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Midweek Mergers: December 17
17 Dec 2014

Capacity brings you the latest mergers and acquisitions in the wholesale arena. If you have any deals you'd like us to share, please tweet us @capacitymag or email editorial@capacitymedia.com.

Telstra in talks over Pacnet acquisition
17 Dec 2014

Australia’s Telstra has confirmed it is in talks to acquire subsea cable operator Pacnet, in a deal with an estimated price tag of US$1 billion.

Windstream replaces CEO
12 Dec 2014

Jeff Gardner has stepped down from his position as president and chief executive at Windstream, to be replaced by Tony Thomas.

CFSC evaluation date revealed
08 Dec 2014

China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) and the country’s three largest operators, China Mobile, China Unicom and China Telecom, will complete an evaluation on their joint investment, China Communications Facilities Services Corporation (CFSC), by August 2015.

Midweek Mergers: December 3
03 Dec 2014

Capacity brings you the latest mergers and acquisitions in the wholesale arena. If you have any deals you'd like us to share, please tweet us @capacitymag or email editorial@capacitymedia.com.

Vodafone Qatar drops QNBN bid
01 Dec 2014

Vodafone Qatar has abandoned its bid to buy state-owned wholesale internet provider Qatar National Broadband Network (QNBN).

DATA: Carrier economics report
26 Nov 2014

Dell’Oro Group has tracked revenue and capex trends for carriers accounting for more than 80% of worldwide capex and revenue.

Canada telecoms market
26 Nov 2014

Canada is the second-largest country in the world. It is made up of three territories and 10 provinces, each with its own separate capital city.

BT also in early talks to buy EE
26 Nov 2014

Deutsche Telekom and Orange have confirmed reports that BT Group is also in talks to acquire UK mobile operator EE.

Telekom Austria completes capital increase
25 Nov 2014

Telekom Austria has raised $1.24 billion in a share sale, which has seen majority-owner América Móvil and state holding company OIAG take up their pro rata shares.

TOP 5: Joint ventures
25 Nov 2014

2014 has seen the launch of a large number of joint ventures, as telcos increase collaboration to offer a more unified communications network across the globe. Capacity investigates five of the most eye-catching partnerships.

Midweek Mergers: November 19
19 Nov 2014

Capacity brings you the latest mergers and acquisitions in the wholesale arena. If you have any deals you'd like us to share, please tweet us @capacitymag or email editorial@capacitymedia.com.

Reliance Jio Infocomm to refinance loans
19 Nov 2014

Capacity Asia day 2 – India’s Reliance Jio Infocomm is looking to raise $1.5 billion to refinance several loans it acquired in 2010, according to local reports.

KPN to fully acquire Reggefiber
18 Nov 2014

KPN has agreed to pay €610 million to acquire the remaining 40% of Reggefiber that it does not already own.

ZTE could lose Ethio Telecom contract
14 Nov 2014

The Ethiopian government has warned ZTE that it may withdraw from a large contract it placed with the Chinese vendor last year, following concerns over changes to the prices ZTE is proposing to charge.

BT to phase out wholesale division?
14 Nov 2014

British incumbent BT is planning to abandon its wholesale unit and incorporate the division into its Openreach subsidiary, the Telegraph reports.

Jasmine International launches IPO
14 Nov 2014

Thai telecoms group Jasmine International has announced plans to raise up to $1.98 billion through an infrastructure fund IPO.

Midweek Mergers: November 12
12 Nov 2014

Capacity brings you the latest mergers and acquisitions in the wholesale arena. If you have any deals you'd like us to share, please tweet us @capacitymag or email editorial@capacitymedia.com.

Rob Bath, Digital Realty: Realty check
04 Nov 2014

Europe is set to be a major focus for Digital Realty over the next couple of years, says VP engineering EMEA Rob Bath. Guy Matthews gets the inside story from one of the architects of the company’s success.

KPN gets green light for Reggefiber takeover
03 Nov 2014

Capacity Europe day 1 – Dutch telco KPN has received approval from the Netherland’s Autoriteit Consument & Markt (ACM) regulatory body to acquire a further 9% of FTTH operator Reggefiber, bringing its total hold in the company to 60%.

Amerimar Enterprises targets Chicago market
31 Oct 2014

Amerimar Enterprises has acquired a 100,000 square foot fibre-rich building in Chicago in the US, as part of its latest redevelopment project with Hunter Newby.

América Móvil, Telefónica and Oi to bid for TIM?
31 Oct 2014

Mexico’s América Móvil, Spain’s Telefónica and Brazil’s Oi will place a joint bid for Brazilian mobile operator TIM Participações, and have confirmed plans to break it up, according to local reports.

