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.

Calix gets boost from Ericsson buy but still needs to earn global stripes

By Kamalini Ganguly, Analyst, Network Infrastructure, Ovum

On August 22, Calix announced that it was acquiring Ericsson’s fiber access assets.

It also struck a three-year partnership deal for Ericsson to resell and distribute Calix’s Unified Access Systems and software (augmented by Ericsson’s GPON EDA 1500), giving it access to Ericsson’s tier-1 customer relationships in 180 countries.

The deal will push Calix’s annual PON sales to more than $100m, for a rank of sixth in PON...

By Ovum Research, 06 September 2012, 0 comments. Categories: China, Europe, Fiber Optic, Infrastructure.

Ofcom gives Everything Everywhere green light to launch UK 4G

For nine months the UK telecoms industry held its breath as it awaited Ofcom’s decision on whether to allow Everything Everywhere to launch 4G services using its existing holding of spectrum.

Then on August 21, 2012 Ofcom granted that liberalisation. The decision has been seen as firmly pro-consumer, but it has angered rival operators. While it is not a perfect outcome, it does mean that the UK moves a step closer to finally getting 4G, which could arrive as soon as September this year.


By Ovum Research, 22 August 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Europe, Fiber Optic, LTE, Operators.

What's the outlook for IP connected devices within the home?

Connected TV penetration in North America and Western Europe will surge from just over 10% in 2011 to over 50% by 2017, according to the latest market study by ABI Research. Blu-ray disc player penetration is expected to have a similar progression, increasing from about 25% in Western Europe and North America in 2011 to over 76% by 2017 (standalone and game consoles included). Meanwhile, game console penetration rates by 2017 are only expected to pass 61% in North America and 46% in Western Europe - with adoption rates significantly lower in other regions. There are four major connected...

By David H. Deans, 03 August 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Europe, IPTV, N America, Smart TV.

Texting more widespread than voice, says Ofcom

Research from UK-based communications regulator Ofcom has shown that, for the first time, UK residents are more likely to text than call.

The research, from Ofcom’s annual ‘Communications Market Report’, published on Wednesday, showed that 58% of UK residents texted every day, compared to just 47% who made a daily phone call.

The figures for call usage on both fixed and mobile phones were down for the first time, potentially signifying an important trend.

Not altogether unsurprisingly, this...

By James Bourne, 18 July 2012, 1 comment. Categories: Europe, Mobile, Research, Smartphones, Smart TV.

How will London 2012 be the first digital Olympics experience?

The upcoming summer Olympic Games in London, England will set a precedent for the use and application of advanced digital technology - that's from the perspective of both multimedia content producers and consumers. The BBC says that London 2012 will be the first truly digital Games. They will ensure audiences never miss a moment, delivering unprecedented coverage across multiple digital platforms so that sports fans can stay up to date wherever they are, whenever they want to view the action. The BBC will give audiences more choice,...

By David H. Deans, 09 July 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Content, Europe, Mobile.

Deutsche Telekom's Google talks give rise to NFC payment apps

Deutsche Telekom AG has been in apparent discussion with Google over the possibility of expanding its mobile payments service overseas and collaborating with Google Wallet.

This is all according to the German mobile giant’s head of innovation Thomas Kiessling, who said in an interview that Deutsche Telekom was targeting a series of credit card companies and banks alongside Google.

“We’re talking to other players in the market, and even a co-operation...

By James Bourne, 05 July 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Europe, Google, Mobile, Operators.

Google asked to remedy concerns over alleged abuse of its dominance

By James Robinson, Associate Analyst, Regulatory Telecoms, Ovum

After more than 18 months of investigation, the EC has presented Google with its concerns over the search engine’s business practices. European commissioner for competition Joaquin Almunia has written to Google’s executive chairman Eric Schmidt outlining the EC’s concerns and requesting that Google provide appropriate remedies.

The letter follows an antitrust investigation into the company that began in late 2010, having been prompted...

By Ovum Research, 03 July 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Europe, Google, Government.

European Commission stresses greater investment in telecoms

The annual Digital Agenda Scoreboard has seen the European Union in pragmatic mood, with the EU stating that while there is a demand for digital expanse, the operation is being undercut by inadequate investment.

Neelie Kroes, vice president of the European Commission, said that Europe was “shooting itself in the foot” because of underfunding and stressed more money be put in to telecommunications infrastructure.

Kroes said: “Europeans are hungry for digital technologies and more digital...

By James Bourne, 18 June 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Europe, Government.

Telefónica pulls out of China Unicom to ease financial worries

Telefónica SA has sold a 4.56% stake in China Unicom to its parent group, China United Network, as the telecoms giant attempts to back out of its financial difficulties.

The stake will give Telefónica a HK $11bn ($1.4bn) cash injection once the transaction is completed. Telefónica will still remain a major player in China Unicom, however, with a 5.01% stake in the company.

In a statement Telefónica said the decision was made to “proactively manage its asset portfolio”...

By James Bourne, 11 June 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Asia, Europe, Mobile, Networks.

European Commission vs. China: "unlikely to turn to real havoc"

Following on from TelecomsTech's report on the EU anti-dumping investigation and alleging Chinese mobile manufacturers Huawei and ZTE benefit from illegal subsidies, here's our Beijing Correspondent, Dr. Lin Sun, with his take on the imbroglio.



It will be interesting to see how the Chinese government reacts to the EU's charges which I believe will...

By Dr Lin Sun, 31 May 2012, 0 comments. Categories: China, Europe, Industry, Mobile.