Core Markets – Page 21

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    Vivo eyes convergence options as Oi integration begins


    Cross-selling to new Oi customer base a focus for CEO Christian Gebara as migration and integration gets underway, set to be completed in 2023. Synergies of BRL 5.4bn (£870m/€1bn) expected via efficiencies in costs, investments, and integration. Spectrum and mobile site tidy-up due this year, with half of the ...

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    Telefónica has a change of plan on convergence


    Fusión brand set to be replaced after a decade as totem for Group’s convergence strategy. Move comes with convergent ARPU and acquisition in stall. New service to draw on Group’s prolific recent recruitment of partners such as Microsoft, Prosegur, and Teladoc.

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    Strategy & Change

    ‘A deliberate ploy’: UK operators face backlash as prices increase


    Consumers facing broadband and mobile price hikes question operators’ justifications. Infrastructure investment and heightened demand among the buzzwords, but critics say margins the greater concern. MVNOs come out on top against ‘big four’ in a consumer survey.

  • Oi sale completed following two‑year wait

    Oi sale completed following two-year wait


    Consortium featuring Telefónica|Vivo, América Móvil’s Claro Brasil, and TIM Brasil concludes BRL 14.5bn deal for Brazilian operator’s mobile assets. Move will bring a “new infrastructural balance” to the market. Initial interest was mooted in March 2020, with Oi having filed for bankruptcy in 2016. Telefónica|Vivo to net 12.5 million ...

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    Network & Infrastructure

    Vodafone fibre JV rumours resurface in Germany


    UK-headquartered Group reportedly talking to investors. Maximum investment said to be capped at €10bn. Off-balance sheet option wheeled out again.

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    Telefónica people moves: advisory swaps at Tech


    Telefónica Tech adds Jaime Bergel and Eva Fernández to its Advisory Board, taking membership to 14. New operations lead added to Technology functions in Brazil and Germany. Jaime Smith Basterra replaces long-serving Telefónica non-executive Peter Erskine on the O2 Germany Supervisory Board. VM O2 commits to establishing a FinOps ...

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    Vivo refocuses M&A strategy with CVC launch


    Vivo Ventures expected to become one of the largest CVCs in Brazil. Plans to invest BRL 320m across a number of startups over the next five years.

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    Telefónica’s Vilá welcomes merger of rivals in ‘fragmented’ Spanish market


    Telefónica COO again questions whether Telefónica should now be seen as a dominant player. Vodafone said to be exploring options for its fixed assets in Spain.

  • Elsewhere in Spain: Zoom added to Movistar Home

    Elsewhere in Spain: Zoom added to Movistar Home


    Movistar Prosegur Alarmas revs customer growth; Living Apps expand with Amazon, Twitter, and Zoom among the newcomers.

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    Telefónica establishes solar energy JV with Repsol


    Creation of 50:50 JV to take advantage of recent surge in energy prices. New venture will target both domestic and business markets.

  • O2 tasks Nokia RIC to spot bad behaviour

    O2 tasks Nokia RIC to spot bad behaviour


    Near-real-time RAN Intelligent Controller (RIC) to detect unusual behaviour of eleven RAN nodes as part of “learning phase”. Airspan flagged as supplier in open RAN small-cell deployment.

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    Strategy & Change

    Telefónica’s Cerdán eyes M&A in Brazil, Germany


    Telefónica Tech will also look at moving into markets outside Group footprint. Tech division now has about 4,000 employees. CEO downplays 2019 aims, but highlights unit’s double-digit revenue growth in 2021. No open processes on potential sale of minority stake in division to a financial investor.

  • Elsewhere in Germany: more 4G sites for ‘grey spots’

    Elsewhere in Germany: more 4G sites for ‘grey spots’


    Grey area initiative getting active; focus turning onto suppliers in environmental push.

  • MATRIXX highlights cloud billing progress

    MATRIXX highlights cloud billing progress


    IT architecture overhaul continues at German OB with MATRIXX charging solution, backed by Google Cloud. Limited rollout set to extend across B2B services, adding to a number of recent partnerships.

  • O2 recruits Mavenir for cloud automation

    O2 recruits Mavenir for cloud automation


    Tried and tested partner will implement CI/CD/CT framework at O2 Germany. Operator keen to depart from manual deployments and reduce human error.

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    O2 reaches five figures on 5G antennas


    Antenna simplification has helped speed up pace of installation. More than half of installs use C-Band. OB makes familiar sideswipes at 5G coverage strategies reliant on DSS. Commercial 5G SA launch slated for end-2022, early-2023.

  • Elsewhere in Brazil: Vivo goes Solar

    Elsewhere in Brazil: Vivo goes Solar


    Vivo opens new solar energy plant; invites 150 staff to participate in DNA in Action CX programme.

  • FY21: ‘Core Four’ keep playing to strengths

    Telefónica FY21: ‘Core Four’ keep playing to strengths


    Telefónica|Vivo making headway on digital services and premium propositions. O2 Germany reaping success of investment in network upgrade. Telefónica España defending high-value customers, but wants a TV market rethink. VM O2 focused on fibre to deliver a convergence challenge.

  • Vivo calls on old friends for “5G‑ready” IP transport

    Vivo calls on old friends for “5G-ready” IP transport


    Selects Cisco, NEC to build “converged” transport network supporting fixed and wireless traffic. Network slicing capabilities to be part of unified architecture, using segment routing IPv6. Deployment timeframe unclear, but operator under regulatory orders to launch standalone 5G in main cities by August 2022.

  • Rural network spin-off plan revived

    Rural network spin-off plan revived


    New FibreCo to hit the ground running with contribution of existing customers and infrastructure. COO alludes to desire to ‘trigger consolidation’ of altnet fibre space. Spanish FibreCo to have a regional focus, with a nationwide InfraCo ruled out. Search now underway for investors to take a minority stake in ...