Format: Sep 2019
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Pay-TV - When Will the Corner be Turned?

Chris Goodall has dissected the economics of the major pay-TV operators. He finds that if current trends continue, BSkyB, NTL and Telewest will not generate the cash to pay back their debt in the foreseeable future. In the case of the cable companies this leaves the debt holders exposed. Equity holders should be concerned about further dilution from future debt to equity conversion.

Media 5 May 2001
ITV Licence Renewals

This note considers the so-called 'digital dividend' in light of the recent ITV licence renewals.

The UK online population reached 17 million in February 2001, up around one-quarter on the year, on the strength of rising participation of women (to 44% of users) and of young people. We expect 4 million users to be added to the online population by February 2002, to reach 21 million, with growth at a lower rate than in 2000.

  • ITV
Media 15 April 2001
European B2C E-Commerce Update

This report updates our July 2000 report on European B2C e-commerce, with a special focus on the UK market.

We estimate that global net adds were 48m in Q2, down from 58m in Q1 2001. The total net adds so far this year of 106m is 53% of our full year forecast of 201m for these territories, which supports our forecast of 375 million units shipped given that net adds will likely continue to decline in Q3 followed by the seasonally strong Q4.

Media 9 April 2001

The UK online market is among the most mature in Europe: while strong growth continued during 2000 (60% increase in home users), this was less dramatic than in Germany and France.

Fixed Line 5 April 2001
Microsoft .NET - The Oil Tanker Turns

Microsoft has never made much impact on the Internet. As a result, we still have a proliferation of standards and competing suppliers of the underlying technology, of which the most obvious is Java. Almost all the new generation of Internet access devices, such as phones, PDAs and TVs, all use underlying software that does not work well with Microsoft technology. Genuine interoperability is not yet available.

The key points we make are as follows:

Media 15 March 2001
Microsoft: Will the Giant Engulf the Mobile Phone Industry?

The purpose of this report is to look in more detail at the actual capital expenditures that 3G operators can be expected to make. We show that costs will be very much lower than expected. This is because most operators will be able to offer a good service to large numbers of customers by installing relatively few base stations. This is excellent news for operators, but infrastructure vendors such as Ericsson and Nokia will see much lower volumes of equipment orders than most analysts are projecting. The evidence for our conclusions is derived both from an analysis of actual 3G infrastructure orders and from an analysis of theoretical capacity.

Media, Telecoms 15 March 2001
Wireless - Current Ideas and Issues

We see European handset shipments down from 140-150 million in 2000 to 100 million in each of the next two years.

Telecoms 5 March 2001
Sonera Smart Trust

20 February 2001
The Digital Bomb?

By contrast, NTTDoCoMo is putting its money firmly behind mobile data. Its investment plans in Japan provide capacity for huge amounts of data transmission. Three years from now, NTTDoCoMo will have invested, it says, 1 trillion yen (10bn Euros, if our maths is correct) in obtaining 6 million 3G customers. This investment, it says, will be enough to handle over 15m subscribers and provide coverage of 97% of the population. The major services it mentions as needing 3G bandwidth are music downloads and 'image clipping'.

15 February 2001
Gambling and Gaming on TV

Oftel appears to believe that such an arrangement would be acceptable if it 'allowed the delivery of 3G services earlier and at lower prices' than would otherwise be the case. It notes that the 3G licences do not ‘a priori exclude infrastructure sharing’ and that some forms of sharing, e.g. masts, are positively encouraged.

5 February 2001

15 January 2001
The Orange Prospectus

The Orange Prospectus

We have forecast that the increase in the number of users during the whole of 2001 will be as follows

  • Orange
10 January 2001
Broadband Update

Broadband update document.

9 January 2001
Iliad FY 2008 headline KPIs and 4th 3G licence bid


In Q4 2008 Iliad added 100,000 subscribers in a slowing French broadband market

A restructured 4th 3G licence call for tender is now expected in March, with a cost of €206 million for a 2x5MHz spectrum block, which Iliad is expected to bid for

We remain sceptical that Iliad will earn a return from this, with the 3G-only business model challenging even with a reduced licence cost and restricted network rollout


  • Iliad
Non-UK Telecoms, Fixed Line, Telecoms 13 February 1009
KPN fixed line recovery


