The Dutch state raised much more than expected in its auction of fourth generation (4G) wireless frequencies, with prices so high market leader KPN said it would have to cut dividends to afford its licences.
The auction raised a much higher-than-expected 3.8 billion euros ($5 billion) and the result will lead to fierce competition in one of Europe's most lucrative mobile phone markets as the winners roll out faster, fourth-generation services which allow consumers to watch video and surf the Internet on the move.
T-Systems, the IT arm of Deutsche Telekom, has announced a restructuring of its business areas in response to the increasing usage of cloud services by its corporate customers.
From 2013 onwards, the company is to reduce the number of so-called ‘operative business areas’ from four to two, with Hagen Rickmann leading the sales area and Ferri Abolhassan in charge of delivery.
Rickmann has been head of service for T-Systems since March 2011, while Abolhassan is currently in charge of systems integration and the global production of ICT services.
Franco-American equipment maker Alcatel-Lucent has struck a deal with Qtel to build a high-speed, fibre-based network in Tunisia, as the Qatari incumbent prepares to enter the North African country’s fixed-line market.
In a statement, Alcatel-Lucent (Paris, France) said it had signed a four-year agreement with Tunisiana – a Qtel (Doha, Qatar) subsidiary that currently provides mobile-phone services in Tunisia – to build a fixed-line network that will support voice, high-speed broadband and video services for residential and business customers.
Norwegian telecoms incumbent Telenor has announced an ambitious target of being the second- or third-biggest player in regions of India home to about half its population.
It also says it will maintain its peak funding target of INR155 billion ($2.85 billion), aims to break even by the end of 2013 and is targeting an equity return of more than 25% on new money invested in India.
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A Russia-led coalition on Monday withdrew a proposal to give governments new powers over the Internet, a plan opposed by Western countries in talks on a new global telecom treaty.
Negotiations on the treaty mark the most sustained effort so far by governments from around the world to agree on how - or whether - to regulate cyberspace.
The United States, Europe, Canada and other advocates of a hands-off approach to Internet regulation want to limit the new treaty's scope to telecom companies.
Ofcom will not reveal the approved bidders until later this year or early next, but the registration process for the UK regulatory authority’s ‘4G’ auction is officially closed after prospective applicants were given just a six-hour window to submit their details earlier this week. In his recent statement on the economy, George Osborne, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, said he expected the sale of airwaves to raise as much as £3.5 billion ($5.6 billion) for the public-sector purse. But this could be another case of wishful thinking by UK authorities.
TeliaSonera says it has raised $525 million from the initial public offering (IPO) of Kazakh operator Kcell in the UK and Kazakhstan.
The Swedish telecoms incumbent offered up 25% of Kcell’s share capital and will hold a stake of 61.9% in the operator following the IPO.
Shares were priced at $10.50 for each global depository receipt – at the low end of the $10.50–13 range previously announced – valuing the business at $2.1 billion.
The automotive industry will continue to fuel M2M growth in Europe next year, while in the US the health sector will be the main M2M spur.
These are the predictions of German telecoms incumbent Deutsche Telekom (Bonn, Germany), which has put M2M at the heart of its growth strategy.
According to Jurgen Hase, the vice president of Deutsche Telekom’s M2M Competence Center, a mixture of competition and regulation will aid M2M players targeting the European automotive industry.
Alcatel Lucent is claiming that utility companies can smarten up their grids by using its network technology in infrastructure that lies closer to residential and business premises.
The vendor notes that many utility companies have been upgrading their systems to include IP/MPLS technology, which promises superior speeds, bandwidth, reliability and service capabilities than older systems.
Until now, though, IP/MPLS has been confined to the transmission and sub-transmission layers of the power grid, which handle the distribution of energy from power stations to substations.