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3Q08 mobile overview for the top-5 Western European countries, the US and Japan

Published: 2009-03-12

Market leaders still dominate but lose share

Despite the economic downturn experienced in almost every country in the world, the mobile market for the top-5 Western European countries, Japan and the US continued to grow in 3Q08.

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Financial results of key European incumbents: 3Q08 update

Published: 2009-03-12

This article provides a snapshot of the key financial figures at 3Q08 for the incumbents

of the five major Western European countries: BT, Deutsche Telekom, France

Telecom, Telecom Italia and Telefonica. Key trends and differences are highlighted

for revenues, EBITDA, net income and net debt of these five telecom groups.

Figures are based on the operators' financial quarterly publications....

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IP Centrex services in Germany: overview and potential analysis

Published: 2009-03-05

In the past few years the combined development of VoIP and of higher bandwidths has meant that various actors are again developing, launching and promoting Centrex services, in this case IP Centrex services. However, in the past, traditional TDM Centrex services had never been a success in Germany, unlike in the US.

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German mobile phones market

Published: 2009-03-05

Market overview

The market is divided between basic mobile phones and so-called smart phones. These are mainly used by business customers and designed to simplify data communications, in particular e-mails and access to the Internet or the company's Intranet. For this purpose they most often have a large colour screen and a real keyboard. Examples include Nokia 7710 or 9500 Communicator, Sony Eri...

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Top mobile phone manufacturers

Published: 2009-03-05

Around 805 million mobile phones were sold in 2005, i.e. a 21% growth on 2004. This amounted to revenues in excess of $100bn, making thus mobile phone the largest telecom equipment segment by far. In this article we highlight who the main mobile phone manufacturers are in 2005 and how their revenues evolved in the past years. Revenues presented here are modeled to obtain a complete market overview...

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Top equipment manufacturers

Published: 2009-03-05

Equipment revenues in 2004 were mainly helped by increased sales of mobile handsets in emerging markets such as Asia, particularly in China, Eastern Europe and Latin America. North American and Western European sales also increased as users replaced older handsets for newer models with more features. As seen in Fig. 1, Nokia is still the leader in terms of equipment revenues, reaching $27.1bn, mai...

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Mobile Phones Market in Germany

Published: 2009-03-05

The market is divided between basic mobile phones and so-called smart phones. These are mainly used by business customers and designed to simplify data communications, in particular e-mails and access to the Internet or the company's Intranet. For this purpose they most often have a large colour screen and a real keyboard.

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Fixed Terminals Market Trends

Published: 2009-03-05

The purpose of this article is to present briefly the main trends in terms of fixed network terminal offers. After presenting the main market trends for France, Germany, Italy and the UK the offers of the incumbents for these countries are also compared.

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Germany - Lycos Europe

Published: 2009-03-05

This article is an update of a version published a year ago. The first part will present some general facts and trends of the PBX (Private Branch eXchange) market in Western Europe, focussing on differences between brands and countries.

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Product Profile of Top-8 Equipment Manufacturers

Published: 2009-03-05

The following product profiles of the Top-8 worldwide equipment manufacturers represent their market share within eight major product categories.

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Equipment Markets - General Trends

Published: 2009-03-05

In the late 90s the infrastructure sector was in general larger than the CPE (customer premises equipment) sector, as large investments in mobile networks, public switching (network digitisation) and transmission (to carry increasing data traffic) were realised.

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Top Equipment Manufacturers

Published: 2009-03-05

In 2002, Nokia was the number one manufacturer, with revenues of $21.2bn, i.e. over 50% more than the number two, Siemens. Performing quite well in most business segments, Siemens gained the second spot in 2002 and Ericsson consequently dropped to

third position.

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VoIP and IP PBX in Western

Published: 2009-03-05

VoIP (Voice over IP) has been hyped for the past five years but has failed to deliver on its promises so far. The first part of this article will present some general facts and trends of the PBX (Private Branch eXchange) market in Western Europe, focussing on differences between brands, countries and types of products. We will then present the factors driving VoIP as well as those slowing down its...

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Mobile Infrastructure Capex

Published: 2009-03-05

The market for mobile infrastructure declined slightly in 2001, is expected to decline strongly this year and somewhat next year as well, leaving many suppliers in a difficult situation. This article looks at the main suppliers and their respective geographical strengths, while presenting forecasts for the coming five years, with the arguments supporting them. This article also presents briefly th...

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Telecom equipment markets: evolutionary trends

Published: 2009-03-05

The communications industry is among the fastest growing sectors of the world economy. Over 1996-2000, the global market of telecommunications equipment and services, including LAN equipment, CATV and ISP services, grew at an average rate of 14.6% per annum, reaching a total of US$1 127 billion in 2000.

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Product profile of main World manufacturers

Published: 2009-03-05

Product profiles of companies represent their sales structure into eight major product categories. The two North American manufacturers Lucent and Nortel (Fig. 1&2), ranked 2nd and 4th in the World telecom manufacturer ranking, show comparable profiles, with public switching, transmission and mobile infrastructure as their main business segments. The time series 1995-1998-2000 highlight how the tw...

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Operators' strategies for mobile infrastructure

Published: 2009-03-05

The mobile telecommunications market is currently typified by analysis and speculation regarding the merits and future development of 3G. A few key questions are being asked amongst a plethora of others pertaining to 3G: How will operators finance 3G and further, make it profitable? Will vendors be on schedule with infrastructure delivery? Is there actually adequate consumer demand? Will consumers...

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Private Telephone Switching in Europe: Markets and Trends

Published: 2009-03-05

Private telephone switching used to be a rather stable market segment in industrialised countries wherein most businesses are well equipped and traditional players secure in their market positions. Now this market has come back under the spotlight with the so-called revolution of IP-technologies and the arrival of newcomers who use reputedly aggressive marketing techniques.

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The LAN market

Published: 2009-03-05

The market for LAN equipment (routers, LAN switches, LAN access devices, etc.) amounted to US$17 billion in 1999. The US market (see Fig. 1), with over US$6 billion, is by far the largest national market, well ahead of Europe, at US$5.3 billion, in which over 87% is represented by Western Europe. Over the period 1999-2004, the World market will grow at an annual average growth rate of nearly 11%, ...

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Product profile of the World's Top-8 manufacturers

Published: 2009-03-05

With a total turnover of US$12.3 billion, Lucent is the largest manufacturer at the World level with a product portfolio focused mainly on public switching and transmission equipment, with some activities in mobile infrastructure and private switching. The representation (Fig. 1) highlights the progressive extension of the American manufacturer's activities, yet maintaining the weight, which its c...

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The ADSL equipment and service market

Published: 2009-03-05

Under the combined pressure of manufacturers which have developed brand new technologies and equipment capable of supporting increasingly high speed rates and of new competitive carriers that are installing high capacity backbones, the question of broadband network access quickly became the bottleneck of the system since all these capabilities are totally useless if the end user cannot access them...

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Country snapshot: UAE

Published: 2009-03-05

Composed of seven emirates, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) is one of the world's biggest producers of crude oil and natural gas. It is located in the Arabian Peninsula, between the Arabian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman, and is home to almost 4.5m people as of 2007. The country's telecommunications sector is the most highly developed in the Middle East, with the incumbent operator also being one of the...

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Country snapshot: Philippines, the world leader for SMS

Published: 2009-03-05

This article provides an overview of the telecom services market in the Philippines. The first part of the article gives a brief overview of the significant regulations that liberalised the telecoms industry, followed by a brief discussion on the market size of the telecommunications market. The subsequent parts take a closer look at the different segments (fixed, mobile and Internet). The final p...

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Financial results of key European incumbents

Published: 2009-03-05

Between 2003 and 2006 the European incumbents showed their resilience in withstanding the effects of heavy net losses and financial debts of the years 2001 and 2002, through disposal of non-core businesses, rigorous implementation of cost-reduction initiatives, strategic acquisitions in the international market and new business combinations to create innovative and sustainable services.

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Verizon Communications

Published: 2009-03-05

Milestones

The main drive to break up AT&T in 1984 was to end the vertical integration between manufacturing and near-monopolistic service activity. Accordingly, the

telephone market was split into a fully competitive segment of long-distance telecommunications, in which AT&T was restricted in compensation for being

authorised to keep its manufacturing activities, and a local telecommunications...

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Market snapshot: Croatia

Published: 2009-03-05

As compared to other Eastern European countries the Croatian telecom market is fairly developed and advanced and it has been one of the most dynamic branches of economy. The full liberalisation of the telecom sector was realised in 2005 when the Croatian Telecommunications Agency started to regulate the fixed line sector. The provision requires the incumbent T-Hrvatske Telekom (T-HT) to provide fu...

