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Coverage boost for UK mobile users

UK consumers and businesses set to benefit from guaranteed £5 billion investment into UK’s mobile infrastructure in what is being described as a landmark deal with the four mobile networks to improve mobile coverage across the UK, As part of its long-term economic plan, the UK Government has secured a binding agreement with the mobile networks EE, O2, Three and […]

BT’s EE bid raises regulatory concerns

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BT’s £12.5 billion (€15.8bn) offer for the possible acquisition of UK mobile business, EE from Deutsche Telekom and Orange has raised a number of regulatory issues, which according to Matt Howett and James Robinson, analysts at consultancy firm Ovum, are not insurmountable given current market dynamics. They note that the competition issues raised by BT’s acquisition attempt of EE will […]

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 […]

TeliaSonera, Telenor merge operations in Denmark

TeliaSonera and Telenor have entered into an agreement to merge their Danish operations into a new joint venture where the parties will own 50 per cent each. The new joint venture will create a robust mobile operator that is able to increase investments in networks to the benefit of our customers. “We are making a necessary and natural move by […]

MTG, Tele2 partner for Viaplay TV Everywhere

MTG’s online streaming service Viaplay has entered into a partnership with Swedish telco Tele2, enabling Tele2 to offer Viaplay to its 3.7 million Swedish mobile and mobile broadband subscribers. The deal increases both the reach and availability of Viaplay. The partnership is the first of its kind for Viaplay. Both new and existing Tele2 customers will have the option to […]

Vodafone to buy blinkbox?

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UK based MNO Vodafone is considering buying the Tesco-owned video and music streaming service blinkbox to give it access to content as it gears up to become a quad-play operator. Reports emerged in early October that the UK supermarket retailer was planning to sell off or shut down the loss-making operation, which has struggled to compete against services such as […]

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 […]

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 […]

Deutsche Telekom, Orange confirm BT discussions

Following the confirmation by BT that it had received expressions of interest from shareholders in two UK mobile network operators, of which one was O2, about a possible transaction in which BT would acquire their UK mobile business, Deutsche Telekom and Orange, the joint shareholders of EE, the other likely operator target, have confirmed they are in discussions with the […]

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 […]

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