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TeliaSonera acquires cloud & hosting outfit Ipeer

TeliaSonera acquires cloud & hosting company

TeliaSonera has acquired Ipeer AB, a cloud and hosting service provider for the Swedish corporate sector. According to TeliaSonera, the purchase will enhance its network and access portfolio, and enable it to offer completely new solutions to customers.

TeliaSonera, DNA to share network in rural Finland

The deal will improve coverage in rural Finland

The Finnish operation of Scandinavian operator TeliaSonera has agreed a deal with local Finnish carrier DNA that will see the two share network resources and spectrum in the sparsely populated Northern and Eastern regions of Finland.

Moldcell freshens up licence portfolio

Moldcell has got new licences

The Moldovan subsidiary of TeliaSonera, Moldcell, acquired new licenses for spectrum in the 800 and 1800MHz radio frequency bands, valid for a 15-year term starting in November 6. Moldcell paid €25.5m for the licences.

TeliaSonera completes management reshuffle

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European operator group TeliaSonera has continued ringing the changes, appointing Swisscom executive Henriette Wendt as its head of group corporate development. Wendt currently serves as Swisscom’s head of corporate strategy and participation management and will assume her new role in August.

TeliaSonera reports drop in revenue and profit

TeliaSonera has seen net sales and operating income decline in the first quarter of 2014

European operator group TeliaSonera has seen net sales and operating income decline in the first quarter of 2014.

TeliaSonera appoints Christian Luiga as CFO

Christian Luiga, CFO, TeliaSonera

TeliaSonera has appointed Chrisian Luiga as its chief financial officer. Luiga has been acting CFO since the end of 2013, when his predecessor Per-Arne Blomquist was sacked in the wake of investigations into the firms investments in Eurasia. In a statement at the time TeliaSonera said Blomquist was one of four senior executives who had “lost the trust of the board.”

GSMA’s Bouverot sends operator-backed open letter to Kroes calling for European reform

Anne Bouverot, director general, GSMA

The director general of the GSMA, Anne Bouverot, has sent an open letter to EC Commissioner Neelie Kroes calling for policy reform that will encourage investment in Europe’s telecoms sector. Bouverot secured endorsements from the CEOs of ten European operators with a combined European mobile customer base of almost three quarters of a billion subscriptions, according to data from Informa’s World Cellular Investors service.

Yoigo hits 4 million users

Telefónica will use Alcatel-Lucent's infrastructure equipment for its LTE network in Spain

TeliaSonera’s Spanish subsidiary Yoigo, the fourth largest challenger in the Spanish mobile market reached four million subscribers last week.

Mystery operator wins Norwegian LTE spectrum

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The Norwegian Post and Telecommunications Authority has announced the winners of its latest spectrum auction, and one of the three successful bidders is an unknown company whose identity has become the focus of much speculation. Challenger Tele2 came away empty-handed and must look to address the holes in its spectrum portfolio.

Vice president, Mobile System Development, Nordic and Baltics, TeliaSonera: “4G roaming is a clear requirement from our customers”

Tommy Ljunggren, vice president, Mobile System Development, Nordic and Baltics, TeliaSonera

Following the successful LTE Awards 2013, we speak to Tommy Ljunggren, vice president, Mobile System Development, Nordic and Baltics, TeliaSonera about the company’s win for its 4G roaming service in the Best LTE Roaming Product or Service category.

Commercial challenges greater than technical for LTE roaming

Technology executives at some of Scandinavia’s biggest carriers told the audience at LTE World Summit today that, while technical hurdles are easy to overcome, more complex commercial issues mean a single mobile market without roaming borders is still some years away.

TeliaSonera signs LTE roaming deal with iBasis

TeliaSonera’s International Carrier division has signed an LTE roaming peering agreement with iBasis

European operator group TeliaSonera’s International Carrier division has signed an LTE roaming peering agreement with roaming services provider iBasis. The two companies plan to interconnect their diameter signalling and data hubs.

3 to buy O2 Ireland as consolidation drive continues

Hutchison is looking to drive further consolidation in Europe.

Hutchison Whampoa, which operates the 3 brand in Europe, has announced that it is to buy Telefónica’s Irish mobile operation O2 for €780m, with a further €70m payable if a number of agreed financial targets are hit. It is the second consolidatory move made by Hutchison in recent months, following the acquisition of Orange Austria, which was completed at the end of 2012.

Telecom Italia joins operator M2M alliance

The collaboration was started by Deutsche Telekom and Orange in 2011

Telecom Italia has become the fourth European operator to join the Global M2M Association, a collaborative programme founded by Deutsche Telekom and Orange (then France Telecom) in February 2011. TeliaSonera joined in July 2011.

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.

TeliaSonera loses chief in wake of corruption allegations

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The chief executive of Swedish carrier TeliaSonera, Lars Nyberg, stepped down on Friday in the wake of a scandal over allegations of corruption involving operations in Uzbekistan.

MegaFon raises £1.1bn in London IPO

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Russian operator MegFon began trading today on the London Stock Exchange ahead of its listing on December 3, 2012. The firm raised £1.1bn ($1.7bn) in its IPO, the largest new capital raised by a telecommunications company in London since Orange in 2001, according to the London Stock Exchange.

Telenor launches LTE in 11 Norwegian cities

Oslo is one of 11 cities to get LTE coverage from Telenor's first deployment. (Photo: Nancy Bundt)

Norwegian incumbent Telenor has announced the launch of its LTE network in 11 towns and cities in the country. Telenor said it would continue rollout across the country “at a rapid pace”, pledging to have one third of the Norwegian population covered by its LTE network by the end of the year. The firm aims to have 90 per cent population coverage by 2015, said CEO Berit Svendsen in a statement.

TeliaSonera boosts presence in Kazakhstan

TeliaSonera boosts its presence in Kazakhstan

International operator TeliaSonera has announced that it is to acquire Alem Communications, a WiMAX operator in Kazakhstan, for $170m. Stockholm-headquartered TeliaSonera, which has an extensive footprint in Eastern Europe, already holds the leading position in the Kazakh cellular market through its local subsidiary Kcell (GSM Kzakhstan).

Facebook deploys own Euro fibre network to meet demand

Mobile data growth is a key reason Facebook is investing in a private fibre network in Europe

Mobile operators worldwide should be preparing for an impending surge in traffic over the next several years, with mobile users in 2016 consuming an average of 6.5 times as much video, over eight times as much music and social media, and nearly ten times as much games than in 2011.

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