Category: Operator


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.

India 3G auction may happen sooner than expected

Analysts have reason to believe that the long awaited Indian 3G spectrum auction may take place sooner rather than later, although its expected impact on competition and technology is thought to be vastly overstated.

Nigeria sets two-month deadline on Nitel privatisation

Nigeria’s government has set a 60-day deadline for the privatisation of the state-owned incumbent telco Nitel, including mobile operation M-Tel. The announcement came on Monday as the Nigerian vice-president, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, appointed a new board to the company to oversee its stabilisation.

ZTE cashes in on data card boom

Chinese vendor ZTE announced Tuesday that sales of its data card for the first half of 2009 increased by 366 per cent year on year to more than seven million.

HTC and China Mobile sign TD-SCDMA handset deal

Taiwanese handset vendor HTC has signed a memorandum of understanding with China Mobile, the world’s largest mobile operator by subscriber numbers, that will see the two firms collaborate on the development of smartphones for China’s home-grown TD-SCDMA cellular standard.

T-Mobile reveals Austrian LTE testbed

International carrier T-Mobile has unveiled what it claims is the world’s first multi-user LTE test network “with mobility” in the Austrian city of Innsbruck. The German incumbent carrier worked with Chinese vendor Huawei to establish the network.

Mobile Streams launches developer facility

Mobile content specialist Mobile Streams has launched a smartphone research and development centre in Hong Kong which will focus on application development for smartphone platforms such as Google’s Android and Apple’s iPhone.

O2 and Telmap join forces in navigation deal

UK carrier O2 announced on Monday that it has struck a deal with mobile navigation specialist Telmap which will see that firm’s personal navigation and mapping service deployed on the majority of GPS-enabled handsets sold by the operator.

UK users prioritise comms spend in recession

UK consumers rank their communications services among the most important elements of their lives, refusing to sacrifice them during times of economic constraint, according to a new report from UK watchdog Ofcom.

Deutsche Telekom reports healthy second quarter

German heavyweight carrier Deutsche Telekom recorded some good news for its bottom line during the second quarter of 2009 as net profit jumped 32.2 per cent year on year from €349m in the second quarter of 2008 to €521m.

MTN, Bharti extend merger talks

Merger talks between India’s largest carrier, Bharti Airtel, and pan-MEA operator MTN have been extended by an extra month, suggesting an agreement may be in the pipeline.

Telefonica, France Telecom and BT tough it out

Spanish powerhouse Telefónica, which owns the O2 brand, reported strong performance from its Latin American operations during the first half of 2009, although group net profit slipped 3.5 per cent year on year to €1.339m.

Sprint Nextel loss widens in second quarter

It looks like US carrier Sprint Nextel delivered the good news first – announcing the acquisition of Virgin Mobile USA earlier in the week. Because the bad news followed on Wednesday, when Sprint recorded a net loss for the second quarter which increased 12 per cent year on year to $384m from $344m in the same period last year.

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