BT Retail to split into separate consumer, business units

UK telecoms incumbent BT Group is to split its Retail unit into separate consumer- and business-facing organizations when Gavin Patterson takes over from Ian Livingston as chief executive in September this year.

Called simply BT Consumer and BT Business, the new divisions are being created to help BT (London, UK) focus on its strategic priorities of “driving broadband-based consumer services” and “being the brand for business for UK SMEs”, said the operator in a statement.

Sprint posts wider quarterly loss on steep costs

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Sprint Corp, the No. 3 U.S. mobile service provider, posted a wider quarterly loss due to hefty costs from shutting down its older Nextel network and it warned that customer defections would continue to hurt it in coming quarters.

Shares in Sprint (Overland Park, KS, USA), which recently sold 78 percent of its shares to Japan's SoftBank Corp (Tokyo), rose 1 percent on Tuesday morning as its revenue was better than expected.

America Movil free to increase stake in KPN beyond 30%

America Movil has terminated a “relationship agreement” with KPN that will now allow it to increase its stake in the Dutch operator to 30% or more.

The Latin American telecoms giant currently owns just less than 30% of KPN (The Hague, Netherlands) and until now was prohibited from increasing its stake in the operator under the agreement.

According to a clause in that agreement, however, the ownership restriction would cease to apply if KPN or a KPN subsidiary agreed to a takeover offer from another party.

Zain posts 20% drop in first-half net income

Kuwait-based Zain has reported a 20% drop in net income for the first half of the year, to KWD113 million ($397.4 million), with adverse currency movements in Sudan largely to blame for the setback.

The company, which owns telecoms businesses across the Middle East and parts of Africa, also reported an 8% fall in revenue, to KWD612 million.

Telecom Egypt strikes $28.6 million services deal with Etisalat

Egyptian fixed-line incumbent Telecom Egypt has signed a deal to provide transmission services to Etisalat Misr, the country’s number-three mobile operator and a subsidiary of United Arab Emirates giant Etisalat.

In a statement, Telecom Egypt (Cairo, Egypt) says the “long-term” agreement gives Etisalat (Cairo, Egypt) the right to use transmission services across its network immediately, citing the value of the contract as EGP200 million ($28.6 million) annually.

Orange boss says European regulation weakens sector: report

Orange chief executive Stephane Richard has lashed out at European regulators, claiming their opposition to consolidation is weakening the sector, in an interview with French newspaper Le Figaro.

The boss of France’s biggest telecoms operator believes there are too many operators and that mergers and acquisitions should be allowed, while also arguing for a single European regulator instead of numerous national regulatory authorities.

Vodafone sees no let-up from European woes

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Vodafone said it did not expect any let-up in the pressures weighing on its business, as the world's second-largest mobile operator reported first-quarter results hit by regulation and recession across Europe.

The British group, which has been battling regulator-ordered price cuts, economic pressures and competition throughout its European markets, said on Friday it expected the next three months to follow broadly the same trends after reporting yet another sharp drop in its key revenue measurement.

Verizon quarterly revenue misses estimate, shares drop

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Verizon Communications Inc said strength in its wireless business was tempered by weakness in its traditional wireline unit, producing softer-than-expected revenue growth for the quarter and sending its shares down nearly 2 percent.

The telecommunications company said on Thursday that corporate and government customers were cutting costs, partly offsetting better-than-estimated wireless customer growth. Also, wireless profit margins were hurt by higher costs.

Liberty Global abandons efforts to acquire Kabel Deutschland: report

Liberty Global has given up efforts to acquire Kabel Deutschland, recently the target of a €7.7 billion ($10.1 billion) offer from Vodafone, and will instead focus takeover efforts on the southern Europe region, reports Bloomberg.

Liberty’s (Meridian, CO, USA) interest had forced Vodafone (Newbury, UK) to raise the price of its original offer but the UK operator now looks free to complete its move for Germany’s biggest cable company later this year.

TeliaSonera prioritizes 4G investments with sales down 3.9%

Sweden’s TeliaSonera said it will prioritize investment in 4G coverage expansion after reporting a return to organic revenue growth for the three months to June 2013.

The operator said revenue for the second quarter fell by 3.9%, to SEK25.3 billion ($3.85 billion), but blamed the impact of regulatory cuts to interconnection rates as well as exchange rate fluctuations for the decline.

Net income for the group dropped by 16.9%, to SEK4 billion, due largely to the effect of non-recurring items related to efficiency measures.

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