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.
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.
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%.
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 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 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 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.
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.
Today's collaboration-driven corporate culture is transforming not only the way people interact at work, but also the dynamics of distribution and value creation in the channel, says Philipp Bohn, Vice President for Circuit at Unify and CEO of blueKiwi.