All articles in Telefónicawatch #140

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  • tfw140-01-01-ingredients
    Strategy & Change

    Telefónica hits ground running with restructuring plans


    Hispanoamérica expected to be put on a par with Partners Program operators as Group prepares for sale and encourages local independence. Latin American billionaires float a majority stake acquisition of local assets, with Telefónica a minority shareholder, but individual OB sales still a prospect. Morgan Stanley working on Telefónica ...

  • tfw140-05-23-huawei
    Public Affairs

    O2 dodges bullet as Huawei capped


    Industry looks set to be given three years to firewall Huawei, with potential 35% cap on High Risk Vendors. O2’s longstanding links with Ericsson and Nokia mean operating business avoids costly replacement programmes that major rivals must implement. Security officials position the decision as largely a clarification and formalisation ...

  • tfw140-05-21-germany-5g

    O2 Germany heralds start of 5G era, rules in Huawei


    O2 Germany sees next decade as a growth phase following years of network build and integration. Outlines plans to start building 5G in five cities during 2020. Huawei and Nokia selected to build the 5G RAN, although the China-based vendor remains a political hot potato in Germany.

  • colombia flag

    Telefónica steps back from Colombia auction


    Despite making a fuss to get auction terms changed, Telefónica ultimately abstained from the latest 4G spectrum sale. Speculation that the decision was influenced by Group distancing of most Latin American assets, and the potential of a sale of the Colombia business.

  • tfw140-03-00-chema-alonso

    Alonso sets out his stall as Digital Consumer Officer


    Digital Consumer services arguably a secondary consideration in a unit dominated by executives with an innovation or entrepreneurial bent. Previously-launched Digital Home solutions and added-value services may get a burst of management attention in the early days of the unit.

  • tfw140-05-24-rural-sharing

    O2 bristles at EE price for rural sharing


    BT’s pricing of access to networks under SRN a blow to tight deadline. O2’s Evans urges MNOs and government to cooperate on rural network developments post-Brexit.

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    Telefónica continues mast sales in Hispanoamérica


    Group following through with plan to monetise infrastructure as new structure beds in.

  • tfw140-03-16b-atlantiasearch
    Venturing & Investments

    Open Future developments


    Round-up of recent activity among Telefónica-backed startup and venturing ecosystems.

  • Old Ledgers Books

    Beefing up blockchain


    Telefónica accelerates its blockchain activity with launch of TrustOS platform, the Blockchain Activation Programme, and membership of the Hyperledger community.

  • tfw140-02-05-flexiwan

    Telefónica considers SD WAN challenger flexiWAN


    Partners to run proofs of concept of open SD-WAN technology intended as an alternative to more proprietary iterations from major vendors. Modular, open-source networking is seen as key differentiator, potentially enabling operator to develop value-added services for enterprise networking customers.

  • tfw140-02-04-openran

    O2 UK joins open RAN party


    UK operating business following the party line with increased enthusiasm for greater flexibility in the access network. Mavenir a key early partner, with DenseAir and WaveMobile also flagged.

  • tfw140-03-12b-tyre

    ElevenPaths widens portfolio with Nozomi tie up


    Partnership forged with cybersecurity specialist for operational technology and IT security services.

  • tfw140-02-09b-brusa

    Ciena flags Telxius role with new speed record


    Commercial applications of record-breaking technology expected to see more flexible high capacity services over Telxius submarine cables.

  • tfw140-02-03-tip-19

    Telefónica urges a “new approach” to networks


    Group emphasises partnership opportunities and launches new TIP Innovation Lab in Madrid. Telefónica, Tech Mahindra lead CI/CD push to create open networks for rural areas. Group reiterates commitment to invest and partner around OpenRAN development. A strengthened commitment to rural connectivity with NaaS.

  • tfw140-03-10-alphainnovation

    Telefónica Alpha taps NHS for patient data


    O2 UK catches heat for a Group-led project, with negative press coverage underlining the PR risks associated with data-driven projects in sensitive sectors.

  • Nairo Quintana y Samuel Sánchez - Alberto Brevers

    Telefónica Empresas adds BMC Helix to cloud offer


    Partnership with IT support management specialist expected to bolster Telefónica’s portfolio of cloud-based scalable solutions for the enterprise market.

  • tfw140-04-17b-homes

    Vivo and TIM follow through with network-sharing deal


    Partners progress on merging legacy networks, and expanding 4G to more rural areas through a multi-operator core.

  • tfw140-04-18b-tower

    SIAE flags latest field trial success


    SIAE is spreading its influence on the provision of microwave backhaul in challenging Latin American geographies.

  • tfw140-05-22-mast-sharing

    Telefónica role in network-sharing coalition to be limited


    Telefónica attempts to muscle in on Orange-Vodafone sharing deal prompts a revision of plans to protect synergies while minimising risk of regulatory interference.

  • tfw140-05-20-germany-network

    Telefónica fails to meet 2015 licence obligations


    Operator cites a variety of reasons for delays as it falls short of the progress of its rivals in meeting targets for households and transport infrastructure across the nation. O2 promises to fulfil obligations by end-2020. Coverage obligations are part of ongoing 5G legal wrangles.