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AT&T begins forming US/Mexico single North American service area

US operator AT&T has announced unlimited calls at no additional cost to all Mexican numbers as part of its international World Connect Value offering. This follows AT&T’s finalised $2.5 billion acquisition of Mexican Iusacell last week, and could be the first sign of the US telco’s previously stated plan to create a single North American service area covering the US and Mexico.

Hutchison, Telefónica in merger talks over O2, Three – report

Hong Kong-based Hutchison Whampoa and Spain’s Telefónica are in talks over a possible merger of their respective UK subsidiaries Three and O2, according to a report. Following BT’s preliminary talks with owners of EE, Orange and Deutsche Telekom (DT), as well as Telefónica over O2, it was reported Hutchison was also preparing to bid for one of the two UK operators.

Essar exits telecoms with yuMobile sale to Safaricom, Airtel

India-based investment group Essar has completed the sale of its Kenyan mobile operator yuMobile, officially known as Telekom Kenya Limited (ETKL), marking the firm’s exit from the telecoms business. Fellow Kenyan operator Safaricom acquired yuMobile’s network, IT and office infrastructure assets, while Airtel has taken over its 2.55 million subscribers.

Telstra $697m acquisition of Pacnet goes ahead

Australian telco giant Telsta has confirmed it is proceeding with the acquisition of trans-Pacific cable and data centre player Pacnet. As ever the $697 million deal is subject to regulatory approval, but assuming it goes through it will give Telstra a foothold in China, a bunch of data centres and services including SDN (software defined networking).

Comcast Time Warner Cable deal delayed further by FCC

The $45 billion megadeal that will consolidate the US cable market faces yet another delay in its completion thanks to a bunch of documents Time Warner Cable (TWC) has only just presented to the US telco regulator, the FCC, despite the deal first being announced almost a year ago.

BT formally moves to acquire EE in bid to dominate UK telco market

Former UK telco monopoly BT has announced it has chosen the UK’s biggest mobile operator – EE – for exclusive acquisition talks, having previously conceded it was looking at O2 or EE. If the deal goes through BT would occupy a dominant position in the UK telco market as it already owns substantial fixed-line assets as well as a significant chuck of exclusive content and some 4G spectrum of its own.

Liberty Global set to begin LatAm acquisition spree with Choice

Liberty Global has announced that together with investment firm Searchlight, it has signed an agreement to acquire Puerto Rican Choice Cable, the territory’s second largest cable and broadband services provider. If successful in its bid, the cable giant will merge Choice with its subsidiary Liberty Cablevision Puerto Rico (LCPR).

Vodafone has eyes on Liberty Global – report

In the wake of BT’s acquisition talks with the owners of EE and O2, Vodafone is reportedly considering a bid for the cable group Liberty Global. It has been reported the mobile operator already approached LG earlier this year, but found price expectations too high.

EE confirms BT talks, industry opinion divided

Deutsche Telekom and Orange, the joint shareholders of EE, have confirmed initial discussions with BT over a possible sale of the UK mobile operator. In a statement the German and French giants said they are exploring the possibility as part of their regular market assessment to evaluate different strategic options.

Telefónica to sell yourfone to Drillisch

The process of consolidation following the acquisition of E-Plus by Telefónica has begun with the announcement of a non-binding “Letter of Intent” between Telefónica Germany and German MVNO Drillisch for the latter to buy yourphone, which is currently a sub-brand of E-Plus.

Broadcom acquires NetLogic Microsystems in $3.7bn deal

Semiconductor vendor Broadcom has announced it will acquire NetLogic Microsystems for around $3.7 billion. While Broadcom specialises in creating solutions for wired and wireless communications, NetLogic creates high performance intelligent semiconductor solutions for next generation networks.

Google must keep distance from Motorola, say analysts

While Google’s acquisition of Motorola’s handset business brings potentially rich rewards in terms of intellectual property, the search firm must be careful to keep its new employees at a respectable distance, industry analysts have warned.

Microsoft confirms Skype puchase for $8.5bn

Software giant Microsoft is set to announce the acquisition of VoIP company Skype in an all cash deal said to be worth $8.5bn. Such a move would give Microsoft a greater presence with internet telephony and video calling capabilities.

AT&T snaps up Verizon assets

Nationwide US carrier AT&T has announced that it is to buy wireless assets from Verizon Wireless — including licences, network assets and 1.5 million subscribers — for $2.35bn in cash.

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