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A summary of the week’s biggest telecoms news stories.
Egypt needs billions of dollars of investment to upgrade its telecommunications infrastructure, the country’s telecoms minister told reporters this week.
Japanese operator SoftBank and technology investor Sequoia Capital have agreed to acquire a $100 million stake in Indonesian online startup Tokopedia.
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IIX today announced its acquisition of UK-based software and interconnection company Allegro Networks.
State-owned Telekom Slovenia is expected to be sold in early 2015, a government official told reporters today.
Huawei has today announced plans to step up its procurement spending in Europe, as part of its investment strategy in the region.
Technology firm Dimension Data has acquired two privately owned companies, Agile Business Solutions and Xpedia Fusion, according to local reports.
Russian operator MTS could sell its minority stake in Ukraine to a western company, as pressure mounts on the operator following political instability in the country.
The EU has decided not to pursue its investigation into Chinese telecoms companies, the council revealed on Monday.
Global operator VimpelCom has sold off its telecoms businesses in Central African Republic and Burundi, for approximately $65 million.
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European bandwidth infrastructure provider euNetworks has acquired Swiss dark fibre network operator Fibrelac.
Telefónica has partnered with innovation developer VLX Ventures with the intention of investing in startup companies across Israel.
India’s Bharti Airtel is planning to launch a mobile money service in east Africa.
Mexico’s América Móvil is planning to complete the merger of its Brazilian businesses by early December.
John Melick, chairman and chief giving officer at Djibouti Data Center, talks to Capacity about the launch of its humanitarian programme.
Telecom Italia has quashed rumours that the government is planning to spin off its fixed-line network and establish a majority stake in the new company.
The South African government is considering selling its 13.9% stake in Vodafone’s Vodacom subsidiary in the country.
GTT Communications has completed the $40-million acquisition of data service provider UNSi.
Liquid Telecom has today revealed a partnership with NTT Communications for the delivery of IP transit services to support growing bandwidth demands across Africa.
PT Telekomunikasi Indonesia (Telkom Indonesia) will spend $3.69 billion (Rp 45 trillion) in 2015 on a national broadband plan, according to the Investor Daily.
During a lively panel session at Capacity Africa 2014 in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, it became clear that operators in the region are demanding faster and more compliant regulation from the government.
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.
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XConnect is to integrate its global number portability registry into Telarix’s network as part of a new partnership.
According to local reports, Nigeria’s Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE) claims total investment in the country’s telecoms sector has reached $40 billion.
Orange is reportedly considering launching an IPO of its African assets in order to raise funds for its European business.
Kenyan regulators have given preliminary approval for Safaricom and Airtel’s joint acquisition for the mobile assets of Essar Kenya.
The AAE-1 cable consortium has signed a supply contract with vendor NEC Corporation for the S1H segment of the cable.
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Luxembourg’s Altice is reportedly in talks with Oi over a bid for Portugal Telecom that could be worth up to $8.8 billion.
Finnish vendor Nokia is set to close down production in its Indian factory because of an ongoing row with the government over taxation.
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.
Vodafone India is reportedly pumping $1 billion into upgrading its network, ahead of plans to run 4G LTE trials in 2015.
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Mobile payments company Boku has announced the acquisition of German billing company mopay.
French technology startup company Sigfox is reportedly seeking to raise funds in a bid to build a global network for the Internet of Things (IoT).
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.
TeliaSonera has agreed to acquire cloud and hosting service Ipeer in Sweden.
Social media giant Facebook’s $19 billion acquisition of WhatsApp has been approved by EU anti-trust regulators.
Bharti Airtel has announced the addition of Topyster Muga and Venkateshwaran (Venkat) Ramakrishnan to its executive team in Kenya.
France’s Iliad is considering the possibility of bidding for a “significantly larger” stake in Deutsche Telekom’s T-Mobile than it previously sought.
Vodafone Qatar is set to acquire state-owned company Qatar National Broadband Network (QNBN).
A summary of the week’s biggest telecoms news stories.
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 has completed the acquisition of US-based smart grid communications provider, Ambient Corporation, as the Swedish vendor looks to grow its utilities service offering.
Interoute has acquired UK-based Vtesse Group, gaining 7,000km of UK network and a data centre in the process.
India’s tempestuous Ambani brothers are set to battle for 4G market share in 2015 after Anil Ambani’s Reliance Group announced plans to launch a 4G mobile offering next year.
Etisalat is reportedly considering the sale of its Tanzanian unit Zanzibar Telecom (Zantel).
Mobile payments firm Boku has unveiled a new initiative designed to reinvent its European direct carrier billing business.
Alcatel-Lucent has received a €202 million cash injection following the divestment of its enterprise division to the China Huaxin Post & Telecommunication Economy Development Centre.
América Móvil’s Brazilian unit Claro has won a new national broadcast licence for 4G cell spectrum in the 700MHz range after a successful bid of $795 million.
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 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 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.
Hungarian regulator NMHH has sold a range of mobile broadband frequencies to Deutsche Telekom-owned Magyar Telekom and the Hungarian subsidiaries of Vodafone and Telenor.
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.
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.
Spain’s Jazztel is reportedly considering the acquisition of TeliaSonera’s Spanish arm, Yoigo.
Liberty Global’s offer period for Dutch cable operator Ziggo has reportedly been extended to November 4.
The Mexican government finalised its revolutionary telecoms reforms in mid-July, and the overhaul is expected to put an end to América Móvil’s dominant position in the market.
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.
In November 2012, Capacity ran a report warning carriers that the talent pool for senior management in wholesale telecoms was running dry.