Entel eyes larger slice of Peru’s mobile market
30 Oct 2014

Chilean operator Entel is looking to increase its share of Peru’s rapidly developing mobile market, following its acquisition of Nextel last year, according to a company executive.

MegaFon posts Q3 profit decline
30 Oct 2014

Russia’s MegaFon has today revealed a year-on-year Q3 net profit decline of 16.5%, despite reporting a growth in sales.

FRAUD & SECURITY BUSINESS BRIEFING 2014: Fighting fraud together
29 Oct 2014

As fraudulent activity becomes smarter, companies are urged to share experiences and knowledge to counter threats together. Capacity identifies the top five fraud associations and companies that are promoting collaboration for collective security.

Midweek Mergers: October 29
29 Oct 2014

Capacity brings you the latest mergers and acquisitions in the wholesale arena. If you have any deals you'd like us to share, please tweet us @capacitymag or email editorial@capacitymedia.com.

Level 3 gets go-ahead to buy tw telecom
27 Oct 2014

Level 3 has received approval from US regulator the Federal Communications Commission for the acquisition of US managed-services provider tw telecom.

Midweek Mergers: October 22
22 Oct 2014

Capacity brings you the latest mergers and acquisitions in the wholesale arena. If you have any deals you'd like us to share, please tweet us @capacitymag or email editorial@capacitymedia.com.

IIX acquires Allegro Networks
22 Oct 2014

IIX today announced its acquisition of UK-based software and interconnection company Allegro Networks.

euNetworks acquires Fibrelac
20 Oct 2014

European bandwidth infrastructure provider euNetworks has acquired Swiss dark fibre network operator Fibrelac.

GTT acquires UNSi
16 Oct 2014

GTT Communications has completed the $40-million acquisition of data service provider UNSi.

Midweek Mergers: October 15
15 Oct 2014

Capacity brings you the latest mergers and acquisitions in the wholesale arena. If you have any deals you'd like us to share, please tweet us @capacitymag or email editorial@capacitymedia.com.

China-EU telecoms trade dispute to end?
15 Oct 2014

An EU trade official claims an agreement is on its way to end China and the EU’s long-running dispute over Chinese exports of telecoms equipment.

Kenya telecoms market
07 Oct 2014

Situated on the equator on Africa’s east coast, Kenya is well-positioned for both national and international connectivity to neighbouring countries Tanzania, Uganda, South Sudan, Ethiopia and Somalia.

Laying siege to the carrier pipe
07 Oct 2014

Are carriers threatened by the investment from tech companies in telecoms infrastructure? Kavit Majithia investigates.

Telkom Indonesia mulls stake in Spark NZ
06 Oct 2014

Telkom Indonesia is reportedly considering the acquisition of a 27% stake in Spark Telecom (formerly Telecom New Zealand) as part of its strategy to broaden its global footprint.

Airtel Kenya appoints executives
06 Oct 2014

Bharti Airtel has announced the addition of Topyster Muga and Venkateshwaran (Venkat) Ramakrishnan to its executive team in Kenya.

Windstream appoints interim CFO
02 Oct 2014

Windstream has announced Bob Gunderman as interim CFO at the company, following the departure of Tony Thomas, who has left his position to head up Windstream’s real estate spin-off.

Ericsson acquires smart grid provider
02 Oct 2014

Ericsson has completed the acquisition of US-based smart grid communications provider, Ambient Corporation, as the Swedish vendor looks to grow its utilities service offering.

Midweek Mergers: October 1
01 Oct 2014

Capacity brings you the latest mergers and acquisitions in the wholesale arena. If you have any deals you'd like us to share, please tweet us @capacitymag or email editorial@capacitymedia.com.

Tele Columbus to launch IPO
30 Sep 2014

Germany’s third-largest cable operator, Tele Columbus, is to launch an IPO by the end of the year in a bid to raise $380 million.

América Móvil considers options in Mexico
30 Sep 2014

América Móvil is still analysing a potential asset sale in Mexico after vowing to divest some of its interests in the country to comply with new regulations.

Deutsche Telekom considers remaining in the US
29 Sep 2014

Deutsche Telekom could retain ownership of T-Mobile US for at least another year, after doubts were raised over the possibility of an improved bid for the company from French operator Iliad.

Eircom CEO steps down
29 Sep 2014

The chief executive of Ireland’s Eircom, Herb Hribar, has stepped down from his position, following the company’s recent decision not to go ahead with an IPO.

Grupo Salinas to buy Iusacell stake
11 Sep 2014

Mexico’s Grupo Salinas has confirmed plans to acquire a 50% stake in the country’s third-largest mobile operator, Iusacell, from its partner, Grupo Televisa.

