Leading stakeholders in Telecom Italia are interested in selling their shares amid raised expectations following Verizon’s $130 billion deal to buy Vodafone out of their US joint venture, reports Reuters.
According to sources familiar with the matter, investors in Telco, which controls 22.4% of Telecom Italia (Milan, Italy), are looking to take advantage of the current market conditions and cash in their shares, with Vodafone (Newbury, UK), Japan’s SoftBank (Tokyo) and Mexico’s America Movil (Mexico City) seen as possible buyers, according to brokerage firm Bernstein.
VimpelCom has announced that Mikhail Slobodin will become chief executive of its Russia business unit, with Anton Kudryashov promoted to the role of chief business development and portfolio officer for the entire company.
Slobodin joins VimpelCom (Amsterdam, Netherlands) from energy company TNK-BP (Moscow, Russia), where he was executive vice president of strategy and new business development, and takes up his new position in the telecoms industry immediately.
Microsoft Corp will buy Nokia's phone business and license its patents for 5.44 billion euros ($7.2 billion), a bold foray into mobile devices that also brings potential chief executive contender Stephen Elop back into the fold.
Two years after hitching its fate to Microsoft's (Seattle, WA, USA) Windows Phone software, the Finnish phone maker that once dominated the global market collapsed into the arms of the U.S. software giant, its mobile business ravaged by nimbler rivals Apple Inc (Cupertino, CA, USA) and Samsung Electronics (Seoul, South Korea).
Mobile communications and M2M player Gemalto has realized impressive gains in revenues and profit for the first half of 2013 thanks in part to a better product mix at its M2M division.
The company saw overall revenues increase by 11% over the same period of 2012, to €1.13 billion ($1.49 billion), while net profit rose by 9.3%, to €105 million.
“Gemalto [Amsterdam, Netherlands] recorded another strong semester of profitable growth, more than offsetting increased investments in operations made in the second part of last year,” said Olivier Piou, Gemalto’s chief executive.
M2M gateway developer Option has swung to a massive loss and witnessed a huge decline in revenues following the expiration of a licensing agreement with China’s Huawei.
The Belgian company reported a net loss of €7 million ($9.22 million) for the first half of the year, compared with a net profit of €3.67 million for the same period of 2012, and saw revenues fall to just €5.15 million from €23.28 million over the same period.
Verizon Communications was poised on Monday to finally take full control of its U.S. wireless business with a $130 billion deal that would buy out Vodafone and bring an end to a decade-long corporate standoff.
The British firm said late on Sunday it was in advanced talks with Verizon (New York City, NY, USA) to sell its 45 percent stake in the Verizon Wireless joint venture for cash and common shares in what would be the world's third-largest deal of all time.
America Movil threatened to abandon its bid for Dutch telecom KPN on Friday, saying it has no plans to raise the 7.2 billion euro ($9.5 billion) offer, after a foundation representing KPN told the Mexican firm to improve its proposal or face a veto.
The foundation, an independent group of former Dutch companies' executives tasked with protecting KPN (The Hague, Netherlands) stakeholders, bought almost 50 percent of KPN's voting stock late on Thursday, moving to block the deal.
Beleaguered mobile broadband operator LightSquared has filed a “reorganization plan” with the US Banktupcy Court in Manhattan that proposes a sale of assets as a means of overcoming its difficulties, reports Dow Jones Newswires.
The operator filed for bankruptcy protection in May 2012, following a government ruling that its spectrum would interfere with global positioning systems, and since then has made concessions on spectrum sharing that it hopes will convince authorities its network can be used.
Bharti Airtel is the lead contender to acquire Mumbai operator Loop Mobile, according to various sources cited by the Times of India.
A report from the Indian publication claims that negotiations between Bharti Airtel (New Delhi, India) and Loop’s (Mumbai, India) current owners – Dubai-based IP Khaitan and family – have recently gathered momentum.
However, Bharti Airtel wants further clarity on the renewal fee for Loop’s license, which is due to expire in September 2014, before it begins discussions about the valuation of the business.
Finnish operator DNA has announced that chief executive Riita Tiurnaniemi is to leave the company and says it hopes to find a replacement by the end of the year.
In a statement, DNA (Helsinki, Finland) said Tiurnaniemi’s successor would need to be a dynamic leader with a clear vision about future opportunities for the company, which operates Finland’s third-biggest mobile network and lies in joint third place in the country’s broadband market.