Category: Operator

Telefonica income drops 50%; news not all bad

Spanish carrier Telefonica gave further indication of the state of the European telecoms market on Friday, reporting revenue for the third quarter that climbed 5.7 per cent year on year to Eur14.99bn while net income dropped 50 per cent year on year to Eur2bn. But the previous year’s income was boosted by the sale of […]

Telekom Austria jumps on femto bandwagon

The mobile division of Austrian carrier Telecom Austria said Friday it has started the first femtocell pilot in Central Europe. Mobilkom has rolled out the technology with 35 selected residential and business customers throughout Austria, using kit from Chinese vendor Huawei. As the carrier explains, a femtocell effectively creates an individual indoor 3G network connected […]

BT to axe 10,000

In the wake of its shock earnings warning earlier this month, UK telco BT has announced plans to axe 10,000 staff. On Thursday, the carrier said EBITDA for the quarter to the end of September dropped 1 per cent year on year to £1.39bn, while revenues climbed 4 per cent year on year to £5.3bn. […]

Telekom Austria to axe 1,500 workers

Austrian carrier Telekom Austria won market approval this week, for its decision to shed 1,250 jobs over the course of 2009. On Wednesday, the operator reported a 6.2 per cent year on year decline to Eur163m during the third quarter, while revenues for the period were up 4 per cent year on year to Eur1.33bn. […]

Clearwire only has eyes for mobile WiMAX

Clearwire has dramatically scaled down its marketing efforts for its fixed and nomadic services, which is based on ‘pre-WiMAX’ equipment from Motorola, as it focuses on mobile WiMAX rollout. “We focused our resources on the strategic priorities of preparing our upcoming mobile WiMAX markets for launch as well as successfully completing a proof of concept network […]

EC investigates VoIP blocking in mobile ops

The European Commission is understood to be probing the practices of mobile operators who block or restrict internet telephony (VoIP) applications on their networks. The EC has sent questionnaires to a number of unidentified European carriers asking for information on their tools and techniques for filtering and blocking VoIP traffic. The assumption is that the […]

DoCoMo spends $2.7bn on Indian takeaway

Japanese operator NTT DoCoMo struck a deal Wednesday to acquire 26 per cent of India’s sixth largest cellco, Tata Teleservices, for $2.7bn. In addition, DoCoMo said it also expects to make a further offer for up to 20 per cent of the outstanding common shares of Tata Teleservices Maharashtra. The move will give DoCoMo, which […]

Voda results show carriers can’t dodge downturn

The world’s biggest operator in terms of revenue and arguably the most important bellwether of the global carrier market, demonstrated Tuesday that telecoms might not be as resistant to the economic downturn as everyone thought. Vodafone reported a 34 per cent drop in profits for the first half of the year, to £2.17bn, while revenues […]

Vodafone Malta amends WiMAX mistake

Due to “human error” Vodafone Malta gave the wrong WiMAX subscriber data to regulator MCA (Malta Communications Authority). As a result, the MCA stated in its Communications Market Review, January-June 2008, that the number of subscribers to Vodafone Malta’s WiMAX service was actually fewer in 2Q 2008 than the previous quarter, going from 2,867 to […]

Sprint posts bruising third quarter

Sprint Nextel, the third largest mobile operator in the US, is losing more customers and more money than most analysts expected. During 3Q 2008, Sprint’s subscriber base shrank by 1.3 million, of which 1.1 million were post-paid subscribers closing their accounts. According to five analysts surveyed by Reuters, the average expected post-paid subscriber loss for […]

Austrian carriers blast roaming rate caps

The mobile operators in Austria’s highly competitive market took a break from bitter rivalry on Friday to jointly release research demonstrating the damage done by the EU’s caps on roaming voice prices. The study, commissioned by mobilkom austria, T-Mobile Austria and Orange Austria, claims that the three carriers have experienced a total EBITDA decline of […]

Deutsche Telekom reports solid results

German carrier Deutsche Telekom reported a decent set of third quarter results on Thursday, although analysts expressed some concern about its US operations. For the quarter, adjusted net profit climbed 12 per cent year on year to Eur1.18bn from Eur1.05bn last year, while net revenues decreased 1.5 per cent year on year to Eur15.4bn. T-Mobile’s […]

FCC approves New Clearwire, IPCS objects

The FCC has given the go-ahead to the New Clearwire Corporation joint venture, which has plans to roll out mobile WiMAX across the US. Comprising Sprint Nextel (51 percent) and Clearwire (27 percent) – with the remaining equity held by Intel, Google, TimeWarner Cable, Comcast and Bright House Networks – AT&T had objected to the […]

Vodafone takes control of Vodacom

UK-based operator Vodafone said Thursday that its Rand22.5bn ($2.5bn) bid for a further 15 per cent stake in South African operation Vodacom has been accepted. The move takes Vodafone’s holding in Vodacom to 65 per cent, and allows the Big V to realise its long standing aim of taking control of the African operator. Vodacom […]

Li offers to take PCCW private

The ongoing saga involving leading Hong Kong operator PCCW took a new turn on Tuesday as tycoon Richard Li offered to privatise the company under a $1.9bn deal. In partnership with 20 per cent PCCW stakeholder China Netcom and Li’s other investment vehicle, Pacific Century Regional Developments (PCRD), Li is proposing to buy out minority […]

Sprint commits to iDEN, Moto rejoices

US mobile operator and WiMAX pioneer, Sprint, said it intends to rejuvenate its ageing iDEN network after failing to find a buyer for the unit. The carrier, which acquired the iDEN network along with Nextel in 2005, said it has extended its long term partnership with Motorola, the creator of the proprietary push to talk […]

BT warns over poor Global Services performance

UK carrier BT has issued a profit warning, blaming the weak performance of its international services division. The company said that for the quarter that ended September 30, group revenue is forecast to be ahead of expectations but EBITDA and earnings will be slightly below expectations.  The retail, wholesale and Openreach units are expected to […]

Rogers chief admitted to hospital

The chief executive of Canadian carrier Rogers Communications has been admitted to hospital for treatment for an existing heart condition, the company has announced. As a result, Ted Rogers has temporarily relinquished his responsibilities and Alan Horn, chairman of the board will run the company in his place for an indefinite period. Last week, Rogers […]

Hong Kong considers fixed mobile number portability

The Hong Kong communications regulator has issued a request for comments over the proposed implementation of Fixed Mobile Number Portability (FMNP). At the moment, fixed line subscribers may port their numbers to another fixed network operator and mobile subscribers may port their numbers to another mobile network operator, but cross platform number portability between fixed […]

Zain takes control of Iraqi operator

Middle Eastern carrier Zain has increased its ownership stake in Zain Iraq from 30 per cent to 62 per cent, the company said over the weekend. Zain increased its stake through a pre-agreed call option with the owners of Athir National in Bahrain, which is one of the three founders of Atheer Telecom Iraq, now […]


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