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Average Portugal user consumed 94 minutes per month in fixed network

At the end of first quarter 2017 (1Q2017), the penetration rate of main telephone accesses in Portugal reached 46.2 accesses per 100 inhabitants. However, according to Marktest’s Barómetro de Telecomunicações (Telecommunications Barometer), in 1Q2017, about one quarter of fixed telephone service (FTS) customers did not use the service. The national stock of main telephone accesses shrank to 4.78 million accesses (0.2% fewer…

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SFR, Orange top Q1 fixed broadband performance tests

SFR has improved its performance in the speed ranking of the main fixed broadband providers in the French market, narrowly overtaking Orange during the first quarter, according to a study by nPerf based on 2 million speed tests. Combining all broadband technologies, the average download speed recorded on SFR services (including the Numbericable brand) increased to 51.39 Mbps, fractionally ahead…

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Vodafone enters growing Spanish low-cost fixed-mobile market

Vodafone España’s low-cost mobile subsidiary Lowi is launching a new ‘no frills’ converged offering – La Fibra de Lowi – without a TV element combining high-speed internet with mobile. The service will offer a single speed option of 50Mbps via Vodafone’s HFC cable network, along with options to sign up for different mobile data packages, from 1GB to 8GB, with…

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Global fixed broadband growth slows in Q4 2016

Growth in global fixed broadband subscriptions slowed in the fourth quarter of 2016 as saturated developed markets offset expansion in Africa, Asia and notably in Vietnam and Turkey, according to Point Topic. There were 855.9 million subscribers to fixed broadband worldwide at end-December, with quarterly growth slowing to 1.46 percent from 2.4 percent over the previous three months. The main…

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Broadband prices rise by an average 43% when fixed term deals end

People on the cheapest basic broadband deals are hit with an average price rise of £113 a year once their deal ends – with many unaware they face an increase in cost, finds Citizens Advice. A new report from the national charity reveals that more than a third (35%) of broadband customers don’t realise they could face price hikes by…

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Dutch fixed telephony revenue drops 9% to EUR 1.1 bln

Dutch fixed telephony sales fell in 2016 by 9.3 percent to EUR 1.1 billion, according to Telecompaper’s latest Dutch Fixed Telephony Market. The revenue decline, which began in 2013, is due to less use and lower prices. In the fourth quarter, sales decreased 0.3 percent to EUR 270 million. Dutch are making less calls from their landline phone. The number…

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Yes Telecom expands into fixed services

Yes Telecom started operating in the Netherlands in 2005 as MVNO. In 2010 Yes Telecom was taken over by KPN because of its unique operating method within the SME market. Yes focuses solely on the business market. Yes Telecom announced plans to expand beyond mobile and also offer fixed services to businesses. The company said it is transitioning from a…

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Ofcom: BT standalone landline telephone services should decrease at least £5 per month

Over the past decade, the landscape for fixed line telecommunications in the United Kingdom has been transformed. Competition has brought new services, increased choice and delivered real benefits to consumers, Ofcom announced. Fifty-nine per cent of homes now buy a bundle including a landline telephone service and a broadband service. The majority of these customers bundle their landline and broadband…

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Scarlet launches low-cost broadband offer Poco

Belgian ISP Scarlet announced a new fixed broadband offer called Poco, which it claims is the cheapest on the Belgian market. Poco offers speeds of 30/2 Mbps and a data cap of 50 GB per month for EUR 23. Additional data is available for EUR 3 for another 50 GB. Scarlet said Poco should be enough for around half of…

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Ofcom to launch investigation into increase of landline prices

Britain’s telecoms watchdog says it is particularly concerned for elderly and vulnerable customers. UK landline prices have increased of between 28% and 45% in recent years, according to OfcomGetty Britain’s telecoms watchdog is set to launch an investigation into the rising cost of telephone lines for consumers who opt not to take out a broadband subscription. Ofcom said on Thursday…

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