Light Reading

Eurobites: Telefónica Gets EC Green Light on E-Plus Deal

Paul Rainford
9/1/2014
50%
50%

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Iliad first-half revenues up, plus fresh T-Mobile bid speculation; Liberty Global sniffs around ITV; Vodafone protests net neutrality proposals.

  • Telefónica Deutschland GmbH has been given the green light from the European Commission for its €8.1 billion (US$10.7 billion) takeover of KPN Telecom NV (NYSE: KPN)'s German mobile unit, E-Plus Service GmbH & Co. KG . In order to win the approval from Brussels, Telefonica agreed to sell up to 30% of its mobile network capacity. The combined business will be Germany's largest mobile service provider by subscribers, with about 43 million customers (first-quarter 2013 numbers) and a market share of about 38%.

  • French operator Iliad (Euronext: ILD), which stepped into the global spotlight with its audacious but unsuccessful $15 billion bid for control of T-Mobile US Inc. , has posted first-half revenues up 10.4% year-on-year to €2.02 billion ($2.66 billion), reports Reuters. Iliad's cut-price mobile brand, Free Mobile , has recorded particularly strong growth, with revenues up 24.1% to €745.7 million ($979.6 million). And it seems Iliad's T-Mobile aspirations are very much alive and kicking: Bloomberg reports that Iliad is talking to several private equity firms with a view to making a fresh bid for Deutsche Telekom AG (NYSE: DT)'s US unit. (See Iliad's Bid for T-Mobile: This Ain't No Joke and Eurobites: Deutsche Telekom Names Its Price for T-Mobile US.)

  • US cable giant Liberty Global Inc. (Nasdaq: LBTY) is gathering support from the relevant shareholders for an attempted takeover of ITV, the UK's number one commercial TV broadcaster, reports the Daily Telegraph. Earlier in the summer Liberty acquired a 6.4% stake in ITV, a move which prompted speculation that a full takeover bid might be just around the corner.

  • Carrying Netflix? What's in it for us? Vodafone Group plc (NYSE: VOD) isn't happy about the European Commission's proposed rules on net neutrality, and it plans to use a conference in Spain today to vent its displeasure, reports Bloomberg.

  • A gaggle of bankers and investors interviewed by Reuters has come to the conclusion that Telecom Italia SpA (NYSE: TI) is in a vulnerable position and has egg on its face following its unsuccessful attempt to buy Vivendi 's Brazilian broadband unit, Global Village Telecom (GVT). Telefónica prevailed in the bidding war for GVT, with its $9.8 billion offer. (See Telefónica, Telecom Italia in $9B Battle to Buy Brazil's GVT.)

  • The GSM Association (GSMA) is making its presence felt: Firstly, it has called on the European Commission to bring forward (from 2020) its proposed timetable for the repurposing of the 700MHz band for mobile broadband; and, secondly, it is asking governments in sub-Saharan Africa to review their approach to mobile-specific taxation, specifically the use of the Surtax on International Incoming Traffic (or SIIT) which, claims the GSMA, stifles economic growth in those countries.

  • Alcatel-Lucent (NYSE: ALU) has completed the fourth upgrade of the SAT-3/WASC subsea cable system, doubling the capacity of the system that links Europe with the West African coast and Southern Africa.

    — Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

    (1)  | 
    Comment  | 
    Print  | 
  • Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View        ADD A COMMENT
    Ray@LR
    50%
    50%
    Ray@LR,
    User Rank: Blogger
    9/1/2014 | 7:59:22 AM
    Iliad prediction
    I predict that by the end of September Iliad will have an offer on the table that will meet DT's requirements, but a legal storm will then rumble and roll for at least a year as everyone and their dog files complaints and objections, by which time the landscape will have changed so much that the offer doesn't seem quite so good any more (to Iliad, probably).

    Just a hunch - let's see what happens... 
    Educational Resources
    sponsor supplied content
    Educational Resources Archive
    From The Founder
    Against the odds, Huawei is growing its telecoms networking equipment business in the US -- that should be ringing some alarm bells for domestic vendors.
    