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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.

Why do the markets continue to shun Telefónica?

Telefónica is now the biggest European operator in terms of revenue, but the stock market continues to give the company the thumbs down.

After registering a 3.5 percent year-on-year increase in revenues during 2011, to €62.8 billion, the Spain-based operator overtook rival Deutsche Telekom, which saw sales fall six percent to €58.6 billion over the same period.

Belgacom CEO: ‘Apple are difficult guys to talk to’

Belgacom CEO Didier Bellens is the subject of our exclusive feature-length interview in the Q2 edition of European Communications.

He invited editor Marc Smith to the company’s Brussels HQ to discuss a range of topics, including an expanding list of partnerships. Here is an exclusive extract:

Does it make sense for a telco to buy a CDN?

Content distribution networks are specialised server farmers, usually located at the edge of Tier-1 networks to reduce latency and improve availability.

They are fundamental to improving the customer experience of online video, but some telcos think they can cut CDNs out of the loop.

Opinion: The three strategic routes left open to operators

By Richard Swinford and Didier Levy of management consultancy Arthur D. Little

European operators need to implement far-reaching strategic choices now in order to protect the bottom-line.

“I need more regulation!” Interview with CWC’s Eddie Saints

You could be forgiven for thinking that Eddie Saints has an easy job.

Saints is CEO of Cable and Wireless Communications’ businesses in Guernsey, Jersey and the Isle of Man, which fall under the Sure Telecom brand.

Is the UK permanently losing sight of YouView?

What's happening at YouView, the UK's homegrown subscription-free IPTV play?

Eighteen months ago the hype around YouView was at fever pitch, reports Ian Grant.

Q&A: Momac CEO Sham Careem

Sham Careem, CEO of Momac, discusses how on-device self-service can benefit operators and customers alike. How do you define on-device self-service?

Opinion: Operators must act to fend off OTT threat

Fred Huet, MD of Greenwich Consulting, discusses how operators can respond to threats from OTT providers.

While the issues that operators face concerning the rollout of 4G and data capacity are pressing, one of the biggest threats to their revenues remains the emergence of over-the-top service providers.

Big Data – are you making the necessary shift?

Earlier this week Telefonica announced a partnership with Electronic Arts as it attempts to take a lead in mobile gaming.

The deal, made by the recently created Telefonica Digital business unit, will give the operator’s various companies the chance to create gaming promotions using titles from the EA catalogue, which includes Tetris, Monopoly and FIFA Soccer.