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$20bn contract gives US telecoms execs the jitters

American telecoms executives may well be slightly agitated this month as they await the US General Services Administration’s (GSA) decision on who has won the largest telecommunications contract ever awarded. Dubbed ‘Networx Universal’, the contract is thought to be worth around $20bn (£10.33bn) but that figure could rise. AT&T, Verizon Communications, Qwest Communications and Sprint […]

Vodafone demos Skype on mobile

At the CeBit tech conference in Hannover Thursday, British operator Vodafone demonstrated calls being made over the internet using VoIP application, Skype. The company hinted that it may offer the software on its mobiles at some time in the future. Using a menu bar that is strikingly similar to 3UK’s X-Series offering, Vodafone demonstrated the launch application […]

Vodafone and Essar agree to play nice

As anticipated, Vodafone and Essar announced an agreement Thursday under which they will jointly manage fourth placed Indian mobileco, Hutchison Essar. Under the terms of the partnership, Vodafone will have operational control of the company, to be renamed Vodafone Essar, and Essar will gain proportionate board representation. Ravi Ruia will be appointed chairman of Vodafone […]

O2 to do Google and MTV

Telefonica’s UK mobile arm, O2, said Wednesday at the CeBit tech fair in Germany, that starting this summer, it will give customers access to Google and Viacom’s MTV music clips to promote mobile internet services. The company said that the relationship with Google will help it to generate advertising revenue. O2 plans to launch a […]

100 jobs to go at O2 Ireland

Telefonica’s Irish operation, O2 Ireland, announced Wednesday morning that it will cut its Irish workforce by 5.5 per cent – around 100 jobs. The firm said Wednesday morning that the staff will be laid off in a vountary redundancy programme. Incereasing competition was cited by the firm for the layoffs. O2 Ireland – the second […]

Provera could sell TI stake

Telecom Italia (TI) chairman, Marco Tronchetti Provera, was told by the company’s board this week to “explore all the possible options” for its 80 percent stake in Olimpia, including a sale. According to local reports, he and Capitalia SpA’s chairman, Cesare Geronzi will meet Wednesday to discuss the possibility of selling Pirelli’s stake in TI […]

Vodafone to annonuce Essar deal Thursday

Vodafone chief executive, Arun Sarin, is expected to announce a deal Thursday that will see his firm jointly manage India’s fourth biggest mobile group, Hutchison Essar Ltd (HEL), according to reports. The Times of India on Wednesday said the two firms have also agreed to rename HEL as Vodafone Essar. It added that the newly […]

Voda reaches agreement with Essar – reports

British mobile firm, Vodafone, has reportedly reached an agreement with the Essar group that will see it take management control over Hutchison Essar. The Hindustan Times reported Tuesday that Vodafone will nominate Ravi Ruia, Essar’s group vice chairman, as non-executive chairman, quoting sources. The Times said the new board would be comprised of nine directors, […]

Icahn steps up battle with Moto

The billionaire corporate raider, Carl Icahn, stepped up his campaign to get a seat on the Motorola board Monday by increasing his stake in the company and initiating a proxy fight after demanding the firm give more return on its cash to investors. Last week Motorola advised its shareholders that it would not endorse his nomination to […]

Altimo increases VimpelCom stake

Filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission this weekend show that Russian conglomerate Alfa Group has raised its holding in Russia’s second largest cellco, VimpelCom, to almost 40 per cent. Alfa performed the move via Gibraltar-based Eco Telecom, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Russian firm. The move is expected to give Altimo greater hold […]

Swisscom makes offer on FastWeb

Switzerland’s biggest phone company Swisscom, has offered to buy Italian player, FastWeb for Eur 3.7bn (£2.5bn) in cash. The Swiss firm offered Eur 47 for each FastWeb share in a friendly takeover bid. FastWeb’s board will meet later Monday to discuss the bid, it said. If the sale goes through, it will be the biggest […]

Hutch shareholders approve Vodafone sale

Shareholders of Hutchison Telecommunications International (HTIL) on Thursday approved the $11.1bn sale of a controlling stake in the firm to British operator Vodafone. The shareholders – representing a majority of HTIL shares – approved the deal at an extraordinary general meeting in Hong Kong.

Portugal Telecom considers pan-African goal

According to reports Portugal Telecom (PT) is considering setting up a pan-African mobile operator based in Angola. Portuguese weekly, Visao, published an interview with PT’s CEO, Thursday, in which he reveals the firm’s thoughts on the emerging region. “The big pan-African operators are centred in South Africa or in the Middle East but we believe […]

Cingular wrestles with customers

AT&T’s Cingular Wireless, is expected to announce a deal with World Wrestling Entertainment on Thursday, to sell a variety of content over mobile. Cingular customers will be able to sell ringtones – including wrestlers’ voices – graphics, videos and footage from bouts. Cingular said some of the videos would be made available as part of […]

Use your video calls says 3

UK operator 3 is encouraging its customers to use the video calling function on their mobiles using MMS. The 3G specialist provides video calling across most of its offerings but in an effort to boost use of the service the operator decided to create three messages, urging customers to use the powerful function. 3, which has […]

Sonaecom gives up on Portugal Telecom

Portuguese operator Sonaecom said Wednesday that it has offloaded all its shares – a total of just over 1 per cent – in larger rival Portugal Telecom. The move comes after shareholders in Portugal Telecom yet again turned down an Eur11.8bn hostile takeover bid from smaller rival Sonaecom last week. Portugal Telecom has fended off […]

TeliaSonera, Telenor set for merger?

The ongoing disputes between Nordic operators TeliaSonera and Telenor and Russian conglomerate Altimo continue to drag on, with speculation rising that TeliaSonera and Telenor could merge to better fight their corners. Since the Swedish government put its 45.3 per cent stake in TeliaSonera up for sale in December, Telenor has been closely linked as an […]

Verizon launches mobile TV in US

US operator Verizon Wireless on Thursday launched a broadcast TV service for mobiles for $15 (£7.70) a month, the company’s first mobile TV venture. Verizon, which developed the service with Qualcomm, said the initial launch will cover about 20 states. Customers have an option to buy the service bundled with Verizon’s mobile Web access and […]

Portugal Telecom bid rejected…again

Shareholders in Portugal Telecom yet again turned down an Eur11.8bn hostile takeover bid from smaller rival Sonaecom on Friday. Portugal Telecom has fended off increasingly larger bids from Sonaecom for around a year now, always saying that the offers were too low. The Portuguese incumbent said it would distribute some Eur6.2bn to shareholders over the […]

Belgacom to shed 10 per cent of workforce

Belgacom said Thursday that it will cut up to 1,500 jobs, equivalent to 10 per cent of its total workforce, over the the next five years. In a report by the Belgian daily De Tijd, the company explained that the cuts are due to restructuring at the organisation. The Belgian incumbent bought ICT group Telindus […]