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Telecom Italia’s fibre optic network in 54 cities

Telecom Italia’s new NGAN (Next Generation Access Network) fibre-optic network, which provides speeds of at least 30 Mbps, is already available in 54 Italian cities, with more to be added in the coming months. According to Telecom Italia’s director of technology, Roberto Opilio, the goal is to cover over 50 per cent of the population by 2016, in order to [...]

Telecom Italia to offer Sky TV to broadband subs


Sky and Telecom Italia have agreed a deal that will allow Telecom Italia customers to access the entire Sky Italia television offer through its ultra-broadband networks, using a My Sky HD decoder specially created for Internet TV. The pair say the partnership confirms the industrial importance for the two companies, leaders in their respective sectors, of operating in the broad [...]

Broker downgrades BT on TV and competition fears


Global investment management firm Sanford C Bernstein has downgraded BT, saying it may over-spend on TV sports rights and face more competition from rival Virgin Media. Bernstein, which reduced BT to ‘market-perform’ with a fair value of 385p, said “much good can be said” about BT and its investment case, although a good deal of that was well-understood and priced [...]

Vivendi accepts €17bn Altice/Numericable SFR bid

The logo of French telecom operator SFR is seen on a building in the financial district of le Defense at Nanterre, west of Paris

Vivendi has confirmed that its Supervisory Board has decided unanimously to accept a bid from Altice/Numericable for its SFR mobile unit. The definitive acceptance follows a mutually-agreed exclusive period signed on March 14th. The Board said it also carefully reviewed letters and documents that the Bouygues Group decided to send it during this exclusive period regarding a combination between SFR [...]

European Parliament passes telecoms reform package


The European Parliament has voted to adopt the EC’s Connected Continent package, albeit with some fundamental amendments. Although welcomed by European Commission Vice President Neelie Kroes, who said the vote represented “the EU delivering for citizens”, particularly as it did away with roaming charges, a number of observers have suggested the reverse may be true. The ‘Connected Continent’ telecoms Regulation [...]

Spain Digital Dividend delay cost €9m a month

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The Spanish government will reportedly have to pay the telco operators Telefonica, Vodafone and Orange at least €9 million a month (€300,000 a day) if it fails to release the 800 Mhz frequencies by January 1st 2015. These frequencies are now used by DTT channels which should migrate to other bands to allow the provision of 4G services by the [...]

KPMG: Surge in M&A no surprise

David Elms, KPMG’s Head of Media, has commented on the back of figures showing that the value of deals in the TMT sector during the first quarter of 2014 has reached its highest level since 2006: “Attitudes and outlook in the industry have definitely changed and

Turk Telekom still wants Digiturk

Türk Telekom is still reportedly interested in digital pay-TV operator Digiturk. Back in July last year Türk Telekom submitted a non-binding offer to buy a 53 per cent stake of Digiturk, one of 12 companies of the Çukurova group that had been seized by Turkey’s state-run Savings Deposit and Insurance Fund (TMSF).However, Çukurova had said it found the offer inadequate. [...]

Spain: Consolidation draws new telco map

ONO’s acquisition by Vodafone and other envisaged mergers are set to change the face of the Spanish telco market, with three large groups – Telefonica, Vodafone and Orange dominating the business. These three companies now control over 90 per cent of the mobile and broadband business in terms of revenues and 70 to 80 per cent in terms of subs. [...]

Bouygues increases SFR bid

Bouygues has boosted the cash portion of its offer for Vivendi’s SFR to €11.3 billion as it seeks to top a competing bid from cable billionaire Patrick Drahi that’s less likely to run into regulatory hurdles. The construction and telco group led by Martin Bouygues said its revised proposal includes an additional €800 million in cash. Vivendi would get 43 [...]

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