German new entrant mobile operator Quam has said it will start accepting new customers again from January 8. On that day, its users will be able to make calls to Deutsche Telekom mobile phones for the first time.
The operator first launched in November 2001, but stopped taking new customers in December because neither DT’s T-Online mobile unit nor Vodafone’s D2 mobile unit (which control 80% of the German mobile market) would connect their subscribers to Quam phones. They cited technical problems, although Quam was skeptical of this explanation.
Quam, owned by Telefonica and Sonera, is a 3G license holder in Germany. It is currently using E-Plus’ network to provide GSM services as a mobile virtual network operator, building up its brand and establishing a customer base.