Deutsche Telekom to lay off 6,000 T-Systems workers: report

Deutsche Telekom is planning to cut up to 6,000 jobs at its T-Systems IT division, according to a report from German newspaper Handelsblatt.

The layoffs would reduce the size of the T-Systems workforce in Germany by more than a fifth from its current level of 29,000 employees, and is said to be aimed at streamlining operations to make the IT business more competitive.

Deutsche Telekom (Bonn, Germany) has confirmed that it is planning restructuring measures to the Wall Street Journal but refused to comment on speculation about the number of jobs that will be affected.

Hungary announces plans for 4G spectrum tender

Hungary’s telecoms authorities have announced plans to sell licenses for unused spectrum that could be used to support 4G services in an effort to boost competition in the market.

In a statement published this week, the NMHH – which regulates Hungary’s telecoms market – said it would tender unused frequencies in the 800MHz, 900MHz, 1800MHz, 2.6GHz and 26GHz bands.

Deutsche Telekom plans new packages after internet cap blocked

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Deutsche Telekom plans to repackage its internet offering rather than appeal against an October court ruling that blocked it from capping connection speeds when customers exceed data limits on flat-rate contracts.

After announcing its decision not to launch an appeal, the former German monopoly said on Monday that it will introduce new deals with flat rates or fixed data volumes.

France's Iliad asks to join rivals' network sharing plan: Les Echos

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France's upstart mobile player Iliad is seeking talks with larger rivals Vivendi's SFR and Bouygues Telecom over joining the duo's network sharing plan, according to a letter published online by Les Echos newspaper.

The letter attributed to Iliad (Paris, France) Chief Executive Maxime Lombardini underscores how the planned network sharing between France's second- and third-largest operators, which aims to cut costs in response to Iliad's low-cost service, could reshape competition in Europe's fourth-biggest mobile market by clients.

Orange sells Dominican business to Altice for $1.4 billion

France’s Orange has announced a $1.4 billion sale of its business in the Dominican Republic to private-equity player Altice.

Earlier this week, the two companies were reported by the UK’s Financial Times newspaper to be holding talks about a sale of Orange Dominicana, with Stephane Richard, Orange’s (Paris, France) chief executive, promising to provide an update to investors within days.

H3G joins T-Mobile Austria in telco auction appeal

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Hutchison Whampoa's Austrian telecoms unit said it would appeal against the result of a spectrum auction that cost the country's three carriers 2 billion euros ($2.7 billion).

The auction, Europe's most expensive per head of population for fourth-generation (4G) frequencies, took place under strict conditions that allowed the parties no knowledge of each others' bids to minimize the danger of collusion.

Vivendi supervisory board backs demerger, Bollore

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Vivendi's supervisory board on Tuesday unanimously backed a plan to demerge the group's SFR business as it reduces exposure to telecoms and focuses on media.

The French group named Hearst Magazines' (New York City, NY, USA) Arnaud de Puyfontaine head of media and content activities to run the remaining businesses - Universal Music Group (Santa Monica, CA, USA), pay-TV company Canal Plus (Issy-les-Moulineaux, Franc) and Brazilian telecom unit GVT (Curitiba, Brazil).

The supervisory board also confirmed top shareholder Vincent Bollore as chairman of the future Vivendi.

Tele2 launches global M2M business

Sweden-based Tele2 has announced its launch of a global M2M business, saying its aim is to become a competitive player in the international market.

The operator provided few details about the focus and features of its M2M offering but said it planned to concentrate on the markets of Sweden, Norway and the Netherlands in the first instance.

However, the operator was quick to point out that Tele2 (Stockholm, Sweden) M2M Global Solutions – as it brands the new business – is already able to serve customers globally.

Deutsche Telekom and ista hook up on smart meters

Deutsche Telekom has announced details of a new smart energy partnership with ista International aimed at helping make energy usage and related costs more transparent for consumers.

Under the tie-up, the operator’s mobile communications network will be used to carry readings from water, heating and power meters to servers managed by ista (Essen, Germany), which specializes in the field of energy management.

Orbcomm expands GSM presence with Telefonica deal

Satellite player Orbcomm has secured an agreement with Telefonica that will allow it to make use of the Spanish operator’s GSM network when providing M2M applications.

Orbcomm (Rochelle Park, NJ, USA) already has deals in place that allow customers to benefit from so-called dual-mode connectivity, but the deal with Telefonica (Madrid, Spain) could be significant given the operator’s global presence and particular strength in the Latin America region.

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