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EXECUTIVE BRIEF

GROUP

Deals: Group bats off Hungarian exit rumours [p.6]

  • Not very DT
  • Table: Deutsche Telekom, Europe area revenue by territory

Dutch spin-off adds to DT's central tower stockpile [p.9]

  • Raising the mast

Partnerships: EAN readies for take off [p.12]

  • EAN 2, ViaSat 0
  • Inmarsat's EAN unit to fly from UK after Brexit

DT gears up for European LTE-M push in 2019 [p.14]

  • Table: High five: The DT LTE‑M solution partners looking on track for commercial launch in 2019.
  • LTE-M momentum
  • Table: Cool for Cats: DT aims to take advantage of different IoT technologies

iPass refreshes Wi-Fi roaming deal with DT [p.16]

People [p.17]

  • Table: People movement highlights

Supply Chain: DT keeps its distance from Huawei mêlée [p.19]

  • Political forces swirl
  • Huawei still attracts operators, including DT
  • The cost of dropping the 'H' bomb
  • Trump (and TMUS), are you listening?

Technology and innovation: DT cranks blockchain efforts with Hyperledger tie-up [p.25]

  • Widening R&D horizons

GERMANY

Legal and regulatory: TDE mounts legal challenge against 5G auction rules [p.28]

  • BNA under the hammer
  • GSMA dismay
  • Table: MNO moans: GSMA rundown on what's wrong with 5G auction rules in Germany
  • Me-too issues

Telekom on back foot over StreamOn [p.32]

  • Bumpy ride for zero-rating bandwagon highlights EU-US divide
  • Carter rubs in the Binge On importance

Network: DT reboots German network arm [p.35]

  • High fibre diet
  • Table: Deutsche Telekom: key network targets in Germany

EUROPE

Croatia: HT turns up TV volume (slightly) [p.38]

  • Nowhere near Maxed out
  • Table: DT NatCo TV and broadband customer base comparison

Hungary: Magyar Telekom ticks off 2.1GHz extension job [p.41]

  • More matters await

Montenegro: Ericsson Nikola Tesla mobile linkup reaffirmed [p.42]

  • NB-IoT in pipeline

Poland: Polish fibre offering nears launch [p.44]

  • Playing catchup

Poland becomes DT and Mojio's sixth in-car market [p.46]

  • Not a case study for telco partnership speed

Romania: Telcos on hook in government 'Greed Tax' grab [p.48]

  • Liberty won't be too bothered

SYSTEMS SOLUTIONS

People: Fleutiaux steps up as Al-Saleh selects top-team [p.51]

  • Four play
  • Table: T‑Sys' “re-defined” portfolio structure
  • Inside down
  • And then there were ten…
  • Verdi agreement also ticked off reorg list

USA & CORPORATE DEVELOPMENT

Netherlands: Local rivals watchful on Tele2 takeover impact [p.57]

  • Un-Carrier incoming

USA: T-Mobile TV still on standby amid rumours of problems [p.59]

  • Top duo undeterred; eyes still set on cable disruption
  • High stakes and ambitions for converging TMUS

FCC launches investigation into 4G coverage claims [p.62]

  • Gap in the data

FURTHER READING

INDEX

Symbols

3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) 15

A

Accenture 17
Alfa Group
- Altimo (Alfa Telecom International Mobile)
- Turkcell (see Curkurova/TeliaSonera/separate) 26
Alibaba Group Holding Ltd 65
Alphabet
- Google
-- Android 46, 64
Americas
- Canada 21, 22, 34, 47
- North America 18
- United States of America (USA) 9, 10, 11, 14, 15, 18, 19, 21, 23, 24, 43, 47, 53, 55, 56, 58, 59, 64, 65, 68
--- Voice of America (VoA) 65
-- Commerce Department 21
-- Department of Justice (DoJ) 24
-- Federal Communications Commission (FCC) 24, 33, 34, 62, 63, 68
-- government 11, 21
-- Government 65
-- States
--- Iowa 18
--- Washington 19, 59
Apple 33
- iOS 46, 64
- iPad 33
Aras Corp. 55
Asia-Pacific
- Australia 21, 22
- China 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 65
-- Province/Municipality/Region
--- Beijing 23
- India
-- Licence Circles
-- Himachal Pradesh 38
- Japan 21
- New Zealand 21
- South Korea 22
Automobile Association 15
Axiata Group Bhd (TM International)
- Singapore (Mobile One, see separate listing) 15

