Light Reading
Could KPN and/or EE be in AT&T's sights? Also: Nokia outsources staff; Orange broadens its Horizons

Euronews: AT&T Seeks European M&A

Paul Rainford
1/17/2013
50%
50%

AT&T Inc., Nokia Corp. and France Télécom – Orange start the ball rolling in today's roundup of EMEA headlines.

  • AT&T is looking to acquire a European mobile operator to reduce its reliance on its domestic market, according to this Wall Street Journal story, which cited Dutch incumbent KPN Telecom NV and the U.K.'s largest mobile operator, Everything Everywhere Ltd. (EE), as potential targets.
  • Nokia is to transfer up to 820 IT staff to outsourcing partners HCL Technologies Ltd. and Tata Consultancy Services Ltd. and cut up to 300 IT jobs as part of the restructuring of its back office operations, the Finnish mobile giant announced Thursday morning. Most of the staff affected are based in Finland. The move is part of the companywide revamp announced in June 2012. (See Nokia Cuts 10,000 Jobs, Restructures.)
  • France Télécom – Orange is looking to break into new markets with the launch of a subsidiary, Orange Horizons, which, according to a statement from the operator, will "seek out new business opportunities in countries where the Group is not already present as a mass-market telecommunications provider." The first such venture sees the company launching two websites in South Africa, the first to sell "telecom-related devices" (phones, possibly?) and the second providing online content geared to the local market.
  • Middle East powerhouse Etisalat has submitted a "preliminary expression of interest" to buy Vivendi's 53 percent stake in Maroc Telecom. Etisalat says the move is "consistent with our stated strategy of selective expansion in our core MENA markets and would complement our existing operations in Sub-Saharan Africa."
  • Meanwhile, Reuters reports that Maroc Telecom is set to invest €900 million (US$1.2 billion) over two years in an upgrade of its network infrastructure. (See Pyramid: Three's a Crowd in Morocco.)
  • Swedish operator Tele2 could face a carve-up of its Russian business, Reuters reports, citing Russia's Vedomosti newspaper. The report, which claimed that Garsdale (an investment vehicle owned by billionaire Alisher Usmanov) was proposing to buy Tele2's assets and divide them up between MegaFon, VimpelCom Ltd. and Mobile TeleSystems OJSC (MTS), has been dismissed by Garsdale's CEO as "inaccurate."
  • In a week that has seen the collapse of three major U.K. retail chains, namely HMV, Blockbuster and Jessops, it seems sales of tablets are providing one of the few bright spots in what is a very gloomy picture on Britain's high streets. Dixons, which owns electrical retailer Currys and PC World, reported "phenomenal" sales of the go-to gadgets, though the low margins on them didn't do a lot for its bottom line. — Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading
    (0)  | 
    Comment  | 
    Print  | 
  • Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
    Flash Poll
    From The Founder
    It's clear to me that the communications industry is divided into two types of people, and only one is living in the real world.
    LRTV Documentaries
    EE: The Road to 5G

    12|16|14   |   16:02   |   (1) comment


    Andy Sutton, the principal network architect at UK mobile operator EE, explains how his company is using Wembley stadium as a wireless test bed and how that's helping EE to plan the evolution to 5G.
    LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
    Highlights of Huawei's NFV Open Cloud Forum 2014

    12|16|14   |     |   (0) comments


    Huawei hosted its inaugural NFV Open Cloud Forum during the SDN & OpenFlow World Congress 2014 in Düsseldorf, Germany. The Forum brought together technology thought leaders, senior executives and telecom professionals from global carriers, industry associations, as well as other partner companies in the ecosystem, to exchange views on and collectively explore how ...
    LRTV Custom TV
    Realizing Operators' Digital Vision

    12|16|14   |   5:23   |   (0) comments


    Leveraging technology is fundamental to digital transformation but understanding customers and serving them really well is at the heart of digital businesses. TM Forum lists the following as the strategic pillars of the digital business: business agility and rapid innovation, operational agility and effectiveness, IT and data centricity, plus customer centricity. ...
    LRTV Documentaries
    US Cellular Injects Analytics Into LTE

    12|16|14   |   2:57   |   (1) comment


    US Cellular's Mario Vela explains how the operator uses analytics for network planning and what comes next as the carrier looks to eke more value out of its metrics.
    LRTV Interviews
    How Cox Biz Plans to Keep Growing

    12|15|14   |     |   (1) comment


    Steve Rowley, SVP of Cox Business, details how the third-biggest US MSO intends to boost its revenues to $2 billion and beyond over the rest of the decade
    LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
    Interview With Bill Zhang, Director of SoftCOM Product Management, Huawei

    12|15|14   |   2:50   |   (0) comments


    Bill Zhang elaborated on Huawei's open philosophy in NFV solution development and network architecture design at the SDN & OpenFlow World Congress 2014.
    LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
    Event Highlights: Huawei at SDN & OpenFlow World Congress 2014

    12|15|14   |   3:43   |   (0) comments


    Huawei joined the 2014 SDN & OpenFlow Congress as one of the key sponsors and contributors. At the event, Huawei reinforced the openness and flexibility of its network infrastructure strategies, and provided updates on its SDN and NVF innovations. Through participations at the exhibitions, forums and speeches, Huawei encouraged the industry to "think bigger and ...
    LRTV Interviews
    How Cable Biz Services Hit $10B Mark

    12|12|14   |     |   (1) comment


    Cable operators reached $10 billion in annual business services revenues by delving deeper into their vertical markets and expanding beyond the smallest firms.
    LRTV Documentaries
    Mediacom Aims to Test Connected Tractors

    12|11|14   |   05:07   |   (3) comments


    Cable business service provider is taking its services to the 'agribusiness' sector in partnership with farm equipment specialist John Deere and is getting involved in Gigabit Cities developments.
    LRTV Interviews
    TWC Business Looks Beyond $3B

    12|10|14   |     |   (0) comments


    TWC Business Services chief Phil Meeks explains how his unit has reached $3 billion in annual revenues and what its plans are for next year.
    LRTV Documentaries
    AT&T's New Security Strategy

    12|10|14   |   02:36   |   (1) comment


    AT&T's Chief Security Officer Ed Amoroso explains how his company is wrapping virtual security layers around micro network domains.
    LRTV Documentaries
    2020 Vision: A First View

    12|9|14   |   02:25   |   (3) comments


    At the 2020 Vision Executive Summit in Iceland, unique Heavy Reading research shows that comms service providers are optimistic about the next five or so years.
    Upcoming Live Events
    February 10, 2015, Atlanta, GA
    April 14, 2015, New York City, NY
    May 6, 2015, McCormick Convention Center, Chicago, IL
    May 13-14, 2015, The Westin Peachtree, Atlanta, GA
    June 9-10, 2015, Chicago, IL
    Hot Topics
    Vodafone to Ride T-Mobile Back Into US
    Dan Jones, Mobile Editor, 12/12/2014
    1-Gig: Coming to a Small Town Near You
    Jason Meyers, Senior Editor, Gigabit Cities/IoT, 12/17/2014
    Cisco Makes Big Analytics Push
    Mitch Wagner, West Coast Bureau Chief, Light Reading, 12/11/2014
    Gardner's Departure a Cautionary Tale
    Carol Wilson, Editor-at-large, 12/12/2014
    T-Mobile Lights Up 27 Wideband LTE Cities
    Sarah Reedy, Senior Editor, 12/15/2014
    Like Us on Facebook
    Twitter Feed
    Upcoming Webinars
    Webinar Archive