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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 […]

FCC’s Wheeler: ‘Net neutrality suits expected’

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FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler has admitted that major cable and telecoms industry players are likely to sue the Commission whatever rules it proposes following its consultation on net neutrality. Speaking after the FCC’s meeting November 21st, Wheeler said: “The big dogs are gonna sue regardless of what comes out. We want to come out with good rules that accomplish what […]

BT considering mobile return

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UK telco BT has responded to recent press speculation relating to a potential transaction involving cellco Telefónica UK (O2) in the UK, the business it sold to the Spanish telco in 2005 for £18 billion (€22bn). Such a move would make BT a full quad-play operator, restoring mobile to its voice, broadband and TV operations. “We continue to develop our […]

Ofcom opens up 700 MHz for mobile broadband

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UK comms regulator Ofcom has announced it is to make valuable airwaves available for mobile broadband services, suggesting it is also securing the future of digital terrestrial TV. The decision allows mobile network operators to deliver mobile broadband using some of the frequencies currently used for digital terrestrial TV services, such as Freeview, and wireless microphones. These frequencies make up […]

TalkTalk goes quadplay

TalkTalk has struck an MVNO deal with Telefónica UK to launch mobile services over its network as it plans a quad play package. Dido Harding, chief executive, told the FT: “We see the market genuinely moving to quad play. This will accelerate that business rapidly.” TalkTalk and Telefónica are expected to announce the deal this week, TalkTalk is expected to […]

Apax, Bain gatecrash PT bid



Private equity firms Apax Partners and Bain Capital have made a €7.075 billion offer for the Portuguese assets of  Oi, the Brazilian telecoms group, rivalling the €7.025 billion bid from Altice, the European cable group and the bid from Isabel dos Santos. Oi, the largest landline carrier in Brazil, said that the joint offer included two €400 million deferred payments […]

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