François Hollande, president of the French republic and co-prince of Andorra, has promised an investment plan worth €20bn for the development of ultra-high-speed broadband in France, financed through a mix of private enterprise and state funds.
Operator group Deutsche Telekom is rolling out what it claims will be Germany’s largest ever wifi network. The offering will be launched in the summer of 2013.
UK satellite broadcaster BSkyB has agreed to purchase Telefónica UK’s consumer broadband and fixed-line telephony assets for £180m ($270m), making it the second-largest provider in the UK broadband market.
Payment provider PayPal has launched a card reader device that handles Chip & PIN and PayPal payments in Europe. The device will be available to select UK businesses over the coming months before becoming generally available this summer.
Network infrastructure vendor Alcatel-Lucent has appointed a new CEO in former Vodafone Europe CEO Michel Combes. Combes will begin his role April 1, 2013 and will also join the company’s board of directors, subject to the approval of shareholders.
The adoption of fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) connections in Europe continues to grow apace, with Russia emerging as the region’s clear leader after a dramatic 42 per cent increase in FTTH connections in the second half of 2012, according to new figures from the FTTH Council Europe.
The UK’s four mobile network operators have secured 4G spectrum, along with BT subsidiary Niche Spectrum Ventures.However, much of the discussion following regulator Ofcom’s announcement was around the revenue generated for the public purse. Just £2.34bn was raised; Chancellor George Osborne had hoped to secure £3.5bn from the auction.
Andy Sutton, Principal Network Architect, EE is speaking on the Mobile Backhaul track on Day One of the LTE World Summit, taking place on the 24th-26th June 2013, at the Amsterdam RAI, Netherlands. EE was the first to launch a national LTE network in the UK and ahead of the show we spoke to him about its progress on rolling out its LTE network and found out more about its approach to backhaul.
The UK’s four mobile network operators and a subsidiary of fixed line incumbent BT have won LTE spectrum, regulator Ofcom has announced. But bidding was cautious, with the auction raising £2.34bn; £1bn less than the UK Treasury had hoped.
After the UK’s latest auction of spectrum for the delivery of 4G services fell short of Government revenue targets earlier today, successful bidder Everything Everywhere has warned that 2013 will be a critical year for operators to address the “mobile video tsunami” before it is too late.
UK operator EE has posted a drop in revenue for 2012, despite being the only operator in the country to offer LTE services. The company formerly known as Everything Everywhere; created as a result of the merger of T-Mobile and Orange in the UK, saw full-year service revenue fall 2.6 per cent year on year to £5.95bn.
Operator group France Telecom has announced that it could sell its shares in Portuguese operator Sonaecom and has entered into a “put and call option” agreement with local conglomerate Sonae, the majority shareholder in the firm.
UK operator group Vodafone has struck a five-year deal with British defence firm BAE Systems. The two have penned a partnership to provide businesses with a range of advanced communications security products and services for smartphones and tablets. BAE Systems has also selected Vodafone as its preferred supplier of mobile communications worldwide, excluding the US.
In the eternal chess match that is the German telecoms market, Vodafone may be readying a move to take its king out of check, by buying cable player Kabel Deutschland (KDG). If press reports are accurate, and Vodafone really does buy up Germany’s largest cable provider, it could break out of the fixed-broadband stalemate it finds itself in currently while jumping far ahead of incumbent Deutsche Telekom in the increasingly important TV market.
With over 60 countries having launched commercial LTE networks, it’s no surprise that data speeds are not globally uniform. What might come as a surprise though is the claim that Japan, with one of the most advanced mobile markets in the world, has the slowest LTE experience at 7.1Mbps download. While Sweden, home of the first commercial LTE network, has maintained a crown with the fastest experience at 22.1Mbps on average.