Category: Operator


Telstra outlines organisational shake up

Australian incumbent carrier Telstra on Monday announced an organisational overhaul that will see the company divided into four main groups as well as a reshuffling of the top brass.

WiMAX not dead: Clearwire scores $920m more in funding

US WiMAX pin up Clearwire said this week it has secured an additional $920m in debt financing, which in addition to the recently announced $1.56bn in financing gives it $1.85bn to further expand its network.

Swiss merger to deliver Orange Sunrise

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.

European Parliament passes telecoms reforms

After two years of wrangling, the European Parliament has formally approved the EU’s telecoms reform package, ushering in a new wave of consumer protection, and quite possibly, operator headaches.

O2 UK beefs up its data network

Anticipating increased demand for mobile data services, and perhaps seeking to offset criticism over congestion, O2 UK has announced plans build out 1,500 new network sites in 2010.

Zain, Paltel merger off

After months of courting, the proposed merger between emerging markets telecoms giant Zain and Palestinian operator Paltel is off.

Deutsche Telekom to merge domestic operations

German carrier Deutsche Telekom said Thursday it will merge its domestic mobile and landline businesses into a single company, to increase its competitiveness in its toughest market.

Orascom reshuffles top brass

Egyptian carrier Orascom Telecom announced a shake up of its leadership team, promoting chief operating officer Khaled Bichara to the position of group chief executive officer.

Survival of the fittest

The prospect of consolidation among African and Middle Eastern operators has provided much fuel for the industry rumour mill in 2009, but the apparent collapse of talks involving Zain Africa as well as those between Bharti and MTN has not diminished the appetite for expansion.

Spirit of innovation driving growth in Africa

African telecoms operators have faced several challenges in 2009. The global economic downturn, a fiercely competitive landscape, and pressure to expand networks into rural areas have tested the mettle of the region’s carriers both big and small.

Vodafone hints at job cuts as profits climb

Vodafone, the world’s biggest carrier in terms of revenues got a little bigger on Tuesday, recording a 9.3 per cent year on year increase in reported revenues for the six months to the end of September 2009. Group turnover came in at £21.8bn in 2009, compared to just under £20bn in 2008, while reported profit for the period hit £4.8bn.

European carriers forced to shift strategy

The impact of the economic downturn and accompanying shift in consumer behaviour, coupled with intense competition has forced mobile operators across Europe to change their strategies, with many reducing capital expenditure and others introducing discounted pricing models.

Deutsche Telekom solid in third quarter

German carrier Deutsche Telekom reported a 7.2 per cent rise in net profit for the third quarter, from €895m in 2008 to €959m in the third quarter of 2009. Revenues climbed 5.2 per cent year on year to €16.3bn.

France Telecom holds fort in third quarter

European carrier France Telecom said Thursday that EBITDA (earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation) dropped 5.4 per cent year on year during the third quarter of 2009 to €4.56bn from €4.8bn last year.

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