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Telefónica to launch 1 Gbps symmetrical service

Responding to Vodafone and Orange’s respective acquisitions of ONO and Jazztel, Telefónica is putting more pressure on the Spanish market with the forthcoming launch of 200 Mbps symmetrical services over the next weeks and with up to 1 Gbps in 2015. The telco is already testing this latter service along with the Chinese manufacturer Huawei which would offer ten times […]

Telefónica finalises €4.7bn GVT acquisition

Telefónica and Vivendi have signed the final agreement for the sale of Global Village Telecom, GVT, to Telefónica, a move that reinforces the Spanish telco’s leadership in Brazil, and is expected to generate synergies of at least €4.7 billion, Both companies agreed August 29 to enter into exclusive negotiations for this transaction, which includes a cash consideration of €4.663 billion […]

Telecom Italia denies Brazil move

Telecom Italia put out a stock exchange statement Sept 17 firmly denying reports that its Brazilian subsidiary was interested in buying Oi, a Brazilian telco and satellite broadcaster. The filing denied numerous media reports that Telecom Italia was speaking to advisors about using TIM Brasil to buy Oi in a move to challenge local rival Telefonica and counter an initiative […]

Bouygues breaks ranks to take Netflix

Bouygues Telecom has broken ranks with other French platforms to make Netflix available on its set-top boxes from November. Netflix launched in France today (September 15th), at €7.99 a month. In addition to the forthcoming launch on Bouygues Telecom’s IPTV platform, the service can be accessed via PCs, tablets, smartphones, LG, Panasonic, Philips, Samsung, Sharp, Sony and Toshiba smart TVs […]

Study: Pay-TV not saviour for major ISPs

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A survey of 821 ISPreview.co.uk readers, a popular consumer broadband Internet access and related technology website in the UK, has claimed that 68 per cent of respondents would be unlikely to stick with their current Internet provider just because if it offered an attractive and affordable pay-TV service. One possible reason for

Deutsche Telekom converged home network

Deutsche Telekom is bringing fixed and mobile networks together, making it Germany’s first integrated telecommunications provider. With the MagentaEINS portfolio presented at the IFA 2014 show, the company is launching packages that unify the fixed and mobile networks. Customers get everything from a single source – telephony, Internet and television – whether at home or on the go. The new […]

Telefonica adds ‘smart home’ services

Telefonica is enhancing its convergent offers with new packages to be launched later this year that will include 5 or 6 services; TV, broadband and fixed and mobile telephony – with the addition of home security services (home alarms), home automation and video games in the cloud. The Spanish telco will also strengthen its TV offer with the launch of […]

Vivendi picks Telefonica for GVT sale

Vivendi has picked Telefonica for exclusive talks over the sale of its Brazilian broadband unit GVT, spurning a rival bid from Telecom Italia. Telefonica will fold GVT into its Brazilian mobile phone carrier Vivo to create the country’s biggest telecom group. It will then use GVT’s pay-TV and broadband know-how and its broad network to chase higher-value customers and keep […]

BT price hikes are ‘football tax’

BT is set to impose a price increase of over 6 per cent on its home phone and broadband customers in a move that has already been called a “football tax” by some analysts. BT, who has 7.3 million home phone and broadband customers, said that from December 1st the cost of a BT landline – mandatory for phone and […]

Com Hem free broadband upgrades

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Com Hem has introduced a free upgrade to 50 Mbit/s for customers who currently have a lower broadband speed. With the upgrade, Com Hem says its minimum speed is now five times that offered by competitors. The company has also reduced the overall price level for most of its offering. Com Hem launches a new broadband portfolio as part of […]

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