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Tele2 sells Russian unit in $3.5bn deal

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Nordic carrier Tele2 has agreed to sell its regional Russian mobile operation to banking group VTB for $2.4bn in cash and $1.15bn in debt.

Oracle targets Tekelec in acquisition spree

The IT and telco worlds are merging

Continuing its telco-centric spending spree, US IT solutions provider Oracle announced on Monday its intention to acquire network signalling and policy control specialist Tekelec.

Arieso passes test; acquired by JDSU for $85m

Small cells are seen as a key growth area

Testing, measurement and security firm JDSU on Friday acquired geo-location and RAN planning specialist Arieso for $85m in cash.

WeDo looking for Asian partner

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Flushed with success from the acquisition of US-based Connectiv Solutions, Portuguese revenue assurance specialist WeDo is now looking for an acquisition target in Asia.

Liberty Global eyeing up Virgin Media

The deal could significantly shake up the UK market

International cable operator and media company Liberty Global is in talks with Virgin Media to buy out the UK-based cable operator and mobile service provider in a deal that could shake up the UK market.

AT&T buys rural CDMA player Alltel

AT&T has acquired Alltel

US carrier AT&T said Tuesday it has agreed to acquire the retail wireless operations of Atlantic Tele-Network, which operates under the Alltel brand for $780m in cash.

Ericsson picks up IT services expertise

Swedish equipment manufacturer Ericsson has announced its intention to acquire the IT services capabilities of the Devoteam Telecom & Media operation in France.

Cisco reveals service management strategy with statement of intent to buy Broadhop

Consolidation continues apace in the worlds of service and traffic management with the news that Cisco intends to acquire its long-time partner Broadhop. The acquisition would be a significant development for Cisco which has something of a history in network management, but has until now been a relative bit-part player in service management, working mainly through partnerships with the likes of Broadhop and others.

If rumors of GVT sale are true, Telefonica will not be the only interested party

Latin America in a 3G spin

Rumors in the market say that that Vivendi is interested in selling GVT, the same company that it disputed with Telefonica for two months in 2009. The price paid by Vivendi, nearly BRL3.5bn ($1.75bn), was considered very high and surprised the entire market, which had never seen this company in a price war for an acquisition before.

Austrian mobile mergers under scrutiny

Telekom is looking to acquire YESSS from Orange Austria, as Orange itself is bought up by Hutchison 3G (H3G) in a wider deal

Austria was a hotbed of activity towards the end of this week as the Austrian Federal Competition Authority applied for an in-depth assessment by the Cartel Court of Telekom Austria’s proposed acquisition of MVNO brand YESSS!

Timing, price and opportunity are right for America Movil to invest in Europe

There are at least three good reasons why this is the right time for America Movil to look at new mature markets in Europe

The diminished room for growth in Latin America and the negative macroeconomic situation and operating environment in Europe mean that times are ripe for America Movil to launch into a European expansion campaign. In Latin America, the cash-rich Mexico-based telecoms group has a history of buying troubled operators at good prices to turn them into profitable companies, by exploiting synergies and developing efficient operations.

Nokia snaps up imaging tech with Scalado buy

The move gives Nokia a new revenue stream from IP licensing

As the quest for talent and intellectual property continues apace, Nokia on Thursday picked up Sweden-based imaging specialist Scalado, securing itself a royalty revenue stream from the editing, enhancing, viewing and sending of images on mobile devices.

Neelie Kroes claims M&As “could help improve European broadband coverage”

Neelie Kroes, vice president, European Commission for the Digital Agenda

Mergers and acquisitions (M&As) in the European telecoms sector can help improve broadband coverage across the continent, according to Neelie Kroes, Vice President of the European Commission for the Digital Agenda.

Google buys Quickoffice, Meebo

Google buys Quickoffice, Meebo

Web giant Google is on the acquisition trail, having this week forked out for social engagement platform Meebo and mobile office suite Quickoffice.

Parables and Parallels

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With London’s 2012 Olympic Games weeks away, The Informer has been taking some time to read up on its history, and it seems that parallels can be drawn in the telecoms industry with the times that the Olympians first battled it out in Ancient Greece.

Prey turns predator as European mobile consolidation takes hold

The consolidation momentum in the telecom sector is increasing

Late last week, Hutchison 3G Austria (3) finally announced the acquisition of Orange Austria in a deal valued at around €1.3bn. The market share of the newly-enlarged operator will reach around 22 per cent of total customers. This is more than double the market share of any other subsidiary of the 3 Group in Europe, but still places the operator a distant third to T-Mobile (~32 per cent) and Telekom Austria (~46 per cent) in a market that has effectively been reduced to just three players. The market had already been whittled down from five players to four in 2006 when T-Mobile Austria acquired tele.ring.

NSN sells microwave backhaul business

The move should boost development of backhaul transport networks

Wireless networking kit vendor DragonWave on Friday announced plans to acquire the microwave transport business of Nokia Siemens Networks. The price is around €15m with extras and performance related payouts potentially raising the value of the transaction to above €80m.

Interoute builds on cloud services with Quantix acquisition

Interoute has high hopes for cloud services

European backbone network operator Interoute has strengthened its offering in the cloud services space with the acquisition of UK-based Quantix. The purchase adds managed application services to Interoute’s unified computing and managed hosting portfolio, allowing the firm to manage international customers’ database applications, including Oracle and SQL, as a cloud based service.

US politicians ask Obama to approve AT&T/T-Mobile merger

15 US politicians have sent a letter to Obama urging him to approve merger

US President Barack Obama has received a letter from 15 lawmakers calling for his administration to approve the merger between AT&T and T-Mobile. The letter, put forward by member of congress Heath Shuler and 14 other Democrats, said that the proposed merger of AT&T and T-Mobile USA would help solve America’s jobs crisis by reducing unemployment, encourage private investment and promote new and innovative technologies that will drive job creation.

US DoJ moves to block AT&T/T-Mobile deal

The Department of Justice argued that T-Mobile's independence is vital for competition in the US mobiel market

The US department of Justice has filed a civil antitrust lawsuit in a bid to block AT&T’s proposed $39bn acquisition of T-Mobile’s US operation, claiming that the deal would “substantially lessen competition” in the US wireless sector. If successful, said Deputy Attorney General James M. Cole, the move would result in higher prices and lower quality for consumers.

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