Telecom Italia may be forced to reconsider its sale of Telecom Argentina to investment fund Fintech if the Argentinean government continues to stall on the deal.
Vodafone is planning to launch a mobile wallet payment service in the UK next month.
CenturyLink is reportedly lining up a move for Rackspace Hosting as it aims to expand its presence in cloud computing.
Indian operator Bharti Airtel has agreed to sell-off 3,500 mobile masts across six African countries to telecoms infrastructure player Eaton Towers.
August proved to be a turbulent month for SoftBank-owned Sprint.
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.
A summary of the week's biggest telecoms news stories.
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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.
Charter Communications and Comcast’s joint spin-off company will be named GreatLand Connections.
German internet service provider United Internet has agreed a deal to buyout equity firm KKR’s 74.9% stake in cable company Versatel for approximately €586 million.
Telekom Slovenia’ privatisation process has again been put on hold, pending approval from the country’s new government when it takes power later this month, sources have confirmed.
EU anti-trust regulators have asked telecoms operators in the continent to provide feedback on Facebook’s proposed $19 billion acquisition of mobile messaging company WhatsApp.
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.
América Móvil has hired Bank of America to sell a portion of its Mexican assets, as it attempts to comply with new regulations.
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 has reportedly revealed plans to exit its 14.8% stake in Telecom Italia upon completion of its deal to acquire GVT from Vivendi.
KDDI is to invest $270 million in the construction of two new data centres in Japan for its data centre subsidiary, Telehouse.
Essar Capital is said to have entered a binding agreement with Bharti Airtel and Safaricom for the sale of its Kenyan mobile operator, yuMobile.
Brazilian carrier Oi is reportedly set to sell a 25% stake in its Angolan subsidiary Unitel for approximately $2 billion.
UK-based satellite provider Inmarsat has received a delayed quarterly payment of $9.1 million from its US partner, LightSquared.
French group Vivendi is to enter into exclusive talks with Telefónica over the sale of its Brazilian broadband unit, GVT.
A summary of the week's biggest wholesale telecoms news stories.
Media group Vivendi has received two offers for its Brazilian unit GVT, from European operators Telecom Italia and Telefónica.
Ten telcos in India have agreed to share their infrastructure in the country for the delivery of basic banking services via SMS, according to reports.
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.
Spain’s Telefónica is considering plans to improve its offer for Vivendi’s Brazilian broadband unit GVT and could bid up to €8 billion.
South Africa’s MTN Group is likely to slash 14% of its workforce in the country, according to the Solidarity union.
Norwegian regulators have postponed a planned mobile spectrum auction in the country that was originally scheduled for January 2015.
US carrier AT&T has reportedly reached an agreement with anti-trust regulators to finally seal its move to acquire DirecTV for $49 billion.
Nokia Networks has completed the acquisition of US-based SAC Wireless in a bid to increase its share of the infrastructure and network deployment market.
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.
Financial company NII Holdings is set to sell off its Chilean subsidiary Nextel Chile to a consortium of bidders.
UK-based telecoms company Viatel has today revealed that it will spend €125 million on a major expansion over the next 12 months.
Brazilian mobile infrastructure company T4U is to launch an IPO in a bid to tap into the increasing demand for towers in Latin America.
Telekom Austria has completed its acquisition of triple-play cable company Blizoo Macedonia.
Telecom Argentina has reportedly appointed Oscar Cicchetti as its new CEO.
Bahraini operator Kalaam Telecom has announced an agreement with datamena to establish a PoP in the Middle East.
Deutsche Telekom is contemplating the acquisition of smaller cable operators, according to local reports.
Network performance specialist Empirix has acquired real-time analytics solutions provider Verios Software & Systems for an undisclosed sum.
Mobile operator ICE is expected to announce expansion plans for its operators in Norway next month.
The Indian government and Vodafone Group have reportedly been unable to agree on a third arbitrator for their tax dispute, pushing the deadline for the process back a month.
Telstra has partnered with Ericsson for the delivery of the Swedish vendor’s optical transport equipment and services.
China Mobile is on the lookout for acquisitions in a bid to expand its business, the company’s chairman said yesterday.
Telecom Italia has confirmed its interests in acquiring Vivendi’s Brazilian broadband and TV provider GVT.
PT Telekomunikasi Indonesia (Telkom Indonesia) has said it plans to invest $200 million in a number of Silicon Valley start-ups in the US.
Private equity firm Ridgemont Equity Partners has acquired a majority interest in US dark fibre provider Cross River Fiber.
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.
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 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.
Indian telco Bharti Airtel and the State Bank of India are said to be in discussions over a mega alliance in the country.
UK operator Vodafone is facing pressure to cut its high tariffs for 4G mobile broadband or it risks pricing itself out of the market.
France’s Orange is reportedly looking to sell approximately 9,400 mobile antennas in Spain, as it attempts to cut costs.
Cisco Systems is to cut approximately 6000 members of its workforce after reporting slow sales growth in the last quarter.
Filipino operator PLDT has said it aims to complete the rollout of its fibre optic network in the first half of 2015.
The National Regulatory Agency for Electronic Communications and Information Technology (ANRCETI) in Moldova has awarded three mobile licences to Moldcell.
Telekom Austria Group has today reported a net loss of approximately €300 million in its first half 2014 results, citing an impairment in Eastern Europe.
Pierre Blouin, chief executive at Manitoba Telecom Services (MTS) is planning to retire from his post later this year.
Czech financial group PPF is reportedly planning to split O2 Czech Republic into two separate businesses.
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.
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.
British satellite operator Avanti Communications is to launch its new HYLAS 4 satellite in 2017 and complete its coverage in Europe and Africa.
