In the course of its network integration, Telefonica Deutschland is transferring 7,700 mobile telephone sites to Deutsche Telekom.
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As planned the company realizes a part of the announced synergies from the network integration. Furthermore, Telefonica Deutschland can leverage resources, which would have incurred to dismantle these redundant transmitters, to expand its LTE network.
Financial impacts from the transfer have already been included within the communicated synergies related to the network integration.
Deutsche Telekom, also, can realize its network expansion even faster and optimize its mobile network. The sites agreed by the parties will be taken over as soon as the approval by the antitrust authority has been granted. Both sides have agreed to maintain confidentiality regarding the financial details.
Upon conclusion of the network integration Telefonica Deutschland will offer its customers the optimal network coverage with more than 25,000 sites. In general, dismantling redundant network sites is not only expensive, but also takes time and ties up personnel. Normally, any existing property leases have to be cancelled and equipment must be expertly dismantled.
The sites agreed by the parties are primarily rooftop-sites. Telefonica Deutschland can use them without restrictions until they become unnecessary through the integration of the O2 and E-Plus networks.
In the future the sites will be managed by entities Deutsche Funkturm acquires with this transaction. Deutsche Funkturm was founded in 2002.
It covers all activities around base stations of Deutsche Telekom. With over 700 employees Deutsche Funkturm acquires, plans, builds and manages base stations for all network providers. ■
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