefónica fined more than S / 953 thousand | Mobile phone operator

He Supervisory Agency for Private Investment in Telecommunications (Osiptel) sanctioned Telefónica del Perú again with fines totaling S / 953,310.

Previously, in March the entity had announced sanciones de 51 OFF (S / 219,300), 18.1 OFF (S / 77,830) y 2.6 OFF (S / 11,180) for infractions related to basic information that the operating company.

In view of this, Telefónica filed an appeal against the three fines in June. But, the Board of Directors of Osiptel decided to ratify the sanctions imposed with Resolution No. 102-2020-CD / Osiptel.

In another case, the regulatory entity decided to declare founded part of one of the appeals imposed by the company. Finally, Telefónica was fined 150 UIT, equivalent to S / 645 thousand due to a serious infraction.

On the other hand, the telephone operating company It only avoided three fines that added up to a total of S / 308,310 (71.7 ITU), after declaring his appeal well founded.

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Osiptel also sanctioned the company Viettel (Bitel) con S/ 197,370, an amount equivalent to 45.9 UIT.

This fine was due to a serious offense, as the company did not comply with the commitment to improve the target value of the Quality of Service Coverage (CCS) indicator, in the urban populated center of Lucanas (Ayacucho).

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Companies: Telefónica, TIM and Claro speak exclusively about Telefoní assets

Brazilian telecoms firm Oi SA has agreed to grant preferential status to a joint acquisition proposal from TIM Participacoes, Telefónica Brasil and Claro for Oi’s mobile telephony assets, two sources familiar with the matter said.

The agreement would grant the , which operate the main cell phone service providers in Brazil, the exclusive right to match any other higher offer that others may subsequently make.

In July, the three telcos submitted an offer of 16.5 billion reais (US $ 3.2 billion) for the assets.

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Telefonica plans to sell radio masts for 1.5 billion euros

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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.

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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.


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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, Web.de) 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.

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Conspiracy theory about Corona is spreading

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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.”

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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.”

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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.”

Vodafone

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.

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