Germany has one of Europe’s largest telecom markets, as befits a country with a population of more than 81 million. Penetration in the broadband and mobile sectors is about average for the region. Germany is a Connected Player market in Western Europe with 3 major operators and 108.2 million mobile connections.


 Regulatory Agency: Bundesnetzagentur – The Regulatory Authority for Telecommunications and Posts



Telefonica   38.17%

T-Mobile     35.18%

Vodafone    26.65%



    • Telefonica
    • Deutsche Telecom
    • Vodafone
    • Versatel
    • United Internet
    • Freenet
    • QSC
    • Ecotel

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 Mobile Virtual Network Operators

Germany has the largest market for mobile virtual network operators (MVNOs) and resellers in the world. As many as 50% of all German wireless subscribers are customers of either a discount (‘second’) brand of the three mobile network operators (MNOs), a network operator-owned MVNO, or an independent MVNO/service provider/reseller. Over 100 MVNOs and resellers are active in the market, targeting their services at a wide variety of customer segments, although by far the most popular target market is the budget and no-frills sector.

.mobook. – Sparhandy GmbH
1&1 Mobile | GMX – United Internet AG
ACN Mobile – ACN Communications GmbH
ARCARD Mobile | simsay – simsay Mobilfunk GmbH
ATU Talk – A.T.U Auto-Teile-Unger Handels GmbH & Co. KG
Berlet Mobil – Fernseh Berlet GmbH und Co. KG
BetterCALL – betterCALL GmbH
BigSIM | Surf | Weltbild Mobil – FlexiShop GmbH
BILDmobil – Axel Springer AG
BLACKandMINE – BLACKandMINE GmbH (Clever9 – debitel-light) | | | mobilcom-debitel | Talkline (First Mobile) – freenet AG

Cosmo Mobile – ethno IQ group GmbH
discoTEL | DeutschlandSIM | eteleon | FastSIM | winsim – GmbH
Drillisch Telecom | HelloMobil | Maxxim (billiger | | McSIM | Phonex | simply (Fiotel | HITmobile | Simply Data | Simply Discount) – Drillisch Telecom GmbH
DTK – DTK Deutsche Telekabel GmbH
easybell – easybell GmbH
ecotel – ecotel communication ag
Edeka Mobil – EDEKA ZENTRALE AG & Co. KG
EWE TEL – EWE Aktiengesellschaft
EXPRESSmobil | mobile – GTCom GmbH
Fairpay – Conrad Electronic SE
Fenercell | MobileWorld – The Phone House Services GmbH
FoneEze – Ariana Global Limited t/a FoneEze
FONIC | Lidl Mobile – FONIC GmbH
FYVE – ProSiebenSat.1 Digital GmbH
GELSEN-NET – GELSEN-NET Kommunikationsgesellschaft mbH
Globus Mobil – Globus SB-Warenhaus Holding GmbH & Co. KG
HFO Telecom – HFO Telecom AG
Ja! Mobil | Penny Mobil – REWE Markt GmbH
Kabel BW – Unitymedia KabelBW
Kabel Deutschland (KDG) – Kabel Deutschland Vertrieb und Service GmbH
Lebara Mobile – Lebara Germany Ltd
Lokalisten Fon – lokalisten media gmbh
Miptel – Elephant Talk Deutschland GmbH
M-Net – M-net Telekommunikations GmbH
Mobildiscounter – talk+ GmbH – ECO World Connect GmbH
MoobiAir (MoobiAir McSim) | MoobiCent – RadiCens KG
Osnatel – Oldenburger Telekommunikationsunternehmens EWE TEL GmbH
primacall | primamobile – primamobile GmbH
PTT-Mobile – Mobile Trading GmbH
ring – ring Mobilfunk Gmbh

RTL Mobil – RTL interactive GmbH

SDT Greencard – AG
SIM Mobile – Demcom GmbH
Solomo – Solomo GmbH
Speach – Telogic Germany GmbH
Sven Mobilfunk – Forester GmbH
swb – swb AG
Tchibo Mobilfunk – Tchibo Mobilfunk GmbH & Co KG
TOGGO mobile – RTL DISNEY Fernsehen GmbH & Co. KG
Tourist Mobile – TouristMobile GmbH
Turk Telekom Mobile – Turkcell Europe GmbH
Union of German Police (“GdP”) – Elephant Talk Deutschland GmbH
Versatel – Versatel AG
Yes Telecom – Yes Telecom Germany GmbH
meinVZ – poolworks (Germany) Ltd
myMTVmobile – Viacom (VIMN Germany GmbH)
NetCologne – NetCologne Gesellschaft für Telekommunikation mbH – GmbH – GmbH
wir mobil – WAZ NewMedia GmbH & Co.KG
Wkw Mobil – GmbH

German ISPs to deliver on vectoring and for superfast broadband

Germany has one of Europe’s largest telecom markets, as befits a country with a population of more than 81 million. Penetration in the broadband and mobile sectors is about average for the region. Both the fixed network and broadband markets are dominated by Telekom Deutschland, though other notable players including freenet, Vodafone and Telefónica, have gained market share as the incumbent continues to rebound from a poor performance which has led to declining revenue since 2010.

Germany also has the second largest broadband market in Europe. The dominant DSL platform is led by Telekom Deutschland which has invested in network upgrades in recent years, with a focus of VDSL and vectoring technologies combined with fibre. The company has also trialled technology to add to the mix, and so provide a more economically feasible super-fast broadband product to meet the demands and timetable of the government’s national broadband targets by 2020. The strategy is also aimed at competing with cablcos, which by 2017 will begin deploying DOCSIS 3.1 networks and hardware capable of delivering data at up to 1Gb/s.

The mobile market is the largest in Europe, with about 118 million subscribers generating the largest proportion of revenue in the telecom sector as a whole. In common with most markets the main area of growth is in mobile data, with the number of mobile broadband subscribers having increased rapidly in recent years on the back of extensively available 3G and LTE networks.

The market was long dominated by Telekom Deutschland and Vodafone Germany, though the acquisition of E-Plus by Telefónica has effectively created a triopoly of MNOs with relatively similar market share among them. There is also healthy market competition from an increasing number of resellers and MVNOs, which has placed pressure on voice and data tariffs, resulting in lower ARPU. Regulatory pressure on roaming charges and mobile termination rates have also eroded operator revenue, and encouraged them to step-up their development of data applications to improve profits.

These investments provide enormous potential for future growth, particularly given recent spectrum auctions which have enable operators to improve the reach and capabilities of their networks. As well as having refarmed digital dividend spectrum for mobile broadband use, the regulator auctioned additional spectrum in the 700MHz band in June 2015, paving the way for national mobile broadband coverage when this spectrum becomes available from 2017. Source: Budde

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