Speculation about the future structure of the UK telecoms market reached fever pitch this week as some industry watchers placed their bets on whether BT would buy EE or O2 UK while others suggested Hutchison Whampoa could enter the race for one of the two mobile operators.
Eircom CEO Richard Moat said a second consecutive quarter of growth in mobile revenues helped slow the rate of overall revenue decline at the Irish incumbent in its fiscal first quarter, which covers the three months to end-September.
Altice completed an acquisition of mobile operator SFR on Thursday, marking the launch of a new fixed and mobile powerhouse on France's telecoms market.
Driven by downward price pressure, shipments of 4K televisions spiked 500 percent year over year in the third quarter, exceeding an all-time high of 3 million.
Which company made the biggest strategic blunder of 2014? What wireless provider saw its initiatives flop? What pay-TV operator suffered the most wrath from unhappy customers? Which ambitious broadband provider sent its plans aloft, only to realize too late that its 1 Gig ambitions wouldn't fly? As you prepare to sit down to the annual family feast, whet your appetite to these telecom turkeys, prepared by FierceWireless, FierceTelecom, and FierceCable. While the lists are by no means exhaustive, they include some of what we believe to be the biggest industry flops of 2014.
DVR manufacturer TiVo, which has been offering OTT-enabled set-tops to both consumers and pay-TV operator partners, saw lower profits in its fiscal 2015 third quarter, coming in one cent below analyst estimates at 6 cents per share, with net income of $6.35 million.
Telekom Austria has completed a capital increase announced earlier in November, raising total proceeds of €997 million ($1.24 billion) from the cash call but not quite achieving its goal of obtaining €1 billion in extra funding.
HBO may not have disclosed much, at all, about its planned standalone over-the-top service in the United States, but the premium network is about to make waves in China, announcing a deal with online video giant Tencent that will see many of its series distributed through Tencent's website "in the very near future." Terms of the deal were not disclosed, The Wall Street Journal reported.
Much as we see our family members' foibles, we see the biggest strategic blunders in pay-TV this year in the same way--not as a chance to pick on operators' decisions, good or bad, but to analyze their mistakes and determine how to avoid similar problems. Here are the five biggest pay-TV turkeys of 2014, in all their glorious plumage.
Dish Network and Turner Broadcasting announced an end to a bitter carriage standoff that saw CNN disappear from the satellite operator's program guide for a month, and also threatened to pull TNT and TBS from the service.