KPN noticeably improved the performance of its domestic fixed line business in its full-year 2008 results, with revenues close to stabilising, and positive EBITDA growth of 1% indicating a turning point in the profitability of the Dutch division

Dutch broadband penetration is close to saturation, so KPN’s revenue growth potential will shift from broadband to adoption of next generation access services and subscriber upgrades to higher bandwidth and digital television

KPN, however, is taking a cautious path on NGA. FTTH deployment will depend on local conditions, notably availability of financing from landlords and municipalities, household density and average revenues. FTTC/VDSL is for areas where returns will be lower. ‘Mass market’ deployment will be decided in H2 2009 depending on consumer adoption


Non-UK Telecoms, Fixed Line, Telecoms 11 February 1009
Fine-tuning lessons from Sky Deutschland

Germany’s Sky platform has shifted focus from maximising net additions to improving quality of new recruits, delivering accelerated ARPU growth and a likely future reduction in churn.

In 2014, Sky will turn back to more proactive recruitment, but we caution against expectations of an improvement in the underlying trend growth rate.

Sky is in on course to deliver its first full year positive EBITDA in 2013, although we still don’t expect cash flow to follow suit before FY 2015.

  • Sky Deutschland
Non-UK Media, TV, Media
UK broadband and telephony trends to March 2010

In this presentation we show our analysis of trends in UK broadband and telephony for the quarter to March 2010, based on the published results of the major service providers. We include our own estimates where reported data is incomplete.

Highlights in the quarter included a bounce in quarterly broadband market net additions sufficient to pause the historical decline in year-on-year subscriber growth, continuing relatively strong broadband subscriber growth at the major ISPs, stabilisation in both the level of telephony market revenue and the rate of growth in unbundled lines, and the soft launch of highly competitive bundled offers by Tesco.



  • Virgin Media
  • TalkTalk
  • Sky
  • Orange
  • O2
Fixed Line, Telecoms
Media in an independent Scotland

Claire Enders set out the implications of a Yes vote in the Scottish independence referendum for the media available in Scotland. She critically examines the SNP's plans for a Scottish media, and argues that Scotland's small population would make an independent media hard to sustain. When the effect of a nationalist 'nation-building' project is factored in too, the overall results would be serious costs to the quality of democracy Scots enjoy.

  • Guardian Media Group
  • BBC
Mobile, Telecoms, Technology, Non-UK Media, Internet, TV, Media
European mobile in Q4 2014: The recovery continues

European mobile service revenue growth improved for a fourth consecutive quarter jumping 1.7ppts to -2.7%, the slowest rate of decline in over three years. Easing declines in France, Italy and Spain largely drove the improvement but a full recovery in these markets is still some way away given that all of their growth rates remain below -5%. The UK, and now Germany, are experiencing positive mobile service revenue growth although their improvements in the quarter were more modest

Three announced consolidation transactions have yet to be approved by the regulators although none of these deals are likely to offer much market repair, being either of the wrong kind of deal or being in markets that are growing. Consolidation targets remain in France, Italy and Spain which offer clearer routes to market recovery as seen in Germany where the consolidation of O2/E-Plus has already led to positive rhetoric on medium term market growth prospects

Network investment continues with 4G roll-outs at or over 70% population coverage in all markets and targets being accelerated, supporting long term optimism in the sector. Strong data traffic growth coupled with the growing importance of data to service revenue give a clear focus for operators on value-adding network quality investment, although the impact of pricing competition in some markets could weigh on the ability to capitalise on these trends in the medium term

  • Vodafone
  • Telefonica
  • T-Mobile
  • SFR
  • Orange
  • O2
  • Iliad
  • Hutchison 3G
  • France Telecom
  • EE
Non-UK Telecoms, Mobile, Telecoms
From MCN to next generation media company – Part 1: Funding

Investment in YouTube multi-channel networks (MCNs) has accelerated this year and now exceeds $1.65 billion, triple the aggregate value invested to 2013. This step-up is being driven primarily by traditional media companies

Due to the growth of the overall online video sector, we expect to see continued demand for MCNs, as further opportunities for vertical, geographical and functional consolidation exist

While acquisition prices of close to $1 billion (incl. earn-outs) are high, valuation comparables seem relatively consistent and modest in comparison to other media/tech deals. Further, we see MCN investments as part of a wider shift as media companies extend their core business to digital

  • Google
Music and Radio, Internet, TV, Media