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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.

Global DSL numbers rocket to 164 million subscriber

Global subscriptions to DSL rocketed to 164 million by 30 June 2006, according to the latest data produced for the international DSL Forum by industry analyst Point Topic. Worldwide, the number of business and residential users selecting DSL (digital subscriber line) for broadband access increased by almost 46 million – a growth of 38% in the 12 months.

Vodafone and BT strengthen wholesale relationship

Vodafone has reached an agreement with BT Wholesale for a deal that will allow Vodafone to offer its own branded broadband services. Vodafone has yet to announce any tariff packages, and services are expected to be launched by the end of this year.

Move from community-based websites to mobile communities

There is evidence to suggest that community-based websites are starting to make the transition to mobile and are now being more frequently accessed through the mobile channel.

Hedge fund industry provides new opportunities for ICT channel

In the past IT vendors have had limited scope to service the lucrative world of the hedge funds, but increasing exposure and regulation are forcing this industry’s participants globally to look to technology to ease some of their pain points.

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Cisco Spark adds flare

Cisco is best known for driving innovation in the enterprise sector. Now, it is running counter to convention and also championing SMBs, making strident manoeuvres in the channel with a full complement of sparkling collaboration and communication tools, according to Andy Brocklehurst, Head of Collaboration EMEAR.