Like Apple, SmartThings and others, German ISP Deutsche Telekom wants to get in on the race to own the smart home platform. DT is looking for partners for its Qivicon home hub and app.
As part of its ongoing quest to beef up its central and eastern European operations, Deutsche Telekom(s dt) has bought up the 39.23 percent of shares in T-Mobile Czech Republic that it did not already own. The shares, purchased from a private equity–led consortium, cost the carrier group €800 million (USD $1.1 billion). Deutsche Telekom bought GTS Central Europe in November last year, partly for its fixed-line infrastructure in the Czech Republic, and now that plan is coming together. “T-Mobile Czech Republic is on a clear strategic path to enhance its fixed-line capabilities and foster its market position in B2B,” a Monday statement read.
After spending billions on spectrum without a network to show for it, DISH first looked to Sprint as way to enter the market. A purchase deal fell through and now the company is thinking of making a bid for T-Mobile.
Deutsche Telekom said on Sunday that it will buy GTS Central Europe, a 20-year-old telecommunications firm that focuses on the business market. The deal, which requires regulatory approval, is worth €546 million ($731 million). GTS Central Europe is currently owned by a private equity consortium. The buy will provide much-needed fixed-line infrastructure for Telekom in Poland and the Czech Republic in particular, although it’s worth noting that GTS also has a fair amount of data center infrastructure that might come in handy.
In an echo of Brazil’s push for greater online autonomy, Deutsche Telekom has proposed keeping German internet traffic within German borders, wherever possible. That’s not going to protect much, though.
A senior German politician says a U.S.-Germany “no-spying” deal will protect citizens, and the country’s top email providers say they’re instituting a meaningful security boost for customers. Both claims should be taken with a pinch of salt.
The ZTE Open, one of the very first Firefox OS smartphones, will soon be available around the world once the Chinese manufacturer starts selling directly to consumers through eBay.
The deal would see Telefonica buy KPN’s E-Plus network. The combined O2 Deutschland and E-Plus would have 43.3 million subscribers, leapfrogging Deutsche Telekom and Vodafone to grab the number one spot.
The Spanish handset manufacturer, which was the first to offer developers Firefox OS handsets to play around with ahead of the platform’s commercial launch, is already preparing a souped-up version of its Peak device for “end users”.
Deutsche Telekom will bring Alcatel’s One Touch Fire device to Germany in a few months’ time. This is the most mature market yet to be confirmed for a Firefox OS device launch.