ANALYSIS: Hibernia keeps faith with Express cable
11 Sep 2014

Bjarni Thorvardason, CEO at Hibernia Networks, has told Capacity that the operator did not contemplate "abandoning the Hibernia Express project for even a second", after work resumed on the subsea cable project in August.

Wind invites bidders for mast sale
05 Sep 2014

VimpelCom’s Italian subsidiary Wind has invited bidders for the sale and lease-back of its 11,000 mobile masts, in a deal that could be worth €500 million.

COVER STORY: Telecoms in the post-Snowden era
04 Sep 2014

Revelations about US government surveillance are widely believed to be costing US telecoms and tech firms revenue. It is difficult to determine, however, whether perceptions match reality.

MTN to lease mobile towers to IHS
04 Sep 2014

South African company MTN is to launch a joint venture with tower firm IHS for the tower company to operate and manage the operator’s 9,151 transmitter towers in Nigeria.

Midweek Mergers: September 3
03 Sep 2014

Capacity brings you the latest mergers and acquisitions in the wholesale arena. If you have any deals you'd like us to share, please tweet us @capacitymag or email editorial@capacitymedia.com.

Iliad still interested in T-Mobile US
02 Sep 2014

French player Iliad has claimed it is still working on a deal to acquire T-Mobile US, despite failing in its first attempt to enter the US market.

Orange to provide satellite services for BW Offshore
02 Sep 2014

Orange Business Services will supply satellite solutions to BW Offshore – a provider of floating production services to the oil and gas industry – under a new five-year $12 million contract.

Telefónica to exit Telecom Italia
02 Sep 2014

Telefónica has reportedly revealed plans to exit its 14.8% stake in Telecom Italia upon completion of its deal to acquire GVT from Vivendi.

Midweek Mergers: August 27
27 Aug 2014

Capacity brings you the latest mergers and acquisitions in the wholesale arena. If you have any deals you'd like us to share, please tweet us @capacitymag or email editorial@capacitymedia.com.

Telin eyes stake in NZ operator
27 Aug 2014

PT Telekomunikasi Indonesia International (Telin) is considering the acquisition of a 27% stake in a New Zealand-based phone operator, according to the company’s CEO.

Telefónica could raise bid for GVT
27 Aug 2014

Spain’s Telefónica is considering plans to improve its offer for Vivendi’s Brazilian broadband unit GVT and could bid up to €8 billion.

MTN South Africa to cut jobs
26 Aug 2014

South Africa’s MTN Group is likely to slash 14% of its workforce in the country, according to the Solidarity union.

LIME upgrades Caribbean network
19 Aug 2014

Cable&Wireless’ Caribbean arm LIME is upgrading its network in St. Kitts and Nevis as part of Project Marlin, a $1.05 billion capital investment programme.

T4U to launch IPO in Brazil
19 Aug 2014

Brazilian mobile infrastructure company T4U is to launch an IPO in a bid to tap into the increasing demand for towers in Latin America.

Televisa buys remaining Cablecom shares
15 Aug 2014

Mexico’s Grupo Televisa has spent $653.96 million on acquiring the remaining shares of Mexican cable firm Cablecom that is does not already own.

Iliad bid for T-Mobile branded ‘inadequate’
15 Aug 2014

T-Mobile US CFO Braxton Carter has described Iliad’s $15 billion takeover offer for the company as inadequate, but he has left the door open for the French operator to revisit the deal.

SingTel net profit falls by 17.4% in first quarter
14 Aug 2014

SingTel has reported that its first quarter net profit fell by 17.4% from the same time in 2013 due to the absence one-time gains and weak forex implications in some of its operating markets.

Cisco to cut 8% of its workforce
14 Aug 2014

Cisco Systems is to cut approximately 6000 members of its workforce after reporting slow sales growth in the last quarter.

Midweek Mergers: August 13
13 Aug 2014

Capacity brings you the latest mergers and acquisitions in the wholesale arena. If you have any deals you'd like us to share, please tweet us @capacitymag or email editorial@capacitymedia.com.

Moldcell secures mobile licences
13 Aug 2014

The National Regulatory Agency for Electronic Communications and Information Technology (ANRCETI) in Moldova has awarded three mobile licences to Moldcell.

Cell C restructures debt
12 Aug 2014

Bondholders at South African mobile operator Cell C have agreed to €160 million worth of debt restructuring, in order to free up investment for a network expansion.

Telstra acquires US-based video platform
12 Aug 2014

Australian operator Telstra has acquired Silicon Valley’s video platform company Ooyala for $270 million, in a bid to increase its presence in the digital media market.