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.
Myanmar’s telecoms industry has been offered approximately $103 million in loans to improve its telecoms infrastructure by the Japanese government.
Telekom Malaysia’s deal for a majority stake in local WiMAX network operator Packet One Networks (P1) has reportedly received approval from the shareholders of Green Packet.
Digital security company Gemalto has signed an agreement to acquire data protection company SafeNet for approximately $890 million.
African operator MTN is planning to acquire a mobile licence in Syria, despite political upheaval in the country that has lasted for four years.
Henrique Granadeiro has resigned from his position as CEO at Portugal Telecom, following a bad debt deal.
Bolivian billionaire and new Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure is expected to refocus the company following its failure to acquire T-Mobile US.
Philippine Long Distance Telephone (PLDT) has agreed to acquire a 10% stake in German company Rocket Internet for €333 million.
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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.
Russian operators Rostelecom and Tele2 Russia have finalised negotiations for the creation of a mobile joint venture in the country, Reuters reports.
Sprint has dropped its bid to acquire T-Mobile US, following unwavering resistance from US regulators.
British incumbent BT has been left out of a UK government contract to upgrade emergency service communications systems in Britain.
Deutsche Telekom has raised concerns over the credibility of Iliad’s bid for its T-Mobile US unit.
Tata Communications has posted its Q1 results for FY15, recording a 14% year-on-year increase in revenues.
Zain Bahrain is looking to sell off a 15% stake in an IPO of the company and is seeking to raise approximately €18 million.
Spain’s Telefónica has offered €6.7 billion ($8.99 billion) to acquire French operator Vivendi’s Brazilian unit, GVT.
Vodafone Egypt and vendor Ericsson have announced a three-year managed services agreement.
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.
Investment in Nigeria’s telecoms sector has topped $32 billion, according to the vice chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC).
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).
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.
Shaw Communications is to acquire US co-location services provider ViaWest for approximately $1.2 billion.
Brazilian telecoms regulator Anatel has conditionally approved a proposal from Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim’s to combine three companies owned by América Móvil.
Telecom Argentina’s CEO Stefano De Angelis has resigned from his position and will take up a new managerial role at Telecom Italia.
CSG Systems International has extended its partnership to provide residential billing services to Comcast Cable in the US.
French operator Iliad has emerged as a surprise bidder for T-Mobile US, which could instigate a bidding war with US carrier Sprint.
Reliance Industries (RIL) has denied reports that it is open to offloading up to 30% of its telecoms arm, Reliance Jio.
Mexican billionaire Ricardo Salinas has said that he has no plans to sell his stake in mobile operator Iusacell.
Finnish vendor Nokia Networks is set to acquire the mobile network business of Japanese technology and solution provider Panasonic System Networks.
French vendor Alcatel-Lucent is reportedly planning to sell off part of its submarine cable unit in an IPO, in the company’s latest bid to turn around its fortunes.
BT Group has posted strong first quarter results, with revenue up 0.5% and core earnings flat at £1.4 billion.
A merger between US players Sprint and T-Mobile US is not likely to surface until September, according to sources close to the companies.
Netflix will pay US telco AT&T for the smooth delivery of its content after signing a peering agreement, both companies announced yesterday.
US operator Windstream has made plans to spin-off parts of its telecoms network into an independent, publicly traded real estate investment trust (REIT).
Spanish operator Telefónica is discussing a potential acquisition in Mexico, thought to be Iusacell.
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.
Equinix has completed its acquisition of ALOG Data Centers of Brazil in a $225 million cash transaction.
South African operator Cell C is planning to restructure €160 million worth of debt and free up capital to invest in its network.
Hutchison Whampoa’s Austrian unit, Drei, has withdrawn its appeal against the results of the country’s €2 billion 4G frequency auction.
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.
Cable operator Liberty Global has reportedly offered to sell off its pay-TV channel Film1 as part of its concessions to gain approval in its bid to acquire Dutch player Ziggo.
UK operator EE has posted its first half results for 2014, with year-on-year operating revenues showing a rise of 0.1%.
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Ofcom is set to review a proposed increase in costs for using airwaves to operate mobile services in the UK.
Orange will not sell off its Belgian subsidiary Mobistar, after reports emerged that other operators in the market were looking at acquiring the company.
Global insurance firm Aviva has extended its contract with Vodafone to provide a range of communications services, including cloud storage.
Infinera has posted its second quarter results for 2014, recording revenues of $165.4 million, compared with $142.8 million in Q1.
Norway’s Telenor has increased its full-year margin guidance after reporting second quarter earnings that were in line with the company’s expectations.
KDDI is investing a further £135 million in Telehouse’s data centre campus in London Docklands, UK.
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 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.
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.
Chinese vendor Huawei has reported a 19% increase in revenue for the first half of 2014.
Vodafone Egypt has announced plans to invest approximately $1.3 billion to improve its network over the next three years.
Asset management company Carlyle Group has acquired a majority stake in Netherlands-based Expereo.
Telefónica is decreasing its stake in Telecom Italia via the sale of bonds that can be exchanged into shares in the Italian company.
Technology firm Microsoft is set to axe 18,000 jobs, representing the largest cuts to its workforce since it was founded 39 years ago.
Kiwi operator Chorus has secured early funding from Crown Fibre Holdings for the roll-out of New Zealand’s Ultrafast Broadband (UFB) network.
Telekom Slovenia has acquired Bosnian telecoms firm Telrad Net in a bid to expand its business in the country.
