T-Mobile USA acquisition of MetroPCS makes sense for scale & spectrum but faces huge technology challenges – and will likely spark more consolidation

Deutsche Telekom’s T-Mobile USA and MetroPCS have announced plans to merge with DT owning 74% of the combined company and MetroPCS the remaining 26%. The deal will strengthen T-Mobile’s position in the US, increasing total subscribers by 28% to 43 million and increasing market share from 10% to 13%. More importantly the deal would strengthen […]

4G in the UK: Timelines settled, now fight for the customers

The UK’s 4G saga may have reached its climax in August with Everything Everywhere receiving permission to launch its own LTE network early, but the story isn’t over yet. UK regulator Ofcom announced yesterday that it would move forward the auction for the Digital Dividend creating by switching off analogue TV, and that clearance of […]

EE will still have a window of 4G exclusivity to establish market leadership

The progress that Ofcom has made in the timetable for clearing the new 4G spectrum is good news for Vodafone and O2 because it means that EE’s period of LTE exclusivity will be cut from a year or more to only 6-8 months. However, this is still an important window of opportunity for EE to […]

Press release: Growing CDN market prompts hopes of a “better” Internet – and fears it will be “less neutral”

According to the latest research from Informa Telecoms & Media, revenue generated from the sale of content delivery network (CDN) services will grow threefold in the five years to 2017 to reach US$4.63 billion. This is on the back of a fivefold rise in global CDN traffic. Commercial CDN services are provided by a variety […]

Chunghwa Telecom goes OTT with You Tube – is this a big deal?

Taiwanese incumbent Chunghwa Telecom’s Multimedia-on-Demand (MOD) IPTV service has been through some tough times this year, with its subscriber take-up slowing significantly and the company still unable to access many of the country’s most popular cable-TV channels. But the company should get a lift from a deal, announced on Sept. 20, it has struck with […]

Operators are becoming less fearful about mobile VoIP

Several years ago The Economist newspaper ran a front-page article speculating on the demise of the telephone business as a result of the transition to IP-based communications. It argued that the mobile business was at greater risk than the fixed sector because a higher proportion of revenues came from voice calls. Fast-forward to 2012 and […]

Virgin Media’s hosted small cell offering must accommodate MNO’s deployment plans if it wants to win their business

The newly-announced small cell hosting service from Virgin Media Business, dubbed Small Cells as a Service (SCaaS) by the company, is designed to address some of the mobile operators’ key concerns about small cell deployments – in particular with regard to site acquisition and backhaul. But the UK cable provider admits that its talks with […]