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Vodafone's S Europe troubles show 'bums on seats' still an issue that 5G won't fix

2018-09-21 02:00:00| Total Telecom industry news

European mobile operators are still chasing customers, because they are struggling to make money from anything other than connectivity, with efforts to push VAS revenue streams largely coming to nothing, and despite their best efforts to hype the promise of 5G, there is no evidence to suggest anything will change with the arrival of the next generation of mobile technology. This 'bums on seats' approach - to borrow an expression that was oft-used to describe the Internet giants a decade or so ago, with their vast 'customer' bases and free services - is a dangerous game. It leaves telcos exposed to any kind of market disruption, with the threat of a price war ever looming. Take Vodafone as an example. Voda is working hard to address its well-documented issues in Italy and Spain, two major European markets that have weighed on its numbers in recent reports. The difficulties it faces there stem almost entirely from the arrival of new competitors pushing prices down. Vodafone's CEO-elect Nick Read took to the stage at Goldman Sachs' Communacopia event late last week to discuss the business he will inherit when he steps into Vittorio Colao's shoes at the start of October…read more on TotalTele.com »

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TIM eyes Nextel Brazil bid

2018-09-20 02:00:00| Total Telecom industry news

Telecom Italia's (TIM's) Brazilian arm is mulling a move for Nextel, it emerged on Thursday. Sources cited by Bloomberg expect group CEO Amos Genish to bring up the subject at a board meeting due to take place next Monday…read more on TotalTele.com »

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German politicians slam watchdog's 5G auction rules

2018-09-20 02:00:00| Total Telecom industry news

German politicians have criticised the country's telco watchdog for not including strict coverage obligations as part of its draft 5G auction rules. A letter from the ruling Christian Democrat party seen by Reuters called on the Bundesnetzagentur (BNetzA) to require Germany's three mobile operators &ndash…read more on TotalTele.com »

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Battle for Sky to conclude on Saturday

2018-09-20 02:00:00| Total Telecom industry news

The fate of Sky is finally set to be decided this weekend with a 24-hour auction that will give rival bidders Comcast and 21st Century Fox one more shot at glory. The UK Takeover Panel said in a statement on Thursday that all three parties have agreed to the procedure…read more on TotalTele.com »

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Bharti Airtel, Reliance Jio vie for Aircel assets

2018-09-20 02:00:00| Total Telecom industry news

Bharti Airtel and Reliance Jio Infocomm are both said to have submitted bids for various assets belonging to insolvent mobile operator Aircel. Livemint reported on Thursday that network vendor Sterlite Technologies and two investment firms are also among the bidders…read more on TotalTele.com »

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