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Industry boffins predict 2% increase in turnover this year

A thorough look into how the UK comms market is developing has revealed that between 2002 and 2006 the market has grown, with the exception of 2005 when turnover declined by 1% in value terms to £32.4m. This year, research house MBD expects industry turnover to increase by 2% in value terms to £32.9m.

Eastern Europe fixed line market in decline

Compared to the mobile telecoms industry, the fixed-line industry in Central and Eastern Europe has experienced several years of sharp decline.

Plimsoll names Communications Equipment Industry winners

The UK’s most successful communications equipment companies have been named as part of a special study by industry analysts Plimsoll Publishing. These outstanding companies have been grouped into 5 different areas of financial success.
33 companies named as best overall financial performers

European ICT market set fair for continued growth

THE market for information technology and telecommunications (ICT) will grow this year in the EU by 3.1%, to €644 billion, according to the European Information Technology Observatory (EITO) in its latest study.

Carphone Warehouse bags AOL UK’s UK subscriber base

Carphone’s acquisition of AOL UK does not signal the end for consolidation in the ISP market, says Analysys

Convergent mobile prepaid/postpaid solutions 30% growth rate

Juniper Research has forecast that the annual growth rate for expenditure on new convergent mobile prepaid/postpaid solutions will average 30% per annum to 2011. Expenditure is forecast to grow from $299m in 2006 to just over $1.1bn by 2011 as operators strive for competitive advantage and improved operational efficiency.

Why investment houses are so interested in telecoms

Activist fund Cevian has snapped up 72 million shares in Swedish/Finish telco TeliaSonera. In July, the Australian-based investment fund Babcock and Brown bought a controlling interest in Irish incumbent Eircom. Last year, Apax Partners led the purchase of  TDC in Denmark, although in Spain France Telecom beat two rival offers from investment groups for Amena.

UK communications equipment companies see values increase

Industry analysts Plimsoll Publishing has looked into the valuations of the UK’s largest 100 communications equipment companies and the headline figures offer encouraging news. Overall values are on the up, rising 6% in the period of the review. Fifty three of the companies included have seen their values increase by a staggering 54%.

Global broadband uptake shifts down a gear

The quarterly growth rate in Q2 2006 has been the lowest ever, only 7.1% worldwide, a significant drop from 8.5% at the end of 2005. That’s according to the latest report from Point Topic, ‘World Broadband Statistics: Q2 2006’, using data to 30 June 2006.

New broadband entrants challenge traditional business models

New broadband players are making an entry with innovative business models that challenge established providers to start rethinking their strategies, according to Arthur D. Little`s report, called Next Generation Networks in Europe – Broadband in 2011 and Beyond.

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