Telecommunications

Sky Starts Mobile Service in U.K.

Sky Starts Mobile Service in U.K.

28 Nov 2016 comment

Sky is about to jump into the U.K. wireless market, betting that even as a latecomer it can pry customers away from the four established competitors by harnessing its powerful entertainment brand and millions of existing subscribers, according to Bloomberg. Prospects for Sky’s mobile offer remain hard to pin down for analysts. Their forecasts for the company’s share of the 15.2 billion-pound U.K. market range from as little as 1 percent to 10 percent, which would bring it close to  CK Hutchison Holdings’s Three U.K., now the No. 4 player.

Hammond to Pledge Broadband Cash in U.K. Productivity Boost

Hammond to Pledge Broadband Cash in U.K. Productivity Boost

23 Nov 2016 comment

Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond will announce a plan to invest 1 billion pounds to improve Britain’s broadband infrastructure, part of a program aimed at boosting productivity as the U.K. leaves the European Union, according to Bloomberg. The plan, under which 2 million more households could get access to full-fiber broadband, will be confirmed in Autumn Statement, the Treasury said in an e-mailed statement.

AT&T to Offer Throttled Video Streams so Customers Save on Data

AT&T to Offer Throttled Video Streams so Customers Save on Data

13 Nov 2016 comment

AT&T will offer wireless subscribers the ability to stream lower-quality video to save on data charges, an industry practice that has raised concern about equal treatment of internet content, according to Bloomberg. Beginning in early 2017, AT&T customers will have the option to use Stream Saver, a video-delivery setting that provides DVD-quality, 480p-screen resolution, according to a statement. The feature will be optional and no extra cost, the company said.

Net Neutrality Expected to Be Another Casualty of Trump Era

Net Neutrality Expected to Be Another Casualty of Trump Era

12 Nov 2016 comment

The Obama administration’s signature policy on technology was net neutrality. Rules passed by the Federal Communications Commission in 2015 prohibited internet service providers from treating web traffic differently depending on the service being used, according to Bloomberg.

Telia Carrier expands global backbone to Zagreb

Telia Carrier expands global backbone to Zagreb

8 Nov 2016 comment

Telia Carrier announced that it has established a new point of presence (PoP) in Zagreb, Croatia, now providing wholesale IP transit and Ethernet services for carriers, content and cloud providers. With the fastest growing internet penetration rate in the region, Zagreb has become a conduit for connectivity as domestic operators and those in surrounding countries can now connect via the Croatian capital to bring high speed connectivity services closer to end users.

Hrvatski Telekom: Stable Revenue, Increased Net Profit

Hrvatski Telekom: Stable Revenue, Increased Net Profit

27 Oct 2016 comment

Croatia's leading telecommunications provider Hrvatski telekom, announces its audited results for the nine months ended 30 September 2016. Hrvatski Telekom business in the first nine months of the current year was marked by stable revenue and increased net profit and capital expenditures.

Vodafone Fined for Customer Billing Issues

Vodafone Fined for Customer Billing Issues

27 Oct 2016 comment

British regulators fined Vodafone 4.63 million pounds ($5.63 million) for failing to credit customers who bought mobile phone minutes and data, and then mishandling complaints that came in afterward, according to Bloomberg. Over 17 months, more than 10,000 customers lost 150,000 pounds, one investigation found, the regulator Ofcom said in a statement.

Global 5G Equipment Market to Grow Over 32% Through 2020

Global 5G Equipment Market to Grow Over 32% Through 2020

25 Oct 2016 comment

Extensive research carried out by the analysts at Technavio has shown that the global 5G equipment market is anticipated to witness tremendous growth and will post a staggering CAGR of more than 32% over the forecast period. With the growth of complementary technologies such as software defined networking (SDN) and network functions virtualization (NFV), the market for 5G equipment is expected to have a positive outlook in the coming years.

T-Mobile Fined for Undisclosed Limits on Unlimited Data

T-Mobile Fined for Undisclosed Limits on Unlimited Data

20 Oct 2016 comment

T-Mobile US will pay $48 million in penalties because it didn’t clearly disclose limits to wireless data plans sold as unlimited to “unhappy” customers left to complain about sluggish performance, regulators said.

Bittium conducts the first VoLTE call in Public Safety LTE band 14 environment

Bittium conducts the first VoLTE call in Public Safety LTE band 14 environment

16 Oct 2016 comment

Bittium conducted the first ever Voice over LTE (VoLTE) call on the Public Safety Band 14 LTE Network. While VoLTE is being used in commercial LTE networks for voice services, this was the first time that a VoLTE call was completed on the network environment that will be used on the dedicated Public Safety Broadband network by First Responder Network Authority FirstNet in the USA.

New networks to go - WiFi4EU and 5G

New networks to go - WiFi4EU and 5G

13 Oct 2016 comment

New EC initiative give possibility to all interested local authorities to offer free Wi-Fi connections to any citizen, for example, in and around public buildings, health centres, parks or squares. With an initial budget of €120 million, this new public voucher scheme has the potential to deliver connectivity to thousands of public spaces, generating 40 to 50 million Wi-Fi connections per day.

