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Nationalise BT and free fibre broadband: Labour's plan doesn't stand a chance

Published 19 Nov 2019 11:01 CET | United Kingdom

The UK's Labour party has proposed nationalising BT in order to offer free broadband over FTTP nationwide from 2030. While the plan appears highly unlikely to be implemented, ...

VodafoneZiggo vs. ACM: if the regulator wins, new action on wholesale cable rates needed

Published 18 Jul 2019 16:59 CET | Netherlands

VodafoneZiggo had the first hearing of its legal appeal against the wholesale cable regulation in the Netherlands on 12 July. A ruling from the court - the outcome of which ...

Proximus Pickx to attract interest from other operators as broadcaster role undermined

Published 02 Jul 2019 14:31 CET | Belgium

Proximus has taken a notable step with the launch of a new user interface for its TV service. Pickx looks to be very consumer-friendly, helping to make Proximus an ...

Is KPN pushing newcomers out of the FTTH market?

Published 24 Jun 2019 17:53 CET | Netherlands

KPN has announced plans to roll out FTTH in The Hague, shortly after Primevest started work on its project in the city. Similar overlap has happened in smaller Dutch towns, ...

Vodafone risks rejection of Unitymedia takeover with limited concessions offer

Published 24 May 2019 11:49 CET | Germany

The EU broadband market may soon have another country with wholesale cable access. Vodafone Germany has offered Telefonica access to its cable network in order to secure EU ...

Disney+ to grow faster than Netflix

Published 19 Apr 2019 12:18 CET | World

Walt Disney has presented its new streaming service, Disney+. With an annual subscription, the service costs USD 5.83 per month. The service is expected to have a much faster ...

Why Amazon's growth may (not) disappoint

Published 29 Oct 2018 12:29 CET | World

Amazon.com's share price hit a new record in early September of USD 2,040, taking the company to a market capitalisation of over USD 1 trillion. After Amazon's latest ...

Alphabet Q3 results show Google working on diversification

Published 29 Oct 2018 11:33 CET | World

Alphabet, the parent company of Google, reported third-quarter sales of USD 33.7 billion, up 21 percent, or 22 percent more excluding currency effects. The growth was ...

KPN, VodafoneZiggo joint dominance leads to open cable, new budget brand from VZ and likely tariff regulation

Published 01 Oct 2018 15:47 CET | Netherlands

The Dutch telecom sector may be set for radical changes after the ACM's latest decision on regulation of the fixed broadband market. The decision could also influence other ...

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 ...

Twitter Q2: drop in users due to clean-up, underlying growth still solid

Published 31 Jul 2018 12:03 CET | World

After Facebook, Twitter is the latest tech stock to take a dive on disappointing quarterly results. While the company is succeeding in monetising usage better, the declining ...

Facebook has a hedge but damage control is needed to address problems of privacy, fake news

Published 31 Jul 2018 10:22 CET | World

Facebook's first loss of customers in Europe resulted in a 20 percent drop in its market capitalisation. Is this the beginning of the end for Facebook or will the share price ...

Multiple drivers for price increases in OTT video sector

Published 09 Jul 2018 11:53 CET | World

Netflix is testing new subscription options that could result in higher prices for some subscribers. It's not the only OTT service planning to raise prices. Netflix is likely ...

Tech sector risks reputation damage with monopoly tendencies

Published 29 Jun 2018 13:49 CET | World

The technology sector is struggling with several big problems that can have a significant impact on an important asset for companies like Google, Facebook and Amazon: their ...

Belgian operators push for consolidation in battle for Voo

Published 21 Jun 2018 15:12 CET | Belgium

The Belgian telecom market appears set for some significant changes as the fight to acquire Voo shows no sign of abating. First Orange showed an interest in Voo and then ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...