Exploring growth for mobile wholesale in Europe

Revenues for the European wholesale telecommunications market remained steady between 2010 and 2011, despite the economic downturn, intense competition, and regulatory actions. According to the latest market study by Ovum, the European wholesale market was worth $48.4 billion in 2011, that's only 0.5 percent less than in 2010, representing 11 percent of the leading wholesalers' total European revenues. Ovum's analysis of the size of the European wholesale telecoms market, based on the reported results of the...

By David H. Deans, 25 January 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Europe, Research, VoiP.

Can there be a pan-European telecoms market?

The European Union appears to be looking at with measures designed to promote a pan-European telecoms market, according to reports from the Financial Times.

This would be a huge step in terms of European telecoms infrastructure, in an attempt to remedy the currently fragmented market.

Neelie Kroes, vice president of the European commission, told the Financial Times that while further collaboration in the marketplace was crucial, plans for a single telecoms regulator were not in the pipeline at this...

By James Bourne, 14 January 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Europe, Networks, Operators.

Merger reduces number of mobile operators in Austria from four to three

By James Robinson, Associate Analyst, Regulation and PolicyThe EC has approved the proposed takeover of Orange’s Austrian subsidiary by 3 Austria. The acquisition will cost 3 a reported $1.84bn (€1.40bn), and will reduce the number of operators in the Austrian mobile market from four to just three. The merged entity will have a market share of nearly 28%, and will be a strong third firm in what will become an even more concentrated oligopoly. The acquisition of Orange is an attractive prospect given its large...

By Ovum Research, 14 January 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Europe, Mobile, Operators.

Is Eric Schmidt, the new escapist?

Someone hinted at me recently that one of the reasons Google didn’t want to invest in peering / transit in France – leading to some of the disagreements on who should bare the cost of it as currently investigated by French regulator ARCEP – was that establishing more technical presence in a market would force them to shift the status of their...

By Benoît FELTEN, 13 December 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Europe, Government, Industry.

Apple runs foul of UK courts, prepares to backtrack

The UK Court of Appeal has reprimanded Apple over the half hearted and sniping nature of a statement it was forced to publish, acknowledging that Samsung did not infringe on the registered design of the iPad in the UK.

In the latest development in what is now the longest running legal spat between the two tech rivals, judges ruled that the ‘corrective statement’, published last week on Apple’s UK website, was ‘non-compliant’ with the Court's order, made earlier in October.

The company was also...

By Matt Henkes, 02 November 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, Europe, Industry.

EE launches first UK 4G LTE network, defends pricing

It's been exciting times for the UK this week as its first commercially available superfast 4G LTE service launched across 11 major cities.

EE, a joint venture between Orange and T-Mobile UK received the go-ahead to launch the service ahead of rivals Vodafone, O2 and Three, following months of legal wrangling over promised spectrum auctions.

“Today is a landmark day for our...

By Matt Henkes, 31 October 2012, 1 comment. Categories: Europe, LTE.

T-City Friedrichshafen: How Deutsche Telekom is learning how to build a smart grid

By Alaa Owaineh, Senior Analyst, Energy & Sustainability Technology

The world is increasingly urban, and cities are an important part of any strategy to build smarter, more sustainable energy systems. Since 2007, the city of Friedrichshafen in Southern Germany has been the site of the T-City project, funded by Deutsche Telekom (DT). The project is an experiment in creating a smarter city, and has allowed DT to evaluate a number of innovative technologies in practice, including smart homes and a...

By Ovum Research, 11 October 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Devices, Europe, Telematics.

Payleven gets approval from major card providers with Chip and PIN solution

payleven, the mobile payments solutions provider, has exclusively announced at Apps World a Chip and PIN technology which utilises Visa across Europe.

TelecomsTech caught up with Rafael Otero, CTO and managing director of payleven, at Apps World to discuss the technology and what it will mean for mobile payment trends.

One of the biggest barriers in utilising mobile payments relates to the bigger card providers, such as MasterCard and more prominently Visa, disallowing the technology.

However payleven’s...

By James Bourne, 03 October 2012, 1 comment. Categories: Billing, Europe, Mobile.

UK broadband regs change: State aid by any other name?

It would be an understatement from my part to stress that I don’t think broadband proceedings in the UK are going in the right direction.

It’s the prerogative of any private business – including incumbent BT – to focus on short term gains when it comes to enhancing their infrastructure, but it’s a lot more questionable when a government doesn’t look beyond the short-term either.

Furthermore, the BDUK process, by effectively eliminating anyone but BT and Fujitsu (and word on the street is...

By Benoît FELTEN, 12 September 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Europe, Fiber Optic.