Telecommunications

Telekom Austria Group turns A1 Into a Brand for All of its Operations

Telekom Austria Group turns A1 Into a Brand for All of its Operations

21 Sep 2017 comment

The Telekom Austria Group announced the decision to roll out A1, its successful brand in the Austrian market, across all of the Group's operations in a gradual manner depending on local circumstances. It will, according to sources also include Croatian market where Vipnet is the second largest telco operator.

IFA 2017: DT will continue to invest in fiber-optic network

IFA 2017: DT will continue to invest in fiber-optic network

3 Sep 2017 comment

At the opening of IFA 2017, Niek Jan van Damme, member of the Board of Management of Deutsche Telekom AG responsible for Germany, made a clear commitment to expanding the broadband network in Germany and explained the measures that have been taken so far. “I am very proud that we currently run the largest fiber-optic network in Germany, with approximately 455,000 kilometers of cables,” said van Damme. “Through our investment, we have succeeded in more than doubling the overall size of the network since 2007.” As a result of this expansion, Deutsche Telekom has gained more fiber-optic customers than any other European network operator, with approximately 8.2 million lines.

Sky Is Said to Plan High-Speed Broadband Service for Italy

Sky Is Said to Plan High-Speed Broadband Service for Italy

3 Aug 2017 comment

Sky plans to add a high-speed broadband service in Italy to its premium content packages, seeking to shake up a market dominated by Telecom Italia, according to Bloomberg, citing people familiar with the matter.

MTS trials live Licensed Assisted Access

MTS trials live Licensed Assisted Access

20 Jul 2017 comment

Together with MTS, the largest mobile network operator in Russia, and Qualcomm Technologies, a subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated, Ericsson has conducted the first successful live trial with a commercial small cell product of Rel-13 Licensed Assisted Access (LAA) technology in Russia.

Ericsson builds end-to-end NB-IoT system for Chunghwa Telecom

Ericsson builds end-to-end NB-IoT system for Chunghwa Telecom

17 Jul 2017 comment

Ericsson will build a NarrowBand IoT (NB-IoT) system for Chunghwa Telecom, Taiwan’s largest integrated telecommunications services company, enabling the island to take its first steps toward joining the Internet of Things. Chunghwa Telecom will use the system to trial a range of IoT devices and applications in its laboratory.

BT and Vodafone Face Bidding Restrictions in U.K. Wireless Sale

BT and Vodafone Face Bidding Restrictions in U.K. Wireless Sale

12 Jul 2017 comment

The U.K.’s communications regulator plans to limit the amount of wireless spectrum BT and Vodafone can buy at a coming auction, a long-awaited decision that risks being appealed, according to Bloomberg.

Ericsson Modernizes Real-time Charging for VNPT in Vietnam

Ericsson Modernizes Real-time Charging for VNPT in Vietnam

11 Jul 2017 comment

VNPT, a leading telecom operator in Vietnam, has chosen Ericsson as a strategic partner to modernize its charging and business support system. The modernization will enable service convergence and advanced charging capabilities, and improve the user experience for VNPT’s 40 million pre-paid and post-paid subscribers.

China Telecom and Ericsson Launch Open IoT Platform

China Telecom and Ericsson Launch Open IoT Platform

6 Jul 2017 comment

China Telecom and Ericsson have launched the China Telecom IoT Open Platform, a global connection management platform that will support China’s “One Belt One Road” strategy and accelerate the deployment of Internet of Things (IoT) solutions and services.

Ericsson Unified Delivery Network Boosts NTT Docomo’s Media Offering

Ericsson Unified Delivery Network Boosts NTT Docomo’s Media Offering

4 Jul 2017 comment

Ericsson has been selected by one of the world’s leading telecommunications companies, Japanese NTT Docomo, to deliver its Unified Delivery Network (UDN) solution.

Things Mobile Off to a Very Good Start

Things Mobile Off to a Very Good Start

13 Jun 2017 comment

Just a few days after its international launch, Things Mobile solution is marks a very good start. The world's first Mobile Operator dedicated to the Internet of Things (IoT) is off to a rocketing start, according to the company press release.

