Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 27th Feb 2012 12:22 UTC
Mozilla & Gecko clones And even more news from Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. Mozilla has announced a partnership with Telefonica and Qualcomm, which will bring Mozilla's Boot to Gecko HTML5-based mobile interface to devices later his year. This is a huge boon for the fully open source environment.
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RE[2]: Comment by lucas_maximus
by dariapra on Mon 27th Feb 2012 22:23 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by lucas_maximus"
dariapra
Member since:
2012-02-27

(Another Spaniard here.)

Not just that, but I haven't seen Telefónica ever creating a good software project or even a working website (their customers area is a nightmare). It's like all they touch becomes shitware. Hopefully, they're only pouring money into the Mozilla Foundation and not "helping" with their own engineers.


I am afraid that you need glasses or replacing the pair you already use.

Fact: according to the Wikipedia, Telefónica «is the third largest provider in the world» [1].

According to your words, I guess that Telefónica must have reached this position because a long series of lucky flukes. (Or you * do * get new glasses.)

[1] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Telef%C3%B3nica

Edited 2012-02-27 22:25 UTC

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Athlander Member since:
2008-03-10

Fact: according to the Wikipedia, Telefónica «is the third largest provider in the world» ... I guess that Telefónica must have reached this position because a long series of lucky flukes.


Okay, maybe they did get to be the third biggest telco in the world by being fabulous... but I'm sure a couple of acquisitions here and there played a part:

1990, bought Compañía de Teléfonos de Chile when it was privatised
1990, bought EnTEL (Argentina) when it was privatised by the Argentine government
1994, bought EnTEL (Peru) when it was privatised by the Peruvian government
1998, bought Paysandú
1998, bought Telesp when the Brazilian government demerged and privatised Telebrás
2000, bought 26.5% stake in Tricom
2004, bought BellSouth (Otecel, Bellsouth Guatemala, Bellsouth Panama)
2005, bought Cesky Telecom (including its subsidiary Eurotel)
2006, bought O2
2006, bought 50% of Colombia Telecomunicaciones
2009, bought HanseNet from Telecom Italia
2009, agreement with China Unicom gave them a 9.7% stake
2010, bought Portugal Telecom's stake in Vivo, buying the rest of Vivo in 2011

this may not be 100% accurate - it's not always easy trying to follow the acquisition & merger trail of big companies. Telcos and energy companies seem to be the trickiest.

Edited 2012-02-28 00:04 UTC

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zima Member since:
2005-07-06

Okay, maybe they did get to be the third biggest telco in the world by being fabulous... but I'm sure a couple of acquisitions here and there played a part:

And, if you look at the dates of most of these acquisitions, a big part of their subscribers (largely in ~developing countries after all), quite likely strong majority of mobile subscribers, were amassed by Telefónica after the purchases.

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