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Cincinatti Bell to close wireless operation, sell spectrum

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Regional US operator Cincinnati Bell has announced that it is to close its cellular business, selling its spectrum licences to Verizon Wireless for $194m. The firm, which reported a wireless subscriber base of 340,000 at the end of 2013, down from 398,000 at the close of 2012, saw full year 2013 wireless revenues drop by 17 per cent to $202m.

Telekom Austria CEO foresees increased foreign investment in Europe

Hannes Ametsreiter called the spectrum price a "bitter pill"

The CEO of Telekom Austria, Hannes Ametsreiter, has told Telecoms.com that he expects to see increased investment in the European telecom sector and that some European telcos might see their headquarters shift outside of the region as a result. Telekom Austria is itself part owned by Mexican billionaire and America Movil CEO Carlos Slim, who is reportedly keen to take full ownership of the Austrian incumbent.

Telenor moves for Tele2′s Swedish broadband and TV operation

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Norwegian operator Telenor is moving to consolidate its position in the Swedish broadband and television services sector with the acquisition of Tele2 Sweden’s fiber and cable business for SEK775m ($121.4m). Tele2 has some 370,000 households connected with fiber and cable, including 125,000 fixed broadband customers, 75,000 digital TV customers and 220,000 cable TV customers.

Telefónica confirms talks to offload Czech operation

The capital city of the Czech Republic, Prague

Spain’s Telefónica has confirmed that it is in discussions with Czech investment group PPF surrounding the sale of its Czech operation O2. In a stock market announcement following speculation in the financial press, Telefónica said that it is “exploring strategic options in relation to its stake in Telefónica Czech Republic, including conversations with investor group PPF, with nothing certain whether an agreement will be reached, or final terms and conditions.”

GSMA report makes policy recommendations for Europe

Anne Bouverot, director general, GSMA

The GSMA has issued a fresh call for policy overhaul in the European mobile sector in a bid to bring the region up to speed with the world’s leading markets. Spectrum harmonisation, the removal of barriers to consolidation and freedom from close regulator control on pricing are essential to the sector’s improvement, the group said.

Ovum view: Investors to gain more than Vodafone from Verizon sale

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On September 2, 2013, Vodafone and Verizon announced that they had reached an agreement for Vodafone to sell its 45 per cent stake in Verizon Wireless back to Verizon for $130bn. Ovum believes that the deal is good for both parties, but that the decision to return 65 per cent of the proceeds from the sale back to shareholders is short-sighted. It may make Vodafone CEO Vittorio Colao popular, but we don’t believe that he will have enough left to future proof the business.

Verizon confirms acquisition of Vodafone VZW stake

Lowell McAdam, president and CEO, Verizon Wireless

US carrier Verizon Communications has confirmed that it is to acquire Vodafone’s US holdings, including the UK operator’s 45 per cent of Verizon Wireless for $130 billion, consisting primarily of cash and stock. The firm said that the deal had unanimous approval from both boards and will likely close in the first quarter of next year.

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.

Analyst raises prospect of Vodafone Liberty Global deal

The sale of its Verizon Wireless stake could see Vodafone look for further acquisitions

Liberty Global shares rose sharply yesterday on speculation that Vodafone could use cash freed up by its exit from Verizon Wireless to acquire the international cable giant.

América Móvil’s KPN deal threatened by KPN Foundation

Carlos Slim's América Móvil said it could walk away from the KPN deal

Mexican operator América Móvil has said that it is prepared to withdraw its €2.40/share bid for ownership of Dutch incumbent KPN after the independent KPN foundation exercised an option to buy shares that has given it almost 50 per cent of the voting rights in the telco.

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.

Singtel boosts Bharti Telecom holding

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Singaporean incumbent operator Singtel is to up its stake in India’s Bharti Telecom to 39.78 per cent, taking its effective interest in Bharti Airtel, India’s largest mobile operator, to 32.34 per cent.

TeliaSonera backs Megafon’s Yota acquisition

Russian firm Vimpelcom saw its revenue grow four per cent year on year to reach $23.1bn while net income was $2.1bn; a four-fold increase on the 2011 figure

Russian operator Megafon has announced that it is to acquire domestic competitor Scartel, which operates an LTE network under the Yota brand, for $1.18bn. TeliaSonera, which holds 25.2 per cent of Scartel described the deal as “strategically attractive and value enhancing” for Megafon. Scartel is currently owned by Garsdale, a holding company of Russian billionaire Alisher Usmanov, who also controls more than 50 per cent of Megafon.

América Móvil free to raise stake in KPN

América Móvil could increase its stake in European operator group KPN after ending a truce to cap its stake

Mexico based operator group América Móvil could increase its stake in European operator group KPN after ending a truce to cap its stake in the Dutch based firm.

Telefónica to pay €5bn for KPN’s E-Plus in Germany

The deal would create the largest mobile operator in Germany, with more than 40m subscribers

Dutch incumbent KPN has confirmed that it is to sell its German mobile operation, E-Plus, to Spain’s Telefónica, which operates as O2 in the German market. Telefónica will pay €5bn in cash to KPN, which will also hold a 17.6 per cent stake in Telefónica Deutschland once the deal, subject to regulatory approval, has been completed.

Liberty Global counters Vodafone’s Kabel Deutschland bid

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German fixed broadband and TV operator Kabel Deutschland has confirmed that it has received an acquisition approach from international cable provider Liberty Global. The move follows an offer from Vodafone last week. No details on the size of either offer have been made public and the prospect of a bidding war now looms.

European telecom sector needs in-market consolidation, says Portugal Telecom CEO

Zeinal Bava, CEO, Portugal Telecom

The CEO of Portuguese incumbent Portugal Telecom, which also holds 23.34 per cent of Brazilian player Oi, has voiced concern over Europe’s ability to continue to compete on the global telecoms stage if further consolidation among the operator community is not encouraged.

Deutsche Telekom submits final offer for MetroPCS

Deutsche Telekom has submitted what it says is a final offer for US operator MetroPCS

German operator group Deutsche Telekom has submitted what it says is a final offer for US operator MetroPCS. The firm hopes to persuade a number of MetroPCS’s shareholders that voiced objections to the terms of the initial bid.

TeliaSonera holds on to Yoigo

TeliaSonera will continue developing its Spanish subsidiary Yoigo

Swedish operator group TeliaSonera will retain its Spanish subsidiary Yoigo as it has not received a suitable offer for the business from prospective buyers, the firm has said.

After sales, service

A while ago I was told by an executive from one of the big network equipment vendors that he had seen proof that a Chinese competitor was spoofing network performance in a competitive trial to try and win business. One conclusion can be drawn from this accusation, valid or not: Things are getting desperate in the infrastructure supply sector. Falsifying performance data would be a drastic act, after all—but then so would slandering the opposition.

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