Light Reading

Eurobites: Iliad Needs to Up Its T-Mobile Bid

Paul Rainford
8/5/2014
50%
50%

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Telefónica bids for Vivendi's Brazilian broadband arm; EU wants more detail on Liberty/Ziggo deal; Ericsson scores in Egypt.

  • Deutsche Telekom AG (NYSE: DT) has many reservations about the bid by French upstart Iliad (Euronext: ILD) for a majority stake in T-Mobile US Inc. -- not least of which is the value of the Iliad offer -- but it is prepared to consider the bid as an option, according to this Reuters report that cites unnamed sources. Deutsche Telekom will want to maximize its price but also select a bidder for T-Mobile US that has the best chance of being a successful player in the US market, as DT will retain a minority stake whichever bidder it sells to. (See Iliad Offers $15B for a Stake in T-Mobile and Eurobites: Iliad Slumps on T-Mobile Bidding Battle Fears.)

  • Telefónica SA (NYSE: TEF) has submitted a €6.7 billion (US$8.9 billion) bid for GVT, Vivendi 's Brazilian broadband provider. Under the terms of the deal, Vivendi could retain an 8.3% stake in GVT.

  • The fate of Dutch cable operator Ziggo B.V. still hangs in the balance, reports Reuters, as European Union antitrust regulators have called a halt to their review of Liberty Global Inc. (Nasdaq: LBTY)'s proposed acquisition of the operator until the US cable giant furnishes them with more details of the deal. (See Euronews: Rivals Set for Cable Asset Battle.)

  • Ericsson AB (Nasdaq: ERIC) has landed a three-year managed services deal with Vodafone Egypt , providing field maintenance in the greater Cairo area. Vodafone Egypt has more than 36 million subscribers. The value of the deal was not disclosed. (See Vodafone Egypt Uses Ericsson's Managed Services.)

  • UK cable operator Virgin Media Inc. (Nasdaq: VMED) is enabling customers with an iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch to access Sky (NYSE, London: SKY)'s Sky Sports and Sky Movies channels on the go for the first time. The move means that the Brits have even more opportunity to watch even more TV on even more screens -- just what we need!

    — Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

    (0)  | 
    Comment  | 
    Print  | 
  • Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View        ADD A COMMENT
    Educational Resources
    sponsor supplied content
    Educational Resources Archive
    Flash Poll
    From The Founder
    Network architects aiming to upgrade their networks to support agile, open, virtualized services in the 21st century need to consider new criteria when choosing between technology suppliers.
    Live Streaming Video
    CLOUD / MANAGED SERVICES: Prepping Ethernet for the Cloud
    Moderator: Ray LeMaistre Panelists: Jeremy Bye, Leonard Sheahan
    LRTV Custom TV
    Light Reading Interviews MRV: 2015 Big Telecom Event

    7|7|15   |   3:45   |   (0) comments


    Scott St. John, SVP of Global Sales & Service, discusses MRV's customer-centric culture, the new OptiPacket OP-X1 100G access platform, and recent customer wins with Light Reading at BTE 2015.
    LRTV Custom TV
    Procera: Enhancing the Subscriber Experience

    7|7|15   |   4:53   |   (0) comments


    Hear from Procera on the latest in Subscriber Experience solutions. Learn how Procera's RAN Perspective technology helps network operators monitor and manage network traffic, in real-time, solving congestion and other network issues.
    Between the CEOs
    HP's Prodip Sen: The NFV Journey

    7|7|15   |   21:39   |   (0) comments


    Prodip Sen, CTO of the Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) business unit at HP, talks to Light Reading founder and CEO Steve Saunders about the four stages of the NFV journey.
    LRTV Documentaries
    Leading Lights 2015 Winners' Video

    7|7|15   |   08:34   |   (0) comments


    Hear what the Leading Lights 2015 winners had to say after they picked up their awards in Chicago.
    LRTV Documentaries
    PSA: The Perils of a Hyper-Connected Society

