Telefonica hopes for 1.5 billion euros from German sale

Reuters

Telefonica hopes to raise around 1.5 billion euros ($2 billion) by selling part of its O2-branded German subsidiary on the stock market.

Europe's largest telecoms company by revenue has said it could also sell businesses in Latin America as it tries to cut its 58 billion euro debt pile and hang on to its prized investment-grade rating, under pressure from the euro crisis in its Spanish home market.

Thailand 3G spectrum auction attracts $1.36 billion in bids

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Thailand's top three telecoms companies bid 41.63 billion baht ($1.36 billion) on Tuesday to obtain spectrum for new 3G services as part of the country's plans to expedite the introduction of long-delayed high-speed third-generation mobile services.

The new 3G spectrum will enable companies to tap more revenue from fast-growing data services and reduce regulatory costs under a new licensing regime.

C&W in talks to sell Macau business

Cable & Wireless Communications (C&W) is in discussions to sell its 51% stake in a Macau telecoms operator as it looks to reduce debt and focus efforts on the Caribbean region.

The operator confirmed earlier today that it was holding talks with CITIC Telecom International Holdings (Hong Kong) about selling its shares in Companhia de Telecomunicações de Macau (CTM), which provides mobile-phone services and broadband services and is the only fixed-line voice business in Macau.

Poland's TPSA set to miss earnings targets

TPSA, Poland’s former state-owned telecoms monopoly, has warned investors it will fail to meet previous full-year earnings objectives because of the harsh macroeconomic conditions and intensification of a price war in the mobile-phone market.

The warning came as the operator, majority owned by French incumbent France Telecom (Paris), published third-quarter results that showed a 5.5% drop in revenues, to 3,473 million zlotys ($1.11 billion), compared with the same period last year, and an 18.6% decline in net income, to 307 million zlotys, before adjusting for tax relief.

Japan's Softbank to buy 70 percent of Sprint for $20.1 billion

Reuters

Japanese mobile operator Softbank Corp said it will buy about 70 percent of Sprint Nextel Corp, the third-largest U.S. carrier, for $20.1 billion - the most a Japanese firm has spent on an overseas acquisition.

Bangladesh launches 3G services

Bangladesh has officially launched 3G mobile-phone services at a ceremony in Dhaka, where Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina used the technology to make a phone call to President Zillur Rahman, reports Xinhua, China’s state-run news service.

The phone call used the network of state-run Teletalk (Dhaka, Bangladesh), whose 3G service will soon be available in Dhaka before being introduced to other parts of the country.

Vodacom launches South Africa's first LTE service

Vodacom has beaten rivals to ‘4G’ by switching on South Africa’s first LTE service in Johannesburg, promising that other cities will benefit from the service in the near future.

The Vodafone (Newbury, UK) subsidiary has activated 70 base stations in Johannesburg and plans to fire up 500, out of a total footprint of 9,000, by the end of the year.

Bharti Airtel looking to merge Indian, African operations

Bharti Airtel, India’s biggest mobile-phone operator, is set for a radical restructuring that will see its Indian and African businesses united under one global chief executive, reports Indian newspaper the Economic Times.

Manoj Kohli, the current chief executive of the African operations, is thought to be favorite to take on the new leadership role, with the changes coming into effect during the first half of 2013.

MTN confirms US court puts Turkcell suit on hold

Reuters

MTN Group on Monday confirmed that a U.S. court had put on hold the $4.2 billion lawsuit against it by Turkish rival Turkcell, pending a separate Supreme Court decision.

The Supreme Court had heard oral arguments in a high profile case against Royal Dutch Shell this month, a case which may determine whether foreign corporations can be sued in U.S. courts under an 18th century law.

Vivendi exploring merger between SFR and Numericable

Vivendi is exploring a merger between SFR, its French mobile-phone business, and Numericable, a cable operator in the country, reports the Financial Times.

Sources claim the French media conglomerate has been in discussions with Caryle, Cinven and Altice, the private-equity owners of Numericable (Paris, France), about combining the separate operations in a new company, in which Vivendi (Paris, France) would hold a 49% share and Numericable’s owners the controlling stake.

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