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Telefonica Denies German Infrastructure Sharing Talks with KPN

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Spain's Telefonica has denied that the company is in talks with Dutch based KPN over the sharing of their German mobile network infrastructures.

Telefonica O2 and KPN's E-Plus have been repeatedly rumoured to be in talks about some sort of network sharing agreement over the past year or so, largely motivated by KPN's urgent need to cut costs.

"There are no active discussions with KPN on that subject right now," Eduardo Navarro, Telefonica's director of strategy and alliances, told the Reuters news agency. "In Germany we have a competitive advantage over KPN, which is our 4G network. So any arrangement would have to preserve that advantage."

KPN has also suffered network quality problems in Germany, which may have given Telefonica pause about sharing the infrastructure.

Plans by KPN to sell its German subsidiary last year were put on hold due to the adverse financial situation at the time. The company later sold 2,000 of its towers to American Tower for USD500 million.

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