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The voice assistant will completely change the user interface

Published 12 Dec 2017 14:49 CET | World

Artifical intelligence is changing the technology sector. Of special interest for the telecom sector is the voice assistant. We are used to a a very extensive system of user ...

Altice needs a long-term strategy

Published 22 Nov 2017 11:45 CET | France, Portugal, United States

"Altice seeks to reassure investors, plans disposal of non-core assets", according to recent news. The headline begs some questions: what went wrong, why are investors ...

EQT can consolidate rest of Dutch cable market

Published 20 Nov 2017 11:55 CET | Netherlands

EQT Infrastructure III, a fund of the Swedish investor EQT, has agreed to acquire Dutch operator CIF and its unit CAIW from the local investor Rabo Bouwfonds CIF. The deal ...

T-Mobile, Tele2 merger in Netherlands no-brainer for scale benefits, as spectrum licence window opens ahead of 5G auction

Published 16 Nov 2017 16:28 CET | Netherlands

Deutsche Telekom is considering merging its Dutch business T-Mobile Netherlands with Tele2's local unit or listing the company on the stock market, CEO Tim Hoettges said at ...

Vodafone Pass: nice concept but price portfolio even more opaque

Published 06 Nov 2017 12:00 CET | Europe

Vodafone has launched its new zero-rated passes across Europe in recent months. Each Pass offers unlimited data for a certain type of content, such as chat apps, social ...

Orange Bank: fintech as new element for differentiation

Published 03 Nov 2017 10:51 CET | France

Orange has launched its Orange Bank in France, delivered as a completely mobile application. Orange Bank offers an account with bank card and various services, such as ...

Unlimited mobile data: can it help T-Mobile and Tele2 in the Dutch market?

Published 01 Nov 2017 12:38 CET | Netherlands

Unlimited mobile data plans are a new thing on the Dutch market since the start of this year. T-Mobile started with an offer of unlimited calls, SMS and data for EUR 35 per ...

Amazon prepares for second HQ in North America, but where will HQ3 come?

Published 24 Oct 2017 12:33 CET | North America

Amazon has received 238 applications from cities and states interested in hosting the e-commerce giant's second headquarters. While the call for applications was valid only ...

New CEO Ibarra to lead KPN into 'next phase'

Published 20 Oct 2017 12:48 CET | Netherlands

KPN has named Maximo Ibarra the successor to its CEO Eelco Blok. The proposal from the supervisory board still needs to be approved at an EGM. Ibarra will take up the ...

Netherlands takes step towards 5G with plan for 2019 auction, but no big bill expected for operators

Published 21 Sep 2017 13:47 CET | Netherlands

The Dutch government has set a preliminary date of autumn 2019 for the next multi-band spectrum auction, marking a new step towards 5G. The next generation of mobile networks ...

Google should follow Amazon example to avoid EU competition concerns

Published 18 Sep 2017 12:51 CET | World

Consolidation and the 'winner takes all' principle in the internet sector have resulted in three technology conglomerates: Amazon, Alphabet (Google) and Facebook (we leave ...

Comcast and Sunrun: a smart partnership for home solar panels

Published 29 Aug 2017 13:59 CET | United States

Comcast has announced a partnership with the solar energy group Sunrun. This sounds like a promising new venture, putting customers first and bringing benefits to both ...

Can 'Game of Thrones' exclusive give Ziggo a boost?

Published 31 Jul 2017 15:33 CET | Netherlands

The start of the new season of 'Game of Thrones' could mean a boost for Ziggo, the leading pay-TV provider in the Netherlands. The company has the exclusive rights to the ...

Dutch pay-TV providers under threat as broadcasters launch OTT TV platform

Published 24 Jul 2017 15:52 CET | Netherlands

The Dutch broadcasters' online platform NLziet has added live TV to its offering. Its subscription price remains EUR 8 per month. After the unlimited data plans introduced a ...

International call prices don't need regulating

Published 03 Jul 2017 17:01 CET | Europe

In the wake of the recent introduction of 'roam like at home' in the EU, a number of consumer groups and politicians have called for similar regulation of international call ...

Did Tele2 NL just put its fixed-line consumer unit up for sale?

Published 19 Jun 2017 18:20 CET | Netherlands

Consolidation in the telecoms sector continues. Telenet just received approval for taking over SFR BeLux from Altice and may have its eyes on Voo next. In France, Bouygues ...

Roam like home: not so simple as hoped

Published 12 Jun 2017 14:26 CET | Europe

The long-awaited introduction of roam-like-at-home in the EU is set to come into effect on 15 June. In principle, it's a simple change: we pay the same when travelling in the ...

European mobile pricing: time for data to go unlimited

Published 26 May 2017 08:41 CET | Europe

The European mobile market appears set to break through a key barrier: moving from set data bundles to truly unlimited data plans. While Asian markets like Japan have had ...

Tele2 takes on new challenger role with unlimited plans, turning mobile data into commodity

Published 16 May 2017 12:39 CET | Netherlands

Commoditisation has been around for some time in the telecom sector. After the launch of Skype in 2003, market watchers were already calling voice 'just another application'. ...

Tele2 NL's path to break-even: a la Iliad, VodafoneZiggo or Tele2 Kazakhstan? Or on its own?

Published 25 Apr 2017 11:34 CET | Netherlands

Tele2 has introduced a new categorisation of its country operations, terming Sweden and the Baltics 'challengers' and the Netherlands and Kazakhstan, where it's still ...

Quad-play battle starts: VodafoneZiggo matches KPN

Published 21 Apr 2017 13:16 CET | Netherlands

VodafoneZiggo launched at the start of this month its new offer for quad-play households taking Ziggo (fixed) and Vodafone (mobile) services at the same address. The ...

Facebook's hardware strategy can't come too soon

Published 22 Mar 2017 14:00 CET | World

Facebook will hold next month its annual developers conference F8 in San Jose. According to unconfirmed reports, hardware is expected to take a central role in the ...

French mobile market set for more pain as Free heats up battle for customers

Published 22 Mar 2017 08:37 CET | France

The French mobile market looks set for more pain, after Free Mobile launched its latest challenge: unlimited 4G data. The latest research by Telecompaper shows that the ...

Snap IPO: is it a new Facebook or more like Twitter?

Published 02 Mar 2017 18:18 CET | World

Snap has listed on the stock market, selling 200 million shares for USD 17 each, above the indicated range of USD 14-16 share. Adjusting for further dilution, the price of ...

Telenet wants to be number one but still has a long way to go

Published 22 Feb 2017 16:08 CET | Belgium

Telenet reported revenues of EUR 629 million for the fourth quarter, an increase of 2.1 percent pro forma for the takeover of Base. Since Base has been consolidated (February ...

 




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