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What you need to know: This weblog captures key data points about the global telecoms industry. I use it as an electronic notebook to support my work for Pringle Media.

Monday, December 17, 2012

Telcos Splurge on Dutch LTE Licenses

The Netherlands has raised 3.8 billion euros from an auction of LTE-compatible spectrum. The figure was far higher than the 400 million to 500 million euros budgeted by the government.  

Vodafone said it will invest 1.38 billion euros in the spectrum, while KPN will spend 1.35 billion euros. Deutsche Telekom's T-Mobile will pay 910 million euros and Tele2, a new entrant to the Dutch mobile market, will invest 160 million euros. source: Dow Jones Newswires article

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Gartner Rings the Changes in Capitalism

Considering the growing wealth gap between the top 1% and the rest of the world's population, research firm Gartner forecast that "social and mobile technologies will be used to build and manage two-way relationships between businesses and all their communities of interest. This use of technology will go way beyond the one-way, outward-looking, limited use of social media today. It really will bring the 99 percent inside the walls of the enterprise to become part of the organization."

Gartner predicted that the rise of the Facebook generation will change the way businesses operate: "While capitalism won't collapse, there are fundamental changes under way as it morphs to a new form that is more in tune with the technology and attitudes of the 21st century," said Nigel Rayner, research vice president at Gartner. "The coming capitalist era is that of the Facebook generation, in which the values and behaviors that pervade the Internet and social media will also be adopted by innovative and disruptive businesses. With half the world's population under the age of 25, this may happen sooner than many think." source: Gartner statement

Friday, December 7, 2012

Deutsche Telekom Cranks up Capex

Deutsche Telekom said it is "substantially stepping up investments in broadband networks and products over the coming three years in order to improve its competitive position in the long term."  DT said that annual group capex, including MetroPCS, will climb to about 9 billion to 10 billion euros.

DT said it plans to increase investment in Germany to 4.1 billion euros in 2014 and 4.5 billion euros in 2016, compared with an average of 3.6 billion euros in the preceding three years. This investment will be used to:

  • Accelerate the LTE build-out in order to have 85% of the German population covered by 2016 with data transmission rates of up to 150 Mbps
  • Build-out its optical fiber network (FTTC) to cover around 65% of the population by 2016

DT plans to spend 4.7 billion U.S. dollars on capex in the U.S. in 2013 and about 3 billion dollars for the two subsequent years, compared with 2.7 billion per year on average from 2010 to 2012. DT said the focus in the U.S. is on building out a LTE network, which will cost about 4 billion dollars.

DT added: "the Group's net revenue and adjusted EBITDA are scheduled to grow again from 2014," assuming that "the about-face in European regulatory policy recently announced will be adopted in national regulation." RenĂ© Obermann, Chairman of the Board of Management of Deutsche Telekom, said: "Hesitation now means playing catch-up later. We are investing in the future – with resolve and a clear strategy." source: DT statement

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Have European Telcos Had their Time in the Sun?

How some of the world's top telcos fared in the third quarter of 2012. Europe is not the place to be. (Note, the Vodafone figure is for service revenues)