Avanti to launch new satellite in 2017
12 Aug 2014

British satellite operator Avanti Communications is to launch its new HYLAS 4 satellite in 2017 and complete its coverage in Europe and Africa.

Telekom Malaysia and Huawei develop next-gen technology
12 Aug 2014

Chinese vendor Huawei has partnered with Telekom Malaysia (TM) subsidiary Telekom Research and Development (TM R&D) to co-develop next-generation access technologies for fixed-line and mobile operators in Malaysia.

MTN to acquire mobile licence in Syria
08 Aug 2014

African operator MTN is planning to acquire a mobile licence in Syria, despite political upheaval in the country that has lasted for four years.

Midweek Mergers: August 6
06 Aug 2014

Capacity brings you the latest mergers and acquisitions in the wholesale arena. If you have any deals you'd like us to share, please tweet us @capacitymag or email editorial@capacitymedia.com

No "crazy offers" in Brazil, says Telecom Italia CEO
06 Aug 2014

Marco Patuano, CEO at Telecom Italia, told reporters this morning that the company will not make any “crazy offers” in Brazil, following the news that Telefónica placed a bid for Brazilian internet provider GVT.

Indonesia telecoms market
04 Aug 2014

A sovereign state and the largest archipelagic nation in the world, Indonesia is the world’s fourth most populous country and – after a period of political instability – its developing telecommunications market is beginning to reflect this.

Millicom secures approval for UNE merger
04 Aug 2014

Colombia’s Tigo Millicom has received final approval from regulators for the merger of its mobile business with the fixed-line arm of UNE EPM (Empresas Publicas de Medellin).

FCC looks to prevent joint airwave bids in 2015 auction
04 Aug 2014

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has said it does not want joint bids from nationwide carriers in the US wireless airwave auction, which could scupper plans for a joint venture between Sprint and T-Mobile US.

CSG extends Comcast partnership
01 Aug 2014

CSG Systems International has extended its partnership to provide residential billing services to Comcast Cable in the US.

Reliance refutes Jio stake sale
31 Jul 2014

Reliance Industries (RIL) has denied reports that it is open to offloading up to 30% of its telecoms arm, Reliance Jio.

UPDATE: Iusacell not for sale
31 Jul 2014

Mexican billionaire Ricardo Salinas has said that he has no plans to sell his stake in mobile operator Iusacell.

Midweek Mergers: July 30
30 Jul 2014

Capacity brings you the latest mergers and acquisitions in the wholesale arena. If you have any deals you'd like us to share, please tweet us @capacitymag or email editorial@capacitymedia.com.

Windstream to spin off part of network
30 Jul 2014

US operator Windstream has made plans to spin-off parts of its telecoms network into an independent, publicly traded real estate investment trust (REIT).

KPN cost cutting pays off in Q2 results
30 Jul 2014

Dutch telecoms group KPN has reported better-than-expected Q2 core profits after the company’s cost-cutting plan made up for poor results in most of its units.

TrueView – big opportunity?
25 Jul 2014

TrueView is YouTube’s online video ad format which is based on an interactive model. The service allows the viewer to skip the advertisement or select to watch an ad from a choice of different ads. The company is only charged if the viewer watches the video ad.

EE posts first half results
25 Jul 2014

UK operator EE has posted its first half results for 2014, with year-on-year operating revenues showing a rise of 0.1%.

Friday Network News: 25 July
25 Jul 2014

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Mobistar not for sale
24 Jul 2014

Orange will not sell off its Belgian subsidiary Mobistar, after reports emerged that other operators in the market were looking at acquiring the company.

Aviva extends contract with Vodafone
24 Jul 2014

Global insurance firm Aviva has extended its contract with Vodafone to provide a range of communications services, including cloud storage.

Infinera posts Q2 results
24 Jul 2014

Infinera has posted its second quarter results for 2014, recording revenues of $165.4 million, compared with $142.8 million in Q1.

Midweek Mergers: July 23
23 Jul 2014

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Telenor reports positive Q2 results
23 Jul 2014

Norway’s Telenor has increased its full-year margin guidance after reporting second quarter earnings that were in line with the company’s expectations.

ANALYSIS: Level 3 makes its biggest move yet
22 Jul 2014

It would be very easy for Level 3 Communications to rest on its laurels. However, the temptation to add tw telecom to its growing list of subsidiaries appeared too good to miss.

América Móvil hit by Mexican telecoms reforms
22 Jul 2014

América Móvil has claimed that Mexico’s revolutionary telecoms reforms are already beginning to take its toll, after the company revealed a slightly poorer performance than predicted in its core market.

