Category: Operator


MTS, TeliaSonera go on shopping sprees

Russian investment house Sistema said Tuesday that it has sold its 50.91 per cent stake in leading Moscow fixed line broadband provider Comstar UTS to Mobile TeleSystems (MTS).

Orange, T-Mobile set to corner MVNO market

UK mobile operator Orange is looking to MVNOs to boost its revenues, this week striking a deal with pan European Mobile Virtual Network Enabler (MVNE) Transatel.

France Telecom replaces deputy CEO

To alleviate concerns over the number of suicides taking place among employees of French incumbent France Telecom, the carrier has replaced its number two executive.

Telenor, Altimo bury hatchet, merge assets

Nordic operator Telenor and Russian conglomerate Altimo (Alfa Group) ended years of legal disputes on Monday with a plan to combine their common assets in Russia and Ukraine.

Roaming caps can stick, says key European legal advisor

Europe’s mobile operators saw their arguments against the implementation of roaming price caps subjugated on Thursday, after a key legal advisor to the European Court of Justice green lighted the proposals.

Bharti, MTN call off merger talks

Merger talks between emerging markets giants Bharti and MTN have been called off once again, after the two firms failed to convince the South African government – MTN’s biggest shareholder – on the benefits of the deal.

SK Telecom sells out of China Unicom

South Korean carrier SK Telecom has sold its entire 3.8 per cent stake in China Unicom back to the Chinese firm after incurring a loss on the investment.

VimpelCom buys into Laos

Second placed Russian carrier VimpelCom said Thursday that it has struck a deal to acquire a 78 per cent stake in Laotian mobile operator Millicom Lao for around $66m.

MetroPCS commits to LTE

The final nail may have already been thought to have gone into the coffin of CDMA, but it looks like there are more to come as US-based CDMA operator MetroPCS joins the throng of those moving to LTE.

US mobile market consolidation looming large

The likelihood of consolidation among US mobile operators is increasing as smaller carriers struggle to find success with revamped pricing schemes and product positioning strategies.

Greenland gets 3G network

Greenland’s only mobile operator, Tele Greenland, has struck a deal with Nokia Siemens Networks to bring 3G services to the far north of Western Europe.

Australia plans to break up Telstra

Australia’s incumbent telco, Telstra, butted up against the government again on Tuesday morning as the minister for communications, Stephen Conroy, called for the carrier to be broken up.

UK merger raises prospect of single network

The UK moved one step closer towards a single mobile network market on Tuesday as European telecom giants Deutsche Telekom and France Telecom announced plans to merge T-Mobile UK and Orange UK into a 50:50 joint venture.

Franco-German alliance in battle of Britain

Deutsche Telekom and France Telecom are to build a super-network in the UK, after announcing plans to merge their respective mobile operations, T-Mobile UK and Orange UK, into a 50:50 joint venture.

China Unicom and Telefónica deepen relationship

Spanish incumbent Telefónica has struck a deal with China Unicom that will see each company invest $1bn in the other. The arrangement will take Telefónica’s stake in Unicom to more than eight per cent, while the Chinese carrier will own roughly 0.9 per cent of Telefónica.

Telefonica, Portugal Telecom exit Morocco

Spanish carrier Telefonica and Portugal Telecom said this week that they have jointly sold their controlling holding in Moroccan operator Medi Telecom to the other local partners in the company for €800m in cash.

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