B

Bank of America 34, 66
- Merrill Lynch 34, 66
British American Tobacco 17
British Standards Institute (BSI) 55
BT Group 20, 22
Bundesliga 67

C

Citigroup 60, 61, 65, 68
Comarch SA 26
Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States 24
Computacenter 18
Cukurova Holding
- Turkcell (see Altimo/TeliaSonera/separate) 26

D

Daimler AG 53, 55
Dell 17
Deutsche Telekom 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 29, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 39, 40, 41, 43, 44, 45, 46, 47, 48, 49, 51, 52, 53, 54, 55, 57, 58, 59, 60, 61, 64, 65, 66, 67, 68
- Corporate
-- Headquarters 18, 22, 40
- Deutsche Telekom Capital Partners 10
-- Cellwize 10
-- emetriq 18
-- Fastly (see separate) 10
-- LeanIX 10
-- Mojio (see separate) 34, 46, 47, 67
-- Next Generation Enterprise Network Alliance (ngena) 16, 26
-- Telekom Innovation Pool
--- MobiledgeX 18
- Digital Business Unit
-- Scout24-Gruppe
--- AutoScout24 11
- Europe
-- Austria 10, 15, 17, 20, 39, 40, 45, 47
-- Bulgaria (see OTE) 7
-- Croatia (Hrvatski Telekom) 7, 17, 33, 38, 39, 43, 67
-- Czech Republic 7, 20, 22, 33, 39, 40, 47
-- Greece (see OTE) 33, 40
-- Hungary (see Magyar Telekom) 6, 9, 18, 39, 41, 43, 65, 67
-- International Carrier Sales & Services (ICSS) 39
-- Montenegro (see Magyar Telekom) 42, 43, 67
-- Netherlands 7, 8, 9, 10, 18, 20, 33, 34, 45, 57, 58, 64
-- Poland (Polska Telefonia Cyfrowa/PTC) 17, 20, 33, 44, 46, 49, 55, 67
-- Slovakia (Slovak Telekom/T-Mobile) 7, 33, 39, 40
- European Aviation Network 12
- Executives
-- Ahrendt, Christoph 52
-- Al Saleh, Adel 51
-- Backofen, Dirk 18
-- Calian, John 25
-- Clemens, Reinhard 53
-- Dodd, Alison 18
-- Fleutiaux, Francois 18, 52
-- Goldenits, Walter 35
-- Gopalan, Srini 7, 53
-- Höttges, Timotheus 8, 20, 29, 53
-- Jacobfeuerborn, Bruno 12
-- Langheim, Thorsten 58
-- Legere, John 24, 53, 60
-- Markowski, Piotr 17
-- Molck-Ude, Patrick 18, 52
-- Nebis, Kostas 17
-- Ray, Neville 18
-- Rochel, Michael 17
-- Rode, Christoph 18
-- Rynkowska, Agnieszka 17
-- Salacki, Andreas 36
-- Schaefer, Anette 6, 45
-- Sievert, Mike 60
-- Tomaskovic, Davor 17, 38
-- Tsamaz, Michael 17
- Ex-executives
-- Bronder, Anette 18, 51, 52
-- Obermann, Rene 53
- Germany 15, 17, 20, 22, 28, 29, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 39, 40, 47, 66
- Investments
-- Magyar Telekom (see separate) 6, 7, 9, 18, 39, 41, 43, 65, 67
-- OTE (see separate) 17, 39, 49
- Product and Innovation
-- hubraum 14, 15, 49, 65
-- Telekom Innovation Laboratories (T-Labs) 25, 26
- Products and services
-- Binge On 33, 34, 60
-- QIVICON 34, 40
-- Scout24 11
-- StreamOn 32, 33, 66
-- T-Mobile TV 40, 59, 60, 61
- Systems Solutions 50, 68
- T-Systems 7, 14, 15, 17, 18, 26, 47, 51, 55, 68
- Telekom Security 18
- Toll4Europe 55
- T-Mobile Infra 9, 10, 18
- USA 11, 13, 15, 18, 19, 20, 21, 23, 24, 33, 34, 47, 49, 53, 58, 59, 60, 61, 62, 63, 64, 65, 66, 68
-- Un-carrier 68
Deutsche Telekom Capital Partners 10
Dual Inventive 15