ANALYSIS: Spectrum auctions should stay, says expert
21 Jul 2014

A top consultancy firm has backed the validity of spectrum auctions, despite Capacity’s recent Confidence, Innovation and Leadership (CIL) survey reporting that a staggering 60% of operators were losing faith in the process.

Midweek Mergers: July 16
16 Jul 2014

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ANALYSIS: Vodafone puts M2M in the fast lane
15 Jul 2014

As Vodafone continues to invest billions across the world in its mobile and cable TV network, it has been easy to overlook the small but significant advancements it has made with its M2M division.

Vodafone continues Indian tax dispute
11 Jul 2014

UK’s Vodafone is continuing negotiations over its tax dispute with India, after the country’s new Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the claims will “naturally reach their logical conclusion”.

Orange targets growth in Spain
07 Jul 2014

Orange is targeting growth in Spain and is looking at potential acquisitions in the country, according to the company's CEO.

Midweek Mergers: July 2
02 Jul 2014

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Friday Network News: June 27
27 Jun 2014

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Midweek Mergers: June 25
25 Jun 2014

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Friday Network News: June 20
20 Jun 2014

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Ofcom releases pricing proposals for BT fibre
19 Jun 2014

Ofcom, the UK’s telecoms regulator, has today proposed a set of guidelines for margins that BT will have to uphold when wholesaling its superfast fibre offering to rivals.

Midweek Mergers: June 18
18 Jun 2014

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AMT to acquire BR Towers
16 Jun 2014

American Tower Corporation (AMT) is reportedly set to acquire Brazilian telecoms infrastructure operator BR Towers for nearly $1 billion.

Midweek Mergers: June 11
11 Jun 2014

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Huawei launches mobile money solution
06 Jun 2014

Huawei has launched a mobile money (MM) solution, designed to enable operators worldwide to develop a robust mobile financial ecosystem.

Midweek Mergers: June 4
04 Jun 2014

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Telefónica in talks with German operators
04 Jun 2014

Telefónica is reportedly in talks with German mobile operators Freenet and Drillisch, as well as Liberty Global’s Unitymedia Kabel, as it continues to seek approval from the EU for its takeover of KPN’s E-Plus.

Telefónica finalises deal for DTS
03 Jun 2014

Spanish incumbent Telefónica has finalised its deal to acquire a 56% stake in Distribuidora de Televisión (DTS) from media group Prisa.

GVT to oppose TIM break-up
02 Jun 2014

Vivendi-owned broadband provider GVT has told local reporters that it is willing to work with the Brazilian government to prevent the break-up of the country’s second-largest mobile operator, TIM Brasil.

SDN and NFV: AT&T's root-and-branch approach
28 May 2014

To many, AT&T epitomises all that is wrong with today’s top-tier telcos: cautious, conservative and conformist. Not anymore. The top brass are backing an audacious root-and-branch network revamp.

Midweek Mergers: May 28
28 May 2014

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Phil Meeks, TWC Business Services: A new chapter
27 May 2014

The merger between Time Warner Cable and Comcast has some major implications for wholesale as well as cable. Capacity speaks to the COO and EVP of TWC Business Services, Phil Meeks.

Swedish cable operator to launch IPO
23 May 2014

Swedish cable operator Com Hem is reportedly planning to launch an initial public offering (IPO) to list its shares on the Stockholm stock exchange.

Friday Network News: May 23
23 May 2014

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Dyn acquires Renesys
22 May 2014

Internet performance solutions provider Dyn has acquired internet intelligence provider Renesys for an undisclosed sum.

Telus withdraws Mobilicity bid
22 May 2014

Canadian operator Telus has withdrawn its $350 million bid to acquire wireless company Mobilicity, according to local media reports.

Midweek Mergers: May 21
21 May 2014

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ANALYSIS: Financing a Facebook future
20 May 2014

Facebook’s plans to launch mobile money services this month could be the company’s first step into entering the wider financial services industry, Capacity can reveal.

Vodafone reports record falls in revenue
20 May 2014

Vodafone has reported record falls in underlying revenue for the last 18 months after struggling to gain momentum in Europe following an aggressive investment strategy.

AT&T agrees on DirecTV deal
19 May 2014

AT&T has announced that it has agreed to acquire satellite TV provider DirecTV for $48.5 billion.

Orange and Bouygues consider merger
16 May 2014

French market leader Orange and rival operator Bouygues are reportedly looking at options to merge after calls from the country’s government for further consolidation in the market.

Friday Network News: May 16
16 May 2014

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Midweek Mergers: May 7
07 May 2014

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Friday Network News: May 2
02 May 2014

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Midweek Mergers: April 30
30 Apr 2014

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MegaFon completes Scartel integration
28 Apr 2014

Russian telco MegaFon has confirmed that the integration into of LTE service provider Scartel – which it acquired in October last year in a $1.2 billion deal – has been completed.

