Category: Europe

Europe: Vodafone finds silver lining in region’s Q1 losses

Europe: Vodafone finds silver lining in region’s Q1 losses

The U.K.-based Vodafone Group released its interim management report on July 25, showing that its service revenue declined 4.2% in the quarter ending June 30, the first quarter of the company’s fiscal year. While Europe continued to drag down that figure ― the region declined 7.9% this quarter compared to falling 9.1% the previous fiscal year ― […]

by Sara Zaske Posted in Carriers, Europe0 Comments

EMEA: How many ways can you connect a car?

As new markets emerge, new market participants also emerge. On the one hand it’s a good thing because a lot of players are coming on board to help solve the challenges at hand. On the flip side there can also be confusion and a lack of integration until things become over saturated, consolidation occurs and […]

by Claudia Bacco Posted in Europe, M2M, Wireless1 Comment

Rohde Schwarz ITS100 Demo

Europe: Chatty cars

Rohde and Schwarz has a long legacy of providing test and measurement solutions in all fields of wireless communications. So why not cars? They recently announced a fully automated standard-compliant testing system for the components of car-to-car connectivity utilizing the IEEE 802.11p standard. Just in case you’re not familiar with this standard, this is an […]

by Claudia Bacco Posted in Europe, Wireless Technology0 Comments

Three Bit Buzz 3

Europe: 3 Ireland completes O2 takeover

There is a new order in Ireland’s wireless market, with 3 now No. 2. The operator, which is owned by the Hong Kong-based Hutchinson Whampoa, this week completed its $1.15 billion buyout of Telefónica’s O2. The deal gives 3 nearly 40% of the market share in Ireland and reduces the number of major mobile operators in the […]

by Sara Zaske Posted in Europe0 Comments

Amdocs

Europe: Data ‘discussions’ in the RAN

Amdocs recently released a study on the State of the RAN as of the end of 2013 in comparison to the end of 2012. Sure, we all know that data continues to grow, video usage continues to grow and the customer experience challenges continue to grow as a result of overly busy networks. But some […]

by Claudia Bacco Posted in Europe, Infrastructure, LTE0 Comments

Vodafone

Europe: Vodafone taps Alcatel-Lucent for Project Spring small cells

Vodafone selected Alcatel-Lucent as a “supplier of reference” for small cell and Wi-Fi technology as part of its Project Spring investment program. Through Project Spring, Vodafone plans to spend about $11 billion to expand and improve its LTE and 3G coverage in Europe and emerging markets. The London-based carrier will include Alcatel-Lucent’s metro cell technology […]

by Sara Zaske Posted in Europe0 Comments

European Parliament votes

Europe: EU slashes data roaming costs in half

The European Union’s new caps on mobile phone roaming charges began July 1, cutting data rates for users traveling to other EU countries by more than 50%. The data roaming cap dropped from 61 cents to 27 cents per megabyte. The cap on making calls while roaming decreased 21% from 33 cents to 26 cents […]

by Sara Zaske Posted in Europe0 Comments

Europe: Telefónica shares network with MVNO ahead of E-Plus decision

Europe: Telefónica shares network with MVNO ahead of E-Plus decision

Ahead of a key regulatory decision over its plan to acquire E-Plus, Telefónica signed a network sharing agreement on June 25 with Drillisch, which operates as a mobile virtual network operator in Germany. Under the deal, the smaller rival will get access to 20% of Telefónica’s network in the country. The agreement is contingent on […]

by Sara Zaske Posted in Europe0 Comments

Europe: Vodafone spends $196M for move into connected cars

Europe: Vodafone spends $196M for move into connected cars

Vodafone is acquiring Cobra Automotive Technologies, an Italian auto electronics maker, for $196 million. The London-based carrier has agreed with the company’s main stakeholders to buy their 74% stake in the company and has an offer out to buy the rest. The deal will create “a new global provider of connected car services,” Erik Brenneis, […]

by Sara Zaske Posted in Europe, Uncategorized0 Comments

Europe: Dutch proposal would protect KPN from takeover

Europe: Dutch proposal would protect KPN from takeover

Following América Móvil’s failed bid to takeover KPN last year, the Dutch government is now floating a proposal that would allow it to intervene in any telecom acquisition that had “implications for national security.” In a June 10 letter to parliament, the Dutch minister of economic affairs, Henk Kamp, outlined measures the government could take to […]

by Sara Zaske Posted in Europe0 Comments

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