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Deutsche Telekom

Published: 2009-03-05

History

The year 1990 is not only a milestone in German history, but also for the German incumbent nowadays called Deutsche Telekom AG. While the milestone for Germany meant re-unification, for Deutsche Telekom it meant the opposite: segmentation. It is indeed in 1900 that the former German postal and telecom utility separated its different activities postal, telecom and banking services in thr...

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The new AT&T: a return to the Bell System?

Published: 2009-03-05

Recent activities in the United States telecom sector show a trend of mergers and acquisitions among telecom companies. Of these, the AT&T-SBC merger has had the greatest impact as it involved two of the top-5 telecom companies, and made the merged company the largest, based on revenues, in 2005. The merger also started a wave of rumours on the reconstitution of the Bell System; rumours which are ...

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Market snapshot: South Korea

Published: 2009-03-05

South Korea's telecommunications industry has undergone radical changes since the liberalisation of the market in the late 1980s. In 1996, a commercial deployment of the CDMA technology began and by 2003, the mobile sector overtook world leaders in terms of broadband penetration (Iceland may have overtaken South Korea as the leading broadband nation, while the Netherlands and Denmark are close beh...

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Country snapshot: Mexico

Published: 2009-03-05

Market size

Mexico is the second largest telecom service market in Latin America next to Brazil. As seen in Fig. 1, total revenues in Mexico's telecom sector reached US$17.7bn in 2005, a 11.3% growth from the previous year. For the 2005-2011 period the country's total market value is expected to increase by an average of 4.5% per year, reaching US$23bn by 2011. The highest growth rates will be ob...

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Arcor: a fairy tale?

Published: 2009-03-05

Once upon a time, to be accurate in early 2000, a giant called Vodafone bought an attractive bride called Mannesmann. What made old lady Mannesmann such attractive was her young daughter D2, one of the two leading German mobile operators. But, alas, there was another daughter called Arcor that did not suit at all the mighty Vodafone. In the times of mobile hype and hysteria, Arcor was active in a ...

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eBay

Published: 2009-03-05

As it often happens in success stories, the eBay idea of an online marketplace was born virtually accidentally, as a result of a private conversation about the possibility to collect Pez dispensers - special candy dispensers which have popular comics characters as heads - and interact with other collectors over the Internet.

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Swisscom

Published: 2009-03-05

In October 1997, Swisscom was born when the Swiss state-owned incumbent chose a new name. One year later, a new era started with Swisscom's IPO (initial public offering). However, the state participation is still rather elevated compared to other leading European incumbents (see Fig. 1).

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Fastweb

Published: 2009-03-05

Who had heard of Mr. Scaglia and his company, Fastweb, two years ago? Hardly anybody indeed. In 1999, leaving Italian mobile phone operator Omnitel, now part of Vodafone, Mr. Scaglia started Fastweb (then called e.Biscom), at a time when, in Italy at least, everybody was convinced that competition based on its own infrastructure was not possible and that investments on alternative networks would n...

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NTT Corporation

Published: 2009-03-05

NTT was created in 1952 after the government decided to reorganise communication services into a public company catering to the domestic market. In 1953 the international division was spun-off to form a separate corporation, Kokusai Denshin Denwa (KDD). NTT was privatised in 1985 by the Japanese government through the NTT Law, which also decided to deregulate partially the market for other operato...

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KT Corporation

Published: 2009-03-05

Korea Telecom was established as a state-owned incumbent in 1981 through the enactment of the Korea Telecom Act. The company officially took over the telecommunications business being operated by the government through the Korean Ministry of Information & Communication (MIC - formerly Ministry of Communication) in 1982.

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First Aid for Incumbents

Published: 2009-03-05

Between 1998-2001, the European incumbents have experienced losses and debts resulting from large-scale investments in the development of more diversified products and services, the deployment of more advanced infrastructure and the international expansion of operations.

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Belgacom

Published: 2009-03-05

Belgacom was created in the early 90s, at the same time as when most European incumbents had restructured and began to operate as privatised firms. It was in 1992, to be precise, that RTT (Radio, Telephone, Telegraph) became the independent firm which is now known as Belgacom.

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SingTel

Published: 2009-03-05

In 1954, Singapore Telephone Board (STB) was established to develop the country's telephone infrastructure and improve the provision of telephone services. Its Telecommunication Department, which was created to provide international services, was converted into a statutory board and renamed Telecommunications Authority of Singapore (TAS) in 1972.

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Coping with change

Published: 2009-03-05

In the mid 1990's the telecommunications industry in Western Europe underwent a process of transformation paving the way for a more liberalised and modernised market. Among the catalysts for change was the attribution of licenses for mobile telephony and the subsequent opening up of the fixed line markets in 1998.

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Telecom Italia

Published: 2009-03-05

The story of Telecom Italia (TI) started quietly in the early-90s, as for other European incumbents, when, after restructuring, the operators started to be privatised. Telecom Italia's adventure began precisely in 1994 when, under the "telecommunications restructuring plan", the then five Italian telecom companies - Sip, IRITEL, ITALCABLE, TELESPAZIO and SIRM - were merged to form Telecom Italia. ...

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Telefonica

Published: 2009-03-05

Having started as a private company in the early 1920s, the Spanish incumbent Telefonica can look back on an eventful history of nationalization in the mid-1940s and accelerated re-privatisation since the late 80s of the last century.

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Royal KPN Telecom

Published: 2009-03-05

Introduction

General overview of KPN operations

Situation in the home market

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BT Profile

Published: 2009-03-05

The company lead by Ben Verwaayen since February 2002 is an interesting case amongst the European incumbent operators as it was one of the first to be privatised in a market that was one of the first to be liberalised (in the mid 80s). British Telecom has its origin in 1980 when the General Post Office was broken down into separate postal and telecom services. In 1984 British Telecom was partly pr...

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Deutsche Telekom

Published: 2009-03-05

At January 1, 1990, the German administrative authority "Deutsche Bundespost" was divided into three distinct companies, responsible for either post, banking or telecom services, the latter being named "Deutsche Bundespost Telekom". Five years later, at the January 1, 1995, this telecom entity changed its name and legal status and became the limited company Deutsche Telekom AG. This opened the way...

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Tiscali

Published: 2009-03-05

Introduction

Caligari (Sardenia, Italy) based Tiscali S.p.A. was formed back in 1997 by Chief Executive Officer and Chairman Renato Soru. Tiscali was granted a licence to provide telephone services in Sardenia and the metropolitan areas of Rome and Milan in April 1998. In the same year, the company launched their first regional telephone services by selling pre-paid telephone cards, and it introd...

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Financial results of European incumbents

Published: 2009-03-05

1998 and 1999 and the first half of 2000 saw an unprecendented level of growth as well as mergers and acquisitions in the telecom industry, not least in Europe. The last 18 months have seen a sharp turnaround in the economy as a whole and particularly in telecommunications. Sales growth has slowed down, the market capitalisations of the main telecom companies have plummeted, and generally the indu...

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Akamai

Published: 2009-03-05

Akamai (a Hawaiian word for intelligent, clever and cool) was created by people from the MIT who had been working on algorithmic networking designs that could be used to relieve Internet traffic load: the idea is to constantly monitor the state of the Internet network and to dynamically distribute contents between different servers and locations so that content retrieval by Internet users would be...

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eBay

Published: 2009-03-05

Introduction

Pierre Omidyar, founder and chairman of eBay, is a French born computer programmer, who launched an online auction service called "Auction Web" on Labour Day, 1995. The company was then incorporated in California in May 1996 and renamed eBay in 1997. A former Hasbro executive, Margaret Whitman, joined the company in January 1998, and succeeded Mr. Omidyar as CEO. Later that year in S...

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Nortel

Published: 2009-03-05

Nortel Networks Corporation is a global supplier of telecommunications equipment and solutions, which designs, develops, manufactures, installs and supports telecom systems. The Canadian-based company was already incorporated in 1895 as Northern Electric & Manufacturing Company Ltd. and produced telephones as well as street call boxes for the police. In 1976, it assumed the name Northern Telecom L...

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Terra Lycos

Published: 2009-03-05

Terra Lycos was formed in October 2000, as a result of the acquisition by Terra Networks S.A., the ISP of the Spanish carrier Telefonica, providing Internet access to the Spanish and Portuguese speaking world of Lycos Inc., an Internet multi-brand network. In order to avoid geographical overlaps between the two founding partners, Terra committed not to invest in Europe, Asia and North America whi...

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CISCO

Published: 2009-03-05

CISCO Systems Inc. was created in 1984 by two scientists from the US Stanford University, who were seeking easier ways to connect computers with different systems. Two years later, the then four-man company delivered its first product: an AGS router. In 1990, the US company totalled 254 employees, made its first public offering and achieved US$69 million in revenues. In 1993, it acquired Crescendo...

