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FCC adopts net neutrality rules

The US’s Federal Communications Commission has followed the lead of President Barack Obama and voted to impose tough new rules for net neutrality, introducing a measure that seems sure to bring a court challenge. The vote – as anticipated along a party-line 3-2 vote – backed Chairman Tom Wheeler’s proposal to reclassify broadband Internet as a ‘telecommunications service’, giving it […]

France: Virgin Mobile launches quadplay offering

French MVNO Virgin Mobile has launched its first quadruple play offer, which combines SFR’s triple play ADSL box with a 20GHz 4G mobile service. Following its acquisition at the end of 2014, Virgin Mobile is already benefiting from Numericable-SFR’s fixed and mobile networks, as well as capitalising on the innovations of the SFR box. Virgin Mobile is now able to […]

Vivendi to sell Numericable-SFR stake?

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French media giant Vivendi says it has received a “binding offer” from Altice and Numericable-SFR for its remaining 20 per cent stake in Numericable-SFR, at a price of €40 a share, and equivalent to €3.9 billion. Vivendi’s Supervisory Board will make a decision on February 27th. However, the price on offer is almost 25 per cent lower than Vivendi’s current […]

BT confirms £12.5bn EE deal


Following the mid-December 2014 confirmation that it was in exclusive negotiations, UK telco BT has agreed definitive terms to acquire EE for £12.5 billion (€15.8bn). BT says the combination will provide customers with innovative, seamless services that combine the power of fibre broadband with wi-fi and advanced mobile capabilities. Integrating the two companies will accelerate BT’s mobility strategy and increase […]

Broadband providers set to benefit from UK multiplay


Over 65 per cent of people in the UK who are signed up to a bundle of communications services, value their broadband access more than their pay-TV service, fixed-line phone or even their mobile phone service, according to findings from global technology analyst company CCS Insight. This puts broadband providers such as BT, Sky and Virgin Media in pole position […]

Mobile, TV, fibre boost TalkTalk Q3

UK comms and entertainment provider TalkTalk has revealed its best ever results for mobile, TV and fibre. Between September and December, 115,000 more homes signed up to TalkTalk TV, 50,000 took mobile and 88,000 signed up to fibre. The number of overall broadband customers increased by 15,000, while the number of customers choosing to leave TalkTalk fell to its lowest […]

Coverage boost for UK mobile subs

The UK’s four mobile network operators have finalised what the UK Government is describing as a “landmark” deal to deliver improved mobile coverage for consumers across the UK. As part of the Government’s long-term economic plan, the Culture Secretary Sajid Javid has secured legal requirements from the four mobile networks to tackle poor signal issues in so-called ‘partial not-spots’. These […]

Sky to enter mobile sector


UK pay-TV operator Sky is set to add a range of mobile voice and data services to its customer offering for the first time following agreement of a new partnership with Telefónica UK which will see it become a Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO). Under the terms of the multi-year deal, Telefónica UK will give Sky wholesale access to 2G, […]

AT&T to buy Nextel Mexico’s wireless assets

AT&T, the second-largest US mobile-phone carrier, is set to buy NII Holdings’ Mexican wireless assets for $1.875 billion in its third deal to expand south of the US border. The acquisition includes companies that operate under the name Nextel Mexico, spectrum licences, network assets, retail stores and about 3 million customers. The purchase price doesn’t include an unspecified amount of […]

Telefónica confirms £10bn Hutchison O2 UK deal


Telefónica has entered into an exclusivity agreement with Hutchison Whampoa in relation to Hutchison’s potential acquisition of O2 UK, Telefónica’s subsidiary in the UK, for £10.25 billion (€13.5bn) in cash. The agreement includes an initial amount of £9.25 billion which would be paid at closing of the transaction and an additional deferred payment of £1 billion. The exclusivity period will […]

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