Exclusive: Ericsson CEO Vestberg talks transformation, operators, smartphones, Facebook and SDN

Telecoms.com catches up with Ericsson CEO Hans Vestberg at the Ericsson Business Innovation Forum in Stockholm. Vestberg is keen to focus on the journey Ericsson is on to transform itself into a broad-based ICT company and to detail some of the milestones and challenges that entails.

EE TV introduces quad-play with a mobile angle

EE has once more piled competitive pressure on rival UK operators with the launch of EE TV, thus becoming the first UK mobile network owner to offer quad-play services. The EE TV box allows subscribers to stream Freeview and on-demand content over wifi and across four devices simultaneously.

Telcos missing out on massive OTT profit opportunity, claims research

Mobile comms consultancy Northstream reckons European telcos are missing out on over €2 billion in potential profits that could come from effectively partnering with Internet players generally referred to as OTTs.

Orange makes play for Jazztel Spain

Operator group Orange said Tuesday it has made a cash offer for 100 per cent of Spanish carrier Jazztel, to the tune of €3.4bn.

VimpelCom exits Canada

Amsterdam-based carrier group VimpelCom and its investment vehicle Global Telecom Holding said Tuesday they have agreed to exit the Canadian market. The companies will offload their stake in Wind Canada to the controlling shareholder of the operator for C$135m.

Airtel offloads 3,500 towers to Eaton

The outsourcing of cell tower management continues apace in Africa as Bharti Airtel on Monday agreed to offload over 3,500 telecom towers to emerging markets management company Eaton Towers.

United Internet buys Versatel Germany

German internet service provider United Internet this week signed an agreement with private equity firm Kohlberg Kravis Roberts to acquire all outstanding shares of network operator Versatel for €586m in cash.

Alcatel-Lucent to deploy 100Gbps optical network for Telefónica

To cope with increasing demand for video and high definition video storage, Spanish carrier Telefónica has contracted Alcatel-Lucent to deploy a 100Gbps optical network throughout the north-west, eastern and southern regions of Spain.

Broadcasters concerned over EC plans for 700MHz

The European Commission this week recommended that the EU safeguard access to spectrum below 700MHz for digital terrestrial television until 2030. But the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) has expressed concern about the early release of the 700MHz frequencies.