All articles by Neal Doran – Page 13

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    Network & Infrastructure

    DT cash flows to Community Fibre amid altnet boom


    Urban fibre outfitter backed by BT stakeholder Deutsche Telekom accelerates growth, as challenge to Openreach builds.

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    Strategy & Change

    ‘Fearless’ Mehta out to power rapid change at BT


    New CDIO committed to radical cultural change, fostering an entrepreneurial spirit, and a willingness to embrace the risk of failure. BT’s slow start on digital transformation an opportunity to leapfrog a generation of innovation. Group CEO Jansen’s persuasiveness key to convincing Mehta of BT’s potential as a TechCo.

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    BT’s uninvited new co-pilot: what’s Drahi’s mission?


    Altice buys minority stake but claims no intention of full-fledged takeover. Seeks to support BT’s strategic fibre, for which Drahi has genuine zeal. BTwatch explores industrial logic and financial machinations behind move.

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    Which Drahi has BT got itself entangled with?


    Altice empire expands into UK. Drahi: a fibre visionary or ruthless financer? Does BT investment represent change of tack by rapacious wheeler-dealer?

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    In detail: Liberty and Telefónica’s VM-O2 pre-nup


    Three-year wait expected before a potential IPO of new joint venture, while both parties expected to remain involved in the business for at least five years. Telefónica reserving its right to go it alone in UK on IoT, cloud, and cybersecurity services. Liberty to get a board presence at ...

  • Q1 FY21: Final coronavirus quarter packs a punch

    Q1 FY21: final coronavirus quarter packs a punch


    Spain and Germany OBs stabilise as first wave of coronavirus shocks works its way through results. Vivo displaying underlying strength, but currency fluctuations continue to turn positives to negative. With strong returns on falling revenue O2 UK bows out as a ‘core four’ market Hispam edges back into the ...

  • Q1 FY21: resilience building for slimmed down division

    Q1 FY21: resilience building for slimmed down division


    Telefónica upbeat on commercial performance in tough markets but contributions to Group coffers continue to shrink on weak currencies. Argentinian OB making a comeback. Mexican MVNO model yet to translate into improved financial performance. Chile and Colombia among the OBs seeing success with a pursuit of higher value customers. ...

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    Network & Infrastructure

    Frosty O2 and Drillisch finalise roaming deal


    A new commercial arrangement with current MVNO landlord O2 Germany should enable the United Internet mobile player to forge ahead with plans for a 5G network. O2 aims to use the “significant proceeds” of the contract to accelerate its network expansion. Described neutrally as a reset of their relationship, ...

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    VM-O2 sets sights on BT as merger gets final clearance


    CMA’s final approval should see deal completed by 1 June. Owners trumpeting investment opportunities with fibre InfraCo potential coming to the fore.

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    CADE makes Vivo wait for share of Oi’s mobile assets


    Industry watchdog still inspecting ins and outs of Oi divestment. Closure now expected in early-2022. Consortium partners still confident of being granted go-ahead.

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    Mystery of Telefónica’s vanishing digital revenue as Tech takes off


    Hard-fought progress at the start to the year looks set to provide a base to hit guidance, with management seeming open to improving outlook as the year progresses. Group keeping its options open on monetising Hispanoamérica interests and its fibre infrastructure in Europe. Telefónica Tech is open for business ...

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    Suppliers & SCM

    Atento targets ‘reshaped’ Telefónica relationship


    Contact centre operator Atento claims largest share of Telefónica CX spend. As Atento-Telefónica MSA expiration nears, the priority is to “earn” business from the operator going forward. Telefónica eyes CX digitalisation in ongoing operational efficiency drive.

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    Strategy & Change

    Telefónica draws new logo to reflect digital vision


    New marque is the first corporate identity refresh this century for the operator. Executive Chairman Álvarez-Pallete outlined symbolism behind the change at Group AGM.

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    Strategy & Change

    Selley “driving two trains” as fibre provisioning speeds up


    Increasing Openreach resources are being funnelled towards ensuring customers are connected to full fibre — and revenue keeps coming in — while the rollout builds momentum. No firm date set to reach 20 million homes target, but annual goals to be flagged. As competition builds among fibre altnets, Openreach ...

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    CMA doubts bundle demand as it greenlights VM-O2


    Provisional clearance of merger based on limited ability of the partners to manipulate wholesale pricing and services in their favour. Creation of a new fixed-mobile giant not expected to unleash a sudden surge towards single-contract multi-play bundles in the UK market.

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    Schüler coronated as VM-O2 CEO


    Lutz Schüler, dynamic Virgin Media chief, with a track record at O2 Germany, is to lead the new VM-O2 joint venture, subject to competition clearance. O2 CFO and experienced merger overseer Patricia Cobian to take on the JV finance role. No room for O2 CEO Mark Evans.

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    Strategy & Change

    Networks joins Digital division to replace BT Technology


    BT Technology was shuttered and replaced by two new divisions: BT Digital and BT Networks. Harmeen Mehta and Howard Watson at the respective helms as BT seeks transformation and modernisation. Fotis Karonis replacement named at BT Enterprise.

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    Cheshire puts hat in the ring for BT chair job


    Current BT non-exec seeking to buck the trend and encourage Group to look internally for du Plessis replacement. Cheshire brings considerable experience and strong political links, but may lack the skills needed for future battles.

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    BT Regulatory Affairs lead Cathryn Ross sets sail


    Regulatory Affairs Director and Executive Committee member Ross’s departure announced a week after Ofcom market review job-done. Set to take newly-created Strategy & Regulatory Affairs role at Thames Water.

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    Vendor Voice

    Teradata: telco leaders must step up to seize data opportunity


    Breaking down silos to seamlessly orchestrate data can deliver a virtuous circle of customer improvement and operational efficiency, presenting a springboard for a strategic reboot. In adopting tech sector business models, telcos have yet to fully grasp the value of their data assets, with coordination acting as a powerful ...