Telecom Egypt pays $356 million for mobile license

Egyptian fixed-line incumbent Telecom Egypt has announced its EGP2.5 billion acquisition of a mobile license from the country’s authorities.

The license will allow the operator to provide mobile services alongside the fixed ones it already offers to consumers and businesses, using the local mobile networks of Etisalat (Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates), Orange (Paris, France) and Vodafone (Newbury, UK).

Social Media in the Telecoms Sector

Date
Start Date: 
Wednesday, July 16, 2014
End Date: 
Thursday, July 17, 2014

London:

The event's brochure includes a respected speaker line up from international telecom companies, mobile network operators, digital agencies and media consultants who are shaping the presence of telecom sector in the online world. 

Social Media in the Telecoms Sector

Date
Start Date: 
Monday, June 16, 2014
End Date: 
Tuesday, June 17, 2014

London:

The event's brochure includes a respected speaker line up from international telecom companies, mobile network operators, digital agencies and media consultants who are shaping the presence of telecom sector in the online world. 

3rd Annual F5 Government Technology Symposium 2014

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Thursday, May 8, 2014
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Thursday, May 8, 2014 - 12:00pm

Washington DC:

Save the Date for the 3rd Annual F5 Government Technology Symposium 2014 

Application Strategy to Future-Proof Your Investments 

Mark your calendar for this annual event for government IT leaders and practitioners. Our dynamic agenda will cover the hottest topics in IT, from cybersecurity, mobility, cloud, and application delivery. Come and hear expert keynotes, learn new strategies for application delivery, and network with your peers in the public sector. 

Numericable agrees $18.5 billion takeover of Vivendi's SFR

French cable operator Numericable has agreed a €13.5 billion ($18.5 billion) takeover of Vivendi’s SFR, beating off competition from communications rival Bouygues for the country’s second-biggest mobile operator.

The acquisition promises to radically alter the shape of the French telecoms market, putting Numericable (Paris, France) in control of mobile assets and giving it the opportunity to challenge telecoms incumbent Orange (Paris, France) in the market for bundled services that include fixed, broadband and mobile elements.

Reliance Jio, RCOM form closer ties

Reliance Jio Infocomm has announced another network-sharing deal with Reliance Communications (RCOM) in a further sign of improving relations between India’s Ambani brothers.

The so-called Master Service Agreement will give Reliance Jio (Mumbai, India) access to RCOM’s (Mumbai, India) nationwide inter-city fiber network, which it hopes will help to speed up its deployment of a 4G network across India.

Reliance Jio said the agreement was based on “arm’s length pricing at prevailing market prices”.

US knocks plans for European communication network

Reuters

The United States on Friday criticized proposals to build a European communication network to avoid emails and other data passing through the United States, warning that such rules could breach international trade laws.

In its annual review of telecommunications trade barriers, the office of the U.S. Trade Representative said impediments to cross-border data flows were a serious and growing concern.

Altice has no plans to raise SFR bid: Bloomberg

Altice has reportedly said it has no plans to increase its offer for Vivendi’s SFR after bidding rival Bouygues raised its own offer last week, according to Bloomberg.

Altice (Paris, France) has the flexibility to revise its bid between now and April 4 – when exclusive talks with Vivendi (Paris, France) are set to end – but believes it has the support of Vivendi, which is likely to face fewer antitrust and other regulatory hurdles in a sale to Altice than one involving Bouygues (Paris, France).

Egypt unified telecom licence to be activated before June 30: minister

Reuters

Egypt's Telecommunications Minister Atef Helmy said on Sunday the country's long awaited unified telecom licence for both mobiles and landlines will be activated within three months.

The licence would allow telecommunication companies to operate fixed-line and mobile networks, which would in turn allow Egypt's fixed-line monopoly Telecom Egypt (Cairo) to offer mobile services.

Deutsche Telekom cuts earnings targets to fund US expansion

Deutsche Telekom has slashed its free cash flow target for 2015 from €6 billion ($8.33 billion) to little more than €4.2 billion owing to the investment demands of its T-Mobile US subsidiary.

Reporting full year results, the operator said it would increase spending on the rollout of its LTE network using the 700MHz frequencies it recently acquired from Verizon Wireless (New York City, NY, USA).

Its goal is to extend coverage to about 250 million people, up from 225 million at the end of 2013.

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