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United Pan-Europe Communications

Published: 2009-03-05

"United and Philips Communications" (UPC) was formed in 1995 between United International Holdings, Inc. (re-named UnitedGlobalCom in 1999) and Philips Electronic N.V.s to combine their cable holdings in twelve European countries and operate as a 50/50 joint venture. In December 1997, United acquired the remaining 50% of the ordinary shares held by Philips and the company was re-named "United Pan-...

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The new Tele2

Published: 2009-03-05

The new Tele2 made its debut in February 2001 when NetCom AB, which was formed in 1993 and merged with SEC activities in October 2000, had been renamed Tele2 AB. With this decision, all former activities of Netcom in the Scandinavian regions and those of Tele2 Europe at the central European level have been combined under one legal group with one name, now called Tele2, a denomination which before ...

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Alcatel

Published: 2009-03-05

In line with a strategy to re-focus on its core telecommunications business, Alcatel introduced substantial structural changes in 1998, which facilitated consolidation of its new organisation during 1999. Through a combination of expansion, cost cutting and consolidation of its portfolio, Alcatel has streamlined its power, transport and industry sectors, consolidated its defence business, as well ...

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Level 3 Communications

Published: 2009-03-05

Much popular among media and stock markets, Level 3 Communications is a "young" company born with the Internet, often portrayed as an example of the "new generation" telecom operators. Accordingly, it seems interesting to address this company with the aim to identify, beyond its published statistics, its business strategy, its results so far and, eventually, its distinctive positioning in the mark...

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AOL

Published: 2009-03-05

In the headlines since the Time Warner merger announcement, AOL has been represented as a company that is continuously willing to address the best business opportunities and which, accordingly, has reoriented itself strategically several times from the proprietary content provider in the late 1980's to the versatile Internet provider of today. In that sense America Online is the ultimate example o...

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Siemens

Published: 2009-03-05

Siemens AG, headquartered in Germany, is a global powerhouse in electrical engineering and electronics with more than DM134 billion in sales.

The manufacturer is present in several different areas, from energy to medicine, as well as in telecommunications. With more than 100 000 professionals in 160 countries, the Information and Communications (I & C) segment develops products, networks and s...

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Cable & Wireless

Published: 2009-03-05

Cable & Wireless Plc. (C&W) is probably the only operator in the world which can be truly defined as "global" (see Fig. 1). Its structure shows the two principal subsidiaries, Hong Kong Telecom and C&W Communications, and also a presence in more than 70 countries.

In order to improve its service level, the efficiency of its structure and its market image, C&W's strategy has been one of refocusing...

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Top-10 IPTV providers in the world, a changing ranking

Published: 2009-03-05

As shown in Fig. 1, MII China clearly leads the top-10 list with 2.13m IPTV subscribers in 3Q08 with China Telecom and China Netcom contributing respectively 1.3m and 830 000 customers. France Teleco (Orange) places second with 1.65m customers.

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IPTV: going on the offensive

Published: 2009-03-05

Since the introduction of IPTV services across the globe, telecom operators have been devising and carrying out different business models, e.g. la carte, service bundling, etc., to be able to harness the IPTV revenue-generating potential. As observed across different markets IPTV current role seems in most countries to be more of a defensive tool for telecom players to reduce the impact of intense...

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Top-10 CaTV groups in the world

Published: 2009-03-05

Top-10 CaTV groups based on subscribers

As shown in Fig. 1, the US-based CaTV provider Comcast clearly takes the lead with just over 24m CaTV subscriptions at September 2007. Time Warner, also operating in the US, places second having a customer base of around 13.3m susbcribers. Both companies had been experiencing annual decline in their subscriber bases for the past years until Adelphia custom...

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The TV broadcasting market in the Top-5 Western European countries

Published: 2009-03-05

For the past years, the TV broadcasting service market in Western Europe has been undergoing significant changes, i.e. consolidation of major market players, introduction and growing presence of television over IP (IPTV) and the approaching switch-off of analogue terrestrial television in favour of digital, to name a few. The television sector is now more dynamic than ever, with telecom operators ...

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Personalised TV means also personalised advertising...but don't tell it too loud

Published: 2009-03-05

Introduction

By now it is clear to everyone that telecom operators can leverage their broadband access networks and customer base with IPTV as an additional entertainment service in order to retain customers and offset losses from legacy fixed services. While many IPTV offers are currently still similar to cable or satellite, i.e. provide a wide selection of channels and some on-demand videos, th...

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IPTV in France

Published: 2009-03-05

Overview

The French IPTV market is one of the most active in Europe with several market players, including France Telecom, Free and Neuf Cegetel, already offering IPTV services. Foreign telecom incumbents, such as Telecom Italia and Deutsche Telekom, have also entered the IPTV French arena through their business units in the country. Since the first IPTV service deployment, France has been experi...

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IPTV in Asia

Published: 2009-03-05

Several Asian operators are quite advanced as far as IPTV deployments are concerned, especially in terms of service offers, which include several interactive applications in development - as in Hong Kong - as well as already some tentative IPTV-mobile converged services - as in Singapore and Hong Kong. It is also in Asia, in Hong Kong to be precise, that we find the IPTV provider with the highest ...

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IPTV or not IPTV: that is the question....(part 1)

Published: 2009-03-05

Imagine thousands of television channels to choose from. Imagine a world where you would not worry about the programme schedules but instead watch a programme at your chosen time, without advertising and with the possibility to view it several times. Imagine being able to view a show and share comments with friends looking at the same show but located somewhere else. These and many other services ...

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Business models in the online tourism industry

Published: 2009-03-05

The focus of the article is on the residential tourism market in Germany as the overall European travel market experiences flatness while the German one is growing fast. Consequently, the main examples will come from Germany but we will try to reach some conclusions as to the universality of the business models seen in Germany. Furthermore, the analysis will focus on two main tourist players, name...

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VoD and TV over DSL

Published: 2009-03-05

"We also sell jelly beans" This announcement, made some years ago by a German computer retail chain, amazed customers at first, but the explanation of this unexpected offer was quite simple. It was the annoyed reaction to frequent PC sale marketing actions by some low-price food store chain that was having some success selling cheap PCs alongside grocery.

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European comparison of fixed telephony pricing options

Published: 2009-03-04

The following article provides an insight in pricing options for fixed telephony services in 16 European countries. It presents the latest developments of fixed telephony pricing options offered by incumbents to their residential customers. Following a general overview about the most important fixed telephony pricing options, a special focus will be laid on flat rate offers, which have recently be...

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VoIP connections in Eastern Europe: a growing market not completely offsetting FMS

Published: 2009-03-04

This article provides an overview of VoIP connections over broadband in Eastern Europe focusing on the countries of Hungary, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia.

Please note that we for instance did not look at the Czech Republic as the Czech incumbent only began offering VoIP by the end of 2007 and prior to this nearly all VoIP connections were provided by UPC Czech. After illustrating the recent tren...

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Fixed line trends in Western Europe

Published: 2009-03-04

This article provides an overview of fixed connections in 13 countries in Western Europe. The first part of the article illustrates recent trends in the residential fixed connection penetration rate, followed by a discussion of the development of the business and residential fixed connection split.

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Snapshot: Fixed telephony trends in Western Europe

Published: 2009-03-04

Among the countries monitored in Western Europe, Switzerland reached the highest penetration rate in the residential sector with an average of about 1 telephone connection per household in 2006 (Fig. 1). Over the past five years, Sweden and the UK have been vying for the second position: in 2006, both countries reached a penetration rate of 96%.

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Fixed telephony traffic in top Western European countries

Published: 2009-03-04

For the past couple of years, the mobile market has steadily outgrown the fixed telephony sector in terms of subscriptions and revenues. In Germany alone, 38.6 million subscribers (analogue and ISDN connections) are using fixed telephony but more than 85.7 mobile SIM cards are in use, nearly everyone between 15 and 65 years old having a mobile phone, many people having indeed two. Mainly due to th...

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Payphone in Europe

Published: 2009-03-04

This article aims at giving a snapshot of the payphone markets in 12 European countries, namely Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Sweden, Switzerland and the UK.

Public payphones are typically located on public ways and/or available to the public around the clock, depending on the definition of the national regulator. Private payphones are ins...

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Fixed telephony by CaTV operators

Published: 2009-03-04

Incumbents' market share of telephone channels

In 2004, Germany had the largest number of telephone channels (including cable telephony, POTS and ISDN) among the Western European countries, with about 54.6m, followed by the UK with 35.3m and France with 33.8m (see Fig. 1). As seen from the chart, incumbents in each country still hold a significant share of the fixed telephone channels.

