Telia will use 5G equipment from compatriot Ericsson in its home country but will turn to Nokia for its Finnish operations. Starting with Telia in Sweden, the company has signed a five-year agreement with Ericsson which it says “brings together two of the region’s wireless pioneers” to provide a great 5G experience for the operator’s... Read more » The post Telia will use Ericsson for 5G in Sweden but Nokia in Finland appeared first on Telecoms Tech News.
Swedish telco group Telia has bowed out of the international carrier services market.
The Danish Energy Agency has completed its latest spectrum auction, with TDC running away with the majority of the available assets.Of the 20 blocks in the 700, 900 and 2300 MHz frequency bands, TDC won 14, the maximum available to the telco at this auction.3 Denmark acquired two 10 MHz blocks in each of the 700 and 900 MHz bands, while TT Network, Telia and Telenor’s joint venture, two 5 MHz in the 700 MHz and two 10 MHz in the 900 MHz band.“Several frequency blocks provide higher speed, longer range and stronger indoor coverage, which gives us a unique position to strengthen and develop the best coverage in Denmark,” said TDC CEO Allison Kirkby.“TDC has connected all over Denmark for almost 140 years, and the new licenses ensure that Danish consumers, companies and society enjoy new experiences, services and the many opportunities that 5G offers.”With ambitious plans to rollout 5G across Denmark by the end of 2020, this is certainly an aggressive sign of intent from TDC.
Danish operator TDC has chosen Ericsson to help it build and maintain its 5G network.The deal involves Ericsson’s 5G platform, supported by its Operations Engine, as support system that’s heavy on the AI and automation.The resulting network is heavy on the buzzwords, with lofty talk of industry 4.0 and Digital Denmark.They’re not planning to waste any time, with pilot testing due to take place later this year and full nationwide commercial rollout by the end of 2020.Allison Kirkby, President and CEO, TDC Group, says: “I am truly excited that TDC will now start to build the infrastructure of the future in partnership with Ericsson, and enable a Digital Denmark with the best nationwide wireless network,” said Allison Kirkby, CEO of TDC.“5G will bring a step change in capacity, internet speed and intelligent connectivity – in other words – 5G will empower a new era for the digital economy and will allow Denmark to build on its position as a global digital frontrunner.”
Kirkby was thought to be one of the front-runners for the BT CEO job, following Gavin Patterson’s decision to spend more time with his yachts.But she took herself out of the running when her employer at the time of the executive search, Tele2, merged with Com Hem, and Kirkby took that opportunity to start a new gig at TDC.In the end BT went for former Worldpay boss Philip Jansen, who has plenty of experience at the top table, but not necessarily of an operator group.With that in mind it makes sense to get in some extra expertise in that area and it’s presumably safe to assume that TDC and BT have no competitive overlap.“Allison brings to the BT Board valuable and recent experience in the international telecommunications sector,” said BT Chairman Jan du Plessis.“This, combined with her strong experience in driving performance, improving customer service and delivering shareholder value, makes her an excellent addition to the Board.
The merger of Swedish MNO Tele2 with Swedish cableco Com Hem has been approved but Tele2’s CEO Allison Kirkby isn’t hanging around.Europe had a look at the merger, as it invariably does with any telecoms M on the continent, and concluded it raises no competition concerns.The resulting creation of a multiplay operator doesn’t take any players out of either the mobile or fixed markets and therefore there’s still enough competition to allow the EC to sleep soundly at night.It has also concluded a general investigation into the Swedish telecoms market with no further action required.“We are nearing the closing of this merger and my ambition to create a leading integrated connectivity provider in the Baltic Sea region will soon be realized,” said Kirkby.“I am immensely proud of the Tele2 team’s efforts throughout this process, as well as our incredible achievements the past years.”
Swedish telco Tele2 has promised there is much to be optimistic about, directing investor attention towards acquisitions and away from the mixed bag of financial results for the first quarter of 2018.Top-line figures were very positive for the business, demonstrating 5% growth year-on-year, though the encouraging performance wasn’t spread evenly across the group.The Swedish domestic market saw revenues decline by 3%, while Estonia and Germany were also down 8% and 14% respectively.Kazakhstan and Croatia showed very healthy growth, boosting numbers by 21% and 20%, while Lithuania and Latvia were also up year-on-year with 11% and 14% increases.“The first quarter of 2018 marks the beginning of a year of major transformation for the Tele2 Group,” said CEO Allison Kirkby.The regulatory approval processes are on track – we are in the pre-notification phase with
The global trend towards consolation across telecoms, and content has reached Sweden with the acquisition of cable player Com Hem by operator group Tele2 for $3.3 billion.The general theory behind multiplay is for a company to try to become a one-stop-shop for all a customer’s communications needs, which includes the internet and content streamed from it.Despite the fact that many big bets on content from the likes of BT have yet to deliver much return, operators don’t seem to have a plan B so are still doubling down on consolidation.There’s a whole bunch of detail about the structure of the acquisition, who gets what equity, etc, but frankly it’s just too boring to detail.The price premium paid is only around 12% and the resulting company will be run by current Com Hem CEO Anders Nilsson, with Tele2 CEO Allison Kirkby calling it a day.“We are delighted to have reached agreement to combine two great Nordic companies to create a leading integrated connectivity provider in the Swedish market,” said Tele2 Chairman Mike Parton.
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