TeliaSonera turns France Telecom down

Nordic operator TeliaSonera has spurned the advances of France’s incumbent carrier, maintaining that it’s worth more than Telecom’s initial offer. TeliaSonera confirmed France Telecom’s interest in a statement from the board of directors, released Thursday, which revealed an offer of SEK252bn (Eur). “TeliaSonera is a strong business with excellent growth prospects in its own right. […]

And another: iPhone coming to Scandinavia

Scandinavian operator TeliaSonera is the latest company to release the now familiar one line iPhone announcement. The carrier said Tuesday that it has signed a deal to bring the Apple device to Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia later this year. The list of forthcoming iPhone carriers is extensive and is growing longer […]

Telia goes green, plugs virtual working

TeliaSonera’s Swedish operation – which provides services under the Telia brand – this week become the first carrier in the country to source all of its power from renewable sources, the company claims. Telia uses a combination of green energy sources, including wind, water, solar and biomass and expects to reduce its carbon dioxide emissions […]

FMC missing the point

With the initial hype around Fixed Mobile Convergence (FMC) fading, analysts have warned that a narrow focus on services based on Unlicensed Mobile Access (UMA) could distract operators from achieving market breakthroughs with alternative FMC approaches. A number of operators have already launched dual mode UMA services, such as US operators T-Mobile USA and Sprint […]

TeliaSonera breaks out network unit

Swedish-Finnish operator TeliaSonera said Monday it is going to separate out its network into a fully-owned telecom infrastructure subsidiary in Sweden. The company will cover copper and fibre networks and trenches, and sell its products on equal terms to TeliaSonera’s wholesale customers. The move seems to be in pre-emption of legislation being introduced by the […]

TeliaSonera expands Eurasian footprint

Nordic operator TeliaSonera is to acquire US firm MCT, which has controlling interests in three Eurasian GSM carriers and a minority stake in Afghan operator Roshan. TeliaSonera expects the deal to close during Q3 this year. As well as Roshan, TeliaSonera will gain presence in Uzbekistan, through third placed operator Coscom and Tajikistan, through Indigo-Tajikistan […]

TeliaSonera looks for new chief

International fixed and mobile operator TeliaSonera, which has a portfolio based predominantly around the Nordic and Baltic states, announced that it is to replace CEO Anders Igel. Igel took control of the firm when it was created in 2002 from the merger of the Swedish and Finnish incumbents, Telia and Sonera. The search for his […]

Sweden faces spying law

Swedish-Finnish operator TeliaSonera said Monday it is moving some of its mail servers to sidestep a proposed law allowing the Swedish government to spy on all electronic communications. The Swedish government has proposed a law which would allow the National Defence Radio Establishment to intercept all electronic communications passing the national border. As a result, […]

TeliaSonera taps Nokia for IMS

TeliaSonera has picked Nokia Siemens Networks’ implementation of the IMS core network after what a vendor spokesman called “extensive technical evaluations,” including interworking trials with the GSM Association. In a statement on Tuesday, Nokia and TeliaSonera made reference to the IMS as an “open, standardised system for combining mobile and broadband services, making it possible […]

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 […]

Tribunal ruling in Turkcell dispute

The long-running dispute between Russian investor Alfa (Altimo) Group and Swedish-Finnish operator TeliaSonera came closer to an end on Friday, when the International Chamber of Commerce ruled that a binding share purchase agreement was concluded between TeliaSonera and Cukurova in 2005. Back in 2005, TeliaSonera claimed that it had been shouldered out of a deal […]

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 […]

TeliaSonera launches UMA service

Pan European mobile operator TeliaSonera claimed to launch the world’s first Unlicensed Mobile Access (UMA) service Monday. The Home Free service, which launched in Denmark, uses UMA technology, enabling a mobile phone to function as an IP phone at home through a wi-fi network, in much the same way that British Telecom’s Fusion service will […]