Mobile telecoms equipment maker Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN) said on Monday it is to sell its optical fiber networks unit to Marlin Equity Partners.
NSN (Helsinki, Finland) didn't give any financial details for the sale but said it would be completed in the first quarter of next year.
As a result of the deal as many as 1,900 employees, mainly in Germany and Portugal, will be transferred to the new company, NSN said in a statement.
U.S.-Israeli media magnate Haim Saban agreed to buy a controlling stake in Israel's second largest telecoms operator, Partner Communications
Saban Capital (Los Angeles, USA) will pay Israeli holding company Scailex Corp
UK-based Vodafone is to create a new Group Enterprise unit aimed at speeding up the integration of Cable & Wireless Worldwide, the fixed-line communications business it bought for about £1 billion ($622 million) in July.
Vodafone (Newbury, UK) says it needs to integrate the business faster than it originally planned because of customer demand for combined products and services.
Weaker sales and the rising cost of device subsidies triggered declines in third-quarter revenues and net income at Maxis, Malaysia’s biggest telecoms operator.
While revenues dropped 1.2%, to 2.21 billion ringgits ($723 million), compared with the same period of 2011, net profit was down an alarming 17.7%, to 443 million ringgits.
Maxis (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia) faces particularly aggressive competition in the mobile-phone sector and has been forced to cut prices and increase device discounts to attract and retain customers.
South Africa’s Shanduka Group has paid $335 million for a stake in MTN Nigeria, the West African country’s largest mobile-phone business.
Describing itself as a black-owned and managed investment holding company, Shanduka (Sandton, South Africa) has acquired the stake from three private investors but not disclosed how much of MTN Nigeria it now owns.
The operator is majority owned by South Africa’s MTN Group (Johannesburg, South Africa), which holds a 78.83% stake in the company.
In what could be a blow to the European ambitions of Egypt’s Naguib Sawiris, Telecom Italia says it will not bid for GVT, Vivendi’s Brazilian phone business, according to Italy’s Il Sole 24 Ore newspaper.
Billionaire Sawiris this week confirmed that he would attempt to buy a stake in the Italian incumbent through a cash injection of €3 billion ($3.9 billion), but Telecom Italia (Rome, Italy) had previously hinted at a lack of interest unless it decided to proceed with a bid for GVT (Curitiba, Brazil).
Egyptian tycoon Naguib Sawiris is used to ruffling feathers and making headlines.
He was up to both on Tuesday, provoking shareholders at Telecom Italia (Rome, Italy) with proposals to make himself a significant shareholder at half the price they might want, while the political party he co-founded prepared for protests against Egypt's president.
Telefonica is weighing up whether to sell shares in its Latin American operations on the New York Stock Exchange, according to a report in Spain’s Expansion newspaper.
The various subsidiaries would be grouped into a Spanish holding company for trading sometime next year, reports the paper.
An IPO would help Telefonica (Madrid, Spain) to reduce its substantial pile of debt, which has continued to grow in recent years as the Spanish incumbent has expanded its international operations.
French operator SFR may announce 1,100 redundancies later this week owing to the difficult operating conditions in France, according to a story in Les Echos newspaper that cited comments made by a labor union official.
The French mobile-phone operator is set to present a jobs-reduction scheme to unions on Wednesday, but is also expected to create 300 new jobs, according to Vanessa Jereb of the UNSA union.
Magyar Telekom expects a new tax approved by Hungary’s parliament on Tuesday to cost it between HUF9 billion ($41 million) and HUF11 billion a year from 2013 onwards.
Hungarian authorities have levied a charge of HUF125 per meter on the owners of ducts that support electricity, telecoms, natural gas, heating, water and wastewater services.
Telecoms operators must pay 20% of the per-meter rate for the first 170,000 meters, 40% for the next 80,000, 80,000% for the 50,000 after that and the full rate for anything in excess of 300,000 meters.