Last week, KPN reached 1 million fixed-mobile households in The Netherlands. Fixed-mobile customers are showing increased loyalty, evidenced by an annualized gross churn level of approximately 5%.
Third Quarter 2016 Results
KPN Ventures, the venturing arm of KPN, has entered into an agreement with KEEN Venture Partners LLP (“KEEN”) to invest EUR 10 million in its newly launched technology investment fund.
KPN Ventures has invested in Viloc, an innovative provider of tracking solutions for equipment and tools in the construction industry.
KPN has been selected as the ICT partner for Partnership Talking Traffic. Authorities and companies are cooperating in this partnership to improve mobility, traffic flow, road safety and livability in the busiest regions and cities of the Netherlands. The partnership is in line with KPN's ambition to play a connecting role in the digital transformation of the Netherlands.
Koninklijke KPN N.V. (“KPN”) has agreed to acquire Dutch cyber security company DearBytes B.V. (“DearBytes”). By acquiring DearBytes, KPN strengthens its position as the leading security services provider in The Netherlands
NLDC is the new name of KPN´s colocation services.
The Supervisory Board of Royal KPN N.V. announces its intention to reappoint Joost Farwerck to KPN’s Board of Management as the company’s Chief Operations Officer (COO), for a second four-year term.
KPN Ventures has invested in Personal Medsystems GmbH, a German maker of mobile heart-monitoring services. The investment is in line with KPN Venture’s strategy to invest in digital health initiatives and build partnerships that bring ICT innovations to the Dutch market.
Vierde kwartaal en jaarresultaten 2016
Visitors of Tweakers.net have named KPN as the Best Mobile Provider 2016/2017.
As a result, subscribers to the cable operator’s next generation Horizon platform will have access Pro TV’s channels Pro TV, Acasa, sport.ro, Pro Cinema and Acasa Gold for seven days after its initial transmission through Replay TV.
In addition, they will be able to view Pro TV’s content anytime, anywhere and on any device through the Horizon Go app.
UPC Romania launched the Horizon platform nationally in October 2016.
WATCH VIDEO. Vodafone Deutschland has launched Ultra HD/4K platform GigaTV on its cable network today bundling the entertainment services in the customer’s household.
The successful roll-out of GigaTV which is based on Cisco’s Infinite video platform was confirmed by a Vodafone spokesman to Broadband TV News. Through a central user interface, viewers gain access to around 120 TV channels, 55 catch-up portals, a video-on-demand service (VOD) with over 3,000 movies as well as apps.
The integrated recommendation system suggests content from the platform’s own stock and third parties such as pay-TV platform Sky Deutschland or ProSiebensat.1’s VOD service maxdome based on the user’s personal taste.
The core element of GigaTV is a set-top-box with 1TB storage capacity suitable for Ultra HD/4K. With the box, users can watch selected titles from Vodafone’s VOD library in the new video format. The instant restart function will enable viewers to set the currently running TV programme back to the beginning and watch it from the start.
The multiscreen service can be used on smartphones and tablets through apps: The app for Android devices is available on the Google Play store. The iOS version for Apple devices will follow shortly, according to the Vodafone spokesman. Through the apps, users can watch live TV, access catch-up portals, watch movies they ordered and continue watching them at home on the TV set and initiate TV recordings on the set-top-box.
Vodafone cable customers can obtain GigaTV including the box and apps from €14.99 per month. For an additional €5 per month, they can access GigaTV HD Premium with further 20 channels. The GigaTV app is available for €9.99 per month. No Vodafone cable TV subscription is required, making the app available nationwide.
Vodafone Deutschland wants to introduce GigaTV on its IPTV platform Vodafone TV at a later stage.
Telekom Austria’s wholly owned Belarusian subsidiary velcom has made its interactive TV service voka available to subscribers of any mobile operator in the country, as well as through Wi-Fi technology.
According to Naviny, voka offers around 60 channels, split in thematic blocks, along with an extensive library of movies.
