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Voda, Telefonica invest in mobile ad firm

Mobile advertising platform Amobee Media Systems announced Wednesday that UK operator Vodafone and Spanish operator Telefonica have both made a minority investment in the company. The two carriers join Sequoia Capital, Accel Partners and Globespan in funding the ad firm. Amobee launched its first live consumer trial in March 2006 and has now several commercial […]

O2 notes shift to postpay contracts as iPhone launches

The iconic Apple iPhone went on sale in the UK and Germany on Friday evening, marking the start of a new wave of operator competition in some of the world’s most mature mobile markets. It’s too early to tell whether the device will be a boon to UK partner O2, but on Monday, the Telefonica-owned […]

O2 preparing to pull plug on i-mode

O2 UK, owned by Spanish telco Telefonica, is preparing to pull the plug on its i-mode mobile web service, the company confirmed Tuesday. Despite the popularity of the NTT DoCoMo created technology in Japan and 24 other operators worldwide rolling out the platform, the launch of 3G services has taken some of the shine off […]

Trouble in Argentina

Argentina’s six telco unions have called for a 72-hour strike from July 11-13. During the last three months there have been several strikes in different industries in Argentina and not just in the telecoms sector. The main reason for these strikes is the increase of the salaries, according to the Price Index. In the case […]

Vivo not for sale

Portugal Telecom CEO, Henrique Granadeiro, is reported to have told Portuguese daily newspaper Diario Economico that PT is not willing to sell its Brazilian mobile operation Vivo to Spain’s Telefonica. Today’s announcement follows a story that broke yesterday that suggested Telefonica had tabled a Euro3bn bid in conjunction with an August deadline for decision. A […]

August deadline for Vivo?

Spanish super telco Telefonica has issued an August deadline to Portugal Telecom for a response to its bid of Euro3bn for full control of Brazilian mobile operator Vivo, according to reports. It’s no secret that Telefonica has been chasing full control of Vivo, which with 28 million subscribers is the largest MNO in South America. […]

Purge threatened at O2 Deutschland

O2’s German division awoke today to the sound of rolling heads, as owners Telefonica sacked the top management. CEO Rudolf Groeger, who left the company two weeks ago, was apparently forced out according to German press reports. Now the chief engineer, Alexander Roeder, is said to have been “on the death list for months, it […]

Telefonica profits up 8%

Spanish carrier Telefonica recorded a 7.7 per cent increase in net profits during the first quarter, bringing the total to Eur1.3bn. Revenues were up 15.1 per cent year on year to Eur13.7bn due to strong growth at home and in Latin America. The company’s tot subscriber base reached 206.6 million by the end of March, […]

O2 delays own brand broadband

O2 UK has let the date slip on the launch of its own-branded fixed line broadband service, following reported teething problems. At parent Telefonica’s financial results announcement on Wednesday, it emerged that the operator has pushed back the launch of its O2 branded broadband offering back a few months to late summer. O2 got on […]

Telefonica wins Telecom Italia stake

Spanish carrier Telefonica became the largest shareholder in Telecom Italia over the weekend, as part of a Eur2.3bn buyout of Italian tyre company Pirelli. On Sunday, Pirelli and Edizione (Benetton Group) agreed to sell their stakes in Olimpia, the principal shareholder in Telecom Italia, to a consortium made up of Telefonica, insurance company Generali, investment […]

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 […]

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