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Telefónica launches mobile ad exchange

Telefonica has launched what it says is the world’s first telco-powered real-time mobile advertising exchange platform

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.

Telefónica and E-Plus merger could result in spectrum forfeit

Telefonica's acquisition of Dutch operator KPN’s German subsidiary E-Plus could result in the firms being forced to give up some of their spectrum holding

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.

Tesla partners with Telefónica and KPN on M2M connectivity in Europe

Tesla has announced an M2M agreement with European operator group Telefónica

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.

Telefónica CCDO joins chorus calling for European digital improvements

Eduardo Navarro, chief commercial digital officer at Telefónica

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.

Telefónica’s Wayra partners with Chinese incubator

Telefónica’s start up incubator Wayra has struck an agreement with Chinese incubator Virtue Inno Valley (VIV) to promote each other’s businesses in each other’s geographic territories

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.

Telefónica and Orange grow European startups

Telefónica and Orange have thrown their weight behind a project led by the European Commission to aid growth among the region’s technology startups

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 subscribers allowed to switch without penalty fees

Under Ofcom's new rules, UK consumers and SMBs will be allowed to exit their contracts without paying a penalty if their service provider increases its prices

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.

O2 discards unattractive wallet

O2 UK said it cancelled its O2 Wallet service last week due to the pace of development in the mobile payments space and developments within Telefónica

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.

Nextel taps Telefonica for LatAm coverage

The move allows Nextel to expand its coverage

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.

Telefonica ordered to reduce stake in TIM Brasil

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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.

Telefonica shuts down Jajah services

Telefonica has announced it will be retiring VoIP service Jajah in January

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.

Telefónica taps Comarch for OSS project, opens Singapore office

Telefónica's mobile advertising play is now group wide

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.

Telefónica sees quarterly dip in revenue and net profit

Telefónica's 3Q13 revenue and net profit both declined year on year

Spanish operator group Telefónica has seen its revenues and net profit drop in the quarter ending September 30, 2013. Revenue for the quarter fell to €14.06m, a 9.5 per cent decline on the €15.54m generated in 3Q12, while net profit fell 21.1 per cent year on year, from €1.38m in 3Q12 to €1.09m in 3Q13.

E-Plus calls on NSN for security

E-Plus has implemented NSN's security solution

German mobile operator E-Plus, in the process of being acquired by operator group Telefónica, has implemented a 3GPP-compliant security solution to deliver a safer mobile broadband experience for its subscribers.

Telefónica and T-Mobile extend network sharing in Czech Republic

Telefónica and T-Mobile have signed an agreement to share 2G and 3G networks

Czech operators Telefónica Czech Republic and T-Mobile Czech Republic have signed an agreement to share their 2G and 3G networks and technologies.

The first tests in artificial conditions will take place next week, the operators said ina joint statement. The main goal of the tests is to confirm the proposed technological solution.

European Commission warns Spanish regulator over Telefónica price caps

The EC has asked Spanish regulator CNMC to amend its proposal setting the regulated prices to sell broadband services on Telefónica's network

The European Commission has formally asked Spanish regulator CNMC to withdraw or amend its proposal to cap the prices which dominant operator Telefónica can charge rivals that want to sell broadband services on it network.

Telefónica launches Firefox OS handsets in Brazil

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Spanish operator group Telefónica has launched handsets running on Mozilla’s Firefox OS platform in Brazil, through its subsidiary Vivo. The operator already offers the devices; the LG Fireweb and the Alcatel Onetouch Fire in Spain, Colombia and Venezuela, and is planning similar launches in Peru, Uruguay and Mexico in the coming days.

Telefónica sets up handset financing JV with CaixaBank

Telefonica has teamed with CaixaBank to offer device financing

Spanish operator group Telefónica has teamed with local bank CaixaBank to set up a company offering consumer financing for mobile handsets and devices.

Telefónica appoints MasterCard chief to head financial services team

Pilar Aurrecoechea has joined Telefonica as Digital Financial Services Director

Operator group Telefónica has appointed a financial services veteran to lead up its Digital Financial Services unit. Pilar Aurrecoechea has been in the financial services sector for 25 years and will join the operator group’s innovation arm, Telefónica Digital, reporting into Vivek Dev, CEO of Digital Services.

Telecom Italia chief resigns

Telecom Italia CEO and president Franco Bernabè has resigned from his role

Italian operator Telecom Italia has announced that its chairman and CEO Franco Bernabè has resigned from his role. Bernabè tendered his resignation at a meeting of the operator’s Board of Directors, which will now be chaired by the vice president Aldo Minucci.

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