    7|6|15   |   1:38   |   (0) comments


    A public service announcement calling attention to the perils of a hyper-connected society.
    LRTV Interviews
    Guavus Takes Analytics on the Road

    7|6|15   |   4:09   |   (3) comments


    Guavus CEO Anukool Lakhina tells Light Reading CEO and founder Steve Saunders how the analytics tools developed for telcos are applicable to the transportation industry.
    Telecom Innovators Video Showcase
    Mellanox's New 25/50/100Gb/s Ethernet Products

    7|6|15   |   2:44   |   (0) comments


    Mellanox offers a complete 10/25/40/50/56/100Gbit/s solution that delivers industry-leading performance, scalability, reliability and efficiency for optimal application performance and data center ROI.
    Telecom Innovators Video Showcase
    Arista's CloudVision

    7|6|15   |   6:01   |   (0) comments


    Anshul Sadana answers questions from Steve Saunders, Light Reading’s founder and CEO, about Arista’s CloudVision, a global cloud network controller for workload orchestration and workflow automation delivering a turnkey solution for cloud networking.
    LRTV Custom TV
    Red Hat Demo

    7|2|15   |   10:53   |   (0) comments


    Red Hat's Nicolas Lemieux demonstrates how Red Hat is driving innovation through open source communities.
    LRTV Custom TV
    Red Hat's Approach to OpenStack Adoption

    7|2|15   |   5:17   |   (0) comments


    Red Hat's Radhesh Balakrishnan outlines his company's open source strategy for both enterprises and telcos.
    LRTV Custom TV
    The New IP Goes Mobile With vEPC

    7|2|15   |   1:12   |   (0) comments


    Heavy Reading's Gabriel Brown discusses results of a Light Reading survey sponsored by Brocade that shows a clear commitment by mobile operators to move quickly to virtual EPC deployment.
    LRTV Custom TV
    Making Business Sense of SDN

    7|2|15   |   1:42   |   (0) comments


    Results of a Brocade-sponsored survey show that CSPs have a clear sense of SDN use cases but are wrestling with the business case. Sterling Perrin of Heavy Reading looks behind the numbers.
    Upcoming Live Events
    September 16-17, 2015, The Westin Galleria Dallas, Dallas, TX
    September 29-30, 2015, The Westin Grand Müchen, Munich, Germany
    October 6, 2015, The Westin Peachtree Plaza, Atlanta, GA
    October 6, 2015, Westin Peachtree Plaza, Atlanta, GA
    October 14-15, 2015, New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, New Orleans, LA
    November 5, 2015, Hilton Santa Clara, Santa Clara, CA
    All Upcoming Live Events
    Infographics
    Equinix walks through the past four digital economy eras from computing to network to connected to today's interconneted world.
    Hot Topics
    What's a Gigabit Good For?
    Carol Wilson, Editor-at-large, 7/1/2015
    FCC Chairman Talks Up SDN/NFV
    Mari Silbey, Senior Editor, Cable/Video, 7/2/2015
    IBM Sows Seed for New Telco Unit, Plans NFV/SDN Push
    Ray Le Maistre, Editor-in-chief, 7/6/2015
    A&E Launches Lifetime OTT Service
    Alan Breznick, Cable/Video Practice Leader, 7/3/2015
    What the Helio? MVNO Is Back After First Flop
    Sarah Thomas, Editorial Operations Director, 7/6/2015
    Like Us on Facebook
    Twitter Feed
    Webinar Archive
    BETWEEN THE CEOs - Executive Interviews
    Prodip Sen, CTO of the Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) business unit at HP, talks to Light Reading founder and CEO Steve Saunders about the four stages of the NFV journey.
    Casa Systems has been going from strength to strength over the last couple of years. In 2013, it became the first vendor to ship an integrated CCAP device -- the ...
    Cats with Phones