Google’s chief business officer Nikesh Arora has become the latest high-profile executive to leave the internet company and will join Japanese operator SoftBank as vice-chairman.
Thailand’s military government has announced that its suspended 4G auction will now be held in July 2015.
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Vodafone and Greek business partner Wind has reportedly made a bid for the country’s largest subscription television provider Forthnet.
Japan wireless player KDDI and financial firm Sumitomo Corp is partnering with Myanmar’s state-owned telecoms company to invest approximately $2 billion over the next decade.
TeliaSonera has reportedly cut its sales outlook in Spain for the rest of the year, citing lower revenues in the country.
Vodafone is unlikely to acquire any telecoms assets in Mexico, CEO Vittorio Colao said today.
Lithuanian regulators have cancelled plans to raise fees that telecoms companies can charge to other operators for connecting calls.
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.
Ukrainian cellco Kyivstar is protesting rival operator Ukrtelecom’s inclusion in the Ukrainian regulator’s plans for 3G licensing, according to local reports.
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”.
India’s new recently elected government is predicting it will raise approximately Rs 454.71 billion ($7.59 billion) from telecoms proceeds in the present fiscal year.
Alcatel-Lucent has been awarded a contract to build out a share of Vodafone’s Project Spring investment plan.
Orange is targeting growth in Spain and is looking at potential acquisitions in the country, according to the company's CEO.
Spanish operator Telefónica has agreed to spend €100 million ($136 million) on an 11.1% stake in Italian media group Mediaset’s pay-TV business.
Swedish operator Tele2 is set to sell its Norwegian subsidiary to TeliaSonera for approximately $744 million.
Telekom Austria has merged its Liechtenstein arm, mobilkom, with national incumbent Telecom Liechtenstein.
The European Commission has given unconditional approval for Vodafone’s €7.2 billion acquisition of Spanish cable operator ONO.
Telefónica’s much-deliberated acquisition of KPN’s German unit, E-Plus, received approval from EU anti-trust regulators today, on the condition that the Spanish operator divests radio wave spectrum and network capacity.
France’s Orange has halted all plans to take part in a French telecoms market merger, the operator told reporters today.
Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim has acquired AT&T’s stake in his own Latin American telecoms firm, América Móvil.
The UK’s Vodafone Group has reportedly sold its entire 49% stake in Vodafone Fiji to the Fiji National Provident Fund (FNPF).
The UK’s Virgin Group and mobile phone retailer Carphone Warehouse have today revealed plans to sell their jointly-owned mobile virtual network operator (MVNO), Virgin Mobile France, to cable company Numericable.
América Móvil’s $2 billion offer to acquire the remaining shares of Telekom Austria has received regulatory approval and is now unconditional, Reuters reports.
Telekom Austria Group has revealed that it will book a €400 million impairment for its Bulgarian subsidiary Mobiltel.
Vodafone will reportedly gain unconditional EU approval for its €7.2 billion deal to acquire Spanish cable operator ONO.
Greek operator OTE is thought to be in early discussions with rival provider Forthnet, to acquire its Nova pay-TV business.
Zain Saudi Arabia (KSA) is set to upgrade its network after signing infrastructure supply contracts worth $1.2 billion.
Italian regulator AGCOM has proposed new cuts to wholesale telecoms fees which could reduce the power of incumbent operator Telecom Italia in the market.
Telekom Austria Group has acquired Macedonian cable operator blizoo Macedonia.
Telefónica’s E-Plus acquisition is further in doubt after only two of 12 national regulators supported concessions added to get the deal passed.
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.
Reliance Industries has said it will begin rolling out 4G telecoms services in India by 2015.
Japanese operator SoftBank is targeting operating profits of approximately ¥100 billion ($980 million) from its US business this fiscal year.
Thailand’s telecoms regulator has suspended a 4G mobile licence auction following a request from the country’s army council.
Level 3 has today announced a deal to acquire tw telecom for approximately $5.6 billion.
German anti-trust regulators have raised further concerns over Telefónica’s planned acquisition of KPN-owned E-Plus, as the deal moves closer to completion.
Limelight Networks has rejected a takeover bid of approximately $644 million from Silicon Valley private equity firm Tuition Build.
Vodafone has announced a deal to acquire Italian electronics services provider Cobra Automotive Technologies for €145 million.
American Tower Corporation (AMT) is reportedly set to acquire Brazilian telecoms infrastructure operator BR Towers for nearly $1 billion.
The US senate anti-trust panel is to hold a hearing later this month to review AT&T’s proposed acquisition of DirecTV.
Hungarian fixed-line and broadband operator Invitel Holdings is to be sold off later this year by private equity fund Mid Europa Partners.
Nordic telecoms group Telenor has filed to take full ownership of its Indian mobile services unit Uninor by investing $131.03 million.
Bouygues Telecom is planning to cut over 1,500 jobs, as talks of a possible takeover by either Iliad or Orange hit a standstill this week.
Vietnamese regulators are set to approve the privatisation of the country’s second-biggest operator, MobiFone, by the end of the year.
UK-based private equity firm Cinven Partners has agreed to acquire the fibre network of Spanish utility company Gas Natural Fenosa for €510 million.
Google is set to acquire satellite company Skybox Imaging for approximately $500 million in cash.
French operator Iliad has reportedly made a bid of up to €5 billion to acquire Bouygues Telecom, but failed to meet the company's asking price.
UK-based XConnect has acquired German number portability service provider sms eSolutions.
Tomas Budnik, former executive at financial group PPF, is set to replace Luis Malvido as CEO of Telefónica Czech Republic.
The Slovenian government has invited investors to bid for the country’s largest operator, Telkom, according to state investment fund SOD.
