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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 [...]

SecondSync joins Twitter

UK-based TV social media analytics company SecondSync is to become part of Twitter. In an announcement on its website, SecondSync says it is “very proud” of the business it has built up over the last three years. “Through our social analytics products, we’ve enabled clients in the broadcast and advertising industries to realise the value of conversations on Twitter about [...]

4G DTT disruption lower than anticipated

at800 – the organisation responsible for ensuring people continue to receive free-to-air television when 4G mobile services operating at 800 MHz are launched – is revising its approach to improve its support for UK viewers of digital terrestrial Freeview services. The decision follows research among Freeview viewers before and after local 4G at 800 MHz masts were activated for 1,800 [...]

India’s MSOs complain about TV tax

Recently the Mumbai region has placed the responsibility for collecting India’s entertainment tax firmly onto the shoulders of the major MSOs. Previously the cash was collected by the thousands of smaller Local Cable Operators. Now four of India’s largest MSOs are hitting back. Den Networks, Hathway , Siticable and inCable have filed separate writs in the Delhi High Court which [...]

EC OKs Vodafone Kabel Deutschland takeover


Vodafone has confirmed that it has obtained unconditional merger control clearance from the European Commission for the voluntary public takeover offer for Kabel Deutschland. With merger approval from the European Commission, all conditions to the offer have been met and Vodafone expects to close the transaction on October 14th 2013. Kabel Deutschland shareholders who have not yet accepted the offer [...]

India MSOs hit with tax summons

It seemingly never just rains on India cable MSOs but it pours! Not only are they struggling with an analogue to digital conversion task that’s massively complicated and much delayed and has some regions now officially blacked out, but the tax-man has hit some Kolkata cable players with tax demands and claims of financial irregularities. More than 350 operators, including [...]

Vodafone to sell Verizon stake


Vodafone has confirmed it is in talks with Verizon over the sale of its 45 per cent stake in their joint venture, Verizon Wireless. Reports earlier this year suggested that Verizon was looking to buy Vodafone’s stake in Verizon Wireless for about $100 billion. Shares in Vodafone jumped 9 per cent following the company’s announcement. Vodafone said “Vodafone notes the [...]

Vodafone, Kabel Deutschland deal cleared

The German competition authorities have reported they have no objections to UK mobile phone giant Vodafone plan to take over Kabel Deutschland. “Following a preliminary examination on our part, we’ve assessed that it’s more of a complementary tie-up,” the head of Germany’s Federal Cartel Office, Andreas Mundt, told Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. The dossier would now be passed on to the [...]

Slim bids for KPN control

Carlos Slim’s America Movil has made a €7.2 billion bid for the 70 per cent of Dutch telecoms group KPN it does not own, challenging Telefonica’s attempt to buy KPN’s German business. Telefonica last month made an $11 billion offer to buy KPN’s crown jewel, Germany’s E-Plus, disrupting America Movil’s expensive – and on paper currently loss making – foray [...]

Green light for Zon-Optimus merger

Portugal’s Competition Authority – Autoridade da Concorrência – has approved a merger between quad-play provider Zon Multimedia and Sonaecom’s mobile unit Optimus. The two companies said that they have been informed of the Authority’s non-opposition to the consolidation process, with the confirmation of the previously announced five conditions. The conditions include: Optimus extends the duration period of the network sharing [...]

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