Oct. 10, 2013, 12:20 PM
- Orange (ORAN +3.8%) and Deutsche Telekom's (DTEGY.PK) Everything Everywhere U.K. mobile JV has struck an MVNO deal with wireline giant BT (BT +1.6%). (PR)
- The deal, which ends a 9-year partnership BT had with Vodafone (VOD +0.7%), allows BT to sell mobile services to its customers using EE's 3G/4G infrastructure.
- EE launched 4G services in the U.K. ahead of rivals, and now has more than 1M subs on its 4G network. Vodafone's U.K. 4G sub base just passed 100K.
Aug. 15, 2013, 11:25 AM
- BT (BT -0.3%) signs a 3-year wholesale deal with Virgin Media to provide its sports channels to Virgin's subscribers. Customers with Virgin's top television package will receive the channels for free, while those with lower-tier packages will have to pay £15/month.
- The agreement improves the competitive position of both companies in a marketplace dominated by Rupert Murdoch's BSkyB. BT will triple its BT Sport audience in a single stroke by adding Virgin's 2M highest-paying subscribers. Virgin Media will hold the unique position of being the only pay TV provider that offers both BT and BSkyB's sports channels under one subscription.
- BT has refused to strike a similar deal with BSkyB. In Aug., British regulator Ofcom rejected BT's request to force BSkyB into wholesaling its own sports channels. Ofcom will conclude a full investigation by late 2013.
- Previous: BT bolsters broadband unit, challenges BSkyB with sports channels
Aug. 12, 2013, 7:13 PM
- BT now claims over 1M subscribers for its sports channels, in large part due to its £246M purchase of the live rights to a quarter of the Premier League matches to be played in the coming season.
- The soccer rights purchase is part of a broader strategy to bolster BT's broadband business. The carrier offers its sport channels for free to new subscribers and previous customers who renew, rather than on a per-channel subscription basis.
- BT's £1B bet on turning the subscription sports market on its head seems to be paying off, as subscription rates accelerate with the soccer season fast approaching.
- In July, BT's Consumer Division boss John Petter fired a missive at Rupert Murdoch's BSkyB and Virgin Media, declaring the days of subscription sports channels "are numbered."
- However, BT still faces an uphill battle: BSkyB has 10.4M subscribers (if one includes basic TV subscribers) and the rights to the other 3/4 of the upcoming season's live matches.
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May. 31, 2013, 11:07 AMCiting a jump in complaints about hacked accounts, BT is abandoning Yahoo Mail (YHOO) as the e-mail platform for its broadband services in favor of home-grown BT Mail. 6M Yahoo Mail accounts will be migrated. Meanwhile, Tumblr continues to roll out fresh ad formats. A month after adding sponsored posts (similar to Facebook's Sponsored Stories) to its mobile apps, Tumblr has brought them to its Web dashboard; initial partners include Ford, AT&T, and Viacom. Marissa Mayer has stated Tumblr could see premium and retargeted ads, and Tumblr CEO David Karp has touted his service's potential to enable "creative brand advertising" that breaks traditional display ad molds. | 2 Comments
May. 27, 2013, 5:27 AMEU telecom chief Neelie Kroes hopes to put together a package of reforms that will be approved before European Parliament elections in May next year. The plan is to foster a single market for the industry across the bloc, although Kroes is giving up on the idea of a single regulator following opposition from member states. | Comment!
May. 10, 2013, 1:42 PMBT (BT +11.8%) soars after delivering a better-than-expected FQ4 report, hiking its full-year dividend by 14% to £0.095/share ($0.145/share, 3.3% yield), and announcing a £300M/year buyback plan for FY14 and FY15. BT expects FY14 normalized free cash flow to be even with FY13's £2.3B ($3.5B), and see it rising in FY15 to £2.6B ($3.9B). Capex in FY14 and FY15 is expected to be "broadly level" with FY13. BT's fiber subscriber base more than doubled in FY13 to 1.5M. But slumping wireline demand and lower mobile termination rates are taking a toll: Global Services revenue -3% Y/Y in FQ4, Retail flat, Wholesale -5%, Openreach (wireline infrastructure) -5%. (PR) | Comment!
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Mar. 26, 2013, 1:58 PMThe EU has an ambitious broadband agenda: It wants 50% of regional households to have 100Mbps+ connections by 2020, and all households to have 30Mbps+ connections. To deliver on these goals, the EC is now proposing every new home support high-speed broadband, and (estimating up to €60B in savings) is looking to cut permit wait times for broadband and 4G tower building permits. However, the proposals come as legislators, citing the continent's economic woes, consider slashing €50B-€70B from the digital part of the Connecting Europe Facility. | 2 Comments
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Feb. 20, 2013, 5:43 AMThe U.K.'s auction of 4G spectrum has raised £2.34B, below the government's expectation of £3.5B and well below the £22B raised in a 3G auction in 2000. Five operators won spectrum, including Vodafone (VOD) with a bid of £791M, Everything Everywhere (DTEGF.PK, FTE) with £589M, Telefonica's (TEF) O2 with £550M, and BT's (BT) Niche with £186.5M. | 3 Comments
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Jan. 14, 2013, 1:30 PMEU regulators push ahead with efforts to harmonize telecom regulations across member states. Brussels is hoping to improve the financial health of European carriers and make it easier for ones serving different markets to merge, thereby reducing the pressure for ones in the same market(s) to consolidate. Already, debt-laden giants such as TEF, TI, and FTE have reportedly talked about pooling network resources, as they contend with slumping voice/text revenue brought about by macro issues and the impact of data services. | Comment!
Dec. 31, 2012, 6:00 PMThe latest stats show mobile data traffic growth isn't slowing down in developed countries, observes Tero Kuittinen: booming sales of tablets and large-screen Android phones seem to be responsible. It might be just a matter of time before all this traffic forces carriers to raise their capex - there are some signs it's already happening. That's good news for the likes of Ericsson (ERIC), Procera (PKT), and Ruckus Wireless (RKUS), but less so for European telcos struggling with giant debt loads and declining voice/text revenue. | Comment!
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