China Mobile is reportedly to acquire an 18% stake in Thailand’s True Corp, valued at approximately $581 million.
Huawei has launched a mobile money (MM) solution, designed to enable operators worldwide to develop a robust mobile financial ecosystem.
Etisalat has signed an operator billing partnership with mobile payment provider Bango.
French operator Orange has called on the Credit Suisse and Lazard banks to help advise on a potential acquisition of rival Bouygues Telecom.
UK regulator Ofcom has proposed further cuts to the country’s mobile termination rates, as it attempts to lower costs for consumers.
Hong Kong’s Hutchison Whampoa and Russian telecoms firm VimpelCom have resumed discussions over the potential merger of their Italian mobile operations.
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.
South Africa’s MTN Group has today announced a long-term managed services partnership with CSG International.
Chipmaker Broadcom has announced that it has launched a review of its operations which may result in it selling or closing its cellular baseband unit.
Turkcell shareholders have warned the industry of further dispute if Turkish group Cukurova continues its pursuit to repurchase a stake in the operator.
Spanish incumbent Telefónica has finalised its deal to acquire a 56% stake in Distribuidora de Televisión (DTS) from media group Prisa.
Indonesian telecoms tower provider Sarana Menara Nusantara (SMN) has announced plans to raise $332 million to finance its network expansion.
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.
India’s Reliance Industries is planning to acquire a majority stake in Network18 Media and Investment for $680 million.
Saudi Arabia-based Mobily has pulled out of talks to acquire fixed-line operator Atheeb Telecommunications.
Deutsche Telekom has agreed to SoftBank’s plan to acquire T-Mobile US, according to local reports.
Orange has said there is an urgent need for consolidation in France and a move could be made in the coming weeks.
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The EU has approved Hutchison Whampoa's $1 billion bid for Telefónica’s O2 Ireland.
African operator MTN Group has reported double-digit revenue growth in Q1 2014, following a notable increase in subscriber numbers in Nigeria.
French operator Orange has appointed the country’s treasury chief Ramon Fernandez as the company’s new CFO.
Telekom Austria’s board will give no recommendation on América Móvil’s offer to acquire outstanding shares in the company for $2 billion.
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Orange Niger has launched an initiative in the country to encourage increased innovation in the region.
Abu Dhabi officials have reportedly given Etisalat a $500 million grant towards its planned acquisition of a 53% stake in Maroc Telecom.
Ericsson is reportedly planning to disclose information on low returns it made in Europe following high-level R&D investments.
Foxconn Technology Group is set to buy a stake in mobile operator Asia Pacific Telecom for approximately $390 million.
Swedish cable operator Com Hem is reportedly planning to launch an initial public offering (IPO) to list its shares on the Stockholm stock exchange.
Telecom Italia shareholders Assicurazioni Generali and Mediobanca are reportedly planning to sell their stakes in the Italian company next month.
India’s Reliance Group is reportedly in talks with China’s Citic Telecom over the sale of part of its undersea cable assets.
UAE-based operator Etisalat has submitted a mandatory offer to acquire the remaining shares in Maroc Telecom, following its successful bid for a 53% stake in the carrier.
Internet performance solutions provider Dyn has acquired internet intelligence provider Renesys for an undisclosed sum.
Infrastructure company Helios Towers Africa has indicated its intention to take part in Bharti Airtel's upcoming tower infrastructure auction in Africa.
China Mobile has awarded the bulk of the contracts for the roll-out of its LTE networks to vendors Huawei and ZTE, according to sources.
South Africa’s Telkom SA has reportedly offered R 2.67 billion ($256 million) to acquire South Africa-based IT outsourcing company Business Connexion.
Canadian operator Telus has withdrawn its $350 million bid to acquire wireless company Mobilicity, according to local media reports.
Cable & Wireless Communications (CWC) has confirmed plans to increase its network investment in the Caribbean and Central America.
Yahoo! Japan has called off a $3.2 billion bid to acquire SoftBank’s mobile internet service provider, eAccess.
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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.
France-based Orange has agreed to sell its majority stake in Orange Uganda to Africell.
AT&T has announced that it has agreed to acquire satellite TV provider DirecTV for $48.5 billion.
South African operator Vodacom Group has reached an agreement to acquire Neotel for approximately $676 million (R 7 billion).
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.
The French government is likely to bring down the number of domestic telecoms operators to three players, according to a senior government official.
AT&T is reportedly in talks to acquire satellite TV provider DirecTV and a deal close to $50 billion could be completed in the next few weeks.
Sweden’s Tele2 has hit out at the Croatian government’s plans to triple radio frequency licensing fees for mobile network operators in the country.
The GSMA will collaborate with nine operators to launch interoperable mobile money services across Africa and the Middle East.
Virgin Media could be set to sell off its non-cable broadband business in the UK and focus its strategy solely on providing high-speed internet.
Danish incumbent TDC has sold its Finnish operations to DNA in a €154 million ($212 million) deal.
Brazilian operator Oi has raised an estimated $3.7 billion (R$8.25 billion) in a follow-on share sale, ahead of its merger with Portugal Telecom, Bloomberg reports.
Finnish vendor Nokia has appointed Rajeev Suri as group CEO, following the completion of the sale of its handset business to Microsoft.
Telekom Austria’s Slovenian subsidiary, Si.mobil, has been awarded approximately 48% of the mobile spectrum offered at the country’s auction.
Zayo Group has today announced the acquisition of French bandwidth infrastructure company Neo Telecoms.
Spain-based Telefónica is set to boost its operations in Chile with an investment of $600 million according to local reports.
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.