E

EchoStar Communications Corp. 13
Elephant Talk Communications Ltd. 16
Emblaze Group
- European Telecom 26, 65
Ericsson 15, 20, 23, 24, 26, 40, 42, 43, 67
- Croatia (see Ericsson Nikola Tesla) 42, 67
Ericsson Nikola Tesla d.d. (see Ericsson) 42, 43
Europe
- Austria 8, 14, 15, 31, 40, 43, 47, 49, 67
- Belgium 13, 65
- Croatia 8, 17, 38, 39, 42, 43, 67
- Czech Republic 8, 10, 31, 43, 47, 67
- France 18
- Germany 10, 11, 12, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 22, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 40, 43, 47, 52, 53, 54, 55, 66
-- Bundeskartellamt (Federal Cartel Office) 55
-- Bundesnetzagentur (BNetzA, or German Federal Network Agency) 32, 33, 66
-- Bundesnetzagentur für Elektrizität, Gas, Telekommunikation, Post und Eisenbahnen (BNetzA, RegTP, FNA, or German Federal Network Agency) 10, 28, 29, 32, 66
-- Government 55
- Greece 8, 31, 40, 43, 49, 67
- Hungary 6, 7, 8, 10, 15, 31, 41, 43, 49, 65, 67
-- National Media and Communications Authority (NMHH) 43
- Italy 15, 16, 31
- Luxembourg 13, 65
- Macedonia 7
- Montenegro 42, 43, 67
- Netherlands 9, 15, 18, 31, 34, 43, 57, 58, 64, 68
- Norway 12
- Poland 8, 15, 17, 22, 31, 43, 44, 45, 46, 49, 67
-- Urzad Komunikacji Elektronicznej (UKE) 44
- Portugal 22
- Romania 8, 10, 31, 33, 39, 48, 49, 67
- Scandinavia 16
- Slovakia 8, 15, 31, 43
- Spain 16
- Sweden 17, 20, 39, 40, 42
- Switzerland 12, 17
- United Kingdom (UK) 13, 15, 18, 21, 65
-- British Standards Institute (BSI) 55
-- Competition Appeal Tribunal 13, 65
-- Office of Communications (Ofcom) 13, 65
European Telecommunications Standards Institute 25, 26, 65
European Union 11, 12, 13, 32, 33, 34
- European Commission 9, 10, 13, 49, 58
- European Court of Justice 13
EWE
EWE Tel 40

F

Facebook
- Telecom Infra Project 36
Fastly 10
France Télécom
- Orange 17, 44, 49, 65
- Poland (see Telekomunikacja Polska) 44
- Romania 49
Fujitsu 52

G

Gap 63
Giesecke & Devrient 15
Gogo 13
GSM Association
- Mobile World Congress 15
GSM Association (GSMA) 15, 30, 31, 66
GTS Central Europe 45

H

Hellman & Friedman 11
Hewlett-Packard 15, 38
Hrvatski Telekom (see DT, Croatia) 7, 17, 33, 38, 39, 43, 67
- MAXtv 38, 39
Huawei Technologies 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 26, 65

I

IBM 18, 25, 52, 53
Inmarsat 12, 13, 65
Intel 26
International Airlines Group SA
- British Airways 12, 65
iPass Inc. 16, 65

K

KPN 57, 64, 68

L

LG Electronics 22
Liberty Global
- UPC Austria 8
Liberty Global Inc. 10, 57, 68
- Unitymedia GmbH 10, 36
- UPC Broadband 8, 10, 49
-- Germany (Unitymedia) 10, 36

M

Magyar Telekom (see DT) 6, 9, 18, 39, 41, 43, 65, 67
- Macedonia (Makedonski Telekom/T-Mobile) 7, 8
- Montenegro (Crnogorski Telekom) 42, 43, 67
- T-Systems Hungary 7
Market segments
- Mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) 30, 61
- Multinational corporations (MNCs) 16
MetroPCS Communications Inc.
- Carter, Braxton 34
Microsoft 17, 53
Middle East
- Iran 11, 21
- Israel 10
Mobile One (Singapore) 15
Mojio 34, 46, 47, 67
Morgan Stanley 49

