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Abertis announces IPO of €3.5bn Cellnex Telecom subsidiary

Spanish infrastructure player Abertis has formally announced the IPO of its telecoms operations, a manoeuvre made possible by spinning it off to form the wholly-owned subsidiary – Cellnex Telecom – at the start of this month.

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Vodafone Wallet to offer contactless card payments

Vodafone Wallet users will soon be able to make contactless card payments with their smartphones, the operator has announced. The telco has entered into partnerships with financial services firm Visa and transaction technology provider Carta Worldwide to offer the NFC SIM-based solution through the Vodafone Wallet app.

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Telecom Italia reports first profit since 2010

Telecom Italia has posted its 2014 full year results showing the telco achieved profits for the first time in three years. This follows the operator’s recently announced three-year strategic plan, under which it plans to invest some €14.5 billion to modernise its network infrastructure.

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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.

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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.

Sky is taking control of assets in Italy and Germany

Sky shores up Italian, German holdings with £5bn pay TV blowout

UK-based media empire BSkyB created a multinational pay TV business on Friday with the £4.9bn acquisition of Sky Italia and a 57.4 per cent stake in Sky Deutschland. The move puts Sky in a leading position in the pay TV market in the UK, Italy and Germany.

AT&T and Chernin Group agree to buy majority of Fullscreen

Consolidation close in France and Italy, say reports

The French and Italian mobile markets could both be on the verge of significant consolidation, according to reports from news agency Reuters. In France incumbent telco Orange has set two investment banks to investigate the potential takeover of rival Bouygues, while talks have resumed between Hutchison and Vimpelcom, which own 3 Italia and Wind respectively, about a potential merger. In both instances Reuteurs cited unnamed sources close to the situation.

Andrea Galeazzi is now chairman at Emmecom

SIA’s Andrea Galeazzi takes up chairmanship at Emmecom

Andrea Galeazzi, director of network services at Italian payments and technology infrastructure company SIA, has taken up a new role as chairman at Italian telecoms firm Emmecom. The move is part of SIA’s acquisition of the smaller firm, which took place in July and forms a key part of its European expansion plans.

Hutchison is looking to drive further consolidation in Europe.

3 to buy O2 Ireland as consolidation drive continues

Hutchison Whampoa, which operates the 3 brand in Europe, has announced that it is to buy Telefónica’s Irish mobile operation O2 for €780m, with a further €70m payable if a number of agreed financial targets are hit. It is the second consolidatory move made by Hutchison in recent months, following the acquisition of Orange Austria, which was completed at the end of 2012.

Vittorio Colao said Vodafone had been impacted by difficult conditions in Southern Europe

Vodafone records 1H loss of £1.89bn

Vodafone has announced a loss of £1.89bn for the six months to the end of September 2012 on the back of write downs for its Spanish and Italian operations totaling £5.9bn. The international operator recorded a profit of £6.64bn for the same period in 2011 and chief executive Vittorio Colao said the 1H12 results reflected “tougher market conditions, mainly in Southern Europe”.

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Italy LTE spectrum auction exceeds expectations

The Italian government has confirmed that the country’s LTE spectrum auction has closed with bids from the four local operators reaching in excess of €3.9bn, double the reserve price placed on the frequencies. The bidding process lasted just 22 days and saw bids from the main carriers: Telecom Italia Mobile (TIM), Vodafone Italy, Wind Comunicazioni (Wind Italy) and 3 Italia (H3G Italia).

The Qeo software framework will allow connected devices, regardless of brand or ecosystem, to “speak the same language”

Telenor takes LTE to Hungary

The Hungarian subsidiary of European carrier Telenor has tapped Chinese equipment vendor ZTE to build a 4G LTE network supporting multi mode and multi band services.

The Droid will be known as the Milestone in Europe

Droid hits European Milestone

The Motorola Droid, unveiled last week as the first Android-powered handset to use the version 2.0 firmware, is on its way to Europe under the guise of the Motorola Milestone.

Qualcomm disputes India's DoT claims that its application for broadband licences were invalid

Telecom Italia and 3 strike site sharing deal

Network sharing is becoming increasingly commonplace in the mobile industry, and Italian operators Telecom Italia and 3 Italia have taken tentative steps in that direction with the announcement of a co-siting agreement.

Discounter Hofer could be Austria's next new MVNO

Lycamobile rolls out MVNO in Italy

International MVNO Lycamobile has launched services in Italy, piggybacking on the network of disruptive 3G carrier 3 Italia.

Telecom Italia outlines Eur5bn in cutbacks, savings

Italy’s Telecom Italia has announced plans to cut costs by around Eur2bn in 2009, as well as offload non core assets to the tune of a further Eur3bn. Part of the restructuring plan includes the slashing of a further 4,000 jobs in Italy. Under the Italian operator’s 2009-2011 plan, 40 per cent of the targeted […]

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