Etisalat has signed a €3.15 billion loan to facilitate its acquisition of a 53% stake in Morocco’s Maroc Telecom.
Microsoft has finalised the acquisition of Finnish vendor Nokia’s mobile phone business.
US cable providers Comcast and Charter Communications have agreed a deal worth approximately $20 billion, intended to reshape the entire US cable market.
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 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 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, 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.
Pakistan’s failure to generate a good response to its next-generation mobile spectrum licence could mean the country will miss out on its budget targets for the year.
Alternative Bahraini operator Kalaam Telecom is reported to have acquired Lightspeed Communications, a subsidiary of Jordan Telecommunications.
Zebra Technologies has entered into an agreement to acquire Motorola's enterprise business for $3.6 billion.
German operator Deutsche Telekom has secured EU anti-trust approval to acquire GTS Central Europe for approximately $754 million.
French operator Orange has put its Kenyan subsidiary up for sale, following a month-long review of its operations in the country.
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.
Bulgarian network operator Mobiltel (M-Tel) – a subsidiary of the Telekom Austria Group – has paid €30.6 million in order to renew its operating licence, which expires in June 2014.
Spain-based Telefónica is pushing to get its deal for E-Plus approved by reportedly offering to lease spectrum and provide roaming services to a new operator on the German market.
O2 UK has announced plans to invest £16 million in an effort to improve 3G coverage across the country.
Egyptian tycoon Naguib Sawiris will reportedly invest approximately $2 billion in Telecom Italia if the Italian operator’s largest shareholder, Telefónica, exits the group.
US operator AT&T has sold 300 million shares in Carlos Slim’s América Móvil, reducing its stake in the company to 8.36%.
TeliaSonera has appointed Christian Luiga as its permanent CFO.
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.
Brazilian national telecoms regulator Anatel has approved a proposal to auction off spectrum in the 700MHz band.
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has approved Facebook’s $19 billion acquisition of mobile messaging service WhatsApp, according to reports.
UK-based Vodafone has taken full control of its Indian subsidiary after acquiring 11% of the unit it did not already own.
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.
US conglomerate Comcast has laid out a defence of its plans to acquire Time Warner Cable (TWC) to telecoms regulator the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).
Filipino carrier Globe Telecom has earmarked capex of approximately $650 million for data-related investments for this year.
Cincinnati Bell is set to quit the mobile phone market after Verizon Wireless struck a deal to acquire its spectrum for $210 million.
The French telecoms market could be set for further consolidation after it emerged that Iliad and Bouygues Telecom are reportedly looking into a merger.
Chinese messaging service Weibo has filed for an IPO on the Nasdaq market.
India’s Reliance Industries has struck its third infrastructure sharing agreement with Reliance Communications, this time to use its intra-city fibre network for 4G services.
European cable group Altice has won its battle with Bouygues Telecom to acquire France’s second-largest operator, SFR, for €17 billion.
Kenyan operator Safaricom has reportedly dropped its bid to acquire assets in the country’s third-largest player, Yu.
The Jamaican government has renewed the spectrum licences of national operators Digicel Jamaica and LIME for the next 15 years.
The Vietnamese government has announced plans to privatise state-owned mobile unit MobiFone by 2016.
The EU has halted its investigation into Hutchison Whampoa's $1 billion bid for O2 Ireland, as it waits for the company to revise the concessions the company made to win approval for the acquisition.
Nordic carrier TeliaSonera has said it may have broken the law in a number of Eurasian markets, after more concerns were raised over its business dealings in Uzbekistan.
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The Slovenian government has called for expressions of interest in its 75.6% stake in Telekom Slovenia, Reuters reports.
US chipmaker Intel has revealed plans to invest $100 million in China to strengthen its presence in the country’s mobile market and further develop its smartphone and tablet markets.
Alcatel-Lucent has today announced that it has closed the sale of its satellite unit, LGS Innovations.
Chinese online retailer JD.com is set to launch MVNO services in May under the brand name JD Mobile.
Dish Network is reportedly in talks with DirecTV – the largest satellite TV operator in the US – regarding a possible merger between the two companies.
Kenyan regulators have granted approval for Safaricom and Bharti Airtel’s Kenyan subsidiary to acquire the country’s third-largest player, Yu.
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’s telecoms regulator, the National Communications Commission (NCC), has announced plans to release three blocks of spectrum in the 2600MHz band suitable for LTE.
Tycoon Carlos Slim has criticised Mexico’s new telecoms bill and demanded that the country’s officials review the proposals, the Financial Times reports.
UK-based Vodafone is reportedly open to the idea of making cable acquisitions in Portugal.
Orange Business Services and e-payment technology vendor SIA have signed an agreement that will allow payments to be made via mobile point of sale (PoS) terminals.
Facebook has acquired virtual reality hardware company Oculus in a $2 billion deal.
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).
Kenyan operator Safaricom is considering abandoning its bid for the assets of its rival, Essar Telecom, due to a lack of regulatory approval, Bloomberg reports.
Norways’s Telenor has divested its digital TV technology unit to Swiss security technology provider Kudelski in a $225.7 million deal.
Hutchison Whampoa’s subsidiary Three Ireland has submitted concessions to address the European Commission’s concerns regarding its $1 billion bid for O2 Ireland.
Russia’s prime minister, Dmitry Medvedev, has this week called on state-owned operator Rostelecom to launch telecoms services in Crimea, Ukraine.
European cloud provider Interoute today revealed an increase of €91 million on its EBITDA for 2013, compared with 2012.
South African telecoms regulators have announced that they may reconsider plans to cut the amount mobile operators can charge one another to share networks in the country.
