Brazil

Huawei opens NB-IoT lab at Vodafone HQ

Telecoms giants Huawei and Vodafone have announced the opening of what they claim is the world’s first open lab dedicated to the development of narrowband IoT.

Telecom Italia set to buy out broadcasting division

Telecom Italia has announced it is planning to buy out its media division of which it already owns 78%. The telco said the incorporation of Telecom Italia Media (TI Media), which has been publicly traded for over a decade, has been approved by board members on the basis of simplifying and rationalising the group structure.

Telecom Italia sells Brazilian towers, mulls tie-up with Oi

Telecom Italia has announced the sale of its Brazilian towers to American Tower Corp for approximately €900 million, the price tag it set out to achieve in the first place. The telco also confirmed it is weighing up its options overall in the Brazilian market, and that it is considering a tie-up of its subsidiary Tim Participações with local competitor Oi.

Vivendi agrees Brazilian exit

French conglomerate Vivendi said Friday that it has finally agreed a deal for the sale of its wholly owned Brazilian operation, GVT, to European carrier Telefónica. The agreement, signed Thursday, includes a payment of €4.66bn in cash.

Telecom Italia and AT&T both mull LatAm acquisitions

Telecom Italia is said to be weighing up the possibility of buying Brazilian telco Oi in a bid to strengthen its local arm TIM Brazil) position in the South American market, where it looks likely to get squeezed if Telefónica’s purchase of GVT goes through as planned.

Telecom Italia reportedly mulls GVT bid

Telecom Italia has reportedly initiated talks with Vivendi, in a bid to counter Telefónica’s bid for the latter’s Brazilian asset GVT, that could see Vivendi take a stake in either Telecom Italia or Telecom Italia Media, writes Digital TV Europe.

Telefonica moves on Brazilian ISP GVT

Telefónica and its Brazilian subsidiary on Tuesday submitted an offer to merge with Brazilian ISP Global Village Telecom (GVT) for around €6.7bn and a 12 per cent stake in the share capital of the new entity. GVT is owned by French conglomerate Vivendi.

ZTE to build broadband centre in Brazil

Chinese equipment vendor ZTE has struck a deal with Brazilian operator TIM Brasil to jointly set up an innovation centre in the country tasked with spearheading developments in next generation broadband technologies.

Portugal Telecom and Oi compromise over debt to keep merger alive

In a bid to rescue their proposed merger Brazilian operator Oi will get a bigger piece of the combined operation – CorpCo – in return for helping Portugal Telecom (PT) out with €847 million of defaulted debt from Rioforte, which had threatened to scupper the move.

Brazil encourages new bidders in 700MHz 4G auction

The top brass of Brazilian communications regulation gathered at the Institute of Directors in central London today for the latest leg in the 700MHz 4G auction roadshow, with the apparent aim of opening up the process to new bidders outside of the four national incumbents.

Nextel brings LTE to Brazil

Less than a year after the launch of 3G services in Rio de Janeiro and just in time to catch most of the World Cup action, Brazilian carrier Nextel this week switched on its 4G network in the city, giving users access to ten times faster download speeds.

American Tower spends $1bn in Brazil

International infrastructure and tower management firm American Tower Corporation has agreed to buy 100 per cent of the equity interests of BR Towers, a Brazilian real estate company that owns around 2,530 cell towers, for BR2.18bn ($978m). The company also has exclusive use rights to approximately 2,110 additional towers in the country.

Ericsson wins smart city integration deal with Vivo

Sweden’s Ericsson has won a contract from Brazilian operator Vivo that will see the vendor manage the deployment of smart parking and lighting solutions as part of Vivo’s digital city project in São Paolo. Ericsson will partner with specialist providers as the project’s lead systems integrator and will assume responsibility for design, installation and deployment as well as post-deployment managed services, operations and maintenance.

TIM Brasil considering tower sale; 700MHz bid

Telecom Italia’s Brazilian operation, TIM Brasil, is considering offloading its cell tower infrastructure in a bid to unlock more value from the assets and make the company more efficient.

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