Mobile operators are moving to a data-centric world. LTE has become the most rapidly deployed cellular network technology in the industry’s history and the demise of circuit switching—while still on the distant horizon—is now in sight.
Chief strategy, innovation & technology officer, KPN Group: “LTE will finally allow the internet to go mobile”
Erik Hoving, chief strategy, innovation & technology officer for KPN Group in The Netherlands, is opening the conference on Day One of the LTE World Summit, the premier 4G event for the telecoms industry, taking place on the 24th-26th June 2013, at the Amsterdam RAI, The Netherlands. In an interview ahead of the show we spoke to him about KPN’s LTE launch and the effect that 4G services will have on consumers and the internet in general.
Alcatel-Lucent has won a five-year managed services agreement with Dutch telco KPN to transform the latter’s fixed network in the Netherlands, including migrating its existing voice and transport networks to new technology.
Dutch incumbent operator KPN has announced a partnership with wifi network provider Fon that it says will give KPN customers access to more than 1,500 hotspots in the Netherlands and a further seven million worldwide.
In a move aimed at strengthening its position in the Spanish market, Orange has acquired 100 per cent of MVNO Simyo. The MVNO, which has around 380,000 subscribers, was previously owned by Dutch operator group KPN.
Dutch operator group KPN has seen its quarterly net profit fall by 32 per cent year on year, and has blamed increased competition in the German market as a key factor for its poor performance. The operator recorded net profit of €250m for 3Q12, compared with the €368m it made in 3Q11. This was despite revenue falling by a comparatively modest 6.5 per cent year on year, from €3,256m to €3,044m.
KPN CEO: Governments need to create climate of “predictability and certainty” for operator investment
Partnership will be essential to the future of European broadband, according to the CEO of Dutch incumbent operator KPN. Eelco Blok, speaking during the keynote session at Broadband World Forum yesterday morning, called on companies and governments to “reinvent themselves” to take advantage of broadband communications as a “platform for change”.
Dutch operator group KPN has announced that its net profit for the first half of 2012 has fallen by a staggering 40 per cent. The figure stood at €603m ($729m), compared to the €1.01bn the firm recorded in 1H11. Revenue from the half dropped by 2.2 per cent to €6.38bn compared with the €6.52bn the firm generated in the same quarter a year earlier.
Cloud storage firm Egnyte has received $16m in Series C funding led by Google Ventures with additional support from existing investors Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers (KPCB), and Polaris. As a part of the funding, Karim Faris, partner at Google Ventures will join the board of Egnyte.
Mobile operator Vodafone struck another infrastructure sharing deal this week, this time in the Netherlands where its local operation will share passive infrastructure with KPN.
The seven mobile operators across the world using the same M2M platform will automatically benefit from a degree of interoperability that makes it easier for enterprise customers to expand into new markets.
Seven mobile operators across the world have teamed up to create an alliance to collaborate in the M2M space. KPN, NTT Docomo, Rogers, SingTel, Telefónica, Telstra and Vimpelcom have agreed to cooperate to address the complex and fragmented nature of the M2M market.
Latin American operator group América Móvil has acquired yet more shares in Dutch operator KPN, taking its stake in the company to 23.43 per cent. The Mexico-based operator, owned by billionaire Carlos Slim, announced its intention to take its stake up to 28 per cent in May, but KPN told its shareholders not to accept the unsolicited $3.25bn bid for shares.
Latin American operator group América Móvil is increasing its presence in Europe by acquiring a 21 per cent stake in Telekom Austria. The purchase comes in the same week that the operator increased its stake in Dutch operator KPN.
América Móvil has taken its stake in Dutch operator group KPN from 4.8 per cent to 7.3 per cent, after purchasing 6 million ordinary shares in the company. The Mexico-based operator, owned by billionaire Carlos Slim, announced its intention to take its stake up to 28 per cent in May, but KPN told its shareholders not to accept the unsolicited $3.25bn bid for shares, which values each share at €8, claiming that the offer is too low. The 6 million shares it has now acquired however, valued shares at €7.80 each.