The Year in Internet Analysis: 2023
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by sofiaosunamonroy
3M ago
Wednesday, 13 December 2023 at 2:00 PM Greenwich Mean Time This past year was another busy one for the internet. In this webinar, Doug Madory, Director of Internet Analysis at Kentik, will provide an annual recap of 2023 and reflect on a wide range of internet activities that took place over the past 12 months – and what impact these occurrences could have for the future. Attendees can expect to hear about: state of Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) – both routing leaks and progress in Resource Public Key Infrastructure (RPKI) submarine cables – both cuts and a historic activation major outages ..read more
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SK Telecom ropes in Ifland publishing partners
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by Nick Wood
3M ago
Metaverse may elicit snorts of derision from some quarters nowadays, but in others, work is still quietly going on as before. Look at SK Telecom (SKT). This week it announced some new partnerships – and expanded one existing one – as part of its continuing effort to make its metaverse platform, Ifland, a more compelling place to spend time. Having signed an MoU with Malaysia’s CelcomDigi in March as part of a plan to extend Ifland further across Southeast Asia, SKT has revealed that CelcomDigi will now also help to promote Ifland and develop content tailored to the Malaysian market. Similarly ..read more
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Cellnex eyes asset sales ahead of broader towers consolidation
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by Mary Lennighan
3M ago
Cellnex is mulling the sale of tower assets in Austria and Ireland as part of its deleveraging push and ahead of what it believes will be wider consolidation in the European market. The passive infrastructure specialist’s CEO March Patuano said as much in an interview with Reuters recently. He told the newswire that the firm is considering a full disposal of its businesses in those markets, businesses it bulked up considerably via the €10 billion deal for CK Hutchison’s European towers it inked in late 2020. Cellnex closed the Austria and Ireland portions of that deal in early 2021, adding 1,1 ..read more
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AWS turns Fire TV Cube into a thin client
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by Nick Wood
3M ago
Amazon Web Services (AWS) has launched its first enterprise thin client, one that bears more than a passing resemblance to one of its other devices. “We looked for options and found the hardware we used for the Amazon Fire TV Cube provided all the resources customers needed to access their cloud-based virtual desktops,” said Melissa Stein, director of product for end user computing at AWS. “So, we built an entirely new software stack for that device, and since we didn’t have to design and build new hardware, we’re passing those savings along to customers.” It certainly makes for a compelling s ..read more
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Vodafone eyes Fastweb deal in Italy as TIM presents NetCo
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by Mary Lennighan
3M ago
Vodafone is mulling the sale of its Italian operations to Fastweb, it emerged late last week, as incumbent TIM detailed the make-up of the NetCo business that it aims to sell to KKR. Rumour and speculation in the Italian telecoms market has become the norm in recent years, thanks to TIM’s ongoing endeavours to reshape its business, another planned network sale from Wind Tre, and endless talk of Vodafone’s tricky position in the sector. While the composition of NetCo – more on that below – provides greater certainty to the TIM situation, Vodafone Italia is once again making headlines on the bac ..read more
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The Telecoms.com Podcast: Denis O’Brien, OpenAI and Australia
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by @telecoms
3M ago
The Telecoms.com Podcast · Denis O’Brien, OpenAI and Australia ..read more
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Uncertainty looms over Telefónica Tech following €3.5 billion valuation
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by Nick Wood
3M ago
Telefónica has asked a bunch of banks to work out how much it could get from selling its Tech unit, casting fresh doubt over the division’s future. Unnamed sources cited by El Confidencial said the Spanish incumbent hired Banco Santander, which calculated that Tech could be worth between €3.1 billion and €3.5 billion. Two other banks allegedly tapped up by Telefónica – La Caixa and BBVA – were a little more conservative, valuing it at €2.7 billion. According to the sources, their reasoning is that Telefónica is looking to retain majority control of Tech, meaning potential investors are less wi ..read more
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Ofcom wants the industry to share more spectrum
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by Mary Lennighan
3M ago
Ofcom is keen to foster a culture of sharing in the UK telecoms market and as such has opened a consultation into proposed new spectrum sharing rules. Buoyed by the success of its existing shared access framework, the UK regulator is seeking to introduce greater flexibility into the management of shared spectrum, thereby making more spectrum available, particularly in the “busiest” 3.8 GHz-4.2 GHz band, it says. We’ve heard a lot over the years about spectrum being a finite resource, the lifeblood of the mobile industry, and so on, so it’s not surprising that Ofcom – and its peers elsewhere in ..read more
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GSMA hails European mobile performance but wants regulatory holiday anyway
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by Nick Wood
3M ago
Europe’s mobile operators are doing brilliantly, according to a new GSMA report, but it still wants regulators to give them free rein to potentially ruin everything. Highlights from its annual European Mobile Economy (PDF) report include the sector’s €910 billion contribution to Europe’s economy in 2022, and its employment of 2.2 million people – both directly and indirectly. Mobile-based productivity generated €670 billion of value to the economy, while operators’ own contribution generated €110 billion. Operators also paid €110 billion of taxes last year. By 2030, it is expected that Europea ..read more
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UK confirms telco kit tax cut and lists quantum missions
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by Mary Lennighan
3M ago
The UK government has announced a permanent tax break that will benefit the country’s telecoms infrastructure investors, as well as making a raft of pledges on topics such as AI and quantum computing. In his Autumn Statement delivered this week, UK Chancellor of the Exchequer Jeremy Hunt revealed that the so-called full expensing policy, introduced on a temporary basis in March, will become a permanent fixture. It’s a tax break for businesses that incur hefty plant and machinery costs, which in telecoms terms means network equipment basically. Full expensing means operators can deduct the cost ..read more
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