National regulators round on EC telecoms proposals

Europe’s national regulatory authorities (NRAs) have rounded on proposed reforms by the European Commission (EC), arguing that regulation is being rushed through and will have dire implications for investment, competition and consumers across the region.

In a statement issued earlier this week, the Body of European Regulators for Electronic Communications (BEREC), which represents the interests of Europe’s NRAs, expressed concern that new rules would mark a shift away from a pro-competition approach to one that favored market consolidation.

AT&T to expand in Latin America with America Movil deal

Reuters

AT&T Inc is planning to announce on Wednesday that it will expand its Latin American reach for business customers through a collaboration with Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim's America Movil.

AT&T (Dallas, TX, USA) will be able to do business in 15 countries, including Argentina, Chile and Colombia, through connections with America Movil (Mexico City, Mexico) networks, according to a representative for AT&T.

Omantel share price falls on goverment sale plans: Reuters

Investors have reacted glumly to the announcement by Oman’s government of plans to sell a 19% stake in Omantel, causing shares in the telecoms incumbent to fall to a ten-week low, reports Reuters.

Authorities have resurrected a plan to sell shares first unveiled in 2007, when eight operators from Europe, the Middle East and Asia managed to prequalify for the sale.

France's Numericable plans public offering this fall: reports

French cable company Numericable is planning an public offering this fall with an enterprise valuation of approximately €6 billion ($8 billion), reports French TV channel BFMTV and Dow Jones Newswires.

According to bankers cited by BFMTV, the company is to hold a meeting with financial analysts on Thursday at which it will discuss the details of the offering, with Deutsche Bank and JPMorgan Chase & Co acting as lead managers.

Telecom Italia board to discuss options at Oct 3 meeting: Reuters

Board members of Telecom Italia are set to meet on October 3 to discuss options for the Italian telecoms incumbent amid ongoing speculation about its future ownership structure, according to Reuters.

Telecom Italia (Milan, Italy) has already scheduled a board meeting for this week and reports suggest that Spain’s Telefonica (Madrid) will make an offer to buy out other members of Telco, a consortium of shareholders that owns 22% of Telecom Italia.

Hedge funds plan to sue Vodafone for better Kabel Deutschland terms: sources

Reuters

Three hedge funds who tendered shares enabling Vodafone to successfully bid for Germany's largest cable firm plan to sue for a better price for their outstanding holdings, three financial sources with knowledge of the matter said on Friday.

Vodafone (Newbury UK), which wants Kabel Deutschland (Unterfoehring, Germany) in order to offer more television and fixed-line services in its largest European market, said late on Thursday it had secured more than 75 percent of shares in the company, a condition for its 7.7 billion euro ($10 billion), 87 euro-per-share, offer.

Telecom Italia says board member probed for insider trading quits

Reuters

Telecom Italia's independent board member Elio Catania, who is being investigated for alleged insider trading, resigned on Friday, the company said.

In a statement, Telecom Italia (Milan, Italy) said Catania had told the company he had decided to quit so that the board's activities and the work of investigators could proceed "in an orderly manner."

In his resignation letter, Catania said he had always acted correctly.

Mexico's Senate OKs members of new telecoms regulator

Reuters

Mexico's Senate on Tuesday approved seven nominees to head a new telecommunications regulator created by a sweeping sector overhaul that seeks to boost competition and tame billionaire Carlos Slim.

The regulator, known as Ifetel, will replace a weaker regulatory agency and have new powers to police a telecommunications market dominated by Slim's America Movil (Mexico City, Mexico) and Televisa (Mexico City, Mexico).

Vodafone urges Kabel shareholders to accept $10 billion bid

Reuters

Vodafone urged Kabel Deutschland shareholders to accept its 7.7 billion euro ($10.1 billion) offer, warning the bid would lapse if less than three quarters of them agree to sell Germany's largest cable operator by Wednesday.

Earlier on Monday the Financial Times said the British mobile network operator may fail to reach the 75 percent acceptance threshold, citing anonymous shareholders.

Vodafone may fail to clinch Kabel Deutschland: paper

Reuters

Vodafone may fail to reach the 75 percent threshold of acceptances from shareholders needed to clinch Germany's largest cable operator Kabel Deutschland, the Financial Times said on Monday.

"Some of Kabel Deutschland's [Unterfoehring, Germany] shareholders believe that the amount of tenders offered will fall well short of this goal," the paper said, citing anonymous shareholders.

Vodafone (Newbury, UK) agreed a 7.7 billion euro ($10.13 billion) offer for Kabel Deutschland in June, a near 40 percent premium to Kabel's share price before its interest first emerged.

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