Financial

Telefonica does not rule out a sale of O2 in the UK

Concerned over market shift to bundling fixed and mobile services

Reuters

BARCELONA (Reuters) - Telefonica would have to consider its options regarding its UK presence, including a sale of the O2 business, if more of the market moves to bundling fixed and mobile telecom services, a top executive said on Thursday.

Telefonica, which bought O2 in 2006, has said the UK business remains core but has not ruled out asset sales to meet a year-end debt target of below 43 billion euros (34.37 billion pounds).

Deutsche Telekom sets up 500 million euro venture capital fund

To be launched early next year, focus on Germany’s growing tech start-up scene

Reuters

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Deutsche Telekom is to set up a 500 million euro ($620.4 million) fund for technology ventures, giving the company more scope to invest in venture capital and innovation.

The fund, called Deutsche Telekom Capital Partners (DTCP), will be launched early next year and will focus on Germany’s growing tech start-up scene, the telecoms operator said on Tuesday.

The new fund will also expand its activities to include private equity investments in existing companies.

AT&T to acquire Mexico's Iusacell for $1.7 billion

Mexico's government earlier this year implemented reforms to shake up its telecom and broadcast market

Reuters

WASHINGTON/MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - AT&T Inc agreed to pay $1.7 billion to acquire Mexico's third-largest wireless operator, Iusacell, as it seeks to grab a slice of a market with lower cellular penetration than the United States and faster potential growth.

Mexico's government earlier this year implemented reforms to shake up its telecom and broadcast market by weakening the dominance of broadcaster Grupo Televisa and billionaire Carlos Slim's cellphone and fixed-line company America Movil.

DirecTV beats estimates on higher fees, loses subscribers

Analysts had expected it to add 66,000 users

Reuters

(Reuters) - DirecTV, the No.1 U.S. satellite TV provider, reported a quarterly profit above analysts' expectations as it earned more from each subscriber in the United States.

But the company, being bought by AT&T Inc for $48.5 billion, lost subscribers for the second quarter in a row to competitors, including cable companies that offer broadband along with video at a discount.

Sprint's CEO faces mounting challenges to turn company around

Pledges to reduce annual costs by $1.5 billion, announces 2,000 additional job cuts

Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - When Marcelo Claure took the top job at Sprint Corp two months ago, he faced an uphill climb in turning around the No. 3 U.S. cellular provider. On Monday, it became clear quite how steep that road to recovery will be.

The Bolivian entrepreneur, who was installed as CEO after the collapse of merger talks with T-Mobile US Inc, already faced the task of stemming growing subscriber defections as the company seeks to upgrade its subpar network.

Africa phone tower firm IHS raises $2.6 billion

Deploying towers in Africa is typically more expensive than in other regions

Reuters

DUBAI (Reuters) - Nigerian phone tower group IHS has raised $2 billion in equity and $600 million in debt in what it says is the biggest equity fund raising by an African company this decade.

IHS, the continent’s largest tower company, will use the money to finance infrastructure spending and recently agreed acquisitions, according to a company statement on Monday.

It said the equity funding was from new and existing shareholders, but did not provide further details.

Oi, America Movil, Telefonica to bid for Brazil's TIM, sources say

The companies agreed to present a single offer to minority shareholders and Telecom Italia

Reuters

SAO PAULO/MILAN (Reuters) - Brazil's Grupo Oi SA, Mexico's America Movil SAB and Spain's Telefonica SA agreed to place a joint bid worth around 32 billion reais ($13 billion) for TIM Participações SA, two sources with direct knowledge of the matter said on Friday.

The companies agreed to present a single offer to minority shareholders and Telecom Italia SpA, which owns about 67 percent of TIM Participações, Brazil's No. 2 wireless carrier, said the first source, who requested anonymity as the deal is still in the works.

Ericsson flags North America slowdown

Period of intense network investment may be drawing to a close

Reuters

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Mobile telecoms gear maker Ericsson said on Friday a slowdown in North America created uncertainty over fourth quarter sales as operators cut spending after big investments in high-speed networks.

A build-out of the newest 4G/LTE networks by operators in North America, where Ericsson makes about a quarter of its sales and Chinese rival Huawei is effectively barred from doing business, has supported the Swedish firm at a time of stagnation in much of Europe.

China Mobile quarterly revenue falls for first time since at least 2009

After years of sizzling growth, reversal highlights mounting pressure

Reuters

BEIJING (Reuters) - Quarterly revenue at China Mobile Ltd fell year-over-year for the first time since at least 2009 as China's largest telecom provider continued to stumble in the face of rising competition from popular Internet-based messaging apps.

TMT Finance and Investment ASIA 2015

Date
Start Date: 
Wednesday, January 28, 2015
End Date: 
Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Singapore:

The 6th TMT Finance & Investment Asia event will take place in Singapore on January 28 with a new expanded programme featuring 20 sessions on Telecom, Media and Digital Technology Investment Strategy for Asia.

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