N

National Basketball Association 23
Nokia 12, 15, 20, 23, 40, 49
NTT 26

O

Open Handset Alliance (OHA)
- Android 46, 64
Osram 26
OTE (Hellenic Telecom. Org. SA, see DT) 17, 39, 49
- Bulgaria (Globul) 7
- Cosmote 33, 40
-- Albania (Telekom Albania) 7, 8
- Greece 33, 40
- Tsamaz, Michael 17

P

Providence Equity Partners
- KDG Holding GmbH (Kabel Deutschland) 10

R

Royal Dutch Shell plc 55
RWTH Aachen University 26

S

Samsung 23
SAP 53, 54
Sequans 15
Siemens AG 17, 55
Sierra Wireless 15
SK Telecom 18
Slovak Telekom (see DT, Slovakia) 7, 33, 39, 40
SOFTBANK CORP. 20
Sprint Corporation 11, 18, 19, 20, 21, 24, 58, 60, 61, 63, 65
Swisscom 26

T

Target Corporation 15, 36, 54
Technology
- 2G 48, 64
-- GSM 15, 30, 64, 66
- 3G 29, 41, 48, 64
- 4G 21, 22, 29, 41, 62, 63, 64, 68
-- Long Term Evolution (LTE) 12, 14, 15, 26, 43, 63, 65
- 5G 8, 10, 14, 15, 18, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 26, 28, 29, 30, 31, 35, 36, 40, 41, 42, 48, 58, 61, 64, 65, 66
- Blockchain 26
- DVB 38
- DVB-T 38
- Fibre 16, 24, 35, 36, 44, 58
- FTTH 35, 36
- IP 36, 43
- IPTV 38, 39, 40, 43, 59
- Linux 25, 26
- LTE Advanced 43
- LTE machine-type communications (LTE-MTC/eMTC) 15
- MAN 16
- Narrowband Internet of Things (NB-IoT) 15, 42, 43
- OSS 43
- RAN 20, 42, 43
- R&D 26
- SIM 49
- Smartphone 23, 26, 46, 55
- Spectrum 29
-- 700 MHz 31, 41
-- 800 MHz 31, 41
-- 900 MHz 41
-- 1000 MHz 41
-- 1800 MHz 41
-- 2100 MHz 31, 41
-- 2300 MHz 31, 41
-- 2600 MHz 31, 41
- Vectoring 36
- WAN 16, 55
- W-LAN 12, 13, 16, 43, 46
Tele2 9, 17, 18, 39, 57
- Netherlands 9, 18, 57
Telefonica Group 10, 22, 26, 28
- Europe
-- UK 22
Telekom Austria
- Bulgaria
- Mobiltel 65
Telenor ASA 7
TeliaSonera
- Turkcell (see Alfa/Curkurova/separate) 26
Tesla 67
Transnational Corp. of Nigeria (Transcorp)
- Nigeria Telecommunications Limited (NITEL)
- Nigerian Mobile Telecommunications Limited (MTel) 65
Turkcell (see Alfa/Curkurova/TeliaSonera) 26

U

UBS 68
Unisys 52
United Internet 29

V

Value-added services 31
Venfin Ltd
- Tracker Network (Proprietary) Limited (TRACKER) 46
ver.di (Vereinte Dienstleistungsgewerkschaft) 54, 68
Verizon Communications 63
ViaSat 13
Vodafone 10, 26, 28, 33, 41, 49, 52, 64, 67
- Europe Region
-- Germany 10, 28, 33
-- Hungary 41, 67
-- Romania 49

Z

ZTE Corp. 19, 21, 22, 23, 65

  • Hints of coming network expansion to support DT-backed inflight communications system.
  • Launch partner British Airways expected to commence passenger trials “shortly”.

After much delay, and a bewildering array of technical and legal hurdles, the European Aviation Network (EAN) now seems to be nearing the departure gate. In a post on LinkedIn, Deutsche Telekom (DT) hailed the completion of an “exciting year” for the Group’s Inflight services unit, and dropped a big hint that the EAN could be expanded in future.

Bruno Jacobfeuerborn, Chief Executive at German infrastructure arm Deutsche Funkturm, congratulated his team on its part within completion of the EAN’s Complementary Ground Component (CGC) in 2018 and added that he was “looking forward to further extend[ing] the network for greater customer experience”.

