Cable CEOs debated the future of convergence between their own networks and mobile services at Cable Congress in Amsterdam this week. Leading executives said that cable operators are becoming mobile companies as consumption of content migrates to mobile.
Nordic operator TeliaSonera and Norway-headquartered Telenor have announced an agreement to merge their Danish operations into a joint venture, of which each party will hold 50%. The two telcos said the new company will create a robust new operator in the very competitive Danish market.
Danish incumbent operator TDC has struck a deal with Finnish player DNA that will see DNA acquire TDC’s Finnish operations for €154m. The deal covers both TDC Finland and TDC Hosting—which provide communications and IT solutions to public and private enterprises and wholesale services—and their associated customers. TDC and DNA will co-operate on enterprise and international wholesale services in Finland after the deal’s conclusion.
The technology might be new, but the problems are all too familiar. Danish incumbent TDC has its LTE network deployed in six cities in the country, but is currently restricted to a small scale friendly trial because of a lack of user equipment. It’s a frustrating situation for Bernd Reul, vice president of service platforms for TDC.
The Informer fears this week’s AWIW bears a certain similarity to last week’s but assures you that this is an all new instalment. Just three days after the industry learned that Nokia chief OPK is to step down, his right hand man, Anssi Vanjoki, head of Mobile Solutions, also threw in the Wellington boot.
I’ve just returned from Midem, the music industry’s annual knees up held in (usually sunny, but not really in January) Cannes. The general mood was the mixture of optimism (Spotify, new business models) and pessimism (piracy, stalling digital sales) that has long been par-for-the-course at music industry events.
There was a time, not so long ago, when the iPhone was a byword for exclusivity. Carriers fought for the right to offer it and queues formed outside the small number of shops which shone with its presence. Now you can buy the thing in Tesco. The UK’s largest supermarket, which pockets something like one of every seven pounds spent in Britain, will soon be making the latest versions of Apple’s iconic handset available on its MVNO, Tesco Mobile.
France Telecom and Danish carrier TDC said Wednesday they have agreed to combine their Swiss operations – Orange and Sunrise – creating a new entity with fixed and mobile service offerings.
Danish operator TDC is to offload its controlling stake in Hungarian fixed line provider Invitel for DKK54.9m (€7.4m).
Are Europe’s former state-owned telecoms monopolies still so powerful that they can halt the march of technological progress? That’s the charge levelled at Danish incumbent TDC by one of the Denmark’s leading fibre-to-the-home operators, aggrieved at the low take-up of its super-fast broadband products.
Denmark’s leading mobile operator, TDC Mobile, said Friday that it has tapped NEC to deploy a femtocell network later this year. The agreement will see the deployment of a friendly user trial of femtocell access points deployed in consumer locations and connected to TDC’s commercial core network system. Femtocells are low power wireless access points [...]
Danish operator TDC has decided to sell its 100 per cent-owned Baltic mobile operator Bite to the Central and Eastern European private equity fund, Mid Europa Partners, for a cash consideration of Eur450m. Bite operates a mobile network in Lithuania and in 2005 expanded into Latvia. “In accordance with TDC’s strategic focus, Bite is considered [...]