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BT plans ultrafast broadband

UK telco BT has revealed plans to transform the UK broadband landscape from superfast to ultrafast. The announcement came as BT reported its Q3 Results which showed it had added 45,000 TV customers and continued to grow its BT Sport residential and commercial customer bases. In just over a year since launch, 25,000 commercial premises have signed up to BT […]

Coalition urges EU to champion Open Internet

The EBU has signed an open letter alongside a broad coalition of digital stakeholders, urging the EU Council of Ministers to support strong and clear net neutrality rules in the Single Telecoms Market Proposal for a Regulation. Ahead of an informal dinner of EU Telecom Minister on the proposed Telecoms Single Market Regulation on January 21st, the net neutrality coalition […]

TalkTalk buys blinkbox and Tesco Broadband


UK quad-play operator TalkTalk has acquired the blinkbox Movies business and the Tesco broadband and fixed line voice base from UK supermarket retailer Tesco. The assets have been acquired free of debt and as a single transaction for cash. Reports emerged in early October 2014 that Tesco was planning to sell off or shut down the loss-making operation, which has […]

ASA rules BT Sport ad misleading


BT has been hit by a ruling from the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) over an ad for its BT Sport pay-TV channels after Sky complained it had unclear information about a rise in cost. The ad, which ran on the BT Sport website, included an offer for free access to BT Sport via the Sky platform for customers with a […]

Rostelecom, VGTRK form media JV

Rostelecom, Russia’s national telecommunications operator, is to create a media joint venture with the All-Russia State Television and Radio Broadcasting Company (VGTRK), Russia’s leading producer of pay-TV channels for cable and satellite broadcast. The JV will be made up of VGTRK’s Digital Television and Rostelecom’s subsidiary NKS-Media. The main aim of the JV is to accelerate the development of the […]

BT confirms exclusive EE negotiations

UK telco BT has announced that, further to its statement on November 24th 2014, it has entered into an exclusivity agreement with Deutsche Telekom and Orange in relation to BT’s possible acquisition of all of their UK mobile business, EE, a move that significantly enhances its ability to provide a quad-play offering. The period of exclusivity will last several weeks […]

Australian NBN boosts roll-out via pay-TV


The roll-out of Australia’s National Broadband Network is set to accelerate following the acquisition of elements of pay-TV operator Optus’s hybrid fibre coaxial (HFC) cable network. The agreement will see NBN Co progressively take ownership of elements of Optus’s coaxial access network in those parts of the country where it represents the fastest and most cost-effective way to deliver fast […]

Stop Mega Comcast Coalition ‘aims to protect consumers’


US public interest group Public Knowledge has joined the Stop Mega Comcast Coalition to urge policy-makers to reject Comcast’s attempt to acquire Time Warner Cable. The Coalition includes private companies, public interest groups, and industry associations that believe the merger would cause substantial harm to consumers. John Bergmayer, Senior Staff Attorney at Public Knowledge, claimed that, if approved, the Comcast/Time […]

Could Sky fall to Vodafone?

The market is full of rumours that this or that that telephony operator wants to buy, merge or somehow absorb a rival or two, especially if that rival has TV-related assets. Widely talked about are discussions between Vodafone and Liberty Global’s European operations. BT (the former British Telecom, and which used to own cellular operator O2) is looking to buy […]

Altice in exclusive Portugal Telecom negotiations


Multinational cable and telecommunications company Altice has entered into an exclusivity agreement with Oi to agree the purchase of the Portuguese assets of Portugal Telecom. Altice’s fully-financed, binding offer values Portugal Telecom at an enterprise value of €7.4 billion on a cash and debt-free free basis which includes €500 million consideration related to the future revenue generation of Portugal Telecom. […]

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