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Nokia and Verizon deals bad for Europe, says GSMA Chairman

Franco Bernabè, chairman at the GSMA

Recent merger and acquisition activity has illustrated how Europe’s telecoms sector is becoming weaker, according to top executives at operator trade association the GSMA. Speaking at the GSMA’s Mobile 360 event in Brussels, chairman Franco Bernabè, who is also CEO at Telecom Italia, said that deals such as Vodafone’s sale of its Verizon stake and Microsoft’s acquisition of Nokia suggests that Europe is no longer a leading region in the telecoms sector.

Vodafone Verizon deal inches closer

Vodafone and Verizon have long sought resolution over the ownership of Verizon Wireless.

Vodafone put a price on the sale of its 45 per cent share in Verizon Wireless to Verizon in another short statement on Sunday, sizing the deal at $130bn (£83.4bn) in cash and common Verizon stock. While the firm described the talks as “advanced”, and despite reports on Sunday and Monday that the deal is all but done, a formal announcement has yet to be made.

Vodafone confirms talks on sale of Verizon Wireless stake

Vodafone and Verizon have long sought resolution over the ownership of Verizon Wireless.

Vodafone has confirmed that it is discussing the potential sale of its 45 per cent stake in US operator Verizon Wireless to JV partner Verizon Communications. Verizon’s desire to assume full control of the largest mobile operator in the US is well known and the deal has been the subject of speculation for the better part of a decade.

UK LTE tussle begins in earnest

London

With Vodafone and Telefónica-owned O2 launching their LTE services today, long awaited competition in the UK LTE market can now begin. Meanwhile the UK’s two other operators, 3UK and EE, piped up to remind the market of their own plans and achievements.

KPN shareholders to decide E-Plus fate

KPN is holding an extraordinary general meeting for its shareholders to decide the fate of its German business unit E-Plus

Dutch operator group KPN is holding an extraordinary general meeting for its shareholders to decide the fate of its German business unit E-Plus. In July, Telefónica Deutschland made a bid to acquire the unit for €5bn; a bid that was approved by KPN’s board.

Vodafone settles tax dispute with HMRC

Vodafone nears CWW deal

British operator group Vodafone has claimed its tax policy is fully compliant with the law after it emerged the company had paid a settlement worth millions of pounds to HMRC over tax returns at an Irish subsidiary.

Vodafone sets up M2M brand in Brazil

Brazilian flag

Operator group Vodafone has signed a deal that sees it setting up its own brand in Brazil, the first fully Vodafone branded operation to be launched in the Americas. The operator inked a non-equity partnership agreement with local MVNE Datora Telecom to launch Vodafone Brasil, which will primarily serve Vodafone’s multinational enterprise customers’ M2M needs.

Vodafone signs customer care managed services deal

Operator group Vodafone has signed a five year global managed services deal with OSS/BSS provider Amdocs. Under the terms of the deal, Vodafone’s customer care and billing will be based on Amdocs software applications and the vendor will deliver application development, operations and maintenance services for the operator.

Vodafone seeking €1bn from Telecom Italia in antitrust case

Vodafone is taking legal action against Telecom Italia

Operator group Vodafone has confirmed reports that it has taken legal action against Telecom Italia, for abuse of a dominant position in the Italian market. The group is seeking damages of more than €1bn.

Vodafone UK enterprise director leaves for Virgin Media

Vodafone's Peter Kelly will take on the role of managing director at Virgin Media Business

The enterprise director of Vodafone UK, Peter Kelly, will take on the role of managing director at Virgin Media Business on September 16, 2013.

Vodafone CIO moves to HMRC

Mark Dearnley, will take on the role chief digital and information officer at the HMRC this year

Vodafone UK’s CIO, Mark Dearnley, will step down and take on the role chief digital and information officer at the HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) in October this year.

O2 prepares to switch on LTE

O2 will launch LTE services at the end of August 2013

The UK arm of Telefonica, O2, has announced that it will launch LTE services later this month. The network will be switched on in London, Leeds and Bradford on 29th August.

Carrier billing gains traction among UK operators

All five of the UK’s mobile network operators have connected to Gemalto’s direct billing platform

All of the UK’s mobile network operators have extended their carrier billing offerings by connecting to Gemalto’s direct billing platform, the mobile security solutions provider announced.

Vodafone sees sales dip

Vodafone's group service revenue fell 3.5 per cent

Operator group Vodafone’s service revenue dropped by 3.5 per cent year on year in the quarter ended 30 June 2013. Service revenue from Europe dropped significantly; operations in Italy saw sales drop 17.6 per cent, while Spanish revenue dropped by 10.6 per cent, taking revenue from Southern Europe to £2.27bn.

Bitcoin mobile wallet launches in Kenya

Kipochi works on all mobile phones. The group describes it as a “lightweight BitCoin Wallet”

Kenya has long been considered a pioneer of mobile money services, given the successful mobile payment system M-Pesa made its debut in the market. Now a recently launched project aims to combine M-Pesa with another pioneering currency technology, Bitcoin.

Vodafone expands African enterprise ops

Vodafone sees great potential in Africa

Vodafone has expanded its enterprise offering in Africa as growth in regional revenues tops the €1bn mark for the financial year ending March 2013.

India considering full foreign ownership of operators

India's Telecom Commission has endorsed plans to allow 100 per cent FDI in mobile operators

India’s Telecom Commission has endorsed plans to allow foreign firms to wholly own mobile operators in the country. Currently, the level of foreign direct investment (FDI) permitted in operators stands at 74 per cent, but it could soon be increased subject to Cabinet approval.

Vodafone plays offense and defence with Kabel Deutschland

Vodafone has not paid any corporate tax in the US for the second year in a row

Vodafone’s determination to buy Kabel Deutschland represents both an offensive and defensive strategy as it looks to strengthen its position in its leading European market.

M2M services at a “tipping point” for businesses

Vodafone report shows 50 per cent of organisations will have adopted M2M by 2015

Half of enterprises worldwide will have adopted M2M technology by 2015, according to Vodafone. Furthermore, although large organisations have so far led in deploying such technology, small organisations are set to surpass them in terms of adoption, the operator said.

Greek operators strike network sharing deal

Global broadband revenues to continue rising

With the difficult economic climate taking its toll on businesses in Greece, the nation’s number two and number three mobile operators have signed an active 2G and 3G network sharing agreement covering rural areas and some urban sites.

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