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Covid crisis underlines need for more affordable broadband offers

Published 14 May 2021 12:19 CET | Europe, North America

Long before the Covid-19 crisis, the telecom industry was already talking about broadband as a commodity. With mature markets reaching a high penetration of internet users, ...

Xavier Niel's newest battleground: Ireland

Published 21 Oct 2019 12:20 CET | Europe, Ireland

Xavier Niel is amassing assets in Europe (and beyond) and is ready to disrupt the mobile markets. Not in the way that other so-called challengers disrupt, but in a truly ...

European telco M&A: are 1&1 Drilisch and Iliad ripe for takeovers?

Published 02 May 2019 13:06 CET | Europe

Telecompaper has compiled its own stock index since early 2018, based on all the European telecom service stocks. Some stocks have disappeared due to takeovers, such as the ...

Comcast takeover to help Sky expand across Europe

Published 01 Oct 2018 13:46 CET | Europe

Comcast has won the bidding for Sky, after a long takeover battle. Now the question is what the entry of the US's largest cable operator will mean for the European market. ...

Could KPN become an unregulated marketing organisation?

Published 14 Aug 2018 13:47 CET | Europe, Netherlands

There is a simmering change underway on the European telecom markets. Independent investors are increasingly involved in the roll-out of fibre-optic networks, while the ...

Iliad share price may be set for recovery after promising start in Italy

Published 02 Jul 2018 12:11 CET | Europe, Italy

Iliad has signed up 300,000 customers in its first month as Italy's fourth mobile operator, according to estimates from German bank Berenberg based on number porting figures. ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

T-Mobile looks to force change in net neutrality law through courts

Published 30 Dec 2016 15:30 CET | Europe, Netherlands

The ACM has forbidden T-Mobile's 'Datavrije Muziek' offer, but the service is still available while T-Mobile pursues a court appeal. The regulator thinks the offer of ...

Zero-rated data tests EU stance on net neutrality

Published 12 Dec 2016 15:12 CET | Europe

The first test cases of the EU net neutrality legislation have reached the news in the past week, and the focus is on whether zero-rated mobile data for specific apps can be ...

Tele2 Netherlands: time to buy or be bought

Published 14 Jul 2016 16:36 CET | Europe, Netherlands

Consolidation has reduced the Dutch market to six national players of significant size: KPN, Ziggo, Vodafone, T-Mobile, Tele2 and M7. With the planned merger of Ziggo and ...

What Vodafone can do to secure regulatory approval for buying Liberty Global

Published 06 Jan 2016 13:06 CET | Europe

Vodafone's share price has risen in the new year amid renewed rumours it has restarted talks on a merger with cable group Liberty Global. While the company officially broke ...

Vodafone and Liberty Global: consolidation to continue regardless

Published 24 Sep 2015 10:54 CET | Europe

Vodafone and Liberty Global have been in talks for several months about a possible partial or full merger of their activities. They confirmed the talks in June, but recent ...

Supporting network investment: structural separation not broadband deregulation

Published 22 Jun 2015 14:06 CET | Europe

Nearly all the European incumbent operators have called on the EU to relax regulation of the sector. "We need a level playing field. (...) WhatsApp is doing communications, ...

Vodafone, Liberty Global deal may face trouble in Germany, Ireland

Published 01 Dec 2014 14:28 CET | Europe

Vodafone is reportedly contemplating merger talks with Liberty Global to create a new telecom powerhouse in Europe. Since the sale of its stake in Verizon Wireless, Vodafone ...

What can America Movil do with KPN Netherlands and Base?

Published 26 Aug 2013 14:59 CET | Europe

KPN, Telefonica and America Movil have agreed to a higher price for KPN's German subsidiary E-Plus. In addition to EUR 5 billion cash, KPN will receive a bigger stake in ...

AT&T has little reason to expand to Europe

Published 16 Jul 2013 11:35 CET | Europe, United States

AT&T is in search of takeovers in Europe, according to recent media reports. Possible candidates could include EE, the UK joint venture of Orange and Deutsche Telekom, or ...

What do consumers do to avoid high roaming costs?

Published 04 Jul 2013 17:23 CET | Europe

Is mobile telephony still expensive? Competition, MVNOs (similar to a type of collective purchasing) and regulation are pushing prices lower, including international rates. ...

Huawei plans European invasion with UK launch

Published 20 Jun 2013 16:13 CET | Europe

The launch of the Ascend P6 smartphone at an event in London underlines Chinese equipment maker Huawei's efforts to conquer the European handset market. The company has a big ...

 




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