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European Communications discusses the latest telecom trends with telco executives, analysts and topic experts viainsightful analysis, Q&As and opinion pieces.

Content and services strategies lag behind broadband access

With much of the focus on broadband access over the last few days, it is easy to forget that there’s little point in operators investing in super-fast next gen pipes if they have not got the right strategy in place to offer the content and services that will benefit both themselves and their customers.

Europe's love affair with FTTx

New statistics would appear to show that we were rather too harsh yesterday on Europe’s fibre progression, but
 the general feeling at Broadband World Forum is more akin to our slightly downbeat – or perhaps realistic – assessment.

Europe still waiting for fibre broadband lift off

On the eve of the 2012 Broadband World Forum event it is worth looking at how far things have progressed over the last 12 months.

Opinion: What is the best way for operators to price 4G LTE?

By Dr Ekkehard Stadie, Partner and Global Head of Telco/IT practice, Simon-Kucher & Partners

When it comes to monetising innovation, 4G LTE should be considered a pivotal opportunity.

Telenor joins BlueVia and urges other operators to follow suit

Telenor has joined Telefónica's BlueVia platform as it attempts to derive revenue from a range of new services, but is slightly worried it will fail if others don’t follow suit.

Telefónica breaks cover as first Big Data telco

Telefónica has provided a welcome boost to the industry by announcing the creation of a new global business unit aimed at deriving revenue from Big Data.

Q&A: Small Cell Forum chairman Gordon Mansfield

Gordon Mansfield, executive director of small cell solutions & RAN delivery at AT&T Mobility, was appointed chairman of the Small Cell Forum last month. What are the main challenges facing operators rolling out small cells in Europe?

Opinion: Why M2M is at the heart of ITU Telecom World 2012

By Dr Hamadoun Toure, Secretary-General, ITU

The ticking clock has never been louder: lab tests for HIV-positive infants must be delivered to remote African clinics so that the babies can receive crucial medication.

What role should operators play in the app space?

Last week, Rovio Entertainment launched its latest game, Bad Piggies, in an attempt to shift consumers away from its Angry Birds.