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Line Access Observatory

Published: 2009-03-04

Main lines and ISDN penetration

As can be seen in Fig. 1, the top-10 countries with the highest main lines penetration per 100 inhabitants in 2004 had rates ranging from 63.3% (USA) to 82.9% (Luxembourg). Unlike in 2000, when the fixed telephony penetration rates of all the top-10 countries were still increasing, the rates of more than half of the top-10 countries in 2004 have decreased mainly du...

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Fixed connections and incumbents market share

Published: 2009-03-04

As illustrated by Fig. 1, of the ten West European countries examined here, Sweden has clearly the highest population penetration of fixed lines connections (total of POTS and ISDN subscribers). Indeed, Sweden penetration has historically been very high, about ten percentage points higher than in Switzerland, the country with the second highest penetration.

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VoIP consumer retail offers in Germany

Published: 2009-03-04

This article provides an overview of the VoIP (Voice over IP) consumer retail offers currently available in Germany and tries to identify the factors driving this market as well as those slowing it down. The focus is on the offers that enable to call traditional PSTN (Public Switched Telephone Network) and mobile numbers, i.e. not the sort of solution, such as Skype, which only enables PC to PC ca...

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Teleconferencing Market Trends

Published: 2009-03-04

The purpose of this article is to present the main trends in the teleconferencing market, with a main focus on Austria, Germany, Switzerland and the UK.

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VoIP Services Development

Published: 2009-03-04

Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) experienced a period of hype during the late 1990s but along with the dot.com crash the faith in VoIP as a service for residential or indeed business customers was temporarily lost. It appeared like the technology would never get a real start.

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Data communications in the main countries and regions of the World

Published: 2009-03-04

With a market value of $92 billion, data communications represented about 10% of the total service market in 2002. In 2002, all countries and zones experienced a very strong growth of over 30% in this service category, apart from Japan who recorded a more modest 11% growth.

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Fixed telephony in the main countries of the World

Published: 2009-03-04

The US market is traditionally the largest national market for fixed telephony as it is for the overall service market, with a relative share of about 35% in 2002 also a result of its strong currency.

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Endangered specie or chance for innovation?

Published: 2009-03-04

How many people can be squeezed in a public phone box? Can you put an elephant in a phone box, and will there still be space for the Zebra waiting outside? Public payphones are still good enough for Guinness Book records or dull children's jokes, but are they still used and do they have a future?

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Local Loop Unbundling in Western European countries

Published: 2009-03-04

This article provides an analysis of the status of Local Loop Unbundling (LLU) in Western European countries.

Unbundling is crucial to the evolution of competition in many countries, as alternative operators enter the market based on the incumbent's local infrastructure without building their own networks in the local loop.

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The German Wholesale market

Published: 2009-03-04

Market structure and competitive environment

The German wholesale market is in turmoil, similarly to the general evolution of the telecommunications wholesale business in Europe. Several wholesale providers with ambitious goals to develop a country-wide backbone infrastructure as an entry point to offer a broad range of wholesale services, such as access, basic transport, IP transport and transit...

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Financial results of European incumbents

Published: 2009-03-04

1998 and 1999 and the first half of 2000 saw an unprecendented level of growth as well as mergers and acquisitions in the telecom industry, not least in Europe.

The last 18 months have seen a sharp turnaround in the economy as a whole and particularly in telecommunications. Sales growth has slowed down, the market capitalisations of the main telecom companies have plummeted, and generally the ...

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Internationalisation of cable operators and services

Published: 2009-03-04

In the last edition of TS&T, we highlighted the large differences between countries in terms of cable penetration and technology. We also stressed how important modern technology is to enable new services such as digital TV, telephony or Internet access. This issue analyses in more depth the internationalisation of cable operators and services. Are some international actors emerging ? On which ser...

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Cable TV industry- Part 1

Published: 2009-03-04

Technology and services

Over the past few years, the cable industry has undergone many changes, and more are to come. For years, especially in Europe, the cable TV industry was subject to a tight regulatory regime and, to a large degree, was seen as a public utility.

One of the major changes was therefore the liberalisation and deregulation of telecom markets, which allowed cable operators to...

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User expenses - History and Trends

Published: 2009-03-04

Following the very high costs to operators of acquiring 3G licenses, many pundits have wondered whether these companies will be able to recoup their investments with UMTS services. Indeed, as mobile ARPUs are decreasing, there is some risks that forecasts showing substantial ARPUs for UMTS services might appear over-optimistic.

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The Line Access

Published: 2009-03-04

Observatory

While mobile and wireless technologies have stolen headlines for some time, today one rediscovers the pervasiveness of fixed access particularly in industrialized economies. Regarding main lines, they are approaching saturation and their number has been stagnating in industrialized economies. It is interesting to note, however, that the saturation level can vary from a ratio around 50...

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Videoconferencing

Published: 2009-03-04

Presented as a more effective alternative to audioconferencing and, especially, to face-to-face meetings, according to many videoconferencing should already have become ubiquitous in our workplace.

In reality, videoconferencing seems only to be an everlasting promise due to materialise soon. But what is the reality? Who uses videoconferencing and why? Let's have a look at the key factors: the ...

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Cable TV

Published: 2009-03-04

This overview of the cable TV service markets and the major World cable operators provides insight into an industry on the edge of change. While the European cable TV industry has long been viewed as a utility industry often subject to a tight regulatory regime, the deregulation in telecommunications combined with the competition bottleneck at the last mile created an awaited opportunity for cable...

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ISDN observatory

Published: 2009-03-04

With an over 26% ISDN share on the total main lines installed (Fig. 1), Norway shows the highest ISDN-penetration rate of main lines installed in Europe, although its ISDN channels account for just under 0.8 million.

With more than 10 million channels installed at the end of 1998, Germany is the biggest European market in terms of ISDN installed base, with a penetration of nearly 22% of the ma...

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Fixed telephony in Western Europe

Published: 2009-03-04

Global market evolution in Western Europe

The Western European telecommunications service market, including Cable TV, shows a CAAGR (Compounded Average Annual Growth Rate) of about 7% over the period 1998-2004, accounting for US$265 billion in 2004, about 23% of the total world market for telecommunications services. The fastest growing sectors will be, not surprisingly, mobile telephony, partly ...

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Southeast Asia: a predominantly prepaid mobile market

Published: 2009-03-04

A brief history of mobile technologies in Southeast Asia

Prior to 1994, mobile services in the five selected Southeast Asian countries, namely Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and Singapore, were based on analogue technologies such as Advanced Mobile Phone System (AMPS).

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Price cuts and regulation affect mobile ARPU in Western Europe

Published: 2009-03-04

This article gives a rundown of the revenue split for a selection of mobile operators in Western Europe for 2007. The figures used in this article are taken from InfoCom's quarterly mobile monitoring service for Western Europe, providing key performance indicators for all the mobile operators in the region on a historical basis.

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Mobile spending and SMS usage in Western Europe

Published: 2009-03-04

Note: Figures for ARPU and SMS traffic are as reported by the operators and may thus differ from modelled ARPU figures found in Teleseeq. In addition, in this article Western Europe includes the 15 countries mentioned, i.e. excludes some of the smaller countries such as Iceland, Luxemburg or else Cyprus.

At end-2007, mobile penetration rates reached over 100% in many countries in Western Europe...

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Mobile roaming: year-end revenues of major Western European operators after EU regulation

Published: 2009-03-04

Mobile roaming and the EU regulation

In June 2007, the roaming price cap pushed by the European Commission came into force. The new regulation was aimed at reducing the average cost per minute for both retail and wholesale roaming calls in order to make the service more affordable to Europeans travelling within the EU

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3Q07 prepaid and postpaid situation in selected countries

Published: 2009-03-04

Mobile penetration and proportion of prepaid subscribers

Previous articles on the prepaid and postpaid situation have illustrated that there is no correlation between mobile penetration and the share of prepaid subscribers. These articles have cited the extreme examples of Italy and Finland to show that, in general, it is the strategies adopted by local mobile operators and cultural factors that ...

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Mobile TV

Published: 2009-03-04

This article aims at giving an overview of the current mobile TV service market and at identifying best practices and future trends. Nowadays, there are indeed a few successful mobile TV services, for instance in France, Italy, Japan and South Korea, but no real momentum otherwise.

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Mobile data services

Published: 2009-03-04

Back in 2002, mobile operators were hoping much from 3G (third generation) deployments, in particular to enable new innovative data services as well as a better user experience. However, nowadays, the demand for 3G services remains globally below expectations, in particular in Western countries, Japanese and South Korean markets being ahead by three to four years.

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2Q07 3G market penetration in selected countries

Published: 2009-03-04

3G technologies and network deployments

The world's first third generation (3G) network, using the CDMA2000 1X (Code Division Multiple Access) technology, went live as early as September 2000 in South Korea. CDMA2000 was the first version of the third generation of CDMA, a mobile technology mainly used by several US operators as well as a few operators in some countries of Latin America and Asia....

