Telecom Italia and AT&T both mull LatAm acquisitions

Telecom Italia is said to be weighing up the possibility of buying Brazilian telco Oi in a bid to strengthen its local arm TIM Brazil) position in the South American market, where it looks likely to get squeezed if Telefónica’s purchase of GVT goes through as planned.

After reaching milestone, TIM Brasil needs to ensure sustainable growth

TIM Brasil, after achieving the number two spot in the Brazilian mobile market last August, hit another milestone in April. For the first time, the operator has beaten its competitor Vivo in the metropolitan region of Sao Paulo. In April, TIM reported a market share of 31.8 per cent in the code 11 area, which covers Sao Paulo, while Vivo’s share was 30.9 per cent. The achievement is significant, given that the Sao Paulo metropolitan region has about 20 million inhabitants and the country’s highest GDP.

TIM Brasil CEO steps down

The chief executive officer of Brazilian carrier TIM Participações – part of the Telecom Italia group – has stepped down effective immediately. Luca Luciani will be replaced by TIM’s group chief financial officer Andrea Mangoni in the short term.

TIM to roll out HSUPA

Telecom Italia Mobile (TIM) is reportedly planning to launch a HSUPA (High Speed Uplink Packet Access) service in July, at the same time as it upgrades its HSDPA network from 3.6Mbps maximum speeds to 7.2Mbps (Class 8). Population coverage is also expected to double from 35 per cent in January to 70 per cent by […]

Weather moves in on Greece

Greek mobile operator TIM Hellas has been snapped up by Orascom head honcho Naguib Sawiris’ private-equity vehicle, Weather Investments, for a hefty Eur3.6bn. Weather bought the third place Greek operator from equity firms Texas Pacific Group and Apax Partners, which initially acquired TIM Hellas from Telecom Italia in June 2005 for Eur1.6bn. The sale price […]

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 […]

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