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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

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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’

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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

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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. […]

SFR-Numericable deal closes

Multinational cable and telecommunications company Altice and French cable MSO Numericable Group have confirmed the closing of the transaction to combine mobile operator SFR and Numericable. Vivendi received €13.366 billion in cash of which €200 million will be contributed to the financing of the acquisition of Virgin Mobile by Numericable Group. The amount of €13.166 billion will be subject to […]

Telcos to pay for 4G interference in DTT

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The Spanish Goverment is finalising a ruling whereby telco operators will take all responsability and assume the costs in any 4G interference in the transmission of DTT from January 1st when the DTT migration to another frequencies band is completed. Citizens will be able to claim damage before the State Secretary of Telecommunications (SETSI) for any interference with Telefónica, Orange […]

Argentina forbids telcos any DTH action

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Argentina has amended its proposed Digital Law. The result, if approved and passed into law, will forbid telephone companies to enter into DTH satellite entertainment broadcasts. The new rule means that the local telco giants such as Telefónica, Claro and others, many of which are active in broadcasting DTH platforms in neighbouring Latin American countries, will not be permitted to […]

All-in-One quadplay from KD, Vodafone

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The first fruits of mobile operator Vodafone’s €10.7 billion takeover of German triple-play cableco Kabel Deutschland in 2103 are beginning to emerge with the launch of Vodafone All-in-One, a quadplay package which Kabel Deutschland says brings together the best products of both worlds – mobile from Vodafone Germany and cable Internet, phone and TV for the home from Kabel Deutschland. […]

UK telcos call for BT dominance review

Expressing concern that former incumbent telco BT still holds a network monopoly position 30 years after privatisation, and ten years after the formation of regulator Ofcom, the UK Competitive Telecommunications Association (UKCTA) has called on the watchdog to review the market and reassess its priorities for the next ten years to ensure the UK communications sector remains competitive. A recent […]

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