Speculation about a Vodafone withdrawal from the US is once again mounting after a report in the UK’s Sunday Times newspaper claimed the UK operator is preparing to sell its 45% stake in Verizon Wireless in a deal that could raise as much as $135 billion.
Without saying where it had obtained the information, the Sunday Times said Vodafone (Newbury, UK) was in discussions with joint venture partner Verizon Communications (New York City, NY, USA) and that a sale could happen by the summer.
Canadian new entrant Wind Mobile is being groomed for a sale by parent company VimpelCom, according to a report from Canada’s Globe and Mail newspaper.
According to unnamed sources cited by the newspaper, VimpelCom (Amsterdam, Netherlands) has hired UBS (Zurich, Switzerland) to provide advice on a transaction that could generate up to C$1 billion ($979 million), while AAL Corp – the investment company owned by Wind Mobile (Toronto, Canada) chief executive Anthony Lacavera – is considering whether to bid for the operator in partnership with Naguib Sawiris.
Scandinavia’s TeliaSonera has claimed to be the first operator in Europe to launch a mobile service that lets any customer use a number of devices as part of the same tariff.
Branded Telia Mobil Dela, or Telia Mobile Share, the service allows customers to connect smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices for a fixed monthly fee that includes a voice, messaging and data allowance.
TeliaSonera (Stockholm, Sweden) says that additional devices can be added at a lower monthly price and that the ‘data bucket’ can be shared between devices and adjusted on a monthly basis.
Swedish telecoms gear maker Ericsson said on Wednesday it was confident it would win a patent infringement dispute with Samsung after the South Korean firm filed a counter-claim in a court in the United States.
Cut-throat competition between technology firms has spilled over into the courts in recent years as companies fight for market share and to recoup some of the billions of dollars they spend on research and development.
Deutsche Telekom is close to appointing Jefferies as second advisor for the sale of its online classified advertising unit Scout24, two sources close to the deal said.
The investment bank might work alongside Goldman Sachs, which Deutsche Telekom (Bonn, Germany) is also set to appoint, Reuters reported on Monday.
Europe's third-largest telecoms group behind Vodafone (Newbury, UK) and Telefonica (Madrid, Spain) said late last year that it would evaluate the options for Scout24 to free funds for other investments.
Deutsche Telekom and Jefferies declined to comment.
Aiming to expand its business in what looks set to become the world’s largest M2M market, module maker Telit has unveiled two CDMA modules developed specifically for use in China.
The manufacturer’s CE910-SC and DE910-SC modules have been designed for Chinese M2M applications using CDMA network standards and R-UIM card technology.
Not-for-profit group the Continua Health Alliance has appointed Orange Healthcare’s Elinaz Mahdavy as chair of its European Working Group.
Mahdavy, the European affairs and strategic partnership manager at Orange Healthcare (Paris, France), will take responsibility for Continua’s relations with EU institutions and government entities in Europe.
She takes over from Mario Romao, a senior policy manager at Intel, who will continue to serve as vice chair.
French smart card maker Gemalto is forecasting double-digit sales growth this year, helped by strong demand for its services and products in the United States and Asia, after posting record sales in 2012.
Paris-listed Gemalto (Amsterdam, Netherlands), which makes smart chips for mobile phones and bank payment cards, said sales last year were up 9 percent at 2.24 billion euros ($2.90 billion) driven by its mobile business which accounts for close to half its sales and its smaller Security unit, which makes embedded software for electronic documents such as passports.
Deutsche Telekom is moving closer to a sale of Scout24 Group, its online portals subsidiary, according to sources cited by Reuters.
The German telecoms incumbent is on the verge of appointing Goldman Sachs (New York City, NY, USA) to manage the sale of the unit, with German media groups Bertelsmann (Gutersloh, Germany) and Axel Springer (Berlin, Germany) both reckoned to be interested in a takeover, according to the Reuters story.
French telecoms regulator ARCEP has introduced rules allowing Bouygues Telecom, the country’s third-biggest operator, to use its 1800MHz spectrum to provide 4G services.
Until now, the spectrum has been reserved for use with much older, 2G services, but the ARCEP decision means Bouygues (Paris, France) will be able to introduce LTE technology in the 1800MHz band from October 1 this year.
It will, however, be forced to relinquish some of its 1800MHz holdings so it does not gain an unfair advantage over its rivals.