T-Mobile considering buying spectrum from private party

Reuters

T-Mobile US Inc is considering buying spectrum from an unidentified private party and would use some of the proceeds of a planned $2 billion share offering to finance such a deal, the company said in a regulatory filing on Tuesday.

On Monday, after the market close, the company announced an offering of up to roughly 72 million shares and said it could buy wireless airwaves using proceeds from the sale. The share sale could represent the fourth biggest secondary offering so far this year, according to Reuters data.

Vodafone to ramp up investment as trading suffers

Reuters

Britain's Vodafone will spend 7 billion pounds - more than expected and earlier than expected - to increase the speed and coverage of its networks and reverse a record fall in revenues resulting from its struggling European business.

The world's second-largest mobile operator, which is using some of the proceeds from the $130 billion sale of its U.S. arm to upgrade its infrastructure, said it would spend 3 billion pounds in Europe, 1.5 billion in its emerging markets and the rest on fixed-line assets, enterprise and its retail arm.

ITU and Bupa form telehealth partnership to fight chronic disease

The International Telecommunications Union says it has signed a “groundbreaking” partnership with international healthcare company Bupa aimed at using mobile technologies to fight disease in low- and middle-income countries.

Named ‘Be Healthy, Be Mobile’, the program is to focus on combating chronic non-communicable illnesses like diabetes, cancer, cardiovascular and serious respiratory conditions.

The collaboration is also to involve the World Health Organization.

Deutsche Telekom agrees 546 million euros takeover of GTS Central Europe

Germany’s Deutsche Telekom has announced a €546 million ($731 million) takeover of GTS Central Europe aimed at allowing it to provide fixed-line services in parts of central Europe where it is currently a ‘mobile-only’ player.

The German incumbent said the takeover would also allow it to provide cross-border services to business customers – addressing an important pillar of its strategy for European regeneration.

Vodacom revenues up 6.6% on customer growth, data explosion

South Africa’s Vodacom has reported a rise in revenues and earnings over the first six months of the year on the back of growth at its international operations and improved trends in its domestic market.

Majority owned by the UK’s Vodafone (Newbury), the operator said revenues were up by 6.6%, to ZAR36.7 billion ($3.55 billion), compared with the same period in 2012, while earnings before interest, taxation, depreciation and amortization rose by 9.6%, to ZAR13.2 billion, over the same period.

Telecom Italia to sell Argentina unit, towers in new strategy

Reuters

Telecom Italia will sell its Argentina unit and other assets while issuing a convertible bond, aiming to raise around 4 billion euros ($5.3 billion) to stave off a credit rating downgrade and strengthen operations in Italy and Brazil.

Italy's biggest telecoms operator, which is in the middle of a strategy shift under new Chief Executive Marco Patuano, said it had received an unsolicited offer for its 22.7 percent stake in Telecom Argentina (Buenos Aires, Argentina) and planned to sell.

New Austrian mobile service to start next year

Reuters

A new mobile operator plans to start up in Austria next year, bringing fresh competition into the market after Hutchison Whampoa's takeover of Orange Austria.

Mass Response is the second company to take advantage of cheap wholesale access to Hutchison's (Hong Kong) network, which it was forced to offer as a condition of the takeover that reduced the number of Austrian mobile network operators to three from four.

Mobile to account for 8% of African GDP by 2020: GSMA

Mobile phone usage contributes more to the economy in Africa than to any other region in the world, according to new research from the GSM Association (GSMA).

The industry body reckons mobile accounts for more than 6% of Africa’s GDP and expects this figure to rise to about 8% by 2020.

Last year, it says, the mobile industry supported some 3.3 million jobs and contributed $21 billion to public funding in the region, including license fees, but it looks set to employ 6.6 million men and women and contribute $42 billion to public funding by 2020.

Telecom Council Year End Cocktail

Date
Start Date: 
Thursday, December 12, 2013
End Date: 
Thursday, December 12, 2013

California:

With over 100 corporate members now, the Council is a virtual who’s who of Silicon Valley telecom players. And at our holiday cocktail there are no speakers; the only item on the agenda is connecting with each other and building stronger relationships across our industry. We'll bring you together – but you bring the insight and opinions for which Telecom Council meetings are known, and don’t forget plenty of business cards. 

Liberty Global revenues boosted by Virgin Media takeover

Cable company Liberty Global has reported widening losses due to derivative instruments plus higher interest and tax expenses, while the company’s revenues have received a major boost from its acquisition of UK operator Virgin Media earlier this year.

For the three months ending September, the company saw its net loss grow to $830 million from just $22 million in the same period last year.

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