All articles by Neal Doran – Page 11

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    Content & TV

    Telefónica eyeing new industrial partners for Movistar+


    Early-stage consideration reportedly underway on partnership that would see Telefónica bring in new investor for domestic pay-TV platform and international production interests. North American Spanish-language media merger may provide template for closer links between platforms and content. Movistar+ rebranding underway to further differentiate service from core offerings.

  • Cellnex offers CMA deal to secure Hutchison UK tower merger
    Public Affairs

    Cellnex offers CMA deal to secure Hutchison UK tower merger


    Spanish InfraCo willing to sell enough sites from its existing estate to enable a new UK tower player to emerge, and overcome CMA concerns on competition linked to its planned CKH infrastructure acquisition. Four companies have already stepped forward as potential buyers. CTIL objects to being positioned as a ...

  • DCMS told to get a grip on Project Gigabit
    Public Affairs

    DCMS told to get a grip on Project Gigabit


    “Disappointed” accounts committee frustrated by lack of measurable progress and clear plans for reaching 2025 target of 85% ultrafast coverage. Department blasted for lack of meaningful legislation on removal of barriers to deployment. DCMS still seeking clarity from operators on national rollout plans.

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    BT and TalkTalk footing the YouView bill as losses mount, Arqiva exits


    Latest accounts show the TV platform’s shareholders now down to six, with the two operators keeping the venture afloat. R&D budget remains high at £16m, compared to revenue of just £9m. Telcos remain coy on paying subscribers for their TV services.

  • Group to sell Spanish copper amid infrastructure tidy‑up
    Network & Infrastructure

    Group to sell Spanish copper amid infrastructure tidy-up


    Cinco Días report claims private equity firm Macquarie will take over sections of legacy infrastructure from Spanish incumbent, boosting its network assets in the country. Telefónica’s focus remains on hitting a 2025 target for completing its fibre network. While Macquarie comes in, KKR exits Telxius as Telefónica and Pontegadea ...

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    Public Affairs

    Álvarez-Pallete warns of dangers of “digital slavery”


    Telefónica Executive Chairman asserts that societal imbalance and data exploitation are risks that must be addressed as the world’s economies are digitised. Dire warnings of ‘slavery’ fit with Group commitments on creation of a digital rights framework that would see operators positioned as trusted partners.

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    Public Affairs

    Ericsson loses latest skirmish in Telefónica Avatar saga


    Ericsson blocked from unilaterally changing working conditions for employees transferred from Telefónica in 2010 in conjunction with the AltamirA platform acquisition. A renewed deal linked to the platform removes Telefónica’s minimum spend commitment.

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    Partnerships & Alliances

    Telefonica targets health sector as digitalisation laggard


    Healthcare sector viewed as an area with great digital potential, and slow take-up to date, with Telefónica focused on a collaborative approach. Across all sectors, innovation strategy remains focused on building not only networks, but platforms on top of them that will enable the Group to create new revenue ...

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    Defences up as Drahi increases BT stake


    Patrick Drahi’s Altice UK stops short of a takeover bid, but increases holding to 18%. UK government issues warning that it “will not hesitate” to protect national interests amid concerns of foreign investment in critical infrastructure incumbent. Takeover not Drahi’s ‘intention’, but caveats are in place.

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    Public Affairs

    BT slammed for lack of action on spoofing


    IP altnet pokes incumbent over limited success in rooting out fraudulent use of caller ID. BT focused on industry collaboration to address fraud challenge. Migration to all-IP by 2025 portrayed as critical to effective remedies for the problem.

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    Spain shields Telefónica as KKR’s TI bid makes waves


    Spanish government reinforcing restrictions that would halt hostile bids for Telefónica until 2023. Europe’s telco sector awash with bid speculation as KKR pursues TI, and Indian conglomerate Reliance Industries is linked to a BT bid.

  • H1 FY21–22: Jansen trusts BT Global plan, despite setbacks

    H1 FY21–22: Jansen trusts BT Global plan, despite setbacks


    CEO focuses on the strategy, rather than current performance, to paint a picture of a viable future for the MNC-focused digital solutions unit. NPS remains a bright spot for Global, highlighting material gains from the BT transformation plan. Declining margins suggest work still to be done on recovery.

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    Partnerships & Alliances

    BT’s McRae fights corner for Nordic giants, as peers swing for Eur-O-RAN


    BT Chief Architect highlights value of local major NEPs, as European peers promote greater supply chain diversification. Remarks follow McRae support for Ericsson foray into open RAN orchestration. BT committed to open RAN as part of opportunity to ‘network-ify’ applications and functions in new markets. Analysys Mason-backed report highlights ...

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    Telefónica linked to Portugal return, as Drahi builds war chest


    Portuguese market leader in fixed and mobile access available for sale as owner Drahi looks at Eutelsat and BT acquisitions. Telefónica may consider spreading its wings as debt worries die down. Lack of infrastructure ‘crown jewels’ may lessen appeal of any deal.

  • Telefónica prescribes digitalisation as Europe’s inflation antidote
    Financial & Performance

    Telefónica prescribes digitalisation as Europe’s inflation antidote


    Telefónica’s Argentinian inflation battle shows digitalisation value in markets facing cost challenges. Group management also seeks to ease qualms over rising energy costs and wage inflation in Europe through digitally driven efficiency drive.

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    Dunne moves upstairs as Brouillette takes lead at Verizon


    Former O2 UK CEO steps aside as head of Verizon’s fixed-mobile consumer business. New role will see Dunne act as Strategic Advisor to Verizon Chairman. Change comes as new allegations linked to O2’s role in Phones 4u demise continue to emerge.

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    Strategy & Change

    Openreach off the table as BT drives fibre efficiency


    Group ends talks on InfraCo JV as rising fibre demand and lower build costs dilute benefits of external funding. Virgin Media O2 firmly in BT sights as it aims to lock up wholesale market, and move fast on convergence. Future revenue growth anticipated, but greater efficiency and lower spending ...

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    Network & Infrastructure

    Colloms: DCMS must “crack on” with reform to back fibre


    Openreach MD of Corporate Affairs confident on business’s ability to meet government goals on fibre deployment, but commercial programme will need support to maintain momentum. Physical access to sites potentially a huge obstacle to the rollout in both urban and rural areas, but “common sense” updates to legislation could ...

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    Strategy & Change

    TMF’s Willetts: maintaining vendor status quo “dangerous”


    Speaking to TelcoTitans, Nik Willetts, CEO of industry body TM Forum, outlined his perceptions of the state of digital transformation in the telecoms sector. Procurement-led vendor management needs to evolve towards partnership for digital acceleration. Hyperscalers can remain more friend than foe as operators seek new ways to differentiate ...

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    Strategy & Change

    BT picks advisors to patch takeover vulnerabilities


    Robey Warshaw testing BT defences ahead of the end of restrictions on a full takeover bid from major shareholder Altice. Jansen’s ambitious strategy coupled with share price volatility may also be contributing to need for additional City counsellors.