A DT spokesperson told Deutsche Telekomwatch that extending the capacity of EAN “is a strong possibility”, although noted there are no confirmed plans at this stage. “As market demand dictates, DT and Inmarsat will work closely together and with our consortium of European partners to determine the scope and timescale of any extension. This potential extension, together with any other technological evolution, will be driven by customer demand”, the spokesperson said.

DT and Nokia, the EAN’s main enabler, trumpeted the completion of the CGC in early-2018, after building 292 specialised LTE masts in 30 countries — the 28 European Union (EU) member countries, plus Norway and Switzerland (Deutsche Telekomwatch, #70). Inmarsat launched the accompanying S-band satellite in June 2017, and extensive tests have been carried out since (Deutsche Telekomwatch, #65 and passim).

Information on the rollout of inflight connectivity services on planes operated by launch partner British Airways (BA), part of the International Airline Group (IAG), is also starting to trickle in. Air Transport World reported in November 2018 that DT and Inmarsat were poised to go live with the BA deployment once they had completed an initial test phase in December 2018. EAN partners have also confirmed plans to launch the inflight Wi-Fi services in the business aviation market by early-2019 (Deutsche Telekomwatch, #74).

The DT spokesperson gave little away, confirming only that the EAN is now commercially available and that “we are supporting our launch partner to install EAN systems on hundreds of aircraft and expect their passenger trials will commence shortly. Of course, the timing will be the decision of our launch customer”.

BA has already launched branded inflight Wi-Fi services on its long-haul flights, based on technology from inflight broadband specialists Gogo (also a partner of T-Mobile US — Deutsche Telekomwatch, #42 and passim). Deutsche Telekomwatch has previously speculated that this service could provide some insights into possible branding and pricing of the short-haul services that will be based on the EAN (Deutsche Telekomwatch, #74).

EAN 2, ViaSat 0

Elsewhere, the EAN ecosystem received positive news in a legal battle with US-based satellite provider ViaSat, which claims that the EAN is a terrestrial offering, not a satellite service, and that this constitutes a “misuse” of its licence (Deutsche Telekomwatch, #65 and passim). ViaSat has lodged a legal complaint against the European Commission with the General Court of the European Court of Justice and has also filed challenges with a number of regulators in member states.

However, ViaSat has now lost at least two of these legal challenges. First, the Belgian Institute for Postal Services and Telecommunications (BIPT) re-issued the licence to Inmarsat to operate the CGC after initially annulling the licence in March 2018. The reversal of the BIPT decision was welcomed by Philip Balaam, President of Inmarsat Aviation, who said the re-issue of the licence “follows a second rigorous consultation process by BIPT that confirms EAN’s complementary ground network complies with all regulatory framework conditions”.

Then, in December 2018, the Competition Appeal Tribunal (CAT) in the UK found in favour of regulator Ofcom’s decision to issue a CGC licence for the operation of the EAN, and dismissed ViaSat’s case. According to Inmarsat, the tribunal “comprehensively found in favour of Ofcom and Inmarsat and determined that all of ViaSat’s arguments failed”.

For once, DT had something to say on the matter — although again, it added little to what had already been said: “ViaSat has proceedings pending in a number of European countries. In December last year, the Competition Appeal Tribunal comprehensively found in favour of Ofcom and determined that all of ViaSat’s arguments failed. EAN represents an outstanding technological innovation, which has taken years of hard work and commitment to deliver”, said the DT spokesperson.

Inmarsat’s EAN unit to fly from UK after Brexit

Inmarsat, for its part, has also been fighting its own battles, such as fending off an attempt by US satellite solutions provider EchoStar Corporation to acquire its business. It has also since transpired that Inmarsat apparently plans to move its EAN division out of London and relocate it in Luxembourg, if the UK finally extricates itself from the EU.

According to Advanced Television, Inmarsat said in a statement that the Inmarsat Ventures SE unit “will no longer satisfy the establishment condition required pursuant to the MSS 2GHz award as a result of the UK leaving the EU. To this end, Inmarsat Ventures SE will be re-domiciled in Luxembourg”. The satellite service provider is referring here to the mobile satellite services (MSS) licence that enables it to operate the EAN on the S-band (2GHz spectrum).

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