Fixed line

Swisscom banks on bundling as competition bites

Swisscom is banking on the popularity of bundled offerings, and in particular of its new flexible inOne packages, to counter declining rates in subscriber growth, including of TV services. At the end of March 2017, over 1.7 million customers were using a bundled package, an increase of 18.6% year-on-year. Revenue from bundled contracts increased by 12.1% […]

Liberty Global: mobile is ‘strategically critical’

Liberty Global CEO Mike Fries has described mobile as “strategically critical” and outlined ambitious plans to more than double its mobile base in the next five years. Speaking on Liberty’s third quarter earnings call, Fries said that mobile is now “unquestionably a core part of our product strategy and our customer value proposition” and described […]

Vodafone’s TV customer base now 9.1 million

Vodafone closed the quarter ending March 31 with 9.1 million TV customers and 11.3 million broadband customers in Europe as it moves forward with plans to become a “full service, integrated operator”.  Announcing its fiscal fourth quarter and fully year results, the mobile operator said that 25% of its service revenue in Europe now comes […]

Mobile broadband users outnumber fixed line by three to one

Over half the world’s population will have internet access within three years, with the development of mobile broadband now emerging as the fastest growing technology in human history, according to a new report for the international Broadband Commission for Digital Development.  According to the report, over two in five of the world’s population are already […]

Russian government planning open access rules

The Russian ministry of communications is planning to implement new open access rules covering the country’s fixed-line network providers, according to local reports. According to Izvestia, the ministry is planning to amend the country’s housing code and its current communications law to enable service providers to more easily place their equipment in apartment buildings. The […]

Orange looks to fixed line consolidation in Spain

Orange will look to take an active part in any consolidation in the Spanish fixed line market, according to CEO Stéphane Richard. Answering a question on the analyst conference call following Orange’s full-year results presentation, Richard said Orange had “a competitive offer” in Spain, including in fixed-access, with a market share in broadband of about […]

Rostelecom to focus on fixed line and content

Russian service provider Rostelecom is likely to adopt a new strategy focused on its fixed line business, including wireline broadband and TV, and to seek a partner for its mobile activities, according to local reports. Rostelecom president Sergey Kalugin told reporters on Friday that the fixed line business accounted for 90% of the group’s revenues […]