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James Crawshaw A DEEP Dive on Sunrise's Digital Transformation
James Crawshaw  
11/15/2019  
Sunrise Communications, the second-largest telecom operator in Switzerland, reported third-quarter service revenue growth of 2.0% and EBITDA growth of 2.0% driven mainly by its Enterprise division which posted revenue growth of 8.3% and EBITDA growth of 9.1%. While 2019 revenue and EBITDA guidance was confirmed, the company will now have to take a charge of around CHF125m ($125m) due to its aborted bid to buy Liberty Global's Swiss cable unit (see Liberty Global Revenue Slump Deepens). The charge includes a CHF50m penalty payment to Liberty Global, CHF70m banking, advisory and legal fees as well as already incurred integration costs.
Ray Le Maistre Ribbon Reels in ECI, Offloads CEO
Ray Le Maistre  
11/15/2019   3 comments
Not since model Jerry Hall announced she was tying the knot with grizzled media mogul Rupert Murdoch has there been a more unlikely marriage as the one announced early Thursday between Ribbon Communications and ECI Telecom.
Iain Morris Labour's UK Broadband Plan Would Make Lenin Proud
Iain Morris  
11/15/2019  
Britain's broadband capitalists would have been choking on their muesli this morning after the country's wrinkly versions of Fidel Castro and Che Guevara signaled their revolutionary intent with plans for the nationalization of broadband infrastructure. Jeremy Corbyn, the Labour Party leader, and John McDonnell, his sinister comrade-in-arms, will then force Apple, Google and other foreigners to pay for UK citizens to enjoy free broadband services for life.
Robert Clark Surging Asian Demand Driving Capacity 'Explosion'
Robert Clark  
11/15/2019  
The world's submarine cable business is mostly Asian and increasingly OTT.
Iain Morris Parallel Wireless Dishes the Dirt on Tech Mahindra
Iain Morris  
11/15/2019   2 comments
AMSTERDAM -- TIP Summit 2019 -- Indian systems integrator Tech Mahindra has been accused of refusing to work with a telecom operator's preferred technology partner because it favored another company in which it has an ownership stake.
Eryn Leavens WiCipedia: AI's Data Mining Bias & Small Conferences Take More Risks
Eryn Leavens  
11/15/2019  
This week in our WiCipedia roundup: Smaller conferences have edge; Hidden Figures ladies formally celebrated; AI is sexist; and more.
Paul Rainford Eurobites: Orange Eyes Towers Spin-Off Report
Paul Rainford  
11/15/2019  
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Nokia expands with VMware; TalkTalk boost profits; BT lands sports rights.
Jeff Baumgartner Verizon Pitches Free Android TV Box to New 5G Home Subs
Jeff Baumgartner  
11/15/2019  
Timed with its Disney+ promotion, Verizon is pitching a new, carrier-branded Android TV streaming device for free to new 5G Home subs, or for $69.99 on a standalone basis to its other customers.
Paul Rainford Labour Lobs Broadband Bomb Into UK Telecoms Market
Paul Rainford  
11/15/2019  
The UK Labour Party has caused a stir and raised more than a few eyebrows with a promise to provide free full-fiber broadband for every home and business in Britain by 2030 if it wins power in the forthcoming general election.
Martha DeGrasse Verizon's Indoor 5G Goes the Distance in NFL Stadium Test
Martha DeGrasse  
11/15/2019  
Verizon has been telling football fans that 5G will enable them to download an episode of sports-based reality show Hard Knocks faster than former Minnesota Viking Randy Moss can run a 40-yard dash. Now data on the actual performance of its stadium 5G network is trickling in, thanks to analysis from wireless consulting and testing firm Signals Research Group.
Mike Dano Following the Money in the C-Band for 5G
Mike Dano  
11/15/2019   1 Comment
Things are starting to get exciting in the run-up to the FCC's decision on how to release C-Band spectrum for 5G.
Dan Jones Russian Carrier Megafon Tests Second-Gen NB-IoT Devices
Dan Jones  
11/15/2019  
While operators in India work to roll out NB-IoT (narrowband Internet of Things) services, and operators in the US work to get customers onto their own NB-IoT networks, Russian operator Megafon is already moving to the second generation of the NB-IoT standard.
Iain Morris Axiata Calls On TIP to Fix Telco Cost Problem
Iain Morris  
11/14/2019   1 Comment
AMSTERDAM -- TIP Summit 2019 -- Data is a costly business for Malaysian telecom giant Axiata.
Mike Dano Sprint Opens Up About 5G's Secret 4G Love
Mike Dano  
11/14/2019  
Behind every good 5G signal today is a 4G connection that's often working just as hard to deliver data to a user. If Batman is 5G, then Robin would definitely be 4G.
Jeff Baumgartner 1-Gig a Hot Seller for Vodafone Germany
Jeff Baumgartner  
11/14/2019   1 Comment
Berlin -- Cable Congress/Cable Next-Gen Europe -- Broadband customers that are new to Vodafone Germany seem to gravitate to the service provider's top-end speed tier at a surprisingly high rate.
Paul Rainford Eurobites: MTN Gets 5G-Ready With Ericsson
Paul Rainford  
11/14/2019  
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Telefonica COO supports consolidation; Nokia and AT&T collaborate on IoT in Germany; smart speakers in smart homes.
Ray Le Maistre TIP Gives Innovative Vendors a Shop Window
Ray Le Maistre  
11/14/2019  
AMSTERDAM -- TIP Summit 2019 -- With commercial products that conform to its requirements now available for network operators to purchase and deploy, the Telecom Infra Project (TIP) has opened an online marketplace, the TIP Exchange, to help its members highlight their products to prospective customers.
Martha DeGrasse 5G Industrial Automation Isn't Right Around the Corner
Martha DeGrasse  
11/14/2019  
Operators will invest up to $1 trillion in 5G networks between 2018 and 2025, according to GSMA. The return on that investment isn't expected to come from charging consumers more for smartphone services, although that will almost certainly be part of the plan. The biggest returns for operators could well come from new network efficiencies and new enterprise use cases, especially industrial use cases, according to those in the industry.
Jeff Baumgartner Despite Early Glitch, Disney+ Streams Past 10M Subs
Jeff Baumgartner  
11/14/2019   1 Comment
Its back-office systems buckled a bit under the stress caused by a surge of sign-ups out of the gate, but Disney+ recovered quickly as the new subscription VoD service notched 10 million subs soon after its commercial debut on November 12.
Robert Clark China Mobile Exec Calls for 5G Power Subsidies
Robert Clark  
11/14/2019  
A China Mobile executive has called for governments to step in to cut 5G network power costs.
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