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Ofcom: Telcos must better support struggling customers

UK comms regulator Ofcom is urging telecoms firms to do more to support their customers through the cost-of-living crisis, as new research reveals record numbers of households are struggling to afford their communications services. Ofcom’s annual affordability study finds that nearly a third (29 per cent) of customers – around 8 million households – are […]

September 29, 2022By Colin Mann

Report: UK E&M companies hold their nerve

UK entertainment and media companies are holding their nerve despite the worsening economic outlook, and putting their trust in their digital investment strategies, according to a new report from consulting firm PwC. The report, UK Entertainment and Media Outlook (E&M) 2022-26: Trusting the digital path ahead, says that while there is short-term uncertainty in the […]

September 28, 2022

Euro telcos call for Big Tech network cash

The CEOs of 16 European telcos have issued statement calling for the largest traffic generators to make a fair contribution to the “sizeable” costs they currently impose on European networks. Noting the role of connectivity in addressing current EU challenges, they say they are writing with a sense of urgency, as the European Commission looks […]

September 27, 2022By Colin Mann

Spain launches new 5G auction

By year end, Spain will launch the last 5G licence auction on the 26 GHz frequency with an overall reserve price of €105 million. In the auction, 12 licences will be awarded on a national level (2,400 MHz) and 38 licences on a regional scale (400 MHz) in 200 MHz blocks for a 20-year period, […]

September 26, 2022From David Del Valle in Madrid

Iliad founder buys 2.5% Vodafone stake

Xavier Niel, founder of the Iliad mobile group, has acquired an approximately 2.5 per cent stake in Vodafone Group through his Atlas Investissement investment vehicle. Vodafone stock jumped on the news. Niel has investments in the telecoms sector in nine countries in Europe with nearly 50 million active subscribers combined and more than €10bn of […]

September 21, 2022

Survey: ARPU preferred telco profitability measure

A survey of senior telecoms professionals investigating how data can help to define and transform telecom customer base value from data solutions expert Sagacity finds that while 97 per cent of organisations say they are serious about being value-driven, fewer than one in five (17 per cent) have successfully transitioned to this model. As a […]

September 21, 2022

Data: 2.7bn people still off-net

​An estimated 2.7 billion people – or one-third of the world’s population – remain unconnected to the Internet in 2022. Data from the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the United Nations specialised agency for information and communication technologies, point to slower growth in the number of Internet users than at the height of the pandemic. An […]

September 20, 2022

OneWeb craft arrive for India launch

Low Earth orbit (LEO) satellite communications company OneWeb has confirmed the arrival of 36 satellites at the Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC- SHAR) in advance of a planned launch from Sriharikota, India. With this launch, OneWeb will have over 70 per cent of its planned Gen 1 LEO constellation in orbit as it progresses to […]

September 20, 2022

CityFibre passes 2m homes milestone

UK full fibre platform CityFibre has now passed more than 2 million homes in its rollout. The major milestone marks the completion of 25 per cent of its announced nationwide rollout to 8 million premises. Once the full rollout is completed, the network will address approximately one third of the UK market and unlock up […]

September 20, 2022By Colin Mann

EC to make social and streamer giants pay for networks?

The European Commission is to launch a consultation early in 2023 on whether tech giants should bear some of the costs of Europe’s telecoms networks, according to Thierry Breton, Commissioner for the Internal Market. Europe’s telecoms operators have lobbied for a financial contribution from firms such as Google, Facebook and Netflix, contending that they make […]

September 12, 2022By Colin Mann