Telefónica will cut 1,600 jobs in Germany following the merger of O2 Deutschland with E-Plus, to get rid of duplicate roles. The jobs will be phased out by 2018, the firm said Friday, noting that positions would go from both O2 and E-Plus. It also stressed that E-Plus’s Düsseldorf office would retain an important role in the combined operation, alongside Telefónica Deutschland’s Munich headquarters and Hamburg office. Telefónica completed its purchase of E-Plus from Dutch telecoms group KPN at the beginning of October following European Commission approval in late August, in the process becoming Germany’s biggest mobile operator.
This is pretty cool: Some developers from the Telefonica-owned European mobile carrier O2 have been toying with the idea to use an Android smart watches as a Chromecast remote. The O2 Lab team first used Google’s newly-released Android Wear SDK to build a basic remote control app, and then ported the same app to Sony’s Android-powered smart watch – presumably because they wanted to run it on an actual device as well. Check out the video below:
Three carriers now offer super-fast mobile broadband services in the UK, although EE has had a valuable headstart on its rollout. Underdog Three will join the party in December — and unlike the others, it won’t charge a premium for 4G.
The UK’s biggest mobile carriers have now all detailed their 4G offerings, and at the low-end price point Vodafone offers a 2GB cap while EE and O2 offer 1GB. However, the disruptive fourth player is still to show its hand.
The WhatsApp/Skype rival Tu Me didn’t take off, but Tu Go — which instead extends handset functionality to the desktop and tablet — seems to be a greater success. That said, Joyn remains the elephant in the room.
EE has enjoyed a de facto monopoly on 4G in the UK since last year, but Vodafone looks set to offer higher data caps and attractive extras when it joins the party later this month.
O2’s 4G services will go live in London, Leeds and Bradford on 29 August, with 10 more cities to follow this year. With EE’s 4G already up and running, that just leaves Vodafone and Three to firm up their dates.
It appears that LTE subscriber numbers at EE — a carrier that still has a monopoly on 4G in the UK — are increasing at an accelerating pace. But rivals are set to launch their 4G offerings soon.
Google’s latest clean power play takes the search engine giant all the way to a Swedish wind farm, which will eventually crank out and pump clean power across the country to a data center in Finland.
Although it claims the move “isn’t about subsidies”, O2 is effectively moving away from the traditional model where carriers subsidize the phones they sell up-front, then bury the real cost in a combined monthly tariff.