France's newest mobile operator Iliad has fallen behind schedule in building its mobile network, having installed 1,779 antennas by the end of 2012, short of its target of 2,500 antennas, Les Echos newspaper reported.
The report is likely to spark criticism from Iliad's larger rivals - France Telecom (Paris, France), Vivendi's SFR (Paris, France), and Bouygues (Paris, France) - which have at times accused the newcomer of not investing enough to build its network.
Indian government officials are set to meet with Vodafone executives next week over a demand for unpaid taxes stemming from the UK-based operator’s original entry into the Indian market, reports Dow Jones Newswires.
Authorities have long insisted that Vodafone (Newbury, UK) owes in excess of $2 billion on its acquisition of a controlling stake in India’s Hutchison Essar in 2007, and sent the company another tax bill earlier this month.
France Telecom hopes a new deal with Chinese web giant Baidu will spur the take-up of mobile internet services in Africa and the Middle East.
The two companies have announced a partnership through which France Telecom (Paris, France) will pre-install a Baidu (Beijing, China) browser on Android devices used by customers across the Africa and Middle East regions, where it serves about 80 million customers altogether.
Verizon chief executive Lowell McAdam has reportedly once again raised the prospect of buying Vodafone out of Verizon Wireless, saying the move is feasible if not absolutely necessary.
In an interview with Dow Jones Newswires, McAdam said Verizon (New York, USA) “would love to own all of that asset”, but insisted the partnership between Verizon and Vodafone (Newbury, UK) was functioning well.
Verizon controls 55% of Verizon Wireless, with Vodafone owning the remainder.
Pay-TV operator Sky Deutschland has agreed a deal to make available top-flight German soccer matches to Deutsche Telekom clients, tapping into the telecom operator's subscriber base.
Deutsche Telekom (Bonn, Germany) has been showing Bundesliga matches on its Entertain internet TV platform but lost the broadcast rights to Sky (Unterfoehring, Germany) in an auction last year.
Consolidation of Austria's cut-throat telecoms market moved ahead on Thursday when Hutchison Whampoa Ltd completed its 1.3-billion-euro ($1.7 billion) takeover of Orange Austria, making it the country's third-biggest mobile operator.
Its purchase from Mid Europa Partners (MEP) and France Telecom-Orange (Paris, France) followed extensive negotiations that finally won European and Austrian regulatory approval last month.
A major Iranian partner of Huawei Technologies offered to sell at least 1.3 million euros worth of embargoed Hewlett-Packard computer equipment to Iran's largest mobile-phone operator in late 2010, documents show.
Telekom Austria is eyeing a hybrid bond issue of up to 800 million euros ($1.06 billion) to help finance major investments, Austrian magazine News reported, citing Chairman Rudolf Kemler.
In an interview published on Thursday, Kemler pointed to an Austrian auction of next-generation radio frequencies due in the second half of this year and the need to prolong existing frequency contracts.
"We presumably don't have (funds for this) in the Telekom group. That does not arise from current liquidity," he was quoted as saying.
Swedish telecoms incumbent TeliaSonera has beefed up its business in Kazakhstan with the $170 million acquisition of WiMax operator Alem Communications and purchase of a minority stake in KazTransCom, a backbone network operator, for a fee of $35 million.
The transactions will help to bolster the position of Kcell (Almaty, Kazakhstan), TeliaSonera’s Kazakh subsidiary, which recently completed an IPO in London and Kazakhstan.
T-Mobile Austria confirmed it had filed an appeal against the allocation of radio frequencies that will result from Hutchison Whampoa's takeover of Orange Austria, in a move that could derail the 1.3 billion euro ($1.7 billion) deal.
A source familiar with the matter had told Reuters last month that the Deutsche Telekom (Bonn, Germany) unit planned the appeal over fears it will be at a disadvantage to rivals who will have a head start of up to a year in building next-generation LTE networks.