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Cameroonian operators ramp-up network deployments in line with the country's 2020 Digital Targets

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Published: 2018-05-25

As of end-2017, InfoCom noted that Cameroon registered 63% and 3% YoY growth in fixed broadband and mobile segments, respectively. The ongoing expansions and upgrades of broadband networks (e.g. copper, FTTH, 4G) in line with the country’s 2020 digital targets drove growth further during the period. For instance, Camtel already achieved 60% of its nationwide 20 000 km fibre optic rollout targets before 2020; while Nextt...

Four telecom groups can change positions in the top-10 global broadband ranking in 2018

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Published: 2018-04-27

Liberty Global, through its UPC Switzerland division, scrapped its initially-planned Swiss exit and instead formalised a joint venture talk with Sunrise Communications group in March 2018. The early-stage discussion was in line with the group’s plan of strengthening its Swiss subsidiary through adopting a similar venture established in the Netherlands just a year ago. If the said venture would materialise, InfoCom expec...

Austria and Poland lead among large EU markets in terms of mobile broadband growth. Here’s why.

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Published: 2018-04-18

As of end-4Q17, mobile broadband subscriptions in the EU 28 + Norway and Switzerland grew steadily by 1% YoY – ending the period with 51m subscriptions. Among the large markets covered, both Austria and Poland registered the highest customer growths mainly propelled by the popularity of mobile data plans with generous data allowances offered by most operators. For instance, T-Mobile Austria started to offer additional 40...

Hefty subscription discounts on FTTP services further drive fixed broadband uptake in Croatia, Montenegro and Serbia in 4Q17

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Published: 2018-04-12

As of end-2017, the InfoCom-covered markets in the Eastern European region had more than 51m (+7% YoY) fixed broadband connections – stemming mainly from the upsurge of FTTP (+15% YoY) subscriptions, especially in Serbia, Montenegro, and Croatia. Generally, the growth in FTTP connections was linked to the increasing popularity of FTTP-based packages, propelled mainly by the aggressive discount offers implemented by some l...

Video OTT in Brazil is gaining as Netflix’s popularity soars

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Published: 2018-03-20

Netflix has been blamed as one of the culprits for the declining traditional pay TV customer base and probably rightly so as unofficial numbers place the number of Brazil’s Netflix subscriptions at between 5m to 6m – already about 30% of the entire Western European Netflix base (estimated at 18.6m at end-2016). As per InfoCom’s analysis, Netflix’s pricing is very competitive and cheaper than what the traditional pay TV p...

Mergers and acquisitions shake-up Austria’s telecommunications market

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Published: 2018-03-15

In December 2017, Liberty Global announced that it has agreed to sell its Austrian subsidiary (UPC Austria) to Deutsche Telekom’s (DT) T-Mobile Austria, for EUR 1.9bn (around USD 2bn). Though the transaction is still subject for the regulatory scrutiny, InfoCom believes that the said merger will intensify further the competition in the Austrian telecommunications market once approved. The said acquisition came on the heel...

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