Friday Network News: April 25
25 Apr 2014

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Midweek Mergers: April 23
23 Apr 2014

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Zain sued over Iraqi telco acquisition
22 Apr 2014

Kuwaiti operator Zain has reportedly been sued for $4.5 billion by an undisclosed company over its purchase of Iraqi operator Iraqna in 2007.

Colt to cut voice business by 85%
22 Apr 2014

Colt has announced plans to eliminate 85% of its carrier voice contracts, after the company announced it was expecting a €175 million fall in revenues from the unit.

Zain Jordan acquires LTE frequencies
17 Apr 2014

Zain Jordan has reportedly acquired LTE frequencies for 142 million dinars ($199.8 million) and will launch the service in the country at the end of this year.

AT&T could boycott next US spectrum auction
17 Apr 2014

AT&T, the second-largest player in the US mobile market, has said it may sit out of the next wave of auctions for airwaves if the FCC persists with rules to reserve bandwidth for smaller carriers.

Midweek Mergers: April 16
16 Apr 2014

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Kalaam Telecom acquires Lightspeed
16 Apr 2014

Alternative Bahraini operator Kalaam Telecom is reported to have acquired Lightspeed Communications, a subsidiary of Jordan Telecommunications.

Orange to sell Kenyan operations
15 Apr 2014

French operator Orange has put its Kenyan subsidiary up for sale, following a month-long review of its operations in the country.

Facebook plans mobile payment service
15 Apr 2014

Internet giant Facebook is close to being granted an electronic money licence for payment and remittance services, in the company's latest effort to boost mobile services.

France to seek consolidation in mobile market
11 Apr 2014

The French government has announced its intention to actively encourage consolidation in the country’s mobile sector, in an effort to bring an end to the price war in the mobile market.

FTC approves Facebook-WhatsApp deal
11 Apr 2014

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has approved Facebook’s $19 billion acquisition of mobile messaging service WhatsApp, according to reports.

Minority investor to divest stake in Vodafone India
10 Apr 2014

Vodafone India’s largest minority investor is set to divest its stake in the business as the UK-based operator plans to take advantage of the country’s new foreign direct investment laws in order to take control of the company.

Midweek Mergers: April 9
09 Apr 2014

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Bouygues Telecom and Iliad to merge?
08 Apr 2014

The French telecoms market could be set for further consolidation after it emerged that Iliad and Bouygues Telecom are reportedly looking into a merger.

Weibo files for US IPO
07 Apr 2014

Chinese messaging service Weibo has filed for an IPO on the Nasdaq market.

Safaricom set to drop Yu bid
04 Apr 2014

Kenyan operator Safaricom has reportedly dropped its bid to acquire assets in the country’s third-largest player, Yu.

Jamaica renews telecoms licences
04 Apr 2014

The Jamaican government has renewed the spectrum licences of national operators Digicel Jamaica and LIME for the next 15 years.

Telecoms fraud: “It's our problem”
02 Apr 2014

Will carriers finally begin acting in unison to more effectively combat fraud? Capacity reports from the Wholesale Fraud Forum 2014 in London.

Midweek Mergers: April 2
02 Apr 2014

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Dish and DirecTV in merger talks
31 Mar 2014

Dish Network is reportedly in talks with DirecTV – the largest satellite TV operator in the US – regarding a possible merger between the two companies.

Vodafone targets M-Pesa growth across Europe
31 Mar 2014

UK-based Vodafone is seeking to bring mobile payment services to Europe, in a bid to replicate the same business model for the platform that has had so much success in Africa.

Taiwan to release LTE spectrum blocks by 2015
28 Mar 2014

Taiwan’s telecoms regulator, the National Communications Commission (NCC), has announced plans to release three blocks of spectrum in the 2600MHz band suitable for LTE.

Slim slams new Mexican telecoms regulations
28 Mar 2014

Tycoon Carlos Slim has criticised Mexico’s new telecoms bill and demanded that the country’s officials review the proposals, the Financial Times reports.

SoftBank to sell eAccess to Yahoo! Japan
27 Mar 2014

Japanese operator SoftBank is to sell off its mobile internet service provider eAccess to Yahoo! Japan in a deal worth ¥324 billion ($3.2 billion).

Midweek Mergers: March 26
26 Mar 2014

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Telecom Italia considering Metroweb stake
21 Mar 2014

Telecom Italia is reportedly mulling over the potential acquisition of a stake in Italian fibre network provider Metroweb, in an effort to boost its broadband service.

