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Time Warner Cable agrees $600 million DukeNet takeover

US cable company Time Warner Cable has agreed a $600 million takeover of DukeNet Communications, which operates a fiber-optic network across various Southeastern states.

DukeNet (Charlotte, NC, USA) is currently 50% owned by Duke Energy (Charlotte, NC, USA), the country’s largest electric power holding company, with the other 50% held by investment firm Alinda Capital (Greenwich, CT, USA).

The companies expect the transaction to close in the first quarter of 2014, subject to normal regulatory approvals.

Telecom Italia eyes Italy restructuring, halts network plan - union

Reuters

Telecom Italia's new chief executive Marco Patuano will unveil a business plan outlining the future of its South American units and a possible corporate restructuring in Italy at a board meeting on November 7, trade union officials said.

Patuano told a meeting with unions on Friday the heavily indebted former phone monopoly had put on hold a plan to spin off its fixed-line network because the right regulatory conditions were not in place, they said in a joint statement.

Bank Rossiya moves to buy half of Tele2 Russia: reports

Private lender Bank Rossiya has reportedly filed applications to buy a 50% stake in mobile operator Tele2 Russia.

According to Russia’s Interfax news agency, the applications were made through Invinte and ABR Investments, two offshore companies.

Tele2 Russia (Moscow, Russia) is currently owned by VTB Bank (St Petersburg, Russia), Russia’s second-biggest lender, which bought the operator from its Swedish parent company for $3.55 billion in April this year.

BlackBerry shares rise on interest from strategic buyers

Reuters

Shares of BlackBerry Ltd rose more than 4 percent in trading before the bell on Monday, following news of interest from strategic buyers in the embattled smartphone company and an analyst upgrade on the company's stock.

Shares in the company rose above the $8 mark after a Reuters report on Friday that the Waterloo, Ontario-based company is in talks with Cisco Systems (San Jose, CA, USA), Google Inc (Mountain View, CA, USA) and SAP (Walldorf, Germany) about selling them all or parts of itself.

Portugal Telecom to merge with Brazil's Oi

Portugal Telecom has announced plans to merge with Brazilian affiliate Oi in a move set to create a global operator serving more than 100 million customers across Europe and Latin America.

The Portuguese incumbent says the deal is a natural development of the alliance the two companies struck in 2010, and will see Zeinal Bava – who led Portugal Telecom (Lisbon, Portugal) until earlier this year before taking up the leadership role at Oi (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – appointed chief executive of the combined entity.

Pakistan's PTCL launches bid for rival Warid: Reuters

Pakistani incumbent PTCL is reported to have launched a takeover bid for local mobile rival Warid, holding out the possibility of much-needed consolidation in the country’s beleaguered telecoms industry.

Backed by Middle Eastern telecoms giant Etisalat (Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates), PTCL (Islamabad, Pakistan) is said to have given notice of the bid through a filing to the Karachi stock exchange, according to Reuters, but details of the offer price or PTCL’s plans for the company were not disclosed.

Telecom Italia chief Bernabe preparing to quit: report

Telecom Italia chief executive Franco Bernabe is planning on tendering his resignation at a board meeting scheduled for later this week, reports Bloomberg.

The boss of Italy’s biggest phone company has reportedly lost the support of Telco, the Telefonica-controlled consortium that holds a 22.4% stake in Telecom Italia (Milan, Italy), after clashing with shareholders over the operator’s strategy.

America Movil delays KPN bid to October: Dow Jones

America Movil has shifted the timing of its planned takeover of Dutch incumbent KPN to October from September, as negotiations over the acquisition drag on, according to a report from Dow Jones Newswires.

The Latin American telecoms giant – owned by Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim – announced plans for a €7.2 billion takeover of KPN (The Hague, Netherlands) in August, but it has subsequently run into opposition from an independent foundation set up to protect the interests of the Dutch incumbent.

Telenor buys into Asian, South American classifieds market

Reuters

Norwegian telecoms group Telenor entered the online classifieds market on Monday, taking a stake in a Southeast Asian venture and establishing a South American business, it said in a statement.

Telenor (Fornebu, Norway) will take a 33.3 percent stake in Southeast Asia focused 701 Search, an existing venture between Singapore Press Holdings and Norwegian publishing house Schibsted, and agreed to establish a 50/50 joint venture with Schibsted to create SnT Classifieds with a focus on South America.

Etisalat talks to buy Vivendi's Maroc Tel stake extended to October 31

Reuters

Exclusive talks for Etisalat to buy Vivendi's 53 percent stake in Maroc Telecom have been extended to October 31, the United Arab Emirates' former telecom monopoly said on Sunday.

Vivendi (Paris, France) in July entered into exclusive negotiations with Etisalat (Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates) - the UAE's No.1 telecom operator - to sell its majority holding stake in Maroc Telecom (Rabat, Morocco) for 3.9 billion euros ($5.28 billion) in cash.

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