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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.

Is Yahoo aiming to stay relevant?

Yahoo snaps up Flurry to boost mobile play

Internet company Yahoo has confirmed the acquisition of mobile analytics specialist Flurry as it seeks to reinforce its commitment to “building and supporting useful, inspiring and beautiful mobile applications and monetisation solutions.”

Dish Networks's nose appears to be out of joint

Dish cries foul over US mergers

US satellite operator Dish Network has submitted an official filing with regulator the FCC, expressing concerns over two of the biggest proposed mergers on the table in the US market at present. Dish wants the pending Comcast and Time Warner Cable, and AT&T and DirecTV deals to go under the microscope.

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Tele2 sells out of Norway

In news that will come as no great surprise, Nordic carrier group Tele2 on Monday agreed to sell its Norwegian business to TeliaSonera for an SEK5.1bn (€500m). It’s been known the company was mulling an exit from the market after failing to win any spectrum in an auction late last year.

Nice specialises in 3D modelling for network planning

Nokia fleshes out network deployment skills with second acquisition

In an acquisition double whammy that took place at the end of last week, Nokia Networks revealed that it picked up a second company, Israel-based Nice Systems, also for an undisclosed sum. The geolocation specialist will give Nokia enhancements in the planning and optimisation of mobile networks, the company said.

Unauthorised in-app purchases have been in the FTCs crosshairs

Telecom New Zealand invests in app startup

Telecom New Zealand’s startup incubator, Telecom Digital Ventures, on Monday made a strategic investment in mobile application developer App La Carte. App La Carte was launched in November 2012 when its founders spotted a gap in the market for businesses and organisations prepared to pay a monthly subscription to use an easy-to-use app builder to put together their own app.

Category 9 technology to speed up download speeds

Nokia makes US acquisition

This is not something the industry has seen for a long time but Nokia Networks on Friday announced it has entered into an agreement to acquire US-based network integration and deployment specialist SAC Wireless for an undisclosed sum.

Songza curates music playlists

Google snaps up Songza

A battle of the beats is brewing after it emerged that Google has acquired curated mobile music service Songza for an undisclosed sum. According to various sources on the web, Google has splashed out anything between $15m and $49m on the three year old startup.

Greece's Forthnet is in demand

OTE makes play for Forthnet Greece

The battle for control of Greece’s leading alternative fixed line operator continues apace, with OTE joining the fray on Tuesday. The Greek carrier launched a bid of between €250-300m on a debt-free cash-free basis for the pay TV operation, Nova, which is owned by Forthnet.

Vodafone is selling it's Fiji operation

Vodafone sells out of Fiji

Vodafone said Tuesday that it has struck an agreement to sell its entire 49 per cent shareholding in Vodafone Fiji to the Fiji National Provident Fund for a cash consideration of FJ$160m (£51m).

Carlos Slim needs to dispose of some assets

AT&T flogs America Movil stake

US carrier AT&T has offloaded an 8.27 per cent stake, worth around $5.6bn, in Latin American operation America Movil, as it seeks to fund its acquisition of DirecTV. The America Movil shares were snapped up by the company’s billionaire owner, Carlos Slim, via his holding company Inmobiliaria Carso.

Telefonica Germany opens network up to competition

In a bid to stave off antitrust concerns over its acquisition of E-Plus, Telefonica’s German operation on Wednesday announced plans to open its network up to a local MVNO and IT services firm.

Entel is set to move its 4G to APT700MHz next year

Google looking to 60GHz band for connectivity?

Web giant Google has been revealed to have acquired Seattle-based wireless tech startup Alpental Technologies in a somewhat mysterious transaction. It has emerged that the deal went through in May and Google has managed to pull most of the company information, including Alpental’s website, off the internet.

AT&T-DirecTV merger closer to reality with DirecTV shareholder approval

Telekom Austria to acquire Macedonian fixed line player

Telekom Austria Group is to acquire 100 per cent of one of the largest cable operators in the Republic of Macedonia. Blizoo Macedonia offers TV services, broadband and fixed voice and will help Telekom flesh out its own offering in Macedonia where it operates under the Vip brand.

Etisalat takes over Atlantique Telecom

Dropcam acquired by Google Nest

Home security camera firm Dropcam said Monday that it has signed an agreement to be acquired by Google-owned Nest, the maker of connected home products like thermostats. The price tag is thought to run to $555m in cash.

The deployment will be the largest in China

Telecom New Zealand adds more cloud to arsenal

Telecom New Zealand on Wednesday announced that it has agreed to acquire business cloud services specialist Appserv, building on other recent acquisitions in the space and giving Telecom NZ greater leverage in the enterprise sector.

Amdocs orchestrator to help manage NFV infrastructure

Cisco adds virtualization specialist to line-up

Networking giant Cisco is to acquire privately held Tail-f Systems, a specialist in multi-vendor network service orchestration for both traditional and virtualized networks, for $175m in cash.

Level 3 is spending $6.7bn on the deal

Level 3 spends $5.7bn on US network

Networking specialist Level 3 Communications has agreed to make an acquisition move on US-focused enterprise networking firm tw telecom for $5.7bn. The deal values tw at approximately $7.3bn, including the assumption of approximately $1.6bn of net debt.

Dr Dre has become a rap billionaire and didn't die trying

Apple wraps up $3bn Beats acquisition

Apple confirmed rumours on Wednesday night with an agreement to acquire subscription streaming music service Beats Music, and Beats Electronics, which makes the popular Beats headphones, founded by rapper Dr Dre.

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