In a bid to stave off antitrust concerns over its acquisition of E-Plus, Telefonica’s German operation on Wednesday announced plans to open its network up to a local MVNO and IT services firm.
The European Commission has announced the conditional approval of Telefónica’s bid to acquire German operator E-Plus, almost a year after the deal was first announced, which will result in the merger of Germany’s third and fourth-largest operators and reduce the total number of operators in the country to three.
Amsterdam headquartered carrier VimpelCom, which operates in Russia and the CIS and owns stakes in several other operations around the world, has appointed Rene Schuster as Group Chief Operating Officer, effective immediately.
Mobile communication technologies can play a major role catering to the world’s one billion disabled people, according to an independent study published in the UK today. But that role is not yet being fulfilled.
Software defined networking (SDN) specialist Cyan has announced a collaboration with European carrier Telefónica and Linux developer Red Hat to develop a network functions virtualization (NFV) architecture optimised for communications service providers.
Vivo, the Brazilian subsidiary of Spanish telco Telefónica said Tuesday that it has deployed TOA Technologies’ cloud-based field service management application, which provides end-to-end service tracking for both employees and contractors.
Spanish carrier Telefónica on Tuesday announced that it has made a €725m bid for 56 per cent of Distribuidora de Televisión Digital, a Spanish pay-TV provider that operates under the Digital Plus brand.
US API developer Apigee this week secured a further $60m in funding, bringing its total raised to data to $171m for big data analytics development.
European operator group Telefónica has launched what it says is the world’s first telco-powered real-time mobile advertising exchange platform. The Spanish firm has teamed up with GSO Capital Partners, a division of US investment firm Blackstone, to create Axonix; a firm that intends to act as a marketplace for mobile publishers and advertisers to target adverts at consumers.
German telecoms regulator the Bundesnetzagentur has warned Spanish operator group Telefónica that its acquisition of KPN’s German subsidiary E-Plus could see the firms relinquish some spectrum.
Electric car manufacturer Tesla has announced an M2M agreement with European operator group Telefónica. The deal sees the operator provide in-car connectivity for Tesla’s Model S across several European nations.
The chief commercial digital officer of Spanish incumbent telco, Eduardo Navarro, Telefónica has used a speech at the EC Innovation Convention in Brussels to warn that Europe needs to redouble its efforts to move to the forefront of the global digital sector.
European and LatAm operator group Telefónica’s start up incubator Wayra has struck an agreement with Chinese incubator Virtue Inno Valley (VIV) to promote their businesses in each other’s geographic territories.
European operator groups Telefónica and Orange have thrown their weight behind a project led by the European Commission to help the region’s technology startups to grow into global internet firms. The EC said it plans to “take on Silicon Valley” with the launch of two initiatives; an acceleration programme called the Startup Europe Partnership and a think tank called the European Digital Forum.
UK consumers and small businesses will be allowed to exit their mobile, landline and broadband contracts without paying a penalty fee if their service provider increases its prices mid-contract.
UK operator O2 has revealed that its O2 Wallet service, which closed last week, was a casualty of the pace of development in the fast moving mobile payments space.
Spanish carrier Telefónica has been contracted by Nextel branded NII Holdings to supply nationwide 3G coverage for voice and data services in Brazil and Mexico, expanding Nextel’s existing coverage.
Brazil’s antitrust regulator has ordered Spanish operator group Telefonica to relinquish part of its stake in TIM Brasil or seek a partner for its own Brazilian subsidiary Vivo.
European operator Telefonica will retire VoIP service Jajah in January next year. Users will no longer be able to make calls using either the Jajah.com website or the Jajah Direct service as of January 31, 2014.
Spanish operator Telefónica has awarded Polish B/OSS vendor Comarch a contract to supply network planning and optimisation products and services to across the operator’s European footprint. It is the vendor’s first multinational deal with Telefónica and builds on a previous implementation with Telefónica Deutschland, Comarch said.