AT&T-DirecTV merger may hinge on NFL agreement

Reuters

If DirecTV is unable to strike a deal with the National Football League to renew the satellite TV operator's contract to offer the popular NFL Sunday Ticket football package, AT&T Inc can pull out of the merger, according to a regulatory filing.

In a filing related to the merger, the companies said, "the parties also have agreed that in the unlikely event that the Company's agreement for the 'NFL Sunday Ticket' service is not renewed on substantially the terms discussed between the parties, AT&T (Dallas, TX, USA) may elect not to consummate the merger."

Vodacom to acquire Neotel from Tata for $676 million

South Africa’s Vodacom has announced plans to acquire Neotel from India’s Tata Communications for a cash fee of ZAR7 billion ($676 million).

The takeover will put the operator, owned by Vodafone (Newbury, UK), in control of South Africa’s second-biggest fixed-line network, allowing it to better compete in the market for unified communications products that combine fixed and mobile capabilities.

It says it plans to offer an expanded and enhanced range of converged services – such as hosted PBX – to enterprise customers.

Yahoo Japan drops $3.2 billion plan to buy eAccess from SoftBank

Reuters

Yahoo Japan Corp has dropped its plan to buy mobile network operator eAccess Ltd from SoftBank Corp in a 324 billion yen ($3.2 billion) deal that was part of a reorganization of SoftBank group assets.

Yahoo Japan, the country's biggest Internet portal and 42.6 percent owned by SoftBank, will proceed with a planned low-cost mobile Internet service using the eAccess (Tokyo, Japan) mobile network, SoftBank (Tokyo, Japan) and Yahoo Japan (Tokyo, Japan) said on Monday.

ITU Telecom World

Date
Start Date: 
Sunday, December 7, 2014
End Date: 
Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Qatar:

ITU Telecom World is the global platform for high-level debate, networking, innovation-showcasing and knowledge-sharing across the ICT community. It brings together public and private sectors, emerging markets and industry investors to explore the current massive disruption of the ICT sector and its implications for the future. 

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

Date
Start Date: 
Thursday, May 8, 2014
End Date: 
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”.

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