Calls for consolidation in the European mobile market grow louder by the week and four-operator markets look increasingly challenged. Now, those mobile operators that have already built scale seem to be suggesting that there is no option but to expand yet further through diversification.
The Chief Executive of Orange, Stephane Richard, has dropped a hint about the ongoing discussions with BT over a possible acquisition of EE, allegedly stating that he’s expecting a decision from the British telco in the next few weeks.
UK-based operator Vodafone has announced the acquisition of private equity-owned Spanish cable operator Ono for €7.2bn. Ono offers high speed broadband and pay TV services in Spain and Vodafone said that the transaction will accelerate its unified communications strategy “in a highly converged European market”.
As communication, entertainment and even working processes draw closer it is clear that the consensus of what is driving convergence needs to be reappraised.
Pursuant to my role as a senior analyst within the mobile operator strategy team at Informa I constantly consider market opportunities and strategies in which new services are brought to market. In this position it has become clear to me that the idea of convergence as a standalone concept has grown to the point that one can no longer consider it a single approach. Such an approach risks ineffectually conveying all the points of complexity involved with it.
Uruguay’s state-owned telecoms operator Antel is aiming to connect 80,000 homes with Fibre-to-the-Home (FTTH) by the end of this year, according to BNamericas, quoting the telco’s convergence services manager Humberto Roca
As mobile data usage continues to skyrocket, the challenge going forward is to sustain this stellar growth in a cost effective manner.
The executive reshuffle continued at Swedish vendor Ericsson on Thursday, with incoming CEO Hans Vestberg nominating CTO Håkan Eriksson as head Ericsson in Silicon Valley, the centre of the company’s important IP business.
IT giant HP has struck a deal with mega vendor Alcatel-Lucent that will see a merger of products offerings pitched at service providers and enterprises.
Pan-European carrier Telefonica has announced plans to merge its German fixed and mobile operations under the single brand of Telefonica O2 Germany.