Telefónica buys E-Plus to create Germany’s largest operator

Telefónica has bought KPN’s German subsidiary E-Plus - in a deal worth €5 billion ($6.6 billion) to create Germany’s largest operator.

The Spanish firm - who already has a hand in the German market - will take up a 65 percent majority stake in the company. The combination of the company’s current customer base with KPN’s will mean a cumulative base of 43 million customers; controlling 40 percent of Germany’s users.

Currently, the market leaders – Deutsche...

By Ryan Daws, 23 July 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Europe, Marketing, Mobile, Networks, Operators.

Huawei to be reviewed in cybersecurity of critical UK infrastructure

The UK government will be looking into Huawei’s involvement in national infrastructure over the same cybersecurity fears which resulted in a ban of the manufacturer’s equipment in the United States after failing to prove the company has no association with the Chinese government.

TelecomsTech first reported on the US situation where – along with rival firm ZTE – “the two firms had failed to demonstrate the absence of Chinese...

By Ryan Daws, 18 July 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Europe, Industry, Infrastructure, LTE, N America, Networks, Security, Telematics.

US likeliest for next disruptive tech; UK not an ‘innovation hotspot’

The UK’s “Tech City” cannot compete against the might of Silicon Valley and the rest of the US in terms of technology innovation, according to a recent survey.

Whilst this may not be greatly surprising considering the sheer scale of the States; being placed ahead of China by technology executives may be of interest.

The survey has been conducted by advisory firm KPMG, using a pool of 811 top technology business leaders worldwide from startups, mid-sized to large enterprises, venture capital...

By Ryan Daws, 12 July 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Europe, Industry, Marketing, N America, Research.

EU looks to invest €22 billion in research and innovation

In order to remain a global leader in various technological sectors, the EU will be investing €22 billion towards research and innovation.

This investment hopes to secure not just advancement of the relevant industries, but also help to provide jobs for the future.

The funding will focus primarily on five public-private partnerships in the fields of innovative medicines, aeronautics, bio-based industries, fuel cells and hydrogen, and electronics.

These five 'Joint Technology Initiatives' (JTIs) are:

  • Innovative Medicines 2 (IMI2): to develop next generation vaccines, medicines and...

By Ryan Daws, 10 July 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, Europe, Industry, Infrastructure, Marketing.

Competition, consistency and creativity are vital for a single telecoms market

The topic of this year’s European Competitive Telecommunications Association (ECTA) conference in Brussels was the creation of a single market for telecoms within the EU. While many delegates recognized the need to enhance broadband investments and improve take-up of superfast services, several other factors were identified as being crucial in forming this single market. Competition will be crucial in driving innovation and dynamism; this will require improving consistency in regulation across the union to...

By Ovum Research, 02 July 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Europe, Government, Industry.

Heading to the EU? Your roaming bill has just been cut!

Last week, the EU Commission's VP Neelie Kroes promised charges for using your mobile whilst abroad (or “roaming”) will become significantly cheaper. Today the promise has been delivered with substantial cuts across the member states.

This will be a day of celebration for anyone who has ever been hit with expensive charges when away from home; whether on work, holiday, or calling friends/family living away.

Although prices are nowhere near the levels of my teen years (I’ll never forget that...

By Ryan Daws, 01 July 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Billing, Consumers, Europe, Government, Industry, Networks, Operators, Smartphones.

Looking to hide online? PRISM-break shows you how

First off – if you’ve done anything illegal, go to the authorities now.

For the rest of us, read onwards if you’re simply looking to stay safe online away from prying eyes; whether from hackers, crackers, or invasive privacy measures such as that pyramid-like named legislation you may have heard about.

It’s from these latest concerns which website PRISM-break.org is born, showing the best – generally open source – alternatives to all the most popular...

By Ryan Daws, 14 June 2013, 1 comment. Categories: Big Data, Consumers, Europe, Industry, Mobile, N America, Security, Smartphones.

Name your car E.T. - by 2015 it will “phone home” via eCall

The European Commission has signed off draft legislation which requires all new cars from 2015 to be fitted with an eCall device.

Okay, by “home” it will actually call 112 – the emergency number in Europe – but that wouldn’t have allowed me such a cheesy, obvious headline.

eCall transmits a “minimum set of data” in the event of an accident, including the exact location; this helps cut down response times significantly and will in theory help to prevent annual...

By Ryan Daws, 14 June 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Devices, Europe, Government, Industry, Infrastructure, Mobile.

“Provide clarification on PRISM”, says EU commissioner

The past week I’ve written two articles regarding the US Government; allegations of spying using PRISM, and calls by involved companies for more transparency as a result.

The Director of National Intelligence claims PRISM is solely for data-collection of non-US citizens; naturally, the EU’s commissioner for justice and fundamental rights, Viviane Reding, wants some clarification.

In a...

By Ryan Daws, 13 June 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Consumers, Europe, Government, Industry, N America, Networks, Operators, Security.

Neelie Kroes’ “highest level” roaming plan support doesn’t include the GSMA

Last week, TelecomsTech reported on Neelie Kroes’ plan to abolish roaming fees in Europe. The Vice President of the European Commission was quoted as saying she has the “support of the highest level in institutions”, yet the biggest representative, the GSMA, doesn’t agree.

The GSMA is a mobile consortium representing more than 800 carriers including Vodafone, T-Mobile, Orange, AT&T and Everything Everywhere.

As a...

By Ryan Daws, 04 June 2013, 1 comment. Categories: Billing, Consumers, Europe, Industry, LTE, Marketing, Mobile, Networks, Operators.