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2Q07 mobile overview

Published: 2009-03-04

Mobile penetration and proportion of prepaid customers:

Although four of the Top-5 Western European countries had already reached 100% mobile penetration in 2Q06. Their penetration rates continued to rise until 2Q07. Italy exhibited the highest growth in penetration with an increase of 16 percentage points compared to 2Q06 while Germany had the second highest increase with 11 percentage points. D...

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The mobile phones market in Germany

Published: 2009-03-04

The market can be divided between basic mobile phones and so-called smart phones. Although more and more basic mobile phones align with smart phones, there are still some characteristics that set smart phones apart. Smart phones are mainly used by business customers and designed to simplify data communications, in particular e-mails and access to the Internet or companies' Intranet.

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4Q06 mobile market penetration and market shares in selected Asian and North American countries

Published: 2009-03-04

Mobile phones population penetration

Increasing mobile penetration rates in the USA, in Canada and in selected countries in Asia. Among the countries observed, the USA had the highest increase in mobile population penetration: from 72% in 2005 it increased by 7 percentage points to 79% in 2006. China had the second highest increase, from 30% to 35%. Canada recorded nearly as high an increase as C...

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3Q06 mobile penetration and market shares in selected Western and Eastern European countries

Published: 2009-03-04

Mobile population penetration

Mobile penetration rates of a selection of 14 countries in Western and Eastern Europe at 3Q06. Ten of the selected countries exceeded 100% penetration, with Lithuania recording by far the highest mobile penetration rate with 167%.

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Roaming revenues of the top-5 Western European mobile operators

Published: 2009-03-04

In April, the European Commission on information society put down a proposal to cut retail charges for roaming within the EU member states by 40%. The retail roaming charge is the amount subscribers pay their mobile service provider for the use of mobile services while in another country and using another operator's network. This is also known as customer's roaming.

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Mobile KPIs

Published: 2009-03-04

This article provides an overview of some mobile KPIs (Key Performance Indicators), namely share of prepaid customers, blended ARPU and churn, for a selection of operators in Western Europe. The article highlights some of the widest differences between operators and countries, in particular analysing whether they depend on the level of competition or possibly some historical and cultural aspects. ...

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3Q05 mobile markets overview

Published: 2009-03-04

Mobile penetration and proportion of prepaid customers

Despite having nearly reached saturation levels two years ago, mobile penetration in the examined countries in this article continued to grow. In particular, the markets in Italy and the UK registered the highest increases in mobile penetration rates, respectively 26 and 23 percentage points, compared to 1Q03 (see Fig. 1).

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MVNOs: to be or not to be?

Published: 2009-03-04

As mobile markets have been reaching saturation in most Western European countries, MNOs (Mobile Network Operators) have been trying to find new distribution channels to acquire customers and new partners to develop offers targeting niche segments. This has led to the creation of a number of MVNOs (Mobile Virtual Network Operators) in various countries. This article explores thus the situation in ...

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The Philippines: the SMS capital of the world?

Published: 2009-03-04

While the text messaging dialogue portrayed below may appear cryptic to anyone who can read English, such a dialogue is typical in the Philippines where SMS, more popularly known as texting, has become the national preferred mode of communication.

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International presence of mobile operators

Published: 2009-03-04

In the late 90s the mobile telecommunications industry experienced a very high number of mergers and acquisitions (M&A) leading to concentration and the formation of international groups. The last two years were rather more subdued in terms of M&A, but there are signs that renewed activities are on the way.

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Public WLAN services in German speaking markets

Published: 2009-03-04

Imagine there is a new "hype technology", but there are hardly any users. We admit this judgement is not very fair. But announcements of public WLAN (PWLAN) services recall memories of the time UMTS dawned on the telecoms sky. Starting as a niche market offered by specialised providers, operators and ISPs then quickly jumped on the WLAN bandwagon not to miss anything.

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Mobile prepaid customers

Published: 2009-03-04

Of the countries examined, and indeed throughout Europe, Italy remains the country with the highest prepaid customer base, representing approximately 90% of all mobile users. This proportion is very similar between the three main Italian mobile operators (TIM, Vodafone and Wind), and only 3, the latest newcomer, has a lower proportion of prepaid subscribers, since it initially offered only contrac...

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Public WLAN offers in Europe

Published: 2009-03-04

WLAN (Wireless Local Area Network), or Wi-Fi, is becoming increasingly available at home, at the office and at public hotspots. WLAN has been seen as the technology that enjoys the most positive forecasts already for several years and it is true that the market for public WLAN is still developing and many different types of players are emerging.

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Mobile Telephony in Western and Eastern Europe

Published: 2009-03-04

The fast pace of development, over 33%, registered by the mobile telephony market in Western Europe over the period 1997-2001 slowed down to 16% in 2002 and is expected to slow down further over the next five years as the Western European markets mature.

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1Q03 Mobile Markets Overview

Published: 2009-03-04

The major seven countries in the World still registered increased mobile penetration in 1Q03, although growth rates have been declining. Despite having already a high penetration rate, Italy still had one of the highest penetration rate increases.

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WLAN in Germany

Published: 2009-03-04

Some call it "Wireless Fidelity" (WiFi), some call it "Radio LAN" (RLAN), but in Germany, the standard 802.11 is mainly known as "Wireless LAN" or WLAN. The world largest computer and telecom exhibition, CeBIT, last March made it evident for those who might not have it noticed before: WLAN is a hype.

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Prepaid and Postpaid

Published: 2009-03-04

Most of the main mobile operators world-wide have been offering prepaid price plans for customers, as an alternative to the traditional postpaid (contract with monthly subscription) plans. This article will discuss how prepaid services present diverse market arrangements and trends, according to different marketing strategies adopted by operators, as well as country culture and customer behaviour....

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Mobile Data Services

Published: 2009-03-04

This article discusses the trends for mobile data services, and provides an outlook for the coming six years, based on our analysis of these trends. Mobile data services are all non-voice data services and include in particular SMS, MMS, mobile Internet and mobile business applications. The article focuses on the big five Western European countries (France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the UK), on Ja...

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Public WLAN offers in Europe

Published: 2009-03-04

In the sector of mobile broadband solutions, Wireless LAN or WiFi services and applications enjoy the most positive forecasts for the next 5 years. Indeed, here comes a big "BUT" that qualifies too optimistic forecasts, a story already seen with UMTS....

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International presence of mobile operators

Published: 2009-03-04

In the past few years the mobile telecommunications industry has experienced a very high number of mergers and acquisitions leading to the formation of international groups. But how concentrated is really the industry? And of the larger mobile operators, which ones are really international in their presence? In which countries and regions are they active? Are they promoting a single international ...

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The mobile service market in Germany

Published: 2009-03-04

The German mobile telecom market has recorded a significant change over the past three years. The turnaround happened in 1998 with the introduction of pre-paid services. With operators' strategies more and more focused on increasing their user base through pre-paid packages, call tariffs and, subsequently, ARPU (Average Revenues Per User) began to fall initiating a price war that contributed to th...

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Mobile telephony in Eastern Europe

Published: 2009-03-04

The Eastern European telecommunications service market, including Cable TV, should evolve at a CAAGR (Compounded Average Annual Growth Rate) of about 18% over the period 1999-2004, accounting for nearly US$46 billion in 2004, about 4% of the total world market for communications services (Tab. 1). The growth rate of the Eastern European countries taken as a whole will large-ly overtake the general...

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Mobile telephony in the US

Published: 2009-03-04

In the US, mobile telephony services are provided by three main categories of operators: cellular operators, Personal Communications Service (PCS) providers and, to a certain extent, digital Specialised Mobile Radio (SMR) operators.

Note that statistics gathered at the national level in the US often take into account the total of mobile telephony users, including those of the two digital SMR o...

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Japan: one of the VoIP forerunners

Published: 2009-03-04

Japan is one of the forerunners in the provision of VoIP services: in terms of the ranking of the number of VoIP connected households among a selection of countries in Asia-Pacific, North America and Western Europe, Japan ranked second to Netherlands in 2007.

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US broadband market at 3Q08: overall growth slowing down

Published: 2009-03-04

A slowly saturating market leading to reduced growth

In the last two quarters (2Q08 and 3Q08) the US broadband market (cable modem, DSL and fibre optic connections) has markedly slowed down with a subscribers quarterly growth rate below 2.5%, roughly half of what it was in 2007 and even much lower than in the years 2005 and 2006.

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VoIP retail residential offers in Western Europe

Published: 2009-03-04

The following article is based on an InfoCom's multi-client report published in early January 2008. The report covers residential VoIP offers with a clear focus on services enabling access to and from PSTN and mobile networks. The main 16 Western European countries were examined, i.e. Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Sp...

