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Telefonica plans $2 billion IPO for German wireless stake
  • Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP
  • Germany, Spain
  • October 19 2012

Aiming to reduce its debt burden, Telefonica announced plans on Tuesday to sell a 23.2 stake in its German wireless unit, O2 Germany, through an initial public offering that is expected to reap proceeds in excess of $1.97 billion


German authorities publish traffic data retention guide for telecoms
  • Hunton & Williams LLP
  • Germany
  • October 3 2012

On September 27, 2012, the German Federal Network Agency, the Bundesnetzagentur, together with the German Federal Commissioner for Data Protection, published a guide on traffic data retention


General counsel update
  • Herbert Smith Freehills LLP
  • Mongolia, Singapore, United Kingdom, USA, China, European Union, Germany, Hong Kong, Indonesia
  • July 11 2012

This is the thirtieth in our series of general counsel updates which aim to summarise major developments in key areas


CMS quarterly communications update - July 2012
  • CMS Cameron McKenna
  • Austria, Bulgaria, European Union, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Russia, Slovakia, Spain, Switzerland, United Kingdom
  • July 20 2012

Quarterly update summarising regulatory and legal developments from the last three months in the communications, media and satellite sectors in Europe


Infringement proceedings against Germany over “regulatory holidays” for Deutsche Telekom
  • McDermott Will & Emery
  • European Union, Germany
  • March 2 2007

The European Commission has fast-tracked its infringement proceedings against Germany over "regulatory holidays" for Deutsche Telekom


EC threatens legal action against German law granting “regulatory holiday” to Deutsche Telekom
  • Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP
  • European Union, Germany
  • March 2 2007

Notwithstanding repeated warnings from European Union (EU) Telecom Commissioner Viviane Reding, Germany’s parliament adopted legislation late last week that exempts dominant national telecom operator Deutsche Telekom (DT) from having to provide competitors with access to its new fiber-optic VDSL network


Commission refers Germany to the ECJ for “regulatory holidays” for Deutsche Telekom
  • Bird & Bird
  • Germany
  • February 28 2007

After repeated warnings not to adopt legislation that could grant Deutsche Telekom a “regulatory holiday” in spite of its dominant position on the German broadband market, the Commission decided to launch fast-tracked infringement proceedings against Germany by sending it a formal notice letter


Commission recommends stricter regulation of Bitstream broadband access in Germany
  • Bird & Bird
  • European Union, Germany
  • February 28 2007

In accordance with the procedure of Article 7 of the Framework Directive (Directive 200221), the Commission has requested the German telecoms regulator Bundesnetzagentur to impose a


Federal Network Agency required Deutsche Telekom to give access to ATM bitstream networks
  • Hogan Lovells
  • Germany
  • April 1 2007

On March 7, 2007 Germany's Federal Network Agency announced its decision on ATM bitstream access


FRAND licensing terms - German court refuses to grant an injunction to the owner of "essential" patents where the licence offered did not comply with antitrust law
  • Bird & Bird
  • Germany
  • April 30 2007

In a landmark decision on 13 February 2007 in an action conducted by Bird & Bird's German office, the Regional Court of Düsseldorf, Germany's leading court in patent infringement matters, rejected four claims of patent infringement relating to patents declared to the European Telecommunications Standardisation Institute ("ETSI") as being "Essential" patents for the implementation of the GSM telecommunication standard on the ground that the patentee did not offer the defendant a licence on fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory ("FRAND") terms