The latter includes content from Megogo, along with titles in full HD. Voka also has a variety of features such as pause, rewind and a TV archive and can be received on PCs, smartphones and tablets (iOS, Android and Windows 10 Mobile) and TVs (Chromecast, Apple TV).
It is being made available free of charge for one month to all new subscribers of mobile networks.
German football club FC Bayern Munich will launch its own linear TV channel in collaboration with Deutsche Telekom.
FC Bayern.tv live will go on air on February 27, 2017 at 11.00 CET and report about the football club 24 hours per day in HD quality.
The pay-TV channel will be available on Telekom’s IPTV platform Entertain TV, as a live-stream on the internet at www.fcbayern.tv/live as well as on smartphones and tablets within the FC Bayern app for €5.95 per month.
Telekom customers with a post-paid contract and internet flat-rate will receive FC Bayern.tv live free of charge in the first 12 months. In its debut week from February 27 to March 5, the channel will be freely available to anyone.
“With FC Bayern.tv live, we are the first German club with its own linear TV channel,” said Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, chairman of FC Bayern Munich. “We are proud to be able to launch this channel in collaboration with our main sponsor Telekom. It’s a new way of reaching our many fans.”
Today, KPN published its Integrated Annual Report 2016. In his introduction, CEO Eelco Blok reflects on a year in which KPN achieved good results with its “Simplify, Grow, Innovate” strategy and successfully continued its efforts to help The Netherlands move forward with digital transformation and in the area of sustainability.
Today, Royal KPN N.V. (“KPN”) announces that it has entered into an agreement with Telefónica S.A. (“Telefónica”) to exchange 178.5 million shares in Telefónica Deutschland Holding AG (“Telefónica Deutschland”) for 72.0 million shares in Telefónica, representing approximately 1.4% of Telefónica’s share capital.
The Netherlands is heading for a false start in the roll-out of 5G, because proposed Dutch spectrum policy is inconsistent with European developments and insufficient spectrum will be made available.
German telco Deutsche Telekom will offer its mobile customers the possibility to use music and video streaming services from selected partners without reducing the high-speed data volume included in their tariffs from April 19, 2017.
With the “radical step”, Telekom wants to “revolutionise the German mobile market”, Michael Hagspihl, managing director of the consumer business department, said at the presentation of the zero-rating thrust.
With StreamOn, customers can stream movies, series, sports or music without having to be afraid of data throttling kicking in and don’t have to look for the next Wi-Fi hotspot to prevent their data contingent from being used up, explained Hagspihl.
The preferred treatment only applies to StreamOn partners. “StreamOn is open for all content providers,” stressed Hagspihl, “no one will be discriminated.” Telekom would be happy about every partner extending the StreamOn community.
In the video area, the current partners include Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, YouTube, Sky Go, ARD/ZDF’s youth service “funk”, ZDF, 7TV (ProSiebenSat.1), Spiegel TV, Entertain TV, Telekom Basketball and Telekom Eishockey.
The current audio partners are Apple Music, Amazon Music Unlimited, Napster, Juke! Music and Radioplayer.de.
The customers of Telekom’s Magenta mobile tariffs can sign up for the StreamOn option at no additional charge. Depending on the tariff, music, music and video or music and HD video streaming are covered.
Concerns that the preferred treatment of individual players could harm net neutrality and competition law are circumvented by Telekom by making participation in StreamOn free of charge. “The partner doesn’t pay anything,” a Telekom spokesman confirmed to Broadband TV News.
Customers can use StreamOn on any mobile device and via multi-SIM on up to four devices, explained the spokesman. However, users creating a Wi-Fi hotspot with their smartphone or tablet won’t benefit from it, according to the spokesman. “Tethering is not possible.”
The German regulators will examine the telco’s move. “The Federal Network Agency will thoroughly investigate Telekom Deutschland’s new tariff option StreamOn based on the legal requirements of net neutrality and decide after the examination whether or to what extend adjustments are necessary,” a spokesman of the Federal Network Agency told Broadband TV News.
KPN Ventures has invested in Sensara, a producer of intelligent senior lifestyle monitoring for preventive care and personalised alarm services, based on movement sensors and self-learning algorithms.