Teliasonera puts Spanish unit on the block: sources

Reuters

Teliasonera is selling its Spanish mobile operator Yoigo, four people familiar with the matter said, in a $1.2 billion plus deal that could attract tycoon Carlos Slim, Vodafone and France Telecom as bidders.


The Nordic telecoms group has hired Deutsche Bank to manage the disposal of its 76% stake in Yoigo (Madrid, Spain), the sources said, as it exits non-core markets in favor of its Scandinavian heartland and higher-growth central Asia.

Sprint strikes MVNO deal with FreedomPop

On Wednesday, FreedomPop, a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO), and Sprint announced the formation of a strategic wholesale relationship that will allow FreedomPop to use Sprint’s 3G network and 4G LTE network, which is set to launch next week.

Verizon cable deals make headway but regulatory doubts linger

Reuters

The telecoms regulator is prepared to approve Verizon Wireless' plan to buy airwaves from cable companies, according to people with knowledge of the situation, though the company still has to convince the Justice Department that the deal will not lead to higher prices for consumers.

Telefonica to launch mobile security service in Europe

Juniper Networks, a network systems provider, on Wednesday announced that Telefonica Digital has selected Juniper Networks Junos Pulse Mobile Security Suite to create a branded mobile security service for its consumer customer base across Europe.

70% of rural broadband subscribers receiving service below 4 Mbps target

Calix, Inc. on Thursday released excerpts for its latest U.S. Rural Broadband Report, based on Internet traffic information drawn from over 50 U.S. communications service provider networks from the first quarter (January through March) of 2012.

Vodafone buys NZ outfit from Telstra for $670 million

Reuters

Australia's Telstra will sell its struggling New Zealand operations to mobile operator Vodafone in a $670 million deal, threatening Telecom New Zealand's dominance and potentially making it a future takeover target.


Under the sale, Vodafone New Zealand said it will acquire TelstraClear's (Wellington, New Zealand) fixed-line and Internet operations, which hold only 16% of New Zealand's broadband market but will now have the muscle to compete head-on with much larger Telecom.

ZTE shares fell 45% so far in 2012 due to earnings fears, EU spat

Reuters

Shares of ZTE Corp, the world's fifth largest telecommunications equipment maker, hit a three-year low on Tuesday on worries about earnings and concerns over a subsidies dispute between the European Union and China, analysts said.


ZTE's (Shenzhen, P.R.C.) Hong Kong-listed shares fell by as much as 8% to HK$13.00 in morning trade, the weakest level since late March 2009. The stock has fallen about 45% so far this year.

Seven carriers form M2M partnership, lack U.S. presence

On Tuesday, seven mobile operators announced they had entered into a global alliance to collaborate their M2M businesses. KPN, NTT DOCOMO, Rogers, SingTel, Telefónica, through its Telefónica Digital unit, Telstra and Vimpelcom are all part of this M2M alliance.  Most notably, no carrier from the United States, specifically AT&T, has joined the partnership.

Smart Grid tech to help sustain vital social services during blackouts

Natural disasters demonstrate that, despite ongoing efforts to improve electric power transmission reliability, the risk of prolonged regional blackouts remains a significant concern.

Telit announces new business unit for M2M services and connectivity

Telit Wireless Solutions, a provider of machine-to-machine (M2M) modules and services, on Tuesday announced the establishment of m2mAIR, a new business unit offering M2M managed and value-added services including connectivity.

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