London Said to Seek Mobile Network Deal for Underground Trains

London Said to Seek Mobile Network Deal for Underground Trains

12 Jun 2017 comment

London’s subway commuters are one step closer to being able to surf the internet on moving trains, as the city prepares to seek bids from telecommunications companies, according to Bloomberg.

New iPhones Said to Miss Out on Higher-Speed Data Links

New iPhones Said to Miss Out on Higher-Speed Data Links

10 Jun 2017 comment

Verizon, AT&T and the rest of the U.S. wireless industry have a big boast for this year’s crop of smartphones, according to Bloomberg.

Solving The 4G LTE Roaming Puzzle

Solving The 4G LTE Roaming Puzzle

8 Jun 2017 comment

GSMA statistics reliably show there are approximately 800 GSM Operators worldwide with an additional 1,250 Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs). 606 operators have launched 4G LTE networks, with the GSMA predicting an increase of a third by the end of 2020.

Telia Added a New High Capacity Route Between Zurich and Frankfurt

Telia Added a New High Capacity Route Between Zurich and Frankfurt

16 May 2017 comment

Telia Carrier announced that it has added a new, high capacity route that stretches from Zurich, Switzerland to Strasbourg, France via Basel, Switzerland, providing a shortened path and lower latency between Frankfurt, Germany and Zurich.

Goodspeed Rent Expands Mobile Hotspot Renting to Russia

Goodspeed Rent Expands Mobile Hotspot Renting to Russia

16 May 2017 comment

UROS, the provider of Goodspeed mobile Wi-Fi, announced that its subsidiary Goodspeed Rent expands its mobile hotspot renting business to Russia. It will open a rental point in Moscow at the Sheremetyevo International Airport terminal D, where the Aeroflot check-in takes place among many other airlines.

HT's Iskon Enters Mobile Market Too

HT's Iskon Enters Mobile Market Too

5 May 2017 comment

Alongside fixed internet, phone, television and smart home bundles, Iskon users canuse a mobile rate plan without contractual obligation. Iskon, owned by HT, with this offer goes directly against Vipnet's quad play bundles, as well as HT's Magenta 1.

Good results of HT in the first quarter - revenue and profit growth

Good results of HT in the first quarter - revenue and profit growth

29 Apr 2017 comment

Hrvatski Telekom (Reuters: HT.ZA; Bloomberg: HTRA CZ), the strongest domestic telecom operator, has achieved revenue growth in the first three months of 2017, an increase of 8.7 percent compared to the same period last year and it amounts to HRK 1.818 million. Apart from the contributions of Crnogorski Telekom, revenue has increased in these key segments: mobile telecommunications, broadband access and television, wholesale and energy. Given the different dynamics of projects compared to the first quarter of 2016, there was less deviation in the realization of revenues from system solutions in the first quarter of this year. Without the contribution of Crnogorski Telekom, the revenue is 0.2 percent lower.

COMMENTARY: Very good results of Vipnet

COMMENTARY: Very good results of Vipnet

26 Apr 2017 comment

Domestic telecom operator Vipnet has grown in all segments of its business in the first quarter, and this may also be due to the consolidation of Metronet's revenue that has been consolidated since February 1 when this domestic fixed-to-business telecom operator enters into consolidation.

Vipnet achieved growth of 11.2 percent in revenue, and of 21.3 percent in profit

Vipnet achieved growth of 11.2 percent in revenue, and of 21.3 percent in profit

26 Apr 2017 comment

The second largest domestic telecom operator, Vipnet, in the first quarter of this year achieved revenue of EUR 98.4 million, with growth in revenue of 11.2 percent. In the same period, the profit before interest, amortization and depreciation (EBITDA) increased by as much as 21.3 percent to EUR 21.2 million, according to Vipnet's owner, Telekom Austria, owned by America Móvil.

