Vodafone in talks with Liberty Global on asset swap, not merger

After weeks of speculation, Vodafone released a statement on Friday saying it was not in merger talks

Reuters

LONDON (Reuters) - Vodafone, the world's second biggest mobile company, said it is in early talks about exchanging selected assets with Europe's largest cable operator Liberty Global, which could enable each to better compete with rivals.

Analysts and sector bankers said the two most important countries for both firms where they overlap were Britain and Germany. They also both operate in Ireland, the Netherlands, Czech Republic, Hungary and Romania.

5th European Data Protection Days 2015

Date
Start Date: 
Monday, May 4, 2015
End Date: 
Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Germany:

The event will be taking place for the fifth time in Berlin. We are proud to announce we could win speakers such as Julie Brill, Commissioner, Federal Trade Commission, USA, Giovanni Buttarelli, European Data Protection Supervisor, Peter Fleischer, Google and Ben Wizner, lawyer to Edward Snowden. We bring together international experts for networking, insights and exchange.

Rocket Internet raises fresh capital after food spending spree

Disbelievers question emerging markets strategy unpredictable places

Reuters

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Germany's Rocket Internet went to investors with a capital hike just four months after its stock flotation, asking for fresh funds following a 1 billion euro spending spree that targets online food takeaway businesses as the next big thing.

The Berlin-based company, Europe's biggest Internet player thanks to its stakes in more than 100 start-ups ranging from fashion to finance, raised 1.4 billion euros ($1.6 billion) in its October IPO. It added a further 588 million euros on Friday that it said would allow it to continue to look around.

IBM signs 10-year multi-billion cloud deal with ABN Amro

Will provide managed services for mainframes, servers, storage

Reuters

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - IBM has signed a 10-year, multi-billion dollar deal to provide computer infrastructure services to Dutch bank ABN Amro running on its cloud systems, the U.S. information technology firm said on Monday.

The deal comes as the U.S. company is trying to gain momentum in the market for Internet-delivered services, known as cloud computing. IBM will provide fully managed services for mainframe computers, servers, storage and end-user computing as well as a help desk and other technical support. IBM did not disclose financial details of the deal.

Germany backs Blackberry's purchase of Secusmart

Deal signals new Chief Executive Chen's effort to attract security conscious clients

Reuters

BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany has approved Canadian smartphone maker Blackberry's planned acquisition of Secusmart, the encryption technology of which is used to protect the mobile devices of top politicians including Chancellor Angela Merkel.

The deal is part of new Chief Executive John Chen's effort to enhance Blackberry's appeal for security conscious clients such as government agencies as it seeks to regain ground lost to Apple's iPhone and rival devices powered by Google's Android operating system.

Deutsche Telekom sets up 500 million euro venture capital fund

To be launched early next year, focus on Germany’s growing tech start-up scene

Reuters

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Deutsche Telekom is to set up a 500 million euro ($620.4 million) fund for technology ventures, giving the company more scope to invest in venture capital and innovation.

The fund, called Deutsche Telekom Capital Partners (DTCP), will be launched early next year and will focus on Germany’s growing tech start-up scene, the telecoms operator said on Tuesday.

The new fund will also expand its activities to include private equity investments in existing companies.

RAN World

Date
Start Date: 
Tuesday, January 20, 2015
End Date: 
Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Germany:

Join the entire RAN community in January at this exciting new event. 
With keynotes sessions from Vodafone Germany, Orange, Truphone, Tele2, China Mobile Research Institute and more, you will leave with strategic knowledge about all the latest developments.

Dish said to discuss T-Mobile deal with Deutsche Telekom: Bloomberg

DT views potential offers valuing T-Mobile at $35 a share as being substantially too low

Reuters

(Reuters) - Dish Network Corp's <DISH.O> chairman, Charlie Ergen, recently contacted Deutsche Telekom AG <DTEGn.DE> to express interest in acquiring the German company's unit, T-Mobile US Inc <TMUS.N>, Bloomberg reported, citing people with knowledge of the matter.

Ergen has not made a formal offer or hired any bank to advise it on the potential deal, the report said.

United Internet to buy KKR's stake in Versatel for $769 mln

German ISP was expected to post flat 2014 revenues of about 548 million euros

Reuters

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - German internet service provider United Internet said on Wednesday it had agreed to acquire buyout group KKR's 74.9 percent stake in cable group Versatel for about 586 million euros ($769 million) in cash.

United Internet, which already controls 25.1 percent of Versatel, had said last month it was considering a complete takeover of the company, which owns Germany's second-largest fiber optic cable network with a length of about 37,000 kilometers.

ECB sticks with Verizon in wake of U.S.-German spying clash

Central bank upholds framework for provision of internet-related services, business continuity

Reuters

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - The European Central Bank (ECB) has no plans to end its business relations with U.S. telecoms firm Verizon Communications Inc, ECB President Mario Draghi said in response to a query from a member of the European parliament on Thursday.

The German government said in June it had canceled a contract with Verizon as part of an overhaul of its internal communications, prompted by revelations last year of U.S. government spying.

In the letter to Fabio De Masi, Draghi wrote that the ECB "takes the threat of economic espionage very seriously".

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