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Mexico’s LTE plans only as good as government’s ability to green light them

In a telecoms market not noted for competition, Mexico’s MVS Communicaciones’ announcement of plans to invest $1bn in an LTE network as part of a consortium that includes Clearwire and Intel should, in theory, shake things up. The consortium would sell access to its network to a variety of local players, including its rivals, opening up a market that has been dominated by billionaire Carlos Slim’s America Movil.

Deutsche Telekom and France Telecom agree joint procurement venture

Deutsche Telekom and France Telecom/Orange have put months of rumours to rest with an announcement that they will combine procurement activities in an effort to save €400-900m over the next three years. The non-binding agreement, which will form the basis for contracts to be signed in the coming weeks, is an extension of the “smart industry” partnership announced by the pair in February this year.

Turkcell to launch services in Germany in April

Europe’s third-largest operator in subscriber terms, Turkcell, has announced its intention to expand into the European market, starting with Germany in April this year. As part of the newly formed subsidiary Turkcell Europe, the German venture will involve the launch of 1200 retail locations and will initially target Turkish citizens living and travelling in Germany with pre-and-postpaid offerings.

Telekom Srbjia sale may be cancelled due to lack of interest

The sale of Telekom Srbjia looks set to be cancelled following the likely rejection of the lone bid for a 51 per cent stake in the company. The Serbian government, which owns 80 per cent of the telco, was hoping to raise €1.4bn from the sale; under those circumstances, it seems unlikely that the lone bid of €950m for a 51 per cent stake from Telekom Austria will be accepted.

Sprint officially opposes creation of a “New Ma Bell duopoly”

America’s third-placed carrier Sprint has released a statement officially opposing the proposed $39bn merger of AT&T and T-Mobile. Senior vice president for Sprint’s Government Affairs division, Vonya McCann, said that “Sprint urges the United States government to block this anti-competitive acquisition,” adding that the transaction would “harm consumers and competition at a time when this country can least afford it.”

AT&T stands to make the most from T-Mobile deal

The pending deal between AT&T and T-Mobile USA is symptomatic of growing market maturity in the US but will be better for the American telco than it will for Deutsche Telekom, according to Ovum analyst Steven Hartley.

AT&T to acquire T-Mobile USA

Years of speculation regarding T-Mobile USA’s future ended yesterday with the surprise announcement that AT&T is to buy the embattled telco for $39bn. Rumours regarding the possible sale of T-Mobile USA have been circulating for years but almost always worked on the assumption that the telco would unite with a smaller operator, such as Sprint or, more recently, Clearwire.

Morrow walks away from Clearwire

Bill Morrow, CEO of embattled US WiMAX player Clearwire, has resigned his position effective immediately, citing personal reasons. Chairman John Stanton will fill in as interim CEO while the firm searches for Morrow’s full-time replacement. Morrow will act as an advisor to the company during the handover.

Deutsche Telekom keeps its US options open

With shares rising on the back of speculation of a T-Mobile/Sprint merger in the US, Deutsche Telekom CFO Tim Hoettges declined to comment on “rumour and speculation” saying only that the company is “open to all options” and that it is “flexibly positioned.”

T-Mobile USA suffers heavy postpaid losses

Net losses of high-value contract customers – to the tune of 318,000 – have put a dampener on an increase of 295,000 prepaid users and a 0.9 percent on year increase in revenue for the last quarter of 2010.

Deutsche Telekon and Lufthansa offer up to 5Mbps in-flight broadband

Deutsche Telekom and German airline Lufthansa have become the first operators to offer up to 5Mbps broadband access in-flight. The service, launched commercially this month in conjunction with Panasonic Avionics, was trialled in December when, according to Deutsche Telekom, average data volumes of 2.35Gb and 250Mb were downloaded and uploaded respectively per flight. Lufthansa was […]

Deutsche Telekom puts wind behind cloud services firm

Deutsche Telekom’s venture capital arm, T-Venture, and partnership investor Creathor Venture, have invested “several million Euro” into cloud services enabler Netbiscuits, helping the firm enhance its offering in the USA and Europe.

Turkcell to launch German MVNO

Turkish operator Turkcell has announced a five-year wholesale agreement with German incumbent Deutsche Telekom to offer mobile services in the market. Turkcell has set up a subsidiary called Turkcell Europe and plans to offer services in Germany from early 2011, focusing on the Turkish population living in the country.

German incumbent makes M2M moves

German incumbent carrier Deutsche Telekom and its cellular arm T-Mobile have signed a deal with Italian headquartered machine to machine (M2M) specialist Telit Wireless Solutions that will see the three firms collaborating on product development for M2M solutions.

Deutsche Telekom to merge domestic operations

German carrier Deutsche Telekom said Thursday it will merge its domestic mobile and landline businesses into a single company, to increase its competitiveness in its toughest market.

Deutsche Telekom solid in third quarter

German carrier Deutsche Telekom reported a 7.2 per cent rise in net profit for the third quarter, from €895m in 2008 to €959m in the third quarter of 2009. Revenues climbed 5.2 per cent year on year to €16.3bn.

René Obermann, chief executive officer, Deutsche Telekom

A young CEO (he was appointed at 43), Obermann’s background is in the mobile operation of DT, T-Mobile. The firm’s mobile assets rank it sixth in the world by customer numbers, with more than 124 million subscribers at the close of Q109. Obermann has focused the carrier on Europe, and it has one of the strongest pan-European portfolios in the world, with a decent spread across the western, central and eastern regions of the continent.

Deutsche Telekom reports healthy second quarter

German heavyweight carrier Deutsche Telekom recorded some good news for its bottom line during the second quarter of 2009 as net profit jumped 32.2 per cent year on year from €349m in the second quarter of 2008 to €521m.

T-Mobile UK writedown sparks sale rumours

It was German carrier Deutsche Telekom’s turn to report gloomy financials on Thursday, with the firm recording a first quarter loss of €1.12bn compared to a profit of €924m in the same period last year.


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