COMMENTARY: High exposure of Tele2 due to Tisak and Agrokor

COMMENTARY: High exposure of Tele2 due to Tisak and Agrokor

26 Apr 2017 comment

Although Tele2's business results are very good and above expectations in terms of revenue, one information from the report published by the Swedish owner Tele2 AB shows a very high exposure to banks, which is the result of Agrokor's major financial problems and of the companies within the concern, mainly Tisak. This exposure rose to very high 123 million Swedish crowns, or HRK 96 million.

Telefonica Said to Weigh IPO for O2 as Soon as Year-End

Telefonica Said to Weigh IPO for O2 as Soon as Year-End

25 Apr 2017 comment

Telefonica is considering an initial public offering for its U.K. mobile-phone unit O2 as soon as the end of the year, people familiar with the matter said, as the Spanish telecommunications company looks for ways to reduce debt, according to Bloomberg.

U.K. Emergency Services Risk Catastrophic Comms Failure

U.K. Emergency Services Risk Catastrophic Comms Failure

22 Apr 2017 comment

The ability of U.K. emergency services to communicate during a terrorist attack or other disaster faces a “potentially catastrophic” blow unless ministers reach a deal with Motorola and Vodafone to ensure continuity of their existing service, a panel of lawmakers warned, according to Bloomberg.

European Telcos Team Up to Take AI Fight to Google and Amazon

European Telcos Team Up to Take AI Fight to Google and Amazon

21 Apr 2017 comment

European mobile networks Orange and Deutsche Telekom are teaming up to build an artificial intelligence platform, in a bid to catch up with Google and Amazon, according to Bloomberg.

Telia Carrier launches new Internet backbone PoP in Berlin

Telia Carrier launches new Internet backbone PoP in Berlin

18 Apr 2017 comment

Telia Carrier added a new point-of-presence (PoP) to its network, providing agile connectivity services for a booming economic sector in Berlin, Germany. The new data center, Carrier-Colo, owned by I/P/B/, is one of the most connected facilities in the region providing connectivity and other IP services to international, national and regional start-ups, carriers, cloud and content providers.

Telia Adds Additional Network Route From New York to Chicago

Telia Adds Additional Network Route From New York to Chicago

6 Apr 2017 comment

Telia Carrier announced that it has extended the reach of its global backbone by adding a new fiber-route between New York City and Chicago. The new express route, along with extra fiber in the New York metro area, further diversifies the wholesale carrier's network and provides enhanced 100G+ service options to carriers, content and cloud providers in New York, Chicago and the United States as a whole.

Ericsson Tries to Avoid Patent War by Publishing Rates for 5G

Ericsson Tries to Avoid Patent War by Publishing Rates for 5G

22 Mar 2017 comment

Ericsson has taken the unusual step of publicly setting a price tag on what it will cost to license their technology for the next generation of high-speed mobile phone networks, according to Bloomberg.

Vodafone and Idea merge in Fat Big Telco in India

Vodafone and Idea merge in Fat Big Telco in India

20 Mar 2017 comment

Vodafone's Indian unit agreed to merge with Idea Cellular to create a wireless company that’s more than twice as big as AT&T by subscribers, and a new leader in a market that’s so competitive after India’s richest man offered phone calls for free, according to Bloomberg.

Amazon Open for Pushing Content Through Cable

Amazon Open for Pushing Content Through Cable

18 Mar 2017 comment

Amazon, the e-commerce giant that’s shaking up the entertainment industry, says it’s open to pursuing deals to stream content through cable operators’ set-top boxes, much like Netflix has done in the U.S. and Europe, according to Bloomberg.

Ooredoo chooses Telia Carrier for International IoT Connectivity

Ooredoo chooses Telia Carrier for International IoT Connectivity

11 Mar 2017 comment

Telia Carrier has added another operator to its dedicated Internet of Things (IoT) Backbone. Global communications company Ooredoo has chosen Telia Carrier to provide IoT backhaul connectivity to Ericsson’s DCP platforms in Europe.

80% Pay TV Penetration in Central and Eastern Europe by 2020

80% Pay TV Penetration in Central and Eastern Europe by 2020

8 Mar 2017 comment

The number of pay TV subscribers in the Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) region is expected to reach 82.2 million at the end of 2020, with subscribers to Internet protocol television (IPTV) recording the highest growth rate.