Telcos’ Big Data Initiatives Show Promise but Operators Have Yet to Strike It Rich

Telcos’ Big Data Initiatives Show Promise but Operators Have Yet to Strike It Rich

13 Oct 2016 comment

While Telcos Possess Valuable Data and Sophisticated Analytics, They Need to Build Momentum on Monetization, According to This Year’s Telco IT Benchmarking Study, Conducted by ETIS and BCG.

Tomašković: Focus on creating more attractive services for our customers

Tomašković: Focus on creating more attractive services for our customers

13 Oct 2016 comment

Croatian telecom market is changing toward new investments into optical networks reaching the EU Agenda 2020. For years we have been operating in challenging market conditions dictated by the economic and political situation and decreasing the purchasing power of citizens, said in the interview for ICTbusiness.info CEO of Croatian Telecom Davor Tomašković.

Telia Carrier enhances LATAM connectivity providing backhaul to the OJUS Sea Cable Landing Station

Telia Carrier enhances LATAM connectivity providing backhaul to the OJUS Sea Cable Landing Station

12 Oct 2016 comment

Telia Carrier announced that it has established a new network Point-of-Presence at the OJUS Cable Landing Station in Hollywood Florida. The new network infrastructure provides resilient network options for customers wishing diverse connectivity to the Nap of the Americas in Miami and Equinix MI3 in Boca Raton as well as Telia Carrier’s top-ranked global IP backbone, AS1299.

New generation networks require €500 billion investments

New generation networks require €500 billion investments

12 Oct 2016 comment

Reaching EU connectivity objectives is estimated to require €500 billion investment over the coming decade. This money will largely have to come from private sources. However, under current investment trends, there is likely to be a €155 billion investment shortfall.

BT’s New, Faster Internet Is Already Too Slow for Its Rivals

BT’s New, Faster Internet Is Already Too Slow for Its Rivals

11 Oct 2016 comment

East of Ipswich, on a former Royal Air Force base, British telecommunications provider BT Group is testing what it calls the near future of broadband, according to Bloomberg.

Dvorjančanský: Croatian telecom market is highly unbalanced

Dvorjančanský: Croatian telecom market is highly unbalanced

3 Oct 2016 comment

According to Vipnet’s CEO Jiří Dvorjančanský, Croatian market is highly unbalanced, where one operator generates more than 75% of the profit, and this is a difficult environment for alternative operators. In his opinion consolidation on the market is inevitable especially in the situation where wholesale pricing does not leave enough space for alternative operators.

Telecommunications and Automotive Players Form Global Cross-industry 5G Automotive Association

Telecommunications and Automotive Players Form Global Cross-industry 5G Automotive Association

2 Oct 2016 comment

This week AUDI AG, BMW Group, Daimler AG, Ericsson, Huawei, Intel, Nokia and Qualcomm Incorporated announce the formation of the “5G Automotive Association.” The association will develop, test and promote communications solutions, support standardization and accelerate commercial availability and global market penetration. The goal is to address society’s connected mobility and road safety needs with applications such as connected automated driving, ubiquitous access to services and integration into smart cities and intelligent transportation.

Benefits from 5G Deployment in Europe estimated to reach €113.1bn annually by 2025

Benefits from 5G Deployment in Europe estimated to reach €113.1bn annually by 2025

1 Oct 2016 comment

Findings from a new study completed for the European Commission has identified a potential annual benefit to its member states of €113.1 billion annually as early as 2025 from deploying 5G, with trickle-down benefits from 5G investment totaling as much as €141 billion.

Telefonica's Rush to Save Telxius IPO

Telefonica's Rush to Save Telxius IPO

30 Sep 2016 comment

Telefonica SA is scrambling to rescue the initial public offering of infrastructure unit Telxius Telecom SA amid insufficient demand for the shares, according to people familiar with the matter, according to Bloomberg.

Samsung Apologizes for Confusion About Note 7 in China

Samsung Apologizes for Confusion About Note 7 in China

29 Sep 2016 comment

Samsung Electronics Co. apologized to Chinese customers after new complaints about combusting Note 7 smartphones spurred doubts about their safety, as outrage grows over its decision to exclude the country from a global recall, according to Bloomberg.

New connected car infotainment & telematics services to account for 98% of m2m data traffic by 2021

New connected car infotainment & telematics services to account for 98% of m2m data traffic by 2021

4 Sep 2016 comment

New study from juniper research has found that new in-vehicle infotainment services such as apple carplay and android auto will generate large amounts of new cellular m2m data traffic. Over the next five years, this will account for up to 98% of all m2m data traffic.

CCA checks paperwork for merger H1 Telekom - Optima Telekom and HT's request to extend the concentration

CCA checks paperwork for merger H1 Telekom - Optima Telekom and HT's request to extend the concentration

1 Sep 2016 comment

At this time the Croatian Competition Agency is unable to respond further to the request from ICTbusiness.info related to the merger H1 Telekom Optima Telekom, was written in the answer by the agency to questions from ICTbusiness.info, Croatian web portal.