Vivendi (Paris, France) is considering a sale of its controlling stake in Morocco’s largest telecoms operator, according to the Financial Times.
The French media conglomerate has reportedly hired Lazard and Crédit Agricole banks to look into the sale of its 53% stake in Maroc Telecom (Rabat, Morocco).
Such a divestment could raise as much as €4 billion for Vivendi, according to financiers cited by the FT.
Hutchison 3G (Hong Kong) is set to meet EU authorities on Wednesday this week to present the case for its planned takeover of Orange Austria, reports Reuters.
The mooted €1.3 billion acquisition has run into opposition from Joaquin Almunia, the EU’s competition commissioner, who fears the merger will result in a poorer deal for Austrian telecoms consumers and higher wholesale rates for MVNOs.
Italy's third-largest mobile phone company Wind (Rome, Italy) called for peers to share their frequencies and antennas to help roll out a superfast network.
"I believe there is awareness among all mobile operators that there is the need to place, into a specifically created company, frequencies and networks," Wind Chief Executive Maximo Ibarra said on the sidelines of an event in Capri on Friday.
"Competition will be on services," he said.
In one of the biggest telecoms deals of the year so far, Qtel (Doha, Qatar) has raised its stake in Wataniya (Kuwait City, Kuwait) from 52.5% to 92.1% for a fee of 519.1 million Kuwaiti dinars ($1.85 billion), hoping to boost the performance of Kuwait’s number-two operator.
Qtel, which has emerged as a major regional player over the last few years, says that increasing its stake in Wataniya represents a major step forwards in its ongoing expansion strategy.
Deutsche Telekom (Bonn, Germany) is in talks to merge its T-Mobile USA (Bellevue, USA) unit with MetroPCS (Richardson, USA) and take a majority stake in the combined wireless service provider, the German company said on Tuesday.
Deutsche Telekom, which has been looking for a way to bolster its customer-losing U.S. business, cautioned in a regulatory filing that the transaction was not a done deal because key issues had not yet been finalized.
Either Ofcom has been spectacularly serendipitous or it has played a canny game. The UK telecoms regulator this week said it would be able to release spectrum earmarked for ‘4G’ LTE services sooner than it had originally thought possible. The announcement will soothe the tempers of Vodafone (Newbury, UK) and O2 (London, UK) executives, who were infuriated by Ofcom’s earlier decision to give rival EE (London, UK) a 4G headstart using frequencies it already owns. But did the regulator plan it this way from the outset?
Consulting and outsourcing group Accenture (Dublin, Ireland) has bought some internet protocol television (IPTV) assets from Nokia Siemens Networks (Helsinki, Finland) to bolster its online video capabilities, it said on Monday.
Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
Accenture said the newly acquired IPTV software, assets and capabilities would be part of its video solutions business that helps companies launch video services at a low cost.
Europe’s biggest telecoms operators have lent support to EU plans to invest in broadband infrastructure and urged political leaders to do the same.
Neelie Kroes, the EU’s digital commissioner, has asked countries to back a plan to provide around €50 billion in funding from the EU Connecting Europe Facility for energy, transport and communications projects, where there is a need for substantial upfront spending.
Chinese manufacturers have cornered much of the technology sector, but when it comes to M2M modules they are being outpaced by their Western rivals, according to a new study from ABI Research.
Sierra Wireless (Richmond, Canada) and Cinterion (Munich, Germany) claim the top spots in a new ranking of M2M vendors published by ABI Research, while Huawei (Shenzhen, China) and ZTE (Shenzhen, China) come sixth and seventh.
The methodology assesses companies on the basis of unit shipments and revenues.
Dutch digital-security specialist Gemalto (Amsterdam, the Netherlands) has bought Ericsson’s Internet Payment Exchange (IPX) business for an undisclosed sum as it targets the fast-growing mobile-payments market.
The acquisition does not include the US operations of the Ericsson (Stockholm, Sweden) business.
IPX connects more than 1,000 customers globally to over 120 mobile network operators. The company also operates payment platforms as white-label services for a number of operators.