09 May

Vodafone To Acquire Liberty Global Networks in Europe: Bundling Today, Convergence Tomorrow

John Delaney

John Delaney                                      
Associate VP European Mobility, IDC
Read full bio   @john_p_d

This morning it was confirmed that Vodafone has agreed to acquire Liberty Global’s cable networks in Germany, Hungary, Romania and Czech Republic for EUR 19 billion. The acquisition is Vodafone’s largest since 2000, when it acquired Mannesmann in Germany. (more…)

03 May

Sprint and T-Mobile to Merge: European Indications on the Prospects for Approval

John Delaney

John Delaney                                      
Associate VP European Mobility, IDC
Read full bio   @john_p_d

On 29 April, it was announced that the US mobile operators Sprint and T-Mobile had agreed a proposal to merge the companies. The deal, worth $26 billion, would create a combined operator, using the T-Mobile brand, with about 130 million customers. (more…)

25 Apr

Trio Of Partners Acquired By Vendors Proves Ecosystem Thinking Is Alive And Well

Hannah Breeze 
Senior Research Analyst, IDC’s European Channels and Alliances program
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We’ve recently seen a spate of acquisitions in the European channel, and they have been particularly interesting for one main reason – they have involved vendors acquiring partner organizations.

In our worldwide predictions earlier this year, we predicted that we would see accelerated M&A activity in the channel in 2018 and beyond. This prediction included partner organizations being acquired by one another, and specifically, partners being acquired by vendors. Just a few months in, and we’re seeing this begin to play out already. (more…)

23 Apr

5G Spectrum Auction in The UK: Is O2 The Winner?

John Delaney

John Delaney                                      
Associate VP European Mobility, IDC
Read full bio   @john_p_d

On 5 April, UK telecoms regulator Ofcom announced the outcome of the UK’s first auction of 5G spectrum (3.4GHz), as well as additional spectrum for 4G (2.3GHz):

  • EE (BT) paid £302.6 million for 40MHz of spectrum in the 3.4GHz band
  • Vodafone paid £378.2 million for 50MHz of spectrum in the 3.4GHz band
  • Three (Hutchison) paid £151.3 million for 20MHz of spectrum in the 3.4GHz band
  • O2 (Telefonica) paid £317.7 million for 40MHz of spectrum in the 3.4GHz band, and £205.9 million for 40MHz of spectrum in the 2.3GHz band

(more…)