Friday, 14 December 2018

When is a telco not a telco? When it’s a TV company

By Chris Kelly, Total Telecom
Friday 09 February 18

This week we look at how telcos are strengthening their links with pay-TV companies in an attempt to cash in on the huge growth in online video streaming and break into new markets by offering locally focused content

Times are tough for telcos the world over at the moment. Wafer thin margins and razor-sharp competition means that telcos are looking for ways to diversify their revenue streams and expand into business areas and markets that are outside of their comfort zone. BT splashing close to £10 billion on Premier League football rights, is one example of this, with the UK's former incumbent making a full-scale push into the world of sports broadcasting. Whether BT is ultimately able to make a complete success of this remains to be seen, but there are other models emerging as telcos look to evolve the business units that drive profitability…

Times are tough for telcos the world over at the moment. Wafer thin margins and razor-sharp competition means that telcos are looking for ways to diversify their revenue streams and expand into business areas and markets that are outside of their comfort zone. BT splashing close to £10 billion on Premier League football rights, is one example of this, with the UK's former incumbent making a full-scale push into the world of sports broadcasting. Whether BT is ultimately able to make a complete success of this remains to be seen, but there are other models emerging as telcos look to evolve the business units that drive profitability…

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