Eurobites: Big 3 Push for German Spectrum

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: MTN sees data revenue growth; Mobistar Q1 core profits up 6.8%; BT misleads on superfast broadband.

  • The German regulator has announced (in German) the three bidders who have thrown their hats into the ring for the auction of 700MHz, 900MHz, 1500MHz and 1800MHz spectrum that begins on May 27: Telefónica Deutschland GmbH , Telekom Deutschland GmbH and Vodafone Germany , the country's three existing mobile network operators. According to the regulator, Germany is the first country in Europe to auction frequencies in the 700MHz range for mobile broadband.

  • South Africa's MTN Group Ltd. has reported its first-quarter results, revealing data revenue up by 16.7% year-on-year and "satisfactory" subscriber growth of 1.8% quarter-on-quarter, which translates into an additional 4.1 million subscribers. Mobile money continues to be a growth area for the operator, with 27.4 million subscribers now signed up for smartphone-based cash transfer and payment services.

  • Belgian's Mobistar SA saw EDITDA rise 6.8% year-on-year to €68.8 million (US$73.6 million) in the first quarter, reports Reuters. However, Mobistar, in which Orange (NYSE: FTE) holds a majority stake, revealed that the number of its customers on monthly contracts had decreased from 2.180 million last year to 2.163 million this time around.

  • BT Group plc (NYSE: BT; London: BTA) has had its knuckles rapped by the UK's Advertising Standards Authority for misleading people about how long it will take for superfast broadband to reach their homes, reports The Guardian. Both BT and its wholesale access subsididary, Openreach , use a "postcode checker" facility on their websites, which offers estimates of the timescale for the arrival of superfast broadband, but some users found that such estimates were repeatedly put back.

  • Turkcell Iletisim Hizmetleri A.S. (NYSE: TKC), a non-4G network operator, has switched on 4G roaming for its international travelers with the help of an IPX-based diameter signaling service from Sweden's Telia Carrier .

    — Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

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