Network Fee Not the Fix for European Telecoms Financial Problems, Meta Says

Meta Platforms on Thursday voiced its strongest criticism to date of a push by EU telecoms operators to get Big Tech to foot additional network costs, saying this would not solve their financial problems and also ignores tech companies’ hefty investments. Deutsche Telekom, Orange, Telefonica, Telecom Italia and other operators have lobbied for two decades […]

EU Eyes Big Tech as It Seeks Feedback on Who Should Pay Network Costs

The European Commission on Thursday launched a consultation on the future of Europe’s telecoms sector, starting a process that could lead to requiring Alphabet’s Google, Apple, Meta Platform and Netflix to pay some network costs. The move by the EU executive followed more than two decades of lobbying by Deutsche Telekom, Orange, Telefonica, Telecom Italia […]

The European Joint Venture - A Step Toward Meta-Domination

As technology experts and enthusiasts, you know something serious is going down in European Union (EU) when four of its telecom giants join hands to develop the advertising venture of a lifetime. Germany’s Deutsche Telekom, France’s Orange, Spain’s Telefónica, and the UK’s Vodafone dominate the telecom industry in their respective countries. Deutsche Telekom, for example, […]

IBM to help Telefonica build cloud-based 5G core network platform

IBM has been awarded a multi-year contract to help Telefonica build its new ‘Unica Next’ cloud-based 5G core network platform. In a statement, IBM said the Spanish operator , Telefonica, has engaged IBM Global Business Services – the consultancy arm of IBM, Red Hat and Juniper Networks – to deploy an “open-standard open-networking” platform across […]

Telefónica Deutschland brings 5G to 60 German cities

Telefonica Germany said it has installed almost 2,000 5G antennas operating in the 3.6 GHz frequency bands in around 80 cities. The company has equipped the city of Berlin with around 375 antennas, Munich with 175 antennas transmitting, Hamburg with over 150, Cologne and Stuttgart with over 120 5G antennae each. Markus Haas, CEO of […]

Telefónica making significant progress with 5G deployment

5G is considered a catalyst for digital transformation in many countries worldwide, helping to create new value across sectors. Spain is leading the way with Europe’s largest fibre optic network and has announced, through its telecoms giant Telefónica, it has switched on its 5G network enabling 75% of the Spanish population to obtain access to […]

Meeting sustainability targets – a priority for telcos

Telefonica has already achieved one of its sustainability targets way ahead of its deadline. The company has now taken the impressive step of saying that it now plans to reach its target of zero net emissions in at least four main markets by the year 2030 – 20 years earlier than they had originally planned. […]