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.
Bouygues Telecom has added an extra €1.85 billion to its offer for French operator SFR.
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.
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.
Slovenia’s state-controlled telecoms group, Telekom Slovenia, is set to be privatised by the end of the year, according to the country’s economy minister Metod Dragonja.
AT&T’s acquisition of US provider Leap Wireless has been approved by US telecoms regulator the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).
French mobile operator Bouygues has increased its bid for Vivendi’s mobile arm, SFR.
US data centre company SUPERNAP has partnered with investment subsidiaries of Naguib Sawiris’ telecoms operations to target business in Europe, Asia and the Americas.
France-based Orange is reviewing its operations in Kenya and Uganda, which could result in it selling its stakes in both countries.
Telecom Egypt has said it expects the country’s newly formed government to grant it a licence to provide mobile services within the next two months.
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.
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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.
South Korean operators are expected to be hit with a further business suspension from the country’s telecoms watchdog, according to local reports.
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.
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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.
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Thai operator True Corporation is reportedly looking for a foreign partner to expand its footprint across south east Asia.
Russia-based telecoms operator VimpelCom has written down the value of its business in Ukraine by $2 billion, following the recent political problems in the country.
Mexico’s telecoms regulator said yesterday that new legislation will target dominant players in the market in a bid to boost competition in the country.
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.
French mobile operator Bouygues has made a bid for the acquisition of Vivendi's mobile arm SFR.
Deutsche Telekom has said it will slash its free cash flow for 2015, in a bid to win more mobile customers for its T-Mobile US division.
Huawei has been selected by UK-based Vodafone to expand a Single Radio Access Network (SingleRAN) as part of its Project Spring phase 1 programme, which it is implementing across the world.
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France's third-largest mobile operator Bouygues is reportedly formulating an offer to buy Vivendi's mobile arm SFR.
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.
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.
Telekom Slovenia is looking to grow its presence in Bosnia through a number of strategic acquisitions, Reuters reports.
Vodafone Greece and rival Greek operator Wind Hellas have reportedly signed an agreement to create a joint venture in the country.
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Telekom Austria has reported an 18% drop in its core revenues, as sales fell in the fourth quarter of 2013.
Etisalat’s acquisition of the stake in Maroc Telecom held by French group Vivendi will be finalised in the next few weeks, Reuters reports.
The Canadian government has raised $4.76 billion from its 700MHz band spectrum auction which awarded 97 licences to eight successful bidders.
Service provider BrightStar Communications has selected Global Capacity’s One Marketplace platform for network connectivity.
Tata Communications has announced its results for the quarter and nine months ended December 31 2013.
The Slovakian government said today that it will sell a 49% stake in state incumbent Slovak Telekom later this year.
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’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.
US conglomerate Comcast put forward a successful $45 billion offer for Time Warner Cable (TWC) late on February 12, according to local reports.
South African operator MTN will begin legal processes against the country’s regulator over planned rate cuts, the company announced yesterday.
SoftBank’s CEO, Masayoshi Son, said on Wednesday that he would not comment on reports that the company’s Sprint subsidiary is looking to acquire T-Mobile US.
América Móvil subsidiary Claro has been fined $138.4 million by Ecuador’s market watchdog for anti-competitive practices.
A study from Tellabs has revealed that software defined networking (SDN) could save operators worldwide $9 billion in operating expenditure (Opex) by 2017.
Spanish conglomerate Telefónica was today fined €500,000 by the country’s regulator, Reuters reports.
Deutsche Telekom is to acquire gain full ownership of its T-Mobile Czech Republic unit in a $1.1 billion deal.
The UK’s Vodafone Group has put forward a €7 billion takeover bid for Spanish operator ONO, according to local reports.
Norway's third-largest mobile operator Tele2 is in talks with holding company Access Industries over the acquisition of its 4G spectrum.
Spain-based Telefónica is reportedly in talks to acquire Mexican operator Iusacell.
UK group Vodafone has continued its growth across emerging markets and pointed to falling revenues across its more mature European markets for weighing on its overall Q3 financial results, ending in December.
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.
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.
América Móvil has confirmed intentions to invest in Telekom Austria for the long-term, in a bid to replicate a model it has used for other eastern European operations.
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.
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.
NTT Corporation’s South African unit, Dimension Data, has acquired French IT firm NextiraOne for an undisclosed fee.
Bandwidth infrastructure provider euNetworks has extended its contract with the German freight and warehousing exchange TimoCom.
KPN is to cut up to 2,000 jobs after it reported a 13% year-on-year drop in its Q4 mobile revenues.
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.
French operator SFR is expecting to save approximately €200 million a year from its network sharing agreement with Bouygues Telecom, after it begins in 2017-2018.
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, 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.
17 international carriers have partnered to announce the construction of a new submarine cable system called Asia Africa Europe-1 (AAE-1).
Hutchison Whampoa’s $1 billion bid for O2 Ireland may be ruled as anti-competitive by the EU, unless concessions are made, according to reports.
Indian ministers have agreed to cap the fees telecom companies pay to use mobile frequencies at 5% of annual gross revenue.
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.
UK group Vodafone is reportedly in talks to acquire Spanish cable operator ONO, and potentially disrupt an IPO for the Madrid-based company.
Liberty Global has announced that it has agreed to acquire Dutch cable operator Ziggo in a deal valued at approximately €10 billion ($13.7 billion).
Communications and technology solutions provider Windstream has won a $1.6 million contract to provide fibre connections to three US military bases.
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.
Cloud software provider VMware has announced its acquisition of mobile security company AirWatch for $1.54 billion.
