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Telefónica, Ericsson, Qualcomm launch commercial 5G 26GHz

Telefónica, Ericsson and Qualcomm, during Mobile World Congress in Spain, will launch what they say is the first commercial mobile 5G millimetre (mmWave) network. This technology milestone will allow compatible user devices partners to access the Ericsson-powered Telefónica 5G mmWave network during the event. Qualcomm Technologies, during MWC, will showcase the range of global 5G […]

February 20, 2023

Liberty Global acquires Vodafone stake

Liberty Global has acquired 1.335 billion shares in Vodafone Group PLC, representing 4.92 per cent of the outstanding share capital (excluding treasury shares). The transaction was principally funded through an attractive non-recourse financing, requiring equity funding from Liberty Global of approximately £225 million (€254m). “We believe, like many others, that Vodafone’s current share price does […]

February 14, 2023By Colin Mann

Euro telco majors form ad tech JV

Deutsche Telekom, Orange, Telefónica and Vodafone are to form a joint venture for the implementation of a privacy-by-design digital marketing technology platform in Europe that they say could benefit consumers, advertisers and publishers alike. The creation of this new entity has been approved by the European Commission, pursuant to the European Union Merger Regulation. The […]

February 13, 2023By Colin Mann

Spain: Nokia delivers 20Gbps FTTH

Nokia has announced that Telefónica Spain has successfully trialled 25G PON technology. The trial, the first in Spain to demonstrate symmetric speeds of 20 Gbps, showed that 25G PON can co-exist with Telefónica’s existing GPON solution. Telefónica, with almost 60 million FTTH homes passed already deployed in their multiple business units, says it can now […]

January 17, 2023

Haivision 5G tech enables Telefónica drones at Spain Sail Grand Prix

Haivision Systems, a provider of mission-critical, real-time video networking and visual collaboration solutions, has announced that Telefónica deployed Haivision Air mobile transmitters for a 5G-powered drone proof of concept during the Spain Sail Grand Prix in September 2022. In its third season, the SailGP international sailing competition has amassed a global viewership of more than […]

January 17, 2023

Spain: Movistar beats US streamers on local premieres

Spanish pay-TV platform, Movistar Plus leads the market in the number of Spanish TV production premieres, ahead of Netflix and Prime Video. According to consultancy firm Geca, Telefónica’s platform released 28 Spanish productions in 2022, 11 more than the previous year. Prime Video released 24, one less than in 2021, and Netflix had 19, four […]

December 22, 2022From David Del Valle in Madrid

CNMC charges Telefónica with competition breach

Telefónica is again under fire for breaking competition rules. CNMC, the Spanish regulator, has started legal proceedings against the company for obliging its subscribers to agree to a contract of up to 36 months under the Fusion+ smartphone promotion. That clause is against the legal conditions approved by the CNMC to authorise Telefónica’s acquisition of […]

December 21, 2022From David Del Valle in Madrid

Magine Pro powers FlixOlé on Movistar Plus+

FlixOlé, thr Spanish streaming service, recently announced an expansion to their direct to consumer offering in partnership with Telefonica’s pay TV Movistar Plus+. Magine Pro in collaboration with FlixOlé and Telefonica, developed a custom set-top-box application for use on Movistar’s 4 Million Households. Magine Pro has been the technology partner to Spanish movie streamer FlixOlé […]

December 14, 2022

Telefónica demands global techs pay up

Spain’s Telefónica is seeking compensation from the US online giants – such as Google, Amazon, Meta/Facebook, Microsoft and Netflix – for the ‘over use’ of its network. The president of Telefónica, José María Álvarez-Pallete, has requested that tech companies that use more than 5 per cent of the network’s operations should pay them compensation. “We […]

November 10, 2022From David Del Valle in Madrid

Telefónica Global Solutions selects Gilat

Gilat Satellite Networks, a specialist in satellite networking technology, solutions, and services, has announced that Telefónica Global Solutions (TGS) selected Gilat to extend 4G cellular backhaul over satellite for mobile operators serving rural areas in the northern part of Latin America. Within the framework of a multi-year agreement with TGS, Gilat will provide its SkyEdge […]

November 7, 2022