Kabel Deutschland plans quadruple play
Germany’s largest cable company, Kabel Deutschland (KDG), is planning to offer mobile telephony in addition to television, internet and fixed-line telephony.
Quoting company sources, German financial newspaper Handelsblatt reports that mobile network operator O2 will be the partner, with both companies currently negotiating final details. The contract is expected to be signed in April.
“We’re working intensively on a bundled offer,” KDG head Adrian von Hammerstein told the newspaper. “We are confident to conclude a contract with a mobile network operator in the foreseeable future,” he added, without revealing details.
O2, a subsidiary of Spanish telco Telefónica, likewise declined to comment. A spokesperson did say, however, that the company is open for further partnerships. O2 already offers mobile telephony contracts for customers of ADSL providers HanseNet and M-net. NetCologne co-operates with E-Plus.
KDG would be the first German cable operator to offer a quadruple play package comprising TV, internet, fixed-line and mobile telephony, thereby intensifying competition with ADSL providers. Regional cable operators wilhelm.tel and willy.tel are also currently preparing a quadruple play offer.