Hong Kong-based carrier services firm PCCW Global has banded together with 16 other high profile international network operators, including China Unicom, Telecom Egypt, Etisalat and Ooredoo, to construct a high capacity submarine cable system between Asia, Africa and Europe.
UK operator group Vodafone has signed a five-year multi-million pound contract with food group Premier Foods. Premier Foods is parent to brands such as Batchelors, Bisto and Mr Kipling, and is headed by former Vodafone executive Gavin Darby.
Shareholders have voted to approve a deal that will see Vodafone sell its 45 per cent stake in US operator Verizon Wireless to JV partner Verizon Communications for a total value of $130bn.
International cable group Liberty Global is to acquire Dutch cable operator Ziggo outright, in a deal that values the firm at €10bn. Last year, the firm acquired British cable firm Virgin Media for $24bn and said at the time that it intends to create the “world’s leading broadband communications company”. Ziggo offers television, internet and telephony services in the Netherlands.
UK operator O2 has altered the terms and conditions of its subscriber contracts to sidestep rules introduced by regulator Ofcom last week. The regulator had announced that UK consumers and small businesses would be allowed to leave their mobile operator without paying a penalty fee if their service provider increased its prices mid-contract.
Further restrictions on European roaming charges are now likely to be introduced in September or October, rather than July as originally planned. In its initial proposals to reform the EU telecoms market, the European Commission intended to ban incoming call charges for roaming citizens within the region by July 1st 2014.
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.
French operator Bouyges Telecom has introduced a plan that offers subscribers unlimited voice and text and 3GB of data to be used to and from all European countries and French overseas regions. The Sensation plan will be priced from €29.99 per month.
Chinese vendor Huawei has signed a deal with English Premier League football club Arsenal FC. The partnership will see the two organizations collaborate globally, with Arsenal officials and players also taking part in Huawei’s communication and promotional activities both in the UK and abroad.
Latin American operator group America Movil has increased its stake in European operator group Telekom Austria. The LatAm group, controlled by billionaire Carlos Slim, has agreed to acquire 13.9 million shares in Telekom Austria, through Carso Telecom, a holding company owned by America Movil. The shares equate to a 3.14 per cent stake in the European group.
European operator group VimpelCom has selected infrastructure vendor NSN to supply equipment for its LTE radio access network in some regions of Russia. NSN has signed a five year deal covering central Russia, south Russia, Siberia and most of the Volga and Ural regions.
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.
UK network operators were reluctant to invest in providing services within the Channel Tunnel until Eurotunnel, the group that operates the Channel Tunnel transport network, threatened to offer the provision of network coverage exclusively to French operators.
Following on from the launch of an updated cloud-based connected car platform for its vehicles, Volvo this week inked a content agreement with online music service Pandora that will see internet radio streamed to select vehicles starting in May this year.
UK incumbent BT said that ex-head of HSBC UK, Joe Garner, is to become CEO of wholesale business Openreach in mid-February. Garner replaces Liv Garfield, who is leaving to become CEO of Severn Trent.
European operator group Telekom Austria has named CEO of its Slovenian subsidiary Si.mobil Dejan Turk as CEO and CMO of its Serbian subsidiary Vip mobile. Turk will begin his new roles on March 1st, 2014.
Belgian operator Belgacom has appointed Dominique Leroy as its CEO, following the firing of former CEO Didier Bellens.
UK operators EE and Vodafone have signed 10 year contract with the group that operates the Channel Tunnel transport network, Eurotunnel. The agreements will enable both operators’ subscribers to use 2G and 3G services while travelling on the rail line 100m below sea level.
Orange on Thursday acquired a minority stake in Japanese cloud-based gaming specialist G-cluster for an undisclosed sum. The service provider said that cloud gaming represents an important opportunity and will expand upon an existing agreement whereby G-Cluster provides software services to Orange.