Advanced Television


Nokia: “5G is 90% more energy efficient”

A study by Nokia and Telefónica has found that 5G networks are up to 90 per cent more energy efficient per traffic unit than legacy 4G networks. The research, which was conducted over a three-month period, focused on the power consumption of the Radio Access Network (RAN) in Telefónica’s network. The rollout of 5G networks […]

December 2, 2020

CNMC softens Telefónica FTTH access rules 

Tougher competition in the Spanish FTTH market has seen the regulatory body CNMC lift Telefónica’s obligation to share its networks with third parties in 592 municipalities. Telefónica will be exempted from sharing its networks in those 592 municipalities (70 per cent of population). It will still need to give access in the initially approved 66 […]

November 18, 2020From David Del Valle in Madrid

Plextek partners with Bell & Telefónica

Plextek has announced a strategic partnership with Bell Integration and Telefónica Group, parent company of O2 in the UK, to be a part of its IoT partner ecosystem and help bring the latest IoT solutions to market in an efficient and cost-effective way. The announcement reflects a shift for telecoms companies as they move from […]

November 10, 2020

MásMóvil goes private

The fourth largest telco operator in Spain, MásMóvil, is now controlled with a 99.32 per cent by Funds KKR, Cinven and Providence, through Lorca Bidco – and has been removed from the Stock Market after eight years of operation. Speculation is increasingly mounting about a possible merger with Vodafone to become the second largest telco […]

November 4, 2020From David Del Valle in Madrid

Spain: Orange and Telefónica fall

In the first nine months of the year, Orange Spain saw its revenues fall by 5 per cent to €3.7 billion with residential revenues even declining more with a cut of 6.5 per cent. The ongoing pandemic, along with the tough commercial battle in the market and the entry of new low-cost companies, has brought […]

October 29, 2020From David Del Valle in Madrid

CMA seeks review of Virgin, O2 merger

The UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has made a request to the European Commission to refer the proposed merger of Virgin Media and Virgin Mobile with O2 to the CMA for investigation. Liberty Global plc (Liberty) owns Virgin Media and Virgin Mobile in the UK, and Telefónica S.A. (Telefónica) owns O2. Liberty and Telefónica […]

October 8, 2020By Colin Mann

Movistar Play momentum in LatAm

Telefónica is increasing penetration in the pay-TV market in Latin America with its Movistar Play streaming platform, the third most widely watched service on the continent (excluding Brazil) after Claro Streaming and DirecTV. According to El Economista, Movistar Play is leading pay-TV in Peru with a share of 62 per cent and 1.6 million subscribers […]

October 5, 2020From David Del Valle in Madrid

Spain: Nokia to support Telefónica’s 5G deployment

Nokia is set to support Telefónica in its efforts to deploy 5G services to 75 per cent of the Spanish population by the end of the year. The move will mean that Nokia will continue its long-standing partnership with Telefónica as the only vendor to supply 5G radio technology to all of its 5G operations […]

September 11, 2020

Telefónica pilots live TV over 5G

Telefónica, along with Intel and Aviwest, is preparing to launch a 5G trial for the transmission of live TV programming, with 5G replacing the traditional mobile TV units. This will be one of the eight 5G projects to be implemented by the operator in Spain, financed with €40 million from the public entity The […]

August 12, 2020From David Del Valle in Madrid

Movistar must share premium TV for 3 more years

Movistar has been ordered to continue sharing its premium TV channels with other operators for an additional three years following the CNMC’s decision to extend the period. The conditions were initially imposed five years ago, allowing Telefónica and Canal Plus to add the channels to their own pay-TV offerings. Channels with exclusive content or premium […]

July 17, 2020From David Del Valle in Madrid