Telefónic, Intel and Samsung’s investment units have each made a decision to invest undisclosed amounts in San Francisco start-up Expect Labs. The start-up is developing a platform to power a “new generation of intelligent digital assistants”, and has already benefitted from investments from Google and venture capital firm Greylock.
The innovation arm of Spanish operator group Telefónica has announced a global direct carrier billing deal with Korean device maker Samsung. Under the terms of the agreement, Samsung will integrate BlueVia payment APIs into its handsets and tablets for Telefónica customers.
Spanish operator group Telefónica has signed a Europe-wide M2M deal with PC maker Dell, as the two set out to deliver pay-as-you-go mobile broadband services for notebooks and tablets.
Spanish operator group Telefonica has sold 40 per cent of its assets in four Central American markets to family-owned Latin American business group CMI for $500m. Telefonica’s operations in El Salvador, Guatemala, Nicaragua, and Panama will be merged into a new joint venture with CMI.
UK incumbent BT has signed a ten year deal with mobile operator O2 to support its launch of 4G LTE services. BT will build a high capacity transmission network for the Telefónica subsidiary as O2’s roll out of 4G services later this year is expected to place even greater pressure on its network.
Spanish operator group Telefónica has completed a field trial of “flexible optical networking” technology, that it hopes could more than double its existing fibre capacity.
The UK arm of Spanish operator Telefónica O2, has introduced a tariff that allows customers to buy a new handset while tied in to a contract, without having to pay additional costs.
Spanish operator group Telefónica has secured €200m of capital from Canada’s export guarantee body Export Development Canada (EDC) to support sales of BlackBerry across its global operations.
Spanish operator group Telefonica has bolstered its mobile content portal in Spain, in a bid to stave off competition from over-the-top service providers.
Spanish operator group Telefonica has secured a $1bn export credit facility to purchase equipment from Swedish infrastructure vendor Ericsson over the next 10 years.
UK 4G spectrum licence winners BT and Vodafone have paid an additional fee to UK regulator Ofcom for preferred spectrum in the regulator’s final ‘assignment’ stage of the nation’s 4G auction. The final stage determines where each bidder’s holdings will sit in the radio spectrum.
UK satellite broadcaster BSkyB has agreed to purchase Telefónica UK’s consumer broadband and fixed-line telephony assets for £180m ($270m), making it the second-largest provider in the UK broadband market.
Spanish operator group Telefonica has revealed that its profit for 2012 has been hit hard as it was forced to write down the value of subsidiaries in Italy, Ireland and Venezuela earlier in the year. As a result, the firm’s full-year net profit fell by 27.3 per cent to €3.92bn.
The Chilean arm of operator group Telefónica has selected infrastructure vendor Nokia Siemens Networks to build its LTE network, The vendor will also help Movistar Chile to expand its 3G network.
The UK’s four mobile network operators and a subsidiary of fixed line incumbent BT have won LTE spectrum, regulator Ofcom has announced. But bidding was cautious, with the auction raising £2.34bn; £1bn less than the UK Treasury had hoped.