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Top-10 fixed broadband countries in 3Q07

Published: 2009-03-04

This article is based on InfoCom's broadband monitoring service covering 33 countries worldwide. It provides an overview of the top-10 countries among these 33 countries and compares the evolution of broadband connections between 3Q06 and 3Q07.

The data shown about broadband connections refer to fixed broadband technologies namely xDSL, Internet over CaTV networks/cable modem and broadband over...

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Broadband developments in the Nordic countries

Published: 2009-03-04

This article describes the situation of fixed broadband connections in the four Nordic countries of Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden. After a general introduction of the evolution of fixed broadband connections and household penetration rates, follows an analysis of the competitors landscape. Finally, an outlook provides an overview of the future of fixed broadband services in these countries. ...

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Local Loop Unbundling

Published: 2009-03-04

Introduction

This article provides an analysis of local loop unbundling (LLU) in 16 Western European countries.

In nearly all examined countries, alternative operators use LLU to provide voice and/or data (Internet access) services to end-users.

LLU basically exists in two forms - full local loop unbundling where the alternative operators obtain the exclusive right to use the full frequency...

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FTTx deployments in Europe

Published: 2009-03-04

The following article presents an overview of the FTTx developments in Europe, focussing on existing offers or announced projects for residential customers.

It can be considered there are basically three main types of connections based on fibre optic, FTTx referring to any of these:

( FTTH ) Fibre To The Home: fibre optic is laid up to the end-users' flats or offices, i.e. there are no traditi...

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2Q06 M&As within the Top-5 Western European broadband markets

Published: 2009-03-04

Broadband connections (DSL + cable modem) are still on the uptake in Western Europe where, for the top five countries in the region, the subscriber base has grown by an average of 41% in the second quarter of 2006 compared to the same quarter in 2005 (see Fig. 1). Please note the figures in this article look at the Western European broadband market from the end-user perspective, i.e. look only at ...

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VoIP: from free PC-to-PC calls to extra value added services

Published: 2009-03-04

This article is based on InfoCom monitoring service which tracks in a database format all major service and product innovations in the telecom, multimedia and IT industry. In the present case, the article tries to highlight some of the major service and terminal developments (new features, extra services, new applications etc.) of the best-known VoIP (PC-to-PC) providers. Tab. 1 shows a list of so...

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VoIP consumer retail offers in Germany

Published: 2009-03-04

This article provides an overview of the VoIP (Voice over IP) consumer retail market in Germany and tries to identify the factors driving this market as well as those slowing it down. The focus is on VoIP offers that enable calls to fixed and mobile numbers, i.e. not the offers that only enable PC to PC calls between users of the same software.

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Broadband evolution in Eastern Europe

Published: 2009-03-04

The following article provides an overview of the evolution of broadband (xDSL and cable modem) connections in four Eastern European countries, i.e. the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia. The analysis focuses on the growth in broadband connections, its relation to population penetration and the role of the incumbent operator in terms of market share. The data provided in this article wi...

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Broadband Development

Published: 2009-03-04

The purpose of this article is to briefly present the recent developments in terms of broadband (xDSL and cable modem) connections, population penetration and incumbent market share.

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Broadband Development

Published: 2009-03-04

The purpose of this article is to briefly present the recent developments in terms of broadband (xDSL and cable modem) connections, population penetration and incumbent market share. Secondly, as a case study, we look at Telecom Italia and how it is using broadband in its international expansion strategy.

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Internet Paid Content and Services

Published: 2009-03-04

The Internet has been touted as a sales channel since its early days, but the development of Internet commerce has proven slower and more difficult than initially envisaged by many. However many Internet users now purchase regularly CDs, books, DVDs, PC accessories and other goods over the Internet.

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Internet access services in Western and Eastern Europe

Published: 2009-03-04

In Western Europe, Germany was the largest market for ISP services in 2002 - totalling nearly $2 billion and representing nearly 24% of the total market. The UK followed with over $1.5 billion - a 18% relative share.

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Line Access Observatory

Published: 2009-03-04

As illustrated by Fig. 1, the Top-10 countries with the highest population penetration of main lines in 2001 have ratios going from 65.3% for the Netherlands to 79.6% for Luxembourg. As com-pared to 1996 all these countries have seen an increase, albeit modest, due first of all to the development of ISDN (meaning a second line) in businesses. Secondly, the growth in Internet usage also resulted in...

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ISP markets

Published: 2009-03-04

Like much of the telecoms industry, the Internet access service market is currently undergoing a period of consolidation. Despite the fact that the IAS market is one of the fastest growing telecoms segments, many smaller players have been squeezed out or have been subject to take-overs or partnerships with one of such ISP heavyweights as AOL Time Warner, AT&T, Tiscali, T-Online (Deutsche Telekom),...

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xDSL services

Published: 2009-03-04

Born in 1988 in the Bellcore laboratories, the ADSL technology had been originally developed to enable Video On Demand, yet, despite several pilot projects in the early 1990s, no conclusive results had been achieved. Since 1995, with the expansion of the Internet, conditions in the marketplace changed significantly and a new target was identified for high transmission in the local access network a...

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The Internet Media Economy: assessing the model

Published: 2009-03-04

What does the Internet economy's future hold? Many present the Network as a protean platform able to foster a whole new range of applications, from mass entertainment to ubiquitous and customised service delivery.

Even though the matrix did not create these new applications and possibilities over the past decades, operators have been considering such technologies as Video On Demand fibre-based...

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Internet traffic perspectives

Published: 2009-03-04

1999 could be the year in which the growth of the Internet on "public" backbones while keeping pace with the rest of the telecoms industry slowed down compared to the mad pace it was expanding at when the communications resource first turned commercial in 1995.

This is illustrated in Fig. 1, which presents the evolution of Internet traffic based on measurements at the level of backbone interconn...

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Global communications market review: growth in Eastern Europe and parts of Asia; growth in Internet

Published: 2009-03-04

This article gives an overview of the global communications service market in 2008 with a breakdown into fixed telephony, mobile services, data communications, Internet access and CaTV services.

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Telecom spending trends: Whereto in the telecom industry?

Published: 2009-03-04

The present article looks at telecom spending as a share of GDP and per inhabitant for a selection of countries over the last five years (plus 1998 as reference year). In a second step it also analyses the breakdown of telecom spending between the various sectors.

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2H07 M&A overview

Published: 2009-03-04

InfoCom monitors M&A (mergers and acquisitions) activities in the telecom, IT, multimedia and convergent sectors, from the time the rumours spark to the conclusion of the transaction. Based on InfoCom's monitoring service, this article provides an overview of the significant M&A trends in the ICT (Information and Communications Technology) industry, looking at the period from July to December 2007...

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2007 IT, telecom and multimedia

Published: 2009-03-04

This article is based on InfoCom's telecom innovations monitoring service which presents, in database format, an overview of the latest innovations in products and services developed by the telecom, multimedia and IT industries. InfoCom's service also provides monthly highlights on the latest trends in innovations through its alerts and headlines section. This article gives some key figures about ...

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Talk more, pay less: overview of fixed and mobile traffic in Western Europe

Published: 2009-03-04

This article illustrates recent trends in fixed and mobile traffic volume, featuring the split among type of calls as well as minutes of use for the top-15 countries in Western Europe.

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Top-10 telecom groups in Eastern Europe

Published: 2009-03-04

The Eastern European telecommunications market (fixed telephony, mobile services, data communication, Internet and cable TV services) continued to experience strong growth in 2006, with net revenues increasing by 16.9% from the previous year to reach $59.5bn.

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The future of newspapers

Published: 2009-03-04

Worldwide market trends

Circulation

Most newspapers in the world face declining circulation and only some newspapers, mainly in developing markets, still continue to see increasing circulation, whereas newspapers in saturated markets are facing remarkable competition from the Internet.

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The German telecommunication services market

Published: 2009-03-04

This article provides an overview of the telecom services market in Germany. The first part of the article deals with the German market size and the market shares for 2007, followed by a closer look at the different market segments (fixed telephony, mobile, data communications and Internet access services) in the subsequent parts. The final part presents an outlook and the major trends in the for...

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Top-10 telecom groups in Western Europe

Published: 2009-03-04

All telecom services

The highly competitive and saturated Western European telecommunication markets (fixed telephony, mobile services, data communications, Internet and cable TV services) witnessed France Telecom overtook Deutsche Telekom as the top operator, a position that the latter had held until 2004.

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M&A highlights for 1H07

Published: 2009-03-04

InfoCom monitors M&A (mergers and acquisitions) activities in the telecom, IT, multimedia and convergent sectors, from the time the rumours spark to the conclusion of the transaction. Based on InfoCom's monitoring service, this article provides an overview of the significant M&A trends in the ICT (Information and Communications Technology) industry, looking at the period from January to June 2007....

