Spanish Cable operator Ono has said it will press ahead with its planned IPO while continuing to engage with Vodafone over a possible acquisition, it has been reported. Citing two people “with knowledge of the matter”, news agency Bloomberg reported that Ono will slow preparations for the IPO, agreed at a board meeting on Thursday, to give Vodafone the option to up its previous bid, which was in the region of €7bn.
UK-based operator Vodafone has announced the acquisition of private equity-owned Spanish cable operator Ono for €7.2bn. Ono offers high speed broadband and pay TV services in Spain and Vodafone said that the transaction will accelerate its unified communications strategy “in a highly converged European market”.
French conglomerate Vivendi has entered into exclusive negotiations with cable company Altice over the sale of mobile operator SFR. The move rebuffs an alternative proposal from rival operator Bouygues Telecom.
UK operator EE has signed outbound LTE roaming agreements with Orange in France and Spain. EE, which is jointly owned by operator groups Orange and Deutsche Telekom, said that the deals are the first of a series of outbound roaming agreements. The operator intends to announce similar deals in the USA, Italy, Germany, Switzerland and the Netherlands in the summer.
A report on the performance of UK mobile operators that named Vodafone as having the poorest overall network performance of the country’s four operators has drawn strong criticism from the firm. Network performance monitoring specialist RootMetrics published its UK mobile network performance review Thursday, ranking Vodafone in last place for network reliability, mobile internet performance and call and text performance.
Cable CEOs debated the future of convergence between their own networks and mobile services at Cable Congress in Amsterdam this week. Leading executives said that cable operators are becoming mobile companies as consumption of content migrates to mobile.
Nokia Solutions and Networks has revealed plans to open a Mobile Broadband Security Center in the German capital of Berlin. The firm said it wanted to drive awareness of and collaboration on network security between industry, public sector and end users. The new facility will begin operations in the second half of this year.
The UK government has stated that it will further investigate the prospect of encouraging spectrum sharing among operators.
Despite the range of recognised benefits available to mobile operators through wifi provisioning, there are clear concerns that the economics might not stack up. When respondents to the Telecoms.com Intelligence Industry Survey 2014 were asked to rank challenges that operators might face in deploying their own wifi networks, return on investment was considered as the most serious obstacle by far. A total of 53.3 per cent of respondents ranked RoI six or seven out of seven in terms of seriousness (with seven being the most serious), with that number rising to almost 57 per cent among operators.
Telecom Italia has found it can double its network’s peak data rate, and vastly increase network capacity using High Speed Uplink Packet Access (HSUPA) technology from infrastructure vendor NSN.
European operator group Tele2’s Estonian subsidiary has acquired a second 2.1GHz spectrum licence from operator PGH Raadiovõrk OÜ. Tele2 said that it has doubled its 3G mobile capacity in many areas of the country as a result of the deal.
A project to build a 100Gbps, 20,000km long submarine cable system connecting Europe to Singapore has been backed by 15 operators from around the world. Infrastructure vendors NEC and Alcatel-Lucent will be supplying the equipment, with NEC deploying the segment spanning Singapore to Sri Lanka, and Alcatel-Lucent deploying the stretch from Sri Lanka to France.
Sonera, the Finnish arm of operator group TeliaSonera, has agreed to acquire the consumer operations and fixed network business of Finnish communications provider AinaCom for €47m.
French mobile operator Bouygues Telecom has announced that it has entered into exclusive negotiations with rival Free, owned by parent company Iliad, to sell its mobile phone network and portfolio of frequencies for “up to €1.8bn”.
Mobile satellite communications services provider Inmarsat has deployed BSS firm CSG International’s billing and mediation tools to manage wholesale channel and reseller billing partners.
Students at US educational institution Stanford University are working on a research project that aims to improve the way users access wifi networks in their homes and enterprises.
US operator Sprint has launched a connected car offering for automotive insurance companies. The IMS UBI Intelligence tool offers insurers a way to accurately determine a driver’s policy premium based on their driving behaviour.
Pushing on with its £7bn organic investment programme, Project Spring, operator group Vodafone has signed a five-year agreement with infrastructure vendor Huawei. As the third vendor signed up for this initiative, the Chinese firm will carry out a number of network enhancement projects and provide products and services to the operator to expand its single RAN in 15 countries around the world.
European operator group Telenor has deployed Alcatel-Lucent’s Motive Network Analyser to continuously monitor fixed line broadband connections in Norway as part of a plans to modernise its fixed access.
iPhone maker Apple has announced that its senior vice president and CFO Peter Oppenheimer will retire at the end of September this year. He will be replaced by current vice president of finance and corporate controller Luca Maestri, who prior to joining Apple held the role of CFO at network infrastructure vendor Nokia Siemens Networks (now Nokia Solutions and Networks) as well as document management firm Xerox.