Telekom and O2 open cell phone antenna sites to each other

Credits: Telefónica Deutschland

In the fight against dead spots, a cooperation between the three major German mobile phone providers is making progress. The network operator Telefónica (O2) announced on Thursday in Munich that one of Deutsche Telekom I unlocked 200 of my own locations and in return got access to the same number of locations of the Bonn group. By the end of the year, the two network operators want to let each other on the network at up to 700 locations.


These are so-called gray spots, where only one or two networks are available and not all three. Anyone who has a contract with the provider who is not present there is in a dead zone. According to information from the Federal Network Agency in July of this year, such gray patches cover a fifth of Germany’s area, most of which are in rural areas.

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Cooperation between O2 and Telekom is intended to plug dead spots

The industry cooperation, which is intended to conserve expansion resources, began in 2020, when Telekom and Vodafone closed ranks. After the Federal Cartel Office expressed concern about the cooperation of these market giants, the third German network operator was also brought on board, ie Telefónica with its O2 brand.

After the green light from the competition authorities, Telekom and Vodafone quickly got started with the mutual provision. As the two companies announced on Thursday, they are already at a total of 2,600 locations at which the customers of the other provider can now also get network – 1,300 dead spots have disappeared for each company. 200 more are to follow.

In the meantime, the first antennas have also been mutually activated between Vodafone and Telefónica, and in the future there should be a total of 2,000 locations as part of the cooperation between these groups.

Telefónica Deutschland boss Markus Haas said that consumers and the economy needed rapid progress in mobile coverage. “The cooperative use of locations of the three nationwide active network operators is an important step.”



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