Fixed-mobile convergence competition heats up in Europe

Deutsche Telekom recently launched its MagentaOne fixed-mobile convergence service portfolio, meeting the challenge thrown down by rival operators in its home market, particularly Vodafone Germany, which recently started selling cable broadband services based on the assets it acquired from Kabel Deutschland last year. Indeed, mobile operators such as Vodafone, Telekom Austria and Orange have been buying up or eyeing up cable- and fixed-network assets in markets across Europe as they seek to bolster their mobile businesses to better compete in individual markets--especially where incumbent operators, such as Belgacom and Telefonica's Movistar, already offer strong multiplay propositions. On the flipside, cable and fixed operators are also adding mobile and wireless services to their triple-play offerings of voice, TV and broadband services. The landscape is changing, and the barriers between fixed and mobile services are breaking down in Europe. For more on these developments, check out this FierceWireless:Europe special report.

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