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InfoCom's telecom innovations monitoring service

Published: 2009-03-04

This article is based on InfoCom's telecom innovations monitoring service which presents, in database format, an overview of the latest innovations in products and services developed by the telecom, multimedia and IT industry. InfoCom's service also provides monthly highlights on the latest trends in innovations through its alerts and headlines section.

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Snapshot: Breakdown between national and international revenues

Published: 2009-03-04

The present article shows the revenue split between domestic and international businesses of the Top-5 Western European incumbents at the end of 2006. The Top-5 ranking is taken from an InfoCom research on the top operators per region based on published revenues for 2006. For most groups, international revenues are growing, in absolute terms as well as proportionately, as heightening competition a...

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Total telecom spending over the last ten years

Published: 2009-03-04

The present article looks at telecom spending as a share of GDP and per inhabitant for a selection of countries over the last ten years. In a second step it also analyses the breakdown of telecom spending between the various sectors. Telecom services such as paging, telex or telegraph are not considered as they have been accounting for a small and declining proportion of telecom budgets over the l...

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Top operators in Eastern Europe

Published: 2009-03-04

All telecom services

As in previous years, Deutsche Telekom remained the top player in Eastern Europe in 2005 in the total telecommunications market (fixed telephony, mobile telephony, data communications, Internet and cable TV services).

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Top world operators by sectors

Published: 2009-03-04

All services

Top-20 telecommunications operators in terms of service revenues. These 20 operators generated about $680bn i.e. around 58% of total revenues for all services in 2005.

Helped by the merger of former Bell companies AT&T and SBC, the newly named AT&T holds the top spot in 2005 with a market share of 6.7%, followed by 2004's top telecom operator NTT with 6.4%.

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Top operators in North America, Latin America and Asia-Pacific

Published: 2009-03-04

Note: the operators' positions are described in terms of "net revenues" rather than of "turnover". Practically, it means that expenses such as access charges, outgoing settlements and the like, are subtracted from gross revenues. This way, double counting is avoided and the sum of the companies' net revenues equal to the total market value. Please note also that participations over 50% are fully c...

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Telecom innovations recent announcements: film downloading, mobile VoIP and mobile TV

Published: 2009-03-04

This article is based on InfoCom's telecom innovations monitoring service which tracks in a database format major service and product innovations in the telecom, multimedia and IT industry. The article focuses on some of the major innovations featured in the database such as film downloading services, mobile VoIP and mobile TV, with a brief summary and analysis of the new service and technology. A...

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FMC offers in selected Eastern European countries

Published: 2009-03-04

This article describes the current (as of August 2006) fixed-mobile convergent (FMC) offers in five countries in Eastern Europe, namely Croatia, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia and Slovenia. After a short overview of the regulatory and market context of these countries, the article will focus first on residential markets and then on business markets.

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Business voice mail and audio conferencing services in Europe

Published: 2009-03-04

Voice mail services

Voice mailboxes are generally included in mobile subscriptions and available, increasingly free of charge, as a calling feature for fixed line subscriptions. Revenues for voice mail services come from subscriptions, e.g. monthly subscription for the service, direct call back from voice messages, extended storage capacities or additional voice mailboxes for phone extensions, an...

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M&A overview

Published: 2009-03-04

InfoCom monitors M&A (mergers and acquisitions) activities in the telecom, IT, multimedia and convergent sectors, from the time the rumours spark to the conclusion of the transaction. Based on InfoCom's monitoring service, this article provides an overview of the significant M&A trends in the ICT (Information and Telecommunications Technology) industry, looking at the period from March 2005 to Feb...

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New business models for private TV broadcasters in Germany

Published: 2009-03-04

As illustrated, German private (also called commercial) TV broadcasters such as RTL and ProSiebenSat.1 groups, just like most private broadcasters in Europe, continue to rely mainly on advertising to finance their operations. RTL and ProSiebenSat.1 group's advertising revenues accounted for respectively 62% and 96% of their total revenues in 2004.

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WiMAX potential in Germany

Published: 2009-03-04

WiMAX is a new broadband radio technology, amongst others pushed by Intel, and the objective of this article is to analyse its potential in Germany. In a first part we look at the current situation in terms of fixed broadband access, in particular as regards DSL. In a second part we compare the main available radio broadband technologies and present the situation concerning available radio frequen...

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FMC

Published: 2009-03-04

Though fixed-mobile convergence (FMC) is a widely spread term those days in the telecom industry, it is hard to find an exact definition for it. As shown in Fig. 1, several types of convergence can be considered. There are technical aspects such as network convergence from traditional fixed or mobile voice and data networks to purely integrated IP based networks, or service related aspects such as...

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Public WLAN hotspots in Austria

Published: 2009-03-04

In the early years of public WLAN services, Austria quickly climbed up the ladder of the countries with the highest number of hotspots. In early 2005, it ranked at around place 5 regarding the number of all its public WLAN hotspots. Taking also into account its geographic size and number of inhabitants and thus potential users, this made Austria even more one of the leading countries worldwide as ...

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Top world operators by sectors

Published: 2009-03-04

The top-20 firms in the world market generated $622bn in total revenues for the year 2004, i.e. 57.1% of the total revenues for all telecommunications services. As seen in Fig. 1, the top-ranking firm is the Japanese incumbent, NTT, holding a 7.1 % market share. NTT offers fixed, wireless, and data communications services through 422 subsidiaries, mainly in Japan.

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Top operators in Eastern Europe

Published: 2009-03-04

As in the previous years, Deutsche Telekom and TPSA held in 2004 the top two positions in the total Eastern European telecommunications market (fixed telephony, mobile telephony, data communication, Internet and cable TV services). As shown in Fig. 1, Deutsche Telekom had a 12% market share while TPSA had 10%.

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Top world operators by regions

Published: 2009-03-04

The telecom industry generated net revenues of $1 100bn in 2004. The Top-20 world operators hold 57% of the market, concentrating the majority of the net revenues in the world among Western European and US companies (Fig. 1). It is, however, the Japanese incumbent, NTT, that leads the Top-20 ranking with a market share of 7.1% for revenues totalling $77bn.

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Telecom operators and IT software services market in Germany

Published: 2009-03-04

This article presents first some of the characteristics and trends of the German IT services market, in particular with regard to professional software applications. In a second stage the example of ECM (Enterprise Content Management) applications is analysed somewhat more in depth. Finally, we briefly look at the position of T-Systems and conclude with the role and strategy that other telecom ope...

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The Czech Republic - Service Markets

Published: 2009-03-04

As seen, total telecom revenues in the Czech Republic will grow steadily over the coming years. The total value of the service market in 2004 was 96.8 billion CZK (€ 3.8 billion), i.e. 4.4% higher than the previous year. This reflects a decrease of about 6% in the fixed telephony market and an increase of 7% in the mobile market.

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Resale in the German fixed and mobile markets

Published: 2009-03-04

The aim of this article is to briefly describe the fixed and mobile voice resale markets in Germany. Resellers in both markets can be described as not possessing an own network or indeed any kind of infrastructure. Basically, fixed network resellers buy minutes from fixed network operators and sell them under their own name, brand and tariff structure to their end customers.

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Overview of M&A activities

Published: 2009-03-04

Mergers and acquisitions (M&A) and corporate restructuring have played a major role in transforming the composition of players in the telecom industry. Recently, the consolidation of the US telecom market has been remarkable, whereby ten key US telecom operators have signed merger agreements or have already completed their transactions. This article is based on a monitoring service by InfoCom, whi...

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Incumbents market share in telecom business services

Published: 2009-03-04

As illustrated, of the four countries observed, Germany is the largest market for telecom services (voice and data services on both fixed and mobile networks) to businesses, with a market value of approximately € 20.7bn in 2003. However, the UK has nearly the same value, € 20.5bn, while Italy and Spain follow clearly behind.

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The rain in Spain no longer stays in the alternative operators' plain!

Published: 2009-03-04

Until now, the Spanish incumbent Telefonica has been able to maintain a clearly dominant position in most market segments in Spain. Perhaps, there was also, in the early days of liberalisation, a "positive" attitude of the country's regulatory agency and backing from the government, which tried to introduce competition, on the one side, but then also tried not to challenge the incumbent's position...

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Western Europe: fixed and mobile market trends

Published: 2009-03-04

This article provides a descriptive analysis of the trends in fixed and mobile services in Western Europe on a regional and per country level. It covers the period from 2000 to 2008 and includes a comparison between the two market segments, trying to highlight substitution effects between the two segments.

