Category: Operator


BT cuts 15,000 jobs

UK incumbent carrier BT is to slash around 15,000 jobs as it struggles to offset weaknesses in its Global Services division.

Clearwire revenue up, losses narrow, management reshuffle

US WiMAX operator Clearwire announced Wednesday an improved set of financial results for Q1 2009. Pro forma revenue for the three months ended 31 March 2009 increased by 21 percent to $62.14m compared with Q1 2008. Top line growth was driven by a 13 per cent increase in Clearwire subscribers and a seven percent hike in ARPU to $39.52 over the same period.

Telefonica shines in economic gloom

European heavyweight carrier Telefonica delivered a solid set of financials on Wednesday, recording a 9.8 per cent increase in net profit for the first quarter to Eur1.69bn.

BSNL stalls on naming WiMAX franchisee

Despite announcing more than three months ago it was on the verge of naming another WiMAX rollout partner, BSNL, a state-owned fixed and mobile operator in India, appears to be no nearer to making a decision.

NEC wins UQ WiMAX deal

UQ Communications, a mobile WiMAX operator in Japan, has selected NEC to supply 802.16e base stations.

Telstra names new CEO

David Thodey, managing director of enterprise and government at Australian carrier Telstra was on Friday named as the new chief executive of the firm. He replaces Sol Trujillo, the colourful Telstra frontman, who plans to step down on June 30 and return home to the US.

T-Mobile UK writedown sparks sale rumours

It was German carrier Deutsche Telekom’s turn to report gloomy financials on Thursday, with the firm recording a first quarter loss of €1.12bn compared to a profit of €924m in the same period last year.

Telenor sees profits slide

Nordic operator Telenor on Tuesday reported that net profit for the first quarter fell to NOK1.62bn (Eur185m) in 2009, compared to NOK4.57bn in the same period in 2008.

Zain cuts 2,000 jobs

Kuwait-based carrier Zain announced a cost cutting plan this week, which it claims will propel the company toward its target of being a top ten operator by 2011.

France Telecom remains resilient

European telecoms giant France Telecom this week reported that first quarter revenues were almost flat year on year at Eur12.7bn while EBITDA (earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation) fell 4.4 per cent year on year to Eur4.3bn.

WiMAX goes Dutch

Worldmax has launched commercial Mobile WiMAX in the Netherlands and the telecom world is watching.

First MVNO launches in Middle East

The Middle East’s first mobile virtual network operator (MVNO), Friendi Mobile, launched in Oman today, setting in motion what industry watchers expect to be a trend for the region.

PCCW buyout bid scuppered

Investment tycoon Richard Li has given up the ghost on his attempts to stage a $2bn buyout of PCCW, which may or may not mean the end to the ongoing saga involving the leading Hong Kong operator.

Deutsche Telekom shakes market with credit crunch warning

Top tier German carrier Deutsche Telekom sent a tremor through the market this week when it warned that earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) would come in at 2 to 4 per cent lower than expected in 2009.

South Africa fights over spectrum

Far-reaching regulatory changes look set to heat up broadband competition in South Africa. How far this will improve WiMAX prospects remains less certain, particularly as the debate about how to allocate 2.6GHz and 3.5GHz licences is proving to be divisive and prolonged. Yet South Africa’s telecom landscape is undergoing seismic change.

Polls

With Amazon and Google launching smart home initiatives, have the telcos missed out on their chance to cash in on this market?

  • Yes, Google and Amazon will now dominate this space (65%, 40 Votes)
  • Consumers won't have made up their mind (19%, 12 Votes)
  • No, Google and Amazon will not be able to replace the telcos in the mind of the consumer (16%, 10 Votes)

Total Voters: 62

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