UK watchdog Ofcom has implemented plans to stop telecoms providers from charging consumers for switching operators when they raise prices unexpectedly.
Huawei has revealed it spent $3.4 billion on procurement in its European operations in 2013.
Telecom NZ has won the bid for the final lot of 4G spectrum in the 700MHz band, which was left unsold during New Zealand’s auction in October last year.
Indian operator Bharti Airtel has reportedly put its tower network in Bangladesh up for sale, and is seeking to raise over $2 billion from the sale of tower assets in a bid to raise cash reserves.
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Australian carrier Telstra has acquired Melbourne-based cloud company O2 Networks in a deal worth AU$60 million ($52.8 million).
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Telstra Global has today announced the launch of four new PoPs in Europe and the US, in addition to a partnership with Infinera to upgrade capacity on its three cable systems.
SoftBank-owned Sprint and Deutsche Telekom’s T-Mobile US unit are in talks over a possible merger between the two companies.
Sea Fibre Networks (SFN) has secured funding from UAE-based Aqua Ventures International (Aquavint) in order to further the subsea network operator’s business development.
Telecom Italia told reporters yesterday that any offer for its Brazilian unit would have to undergo evaluation by independent directors.
Orange and Deutsche Telekom have delayed the flotation of EE, with the view of gaining a higher valuation once 4G services take off in the UK.
Indian mobile operator Videocon Telecom has decided against participating in the Indian 2G spectrum auction on February 3.
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Mobile payments company Bango has announced that it will open a PoP at Interxion’s data centre in London.
Isle of Man telecoms group Manx Telecom is reportedly planning to float on the AIM exchange, as the company seeks private equity investment.
Wholesale billing and settlement solutions vendor i-conX solutions has deployed its interconnect billing solution for Bangladesh International Gateway (BIGL).
Bharti Airtel and Vodafone India have today submitted applications to take part in India’s spectrum auction, sources have revealed.
Seaborn Networks, the company behind the Seabras-1 cable, has received investment from the International Finance Corporation (IFC).
The Brazilian competition watchdog, Cade, has approved the merger between Oi and Portugal Telecom, according to local reports.
Ocean Networks has secured funding for its South America Pacific Link (SAPL) subsea cable system, which aims to connect Manta, Ecuador to Oahu, Hawaii.
Wind Mobile has withdrawn from a major spectrum auction in Canada, dealing a further blow to competition in the country’s mobile market, Reuters reports.
Time Warner Cable has rejected a $60 billion takeover bid from rival Charter Communications.
British telecoms group Vodafone is looking at the potential acquisition of Indian mobile operator Loop Mobile, according to local reports.
The Brazilian government is considering allowing local telecoms operators to pay off regulatory fines through investment, the country’s telecoms regulators, Anatel, told the Wall Street Journal.
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.
British mobile operator Vodafone was the largest contributor to the rise in the FTSE 100 last year, the Financial Times reports.
France-based vendor Alcatel-Lucent is in talks to divest its enterprise unit, which sells telecommunications equipment and services to companies.
Belgacom’s newly appointed CEO, Dominique Leroy, told a Belgian radio station today that the state-controlled company will not pay exceptionally high dividends in the future, Reuters reports.
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.
Caribbean operator Digicel is eyeing the acquisition of Telecom NZ's stake in Telecom Cook Islands (TCI), according to reports.
Dish has withdrawn its $2.2 billion bid to buy bankrupt wireless broadband company LightSquared.
India's federal cabinet will allow Bharat Sanchar Nigam (BSNL) and Mahanagar Telephone Nigam (MTNL), the country’s only state-owned telecoms companies, to return their 4G spectrum.
Orange Business Services has announced the acquisition of French cybersecurity firm Atheos.
The UK-based data centre and network operator London Data Exchange (LDeX) has merged with Ping Networks to form LDeX Group.
Leading French operator Orange is set to reduce its 4G price plan this week and will be closely followed by rival mobile company SFR.
Norwegian group Telenor has appointed Morten Karlsen Sørby as CEO of its Indian arm, Uninor.
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.
Dutch internet exchange AMS-IX has today announced wholesale service provider IX Reach as its first AMS-IX New York reselling partner.
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.
AT&T has announced a deal to purchase 49 advanced wireless spectrum licences from wireless US spectrum owner Aloha Partners II.
Chinese regulators will allow foreign investment in seven telecoms value-added services in the Shanghai Free Trade Zone, according to a Chinese news agency.
US mobile giant AT&T has announced that it has extended its 4G services to 26 new markets in the US.
US- based cable group Liberty Global is close to finalising a deal for the acquisition of Dutch cable operator Ziggo.
T-Mobile US has announced a deal to purchase unused 700MHz radio-frequency spectrum licences from rival Verizon Wireless.
India’s telecom regulator DoT has amended the rules of the spectrum auction in the 900MHz and 1800MHz bands, scheduled to place in February.
Mobile subsidiary of Spanish Telefonica Movistar has launched 4G services in Peru.
Vodafone is reportedly in discussions with the Tata Group to buy a majority stake in its mobile unit, Tata Teleservices.
Eleven mobile virtual network operators (MVNO) licences have been issued to private companies looking to resell services from China’s three state-owned operators.
UK-based fibre operator euNetworks has announced the appointment of Neil Hobbs as its new director of board.
Slovenian regulator Apek has announced details of its 4G auction which will be held in March.
Chinese equipment vendor ZTE has announced plans to restructure its organisation by adopting a flattened management structure and making a series of new appointments.
Polish telecom regulator UKE has announced details of its LTE auction planned for February.