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No Vivo deal yet

Spanish carrier Telefonica confirmed on Wednesday that it has held discussions with Portugal Telecom on the acquisition of the Portuguese company’s 50 per cent share in Brazilian operator Vivo but denied it has reached an agreement. The revelation came after rising speculation that a deal hinges on whether Portugal Telecom can substitute its half of […]

Airwave snapped up for Eur3bn

Australian investment bank Macquarie has bought Telefonica O2’s emergency services unit, Airwave, for Eur2.982bn in cash. The UK-based operation will come under the ownership of Guardian Digital Communications, a new company wholly owned by two Macquarie investment funds managed by Macquarie. The Australian firm said it is taking a long term view of the investments […]

Telefonica back in the race for TI stake

Spanish incumbent Telefonica SA is reportedly preparing to launch a counter-offer to buy the long fought over 66 per cent stake in Telecom Italia that it lost in a previous bid last year. According to the daily Corriere della Sera, Telefonica is readying to buy a stake in the holding company, Olimpia. Pirelli controls an […]

Telefonica after stake in TI – reports

Spanish incumbent Telefonica is looking to buy a 5.5 per cent stake in Telecom Italia (TI) from a Pirelli unit for around Eur1.3bn, the UK’s Financial Times has reported. Citing people close to the deal, the FT said it remains far from sealed because TI’s management and board have yet to agree whether or not […]

TI not ready for Spanish talks

Telecom Italia (TI) is reportedly not ready to enter talks with Telefonica SA before the Italian player has presented its long-awaited three year business plan on March 8. According to the Italian daily, La Repubblica, the two have talked about the Spanish firm buying a significant stake in the Italian incumbent. Citing unnamed board members, […]

Telefonica signs up for Intertrust DRM

Spanish operator Telefonica Moviles Espana and its European subsidiary, O2, signed up for Digital Rights Management (DRM) licenses from Intertrust on Tuesday. The agreement includes a trial of both Marlin DRM and OMA technologies and will include an evaluation of interoperability between OMA v.2.0 devices and other Marlin devices. Last week at the 3GSM World […]

Telefonica considers offloading Airwave

Spanish operator Telefonica, the owner of UK-based mobileco O2, said Friday that it was considering offloading the public safety communications unit of the UK operation. Telefonica acquired Airwave, which operates and manages communications services for the police, ambulance and fire and rescue services, when it bought up O2 in 2005. The division operates the world’s […]

EU inquiry into O2 roaming complaint

The European Ombudsman, Nikiforos Diamandouros, said Monday that his office has opened an inquiry into a complaint made by O2 on the European Commission’s investigation into its roaming services. The complaint dates back to July 2004, when the Commission sent a statement to O2, alleging that it had been abusing a dominant market position by […]

3GSM Asia: Asian ops plan IM rollout

The GSM Association’s personal Instant Messaging (IM) campaign has scored further success in Asia, with mobile operators in Malaysia and Singapore planning the development and launch of interoperable IM services. Launched at the 3GSM World Congress in Barcelona last February, the initiative aims to make instant messaging on mobile networks as ubiquitous and popular as […]

3GSM Asia: GSMA launches low cost 3G challenge

The GSM Association (GSMA) is inviting handset manufacturers to “submit proposals” to develop a low-cost 3G handset. The handset should, says the Association, be capable of sophisticated applications “that can support advanced services, such as high-speed Internet browsing, mobile TV and instant messaging, while costing significantly less than a low-end 3G handset today”. The 3G […]

TDtv sparks interest in Europe

Adding yet more confusion to an already fragmented mobile TV market, 3UK, Telefonica and Vodafone on Wednesday joined Orange in a technical trial of TDtv, the 3G TD-CDMA-based Multimedia Broadcast and Multicast Service (MBMS) The trial of TDtv technology developed by US vendor IPWireless, is scheduled to run to the end of the year and […]

Telefonica to launch converged messaging

Spanish incumbent Telefonica’s mobile division plans to introduce an integrated messaging service that will alert users by SMS when they receive new e-mail. The system will also permit interworking between e-mail, SMS, MMS, IM and voice service, and allow users to upload the contents of their devices to a backup server. The service is based […]

Qualcomm, O2 BREW up cool content initiative

Over a year in the planning, US chip shop Qualcomm this week realised its vision of deploying the BREW content delivery system over GSM. Telefonica’s UK mobile operation, O2, introduced its own-branded Ice 3G handset Monday – Europe’s first device to use Qualcomm’s BREW-based uiOne interface. uiOne is an operator customisable users interface, which allows […]

Huawei wins Vivo GSM deal

Chinese equipment vendor Huawei received a boon from Spanish carrier Telefonica Monday, when it bagged the contract to roll out a GSM overlay on Brazilian subsidiary Vivo’s network. Brazilian operator Vivo thumbed its nose at the CDMA fraternity last month with the announcement that it is to deploy a GSM/WCDMA network overlay. Vivo, which is […]

Moviles income up 20%

Spanish mobile operator Telefonica Moviles Wednesday reported a 20.09 per cent increase in net income for the second quarter to reach Eur599m (£409m). Consolidated revenues for the quarter increased by 9.4 per cent year on year to Eur4.4bn while consolidated EBITDA grew 13.2 per cent to Eur1.4 billion. The operator added 4.3 million subscribers during […]

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