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5G reaches important milestone but are we ready for it yet?

Published 19 Jun 2018 15:30 CET | World

The 3GPP has published Release 15, formalising the 5G standard. A Non Stand-Alone (NSA) version of 5G was approved last year already, with signalling still over 4G, and now ...

Belgian mobile prices show little opportunity for 4th operator

Published 19 Jun 2018 12:21 CET | Belgium

De Croo claims that Belgium is an expensive country for mobile data and that its mobile data usage is lagging other countries. Using data from Telecompaper's latest EU ...

AT&T/Time Warner merger: pros and cons still unclear

Published 18 Jun 2018 11:45 CET | United States

AT&T has won the lawsuit brought by the US Department of Justice against its takeover of Time Warner, allowing the US operator to complete the deal without conditions. The ...

Vodafone takeover of Unitymedia unavoidable

Published 17 May 2018 12:38 CET | Europe

Vodafone has agreed to buy Liberty Global's operations in Germany, Hungary, Romania and the Czech Republic. Germany may raise some regulatory issues, but we expect the deal ...

Iliad's dramatic Q1 forces intervention and a refocus on innovation

Published 15 May 2018 15:41 CET | Europe, France

Iliad reported disappointing first-quarter results, with fixed revenues down 1.6 percent. The company points to the weak spots, presumably the result of competitors Altice ...

Europe stuck in the middle as US-China telecom trade war looms

Published 30 Apr 2018 16:52 CET | Europe, World

The threat of a global trade war initiated by the US has spread to the telecom sector. From blocking takeovers, such as Qualcomm by Broadcom, to banning exports to China's ...

Sky Italia, Open Fiber deal underlines business case for open fibre, Sky strategy

Published 04 Apr 2018 11:43 CET | Italy

Sky Italia is planning to launch in the summer of 2019 services over the Open Fiber FTTH network being rolled out by utilities group Enel and the bank CDP. This is another ...

Orange Belgium takeover of Voo: 2 duopolies plus a strong challenger

Published 03 Apr 2018 14:21 CET | Belgium

Orange Belgium has confirmed it's ready to take over the cable operator Voo, owned by Nethys and Brutele in respectively Wallonia and Brussels. If it's successful, the ...

Facebook facilitating immoral acts means time for consumers to wake up

Published 20 Mar 2018 12:58 CET | World

Facebook's share price has fallen nearly 7 percent on the news of its user data being co-opted by Cambridge Analytica to influence elections. There are problems at multiple ...

KPN closes iBasis chapter - will Proximus follow?

Published 08 Mar 2018 17:36 CET | Belgium, Netherlands, World

KPN has sold its international wholesale unit iBasis for an undisclosed amount. This is something we predicted some years ago, as iBasis adds little to the Dutch company. It ...

Ziggo takes its time to shut down analogue TV

Published 08 Mar 2018 17:19 CET | Netherlands

At the end of 2017, Ziggo had 550,000 customers that subscribed to analogue-only TV services, which amounts to 14.1 percent of its total TV customers. This compares to 20.6 ...

Telenet takeover of De Vijver Media may mean more content-distribution mergers coming up

Published 08 Mar 2018 12:32 CET | Belgium, Netherlands

Telenet has agreed to increase its stake in De Vijver Media from 50 to 100 percent, giving it control of the SBS Belgium commercial channels and production house Woestijnvis. ...

Delta looks for growth with expansion outside Zeeland

Published 07 Mar 2018 12:32 CET | Netherlands

By expanding outside Zeeland, Delta opens a new opportunity for growth, beyond the limited market of 192,000 households/businesses connected to its HFC network. During the ...

US mobile operators race for first with 5G as fixed alternative

Published 02 Mar 2018 12:20 CET | United States

The latest edition of Mobile World Congress shows that 5G is well on the way to becoming a reality, with the first services expected before year-end. While it appears the US ...

Snap Q4 analysis: progress on all fronts but scale remains a problem

Published 07 Feb 2018 13:24 CET | World

Snap reported fourth-quarter results well ahead of expectations, both in terms of revenues and users. Is the outlook for the company behind Snapchat improving? At the very ...

T-Mobile's family discount offers new challenge to KPN, VodafoneZiggo

Published 24 Jan 2018 14:33 CET | Netherlands

T-Mobile Netherlands has introduced a new discount offer, called 'Alles Onder 1 Dak' (Everything Under 1 Roof). This is in line with the market trend to focus on the ...

T-Mobile NL and Google Fi show how to differentiate unlimited mobile data

Published 19 Jan 2018 10:25 CET | World

The launch of unlimited data in the mobile market appears to have left operators with few tools left to control prices. The telecom sector's growth has been based on ...

France leads the way on EU spectrum reform

Published 16 Jan 2018 16:45 CET | Europe

The agreement in France to improve rural 4G services shows a new way forward in the mobile industry in managing the cost of network investments and spectrum. In exchange for ...

Tele2/T-Mobile merger's regulatory approval may follow German model

Published 15 Jan 2018 13:06 CET | Netherlands

The plan to merge Deutsche Telekom and Tele2's activities in the Netherlands raises again the regulatory question of how many mobile operators are enough. There are a number ...

Proximus CEO disappoints with net neutrality stance

Published 04 Jan 2018 13:57 CET | Belgium, World

The US will have to accept a market without net neutrality regulation. One advantage of this: the rest will be able to establish experimentally whether these regulations are ...

Consumer the big winner on Dutch mobile market in 2017

Published 27 Dec 2017 15:34 CET | Netherlands

2017 will go down as a year of considerable changes on the Dutch mobile market. T-Mobile and Tele2 introduced plans with unlimited calls, SMS and data in both the Netherlands ...

T-Mobile suggests it won't shy from using price as weapon to compete on Dutch multi-play market

Published 18 Dec 2017 11:32 CET | Netherlands

T-Mobile Netherlands is buying Tele2 NL in order to create a strong number-three in the Dutch market to go up against the vertically integrated market leaders KPN and ...

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 ...

 




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