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Top Operators in Eastern Europe

Published: 2009-03-04

As shown, there were very clearly two leaders in the telecommunications market in Eastern Europe in 2003. TPSA and Deutsche Telekom had together almost 25% of the market for telecommunications services. Then followed Cesky Telecom and MTS with respectively 6% and 5% of the market while all the other players had 3% or less market share.

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Telecom made in Italy

Published: 2009-03-04

The Italian market has definitely made much progress since the early years of liberalisation, when the Italian incumbent Telecom Italia was dominating the market without any serious contender. Since the liberalisation started, Telecom Italia itself claims that prices for voice services have decreased over 30% and that the Italian authority AGCom has become much more effective in controlling the ma...

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Top-10 Operators in the USA

Published: 2009-03-04

As a liberalised market the US telecommunications industry is theoretically a playing field open to any who have the courage to enter it. There is a multitude of existing and potential players within the US market at any given point in time.

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Canada - Service Markets

Published: 2009-03-04

Overall telecom service revenues have grown by 10% since 1999, putting the total value of the service market in 2002 at CAD$28.1bn or € 19bn (fixed exchange rates are used).

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The main World telecom groups

Published: 2009-03-04

When looking at the positioning of the main groups among the telecom service markets, it is immediately apparent how telecom service markets are still rather "distributed" among few hands, despite liberalisations and privatisations.

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Brazil - Service Markets

Published: 2009-03-04

The Brazilian telecom service market started moving towards liberalisation in early 1995, when the federal government undertook a comprehensive reform of Brazil's telecommunications regulatory system. In July 1997, the country adopted the new "General Telecommunications Law", which provided for the establishment of a new regulatory framework, the introduction of competition and the privatisation o...

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The Czech Republic - Service Markets

Published: 2009-03-04

Total telecom revenues in the Czech Republic will grow steadily over the coming years. The total value of the service market in 2002 was 87.6 billion CZK, i.e. 2% higher than the previous year.

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Latin America

Published: 2009-03-04

As illustrated, the overall telecommunication services market has been growing strongly in Latin America, from $36.3bn in 1997 to $63.7bn in 2002, i.e. a 75% growth. However the deterioration of the economic climate in 2001 and 2002 resulted in a growth slow down in 2001 and even more markedly in 2002. The economic crisis resulted in mobile subscribers growth slowing down (and spectacularly, in th...

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Eastern Europe

Published: 2009-03-04

This article provides an overview of the situation of telecommunications services in Eastern European countries. Many of these countries are undergoing radical changes initiated at the beginning of the last decade. This radical changes concern the transition of centrally planned economies toward more liberalised economies based on free markets, changes in the political systems and in societies. Th...

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The World Top-20 operators

Published: 2009-03-04

Japanese operator NTT still holds the top position in the World as the largest operator of telecommunications service in 2001 (Fig. 1). NTT recorded revenues of over US$70 billion, well ahead of the runner-up, US operator Verizon - totalling about US$55 billion. The third position is held by the Chinese operator China Telecom with US$48.7 billion demonstrating a revenue increase of nearly 30% p.a....

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The Italian service market

Published: 2009-03-04

Telecom sectors revenue

As seen from Fig. 1, total telecom revenues in Italy have grown every year from 1998 to 2001, reaching € 28.5 bn in 2001, an 8% growth over the previous year. The slight decline of fixed telephony revenues, -5% over the four-year period, has been offset by the increase in mobile telephony and, to a lesser extent, in Internet and datacom revenues. Although Internet ser...

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Western Europe: fixed and mobile market trends

Published: 2009-03-04

This article provides an updated description of the evolution of fixed and mobile telephony markets, including a detailed comparison between these two market segments. It focuses on Western Europe, the leading region in the World, with Japan, in terms of mobile telephony services. Based on similarities and differences in the historical development of the two market segments in Western Europe, an a...

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Messaging services

Published: 2009-03-04

Over the past two years. fixed and mobile operators, ISPs and telecom service providers in general have launched new, or expanded existing, messaging services. These services are usually meant to bring together services or features which have so far been separate: voice and faxes on fixed networks, voice and SMS (Short Message Service) on mobile networks and e-mail (with its multimedia attachments...

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The German telecom service market

Published: 2009-03-04

Telecom sectors revenue

As seen from Fig. 1, total telecom revenues in Germany have grown every year from 1998 to 2001, reaching €42 bn in 2001, a 4% growth over the previous year. Yet fixed telephony revenues have decreased every year, declining by 15% over the four-year period. The main reason for this decline is the liberalisation of the fixed telecom market and the ensuing price decreases s...

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French service market

Published: 2009-03-04

Revenue by service category

As illustrated by Fig. 1 for the 1998-2001 period, revenues from telecom services in France keep steadily growing. The total value of the service market was €30 billion in 2001, a 14% growth over the previous year. The highest increase in 2001 was 79% for Internet access services, a category, however, which remains a very small part of the market, with €0.7 b...

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The New Telecom Economy

Published: 2009-03-04

Part 2 - The times they are a-changing

(Bob Dylan)

Part 1 analysed the stock evolution of some major market players, as an indicator of the ups and downs that were provoked by the technology hypes of the late 1990's, as a certain number of telecom mythologies, particularly concerning the Internet and data communications in general, previously taken for granted, were suddenly questioned. We showe...

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The New Telecom Economy

Published: 2009-03-04

Part 1 - Market fever

Since the 1990's, such essential evolutions as the boom in mobile telephony and in the Internet usage, and the development of emerging economies and the competitive opening of telecom service markets around the world, have created a totally new environment for telecom markets. However, some phenomena might have taken too much precedence compared to indisputable realities. Me...

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Market liberalisation and regulation

Published: 2009-03-04

At the beginning of the 21st century, the telecom service market, particularly public telephony, has been opened to competition in many countries around the world. This phenomenon started in the 80's in the USA, had an immediate echo in the UK, then spread to the most industrialised countries and to other world regions such as Latin America, the Middle East or Africa. In all countries, market libe...

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The telecom service market: general trends

Published: 2009-03-04

Global market evolution

The telecommunications service market including cable TV and Internet services has shown solid growth during the period between 1996 and 2000, with a CAAGR (Compounded Average Annual Growth Rate) of about 13%. A main growth driver has been mobile telephony, with a CAAGR of over 33% in the same period, accounting for 51% of the US$347 billion market increase from 1996 to 20...

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The World Top-20 operators

Published: 2009-03-04

In 2000, the Japanese operator NTT is placed again in its consolidated, traditional position as the World's largest operator of telecommunications services (Fig. 1). NTT recorded revenues of over US$82 billion, well ahead of the second ranked carrier, US operator Verizon totalling about US$53 billion which in turn ousted SBC to third position. Verizon Communications is the result of the merger bet...

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Telecom markets in Eastern Europe

Published: 2009-03-04

The Eastern European countries and the former republics of the Soviet Union have undergone tremendous changes since the early 90s as the fall of the iron curtain has initiated a process of political, economic, but also social changes and their telecommunications landscape has been totally transformed within a few years. Within this context of political and economic transition, telecommunications i...

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European wholesale market

Published: 2009-03-04

In Europe, the wholesale market is rapidly developing as carriers, ISPs and service providers increasingly provide products and services to each other. Some carriers see the wholesale business as a complement to their traditional retail business to end-users, as well as an interesting line of business that can improve their profitability in the short and mid-term. Others have focused themselves on...

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Unified Messaging

Published: 2009-03-04

A first problem with Unified Messaging (UM), also addressed as Unified Communications, is to define exactly what this name stands for.

UM is defined as a totally integrated web-based service consisting of an account where messages in the form of fax, e-mail, and voice-mail can be gathered and retrieved as e-mails, fax or voice messages, independently from their original form and through any ki...

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Telephony markets: a comparison of fixed and mobile market evolution

Published: 2009-03-04

The 1990's will be remembered in telecommunications history as the booming decade in mobile telephony. This phenomenon was particularly noticeable in Western Europe under the combined effects, on one hand, of the technological breakthrough brought by the pan European GSM system and, on the other hand, of the broadening of competition in a market segment which, as early as the late 1980's, develope...

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Italy: a telecom profile

Published: 2009-03-04

In 1999, revenues generated by the Italian telecommunications service market, including CATV and Internet access revenues, amounted to US$26.1 billion, i.e. 3.3% of the total World communications market. In Western Europe, Italy is the fourth largest market after Germany, the UK and France, accounting for 13.6% of this regional market. Over the period 1994-1999, the Italian market expanded at a gr...

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Fixed v. mobile phones

Published: 2009-03-04

This article provides an overview of the mobile telephone subscriber installed base in a selection of countries over the period 1993 until June-99. As presented, the US market is approaching the 80-million-mark followed by Japan, the second biggest market with nearly 50 million subscribers. Japan shows a very steep increase in its subscriber base due to the booming market of DECT/PHS over the peri...

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