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TotalTelecom – Mobile in 2016: Northstream makes its annual predictions

Strategic wireless business consultancy Northstream today announced its predictions for the global mobile telecoms industry in 2016. “In Europe, 2016 will be a “lost year” for investment in the telecoms sector, to the point that the European Commission may be forced to re-evaluate its ‘anti-consolidation’ position in 2017. But we do expect some transformational changes […]
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Published December 23, 2015.


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Telecoms.com – Ten telecoms industry predictions for 2016

Telecoms.com partnered with mobile industry consultancy Northstream to bring you ten predictions for the telecoms industry in the coming year. 1. The EC’s negative view and ruling on market consolidation stalls M&A activity Northstream unfortunately believes that during 2016, regulators will continue their hard and negative stance against market consolidation in the European mobile telecoms market. […]
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Published December 21, 2015.


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Light Reading – Dutch Telcos Take Lead on OTT Transformation

These OTT moves by operators are partly a response to the overwhelming popularity of classic OTT services in the Dutch market, where consumers quickly spotted an arbitrage opportunity in using web rather than traditional telco offerings. “Dutch operators had very affordable rates for data when it began to take off, but they kept their pricing […]
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Published December 17, 2015.


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LightReading – ‘Ciscosson’ Aims for Future-Proof Partnership

The partnership could help Ericsson cater more to the enterprise segment of the market, according to Bengt Nordström, the CEO of consulting company Northstream . “It lacks the sales channel for that market segment,” he says. “Cisco’s channel and partners program is one of the most extensive [in the industry].” “It is not clear to what extent […]
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Published November 10, 2015.


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LightReading – UK Needs O2/3 to Challenge BT/EE – Analyst

UK regulators should approve the mobile merger between O2 and 3 to create a counterweight to a combined BT and EE, according to Bengt Nordström, the CEO of consulting and market research player Northstream. As far as Nordström is concerned, regulators are being shortsighted if they believe that blocking mergers is in the interests of […]
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Published November 2, 2015.


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Light Reading – Vodafone UK Looking Into 1Gbit/s 4G

“Consolidation makes sense so it’s good they have approved it but a bit surprising there are no concessions,” said Bengt Nordstrom, the CEO of consulting firm Northstream, during a conversation with Light Reading. “When you come with a verdict without any caveats it’s hard to see them changing their minds.” Read full article
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Published October 30, 2015.


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MobileWorldLive – BT-EE deal wins provisional go-ahead

Analyst Bengt Nordstrom reacted to the news by suggesting that it bodes well for hopes of a successful 3/O2 conclusion. “The CMA’s decision should in theory make the 3/O2 tie-up in the UK more likely. If you approve one, it also makes sense to approve the other, in the interests of promoting fair competition.” Read […]
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Published October 29, 2015.