Mexico set to send telecoms reforms to congress
20 Mar 2014

The Mexican government will send new legislation to congress this week, in a bid get the country’s telecoms laws reformed and limit the power of Carlos Slim and top broadcaster Televisa.

Midweek Mergers: March 19
19 Mar 2014

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Bouygues loses out to Numericable on SFR takeover
18 Mar 2014

French mobile operator Bouygues has lost out in its bid to acquire SFR, after the parent company of its takeover target, Vivendi, began negotiations over the acquisition with cable operator Numericable.

Midweek Mergers: March 12
12 Mar 2014

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Telstra fined for data leak
12 Mar 2014

Telstra has been fined by the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) and the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) for leaking nearly 16,000 sets of private customer details.

The fall and rise of bandwidth trading
11 Mar 2014

With the bandwidth trading market showing signs of revival, does any of the current crop of players look to have the right formula? Guy Matthews investigates.

TI Sparkle to invest in SEA-ME-WE 5
11 Mar 2014

Telecom Italia Sparkle has today announced that it is among the initial investors for the deployment of the SEA-ME-WE 5 cable connecting Europe and Singapore.

AT&T unlikely to make wireless investment in Europe
10 Mar 2014

AT&T is unlikely to make a bid for UK-based Vodafone, after the company’s CEO Randall Stephenson claimed “the window may be closing on perhaps owning wireless assets” in Europe, at an investor conference.

SUBSEA CABLE SPECIAL 2014: A subsea scramble down under
10 Mar 2014

The SEA-ME-WE 3 cable that currently provides the only direct connectivity between Singapore and Australia was lit back in 2000. Regular upgrades have kept it in business, but the route has been crying out for some time for the diversity that a high-bandwidth alternative would provide.

Tanzania to invest $6 million in telecoms upgrade
07 Mar 2014

The Tanzania Telecommunication Company (TTCL) has this week signed an agreement with the Universal Communication Service Access Fund (UCSAF) to upgrade telecoms infrastructure in Tanzania.

UPDATE: Consortium formed to build SEA-ME-WE 5 subsea cable
07 Mar 2014

Following the signing ceremony for the SEA-ME-WE-5 cable in Malaysia last Friday, Capacity was saddened to learn that a group of telecoms executives may have been on board the missing Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370 from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. Our thoughts are with those families affected at this difficult time.

Thailand finalises spectrum auction dates
06 Mar 2014

Thailand‘s telecoms regulator, the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC), has finalised the time frame for spectrum auctions to redistribute 92.5MHz of spectrum in the 900MHz and 1800MHz bands.

Midweek Mergers: March 5
05 Mar 2014

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Tele2 considers next step for Norway operations
05 Mar 2014

Tele2 is considering options for the future of its Norway operations after the carrier lost out on mobile spectrum necessary to run its network in an auction held in December last year.

Safaricom and Airtel set to acquire Yu
05 Mar 2014

Kenya’s leading operator Safaricom and Bharti Airtel’s subsidiary in the country have reportedly made a joint bid to acquire Essar Communications owned Yu, industry regulators said yesterday.

Midweek Mergers: February 26
26 Feb 2014

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SUBSEA CABLE SPECIAL 2014: Sea change
26 Feb 2014

The market for subsea capacity is evolving. Guy Matthews considers some of the innovations that new cable projects are adopting in their business models to achieve the required backing.

Friday Network News: February 21
21 Feb 2014

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Canada announces auction results
20 Feb 2014

The Canadian government has raised $4.76 billion from its 700MHz band spectrum auction which awarded 97 licences to eight successful bidders.

Midweek Mergers: February 19
19 Feb 2014

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Tata announces Q3 results
14 Feb 2014

Tata Communications has announced its results for the quarter and nine months ended December 31 2013.

Chad to privatise incumbent operator
14 Feb 2014

The central African country of Chad is in the process of privatising its state-owned telecoms company, Groupe SOTEL, officials revealed in a statement this week.

India 2G auction raises nearly $10 billion
14 Feb 2014

India’s 2G spectrum auction has raised nearly $10 billion in bids, with market leaders Bharti Airtel and Vodafone securing highly sought 900MHz band in the three major cities of Mumbai, New Delhi and Kolkata.

Midweek Mergers: February 12
12 Feb 2014

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Vodafone bids for ONO
10 Feb 2014

The UK’s Vodafone Group has put forward a €7 billion takeover bid for Spanish operator ONO, according to local reports.

Friday Network News: February 7
07 Feb 2014

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Deutsche Telekom to invest in Greek arm
05 Feb 2014

Deutsche Telekom plans to inject €1.2 billion into its Greek subsidiary OTE over the next four years, following an investment of €2 billion over the past five years in the Greek market, a company statement has revealed.

FCC doubtful about Sprint/T-Mobile merger
05 Feb 2014

Tom Wheeler, chairman of US telecoms regulator the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), has reportedly expressed doubts over a possible merger between Sprint and T-Mobile US.

Three Ireland to respond to EU concerns
05 Feb 2014

Hutchison Whampoa’s subsidiary Three Ireland has announced that it will put forward a strong case addressing the European Commission’s concerns regarding its $1 billion bid for O2 Ireland.

STC and NSN renew managed services contract
05 Feb 2014

Saudi Telecom Company (STC) has renewed its managed services contract with Nokia Solutions and Networks (NSN) to improve operational efficiency, network performance and quality of service.

Mexico moves closer to telecoms reform
03 Feb 2014

Mexico is set for landmark reforms to its telecoms and energy sectors, after President Enrique Pena Nieto confirmed he will set out secondary laws to flesh out the rulings.

ANALYSIS: The grey route of the problem
30 Jan 2014

Technology experts have warned that the advent of the cloud has led to an increase in grey routes, particularly as a result of cloud-based bulk SMS solutions.

Ooredoo extends Qatar 4G coverage
28 Jan 2014

Ooredoo, formerly known as Qatar Telecom, has announced that its 4G network has been extended to cover the whole of Qatar with the activation of its 500th LTE site.

SFR and Bouygues to vote on network sharing deal
27 Jan 2014

French operators SFR and Bouygues Telecom are close to finalising talks to share their mobile networks. Both respective boards are expected to vote on the agreement on 31 January.

Vodafone in ONO acquisition talks
27 Jan 2014

UK group Vodafone is reportedly in talks to acquire Spanish cable operator ONO, and potentially disrupt an IPO for the Madrid-based company.

Windstream signs fibre deal with DoD
24 Jan 2014

Communications and technology solutions provider Windstream has won a $1.6 million contract to provide fibre connections to three US military bases.

NSN and Mobily announce upgrade agreements
24 Jan 2014

Saudi Arabian operator Etihad Etisalat (Mobily) has partnered with Finnish equipment vendor NSN to enhance its mobile offering and offer improved data and voice services in the country.

Midweek Mergers: January 22
22 Jan 2014

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COVER STORY: Cable in demand
20 Jan 2014

With a growing interest in wholesale and access to rich-media content, are cablecos becoming a threat to carriers?

Friday Network News: January 17
17 Jan 2014

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Midweek Mergers: January 15
15 Jan 2014

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Vodafone eyes Loop Mobile acquisition
14 Jan 2014

British telecoms group Vodafone is looking at the potential acquisition of Indian mobile operator Loop Mobile, according to local reports.

Telkom CEO to cut third of workforce
13 Jan 2014

The CEO of South Africa’s Telkom, Sipho Maseko, plans to slash as many as 1,000 managerial roles at the company and reduce his 21,000-strong workforce by almost a third over the next five years.

Alcatel-Lucent to sell enterprise unit
13 Jan 2014

France-based vendor Alcatel-Lucent is in talks to divest its enterprise unit, which sells telecommunications equipment and services to companies.

Australia’s Telstra fined by regulator
10 Jan 2014

Australian telecom giant Telstra has been fined A$510,000 ($453,000) by the country’s telecoms regulator for failing to connect new landline customers on time.

LDeX merges with Ping Networks
09 Jan 2014

The UK-based data centre and network operator London Data Exchange (LDeX) has merged with Ping Networks to form LDeX Group.

Midweek Mergers: January 8
08 Jan 2014

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4G price war in France hots up
08 Jan 2014

Leading French operator Orange is set to reduce its 4G price plan this week and will be closely followed by rival mobile company SFR.

Irish regulator receives no bids for 1800MHZ spectrum
08 Jan 2014

Ireland’s Commission for Communications Regulation (ComReg) has announced that it did not receive any offers from operators for the three lots of spectrum in the 1800MHz band that were put up for auction last year.

AIS boosts 3G investment
08 Jan 2014

Thai operator AIS has increased its investment in 3G for the 2013-2015 period from 70 billion baht to 90 billion baht ($2.7 billion), according to local reports.

India amends spectrum auction rules
06 Jan 2014

India’s telecom regulator DoT has amended the rules of the spectrum auction in the 900MHz and 1800MHz bands, scheduled to place in February.

China issues eleven MVNO licences
03 Jan 2014

Eleven mobile virtual network operators (MVNO) licences have been issued to private companies looking to resell services from China’s three state-owned operators.

ZTE reshuffles management structure
02 Jan 2014

Chinese equipment vendor ZTE has announced plans to restructure its organisation by adopting a flattened management structure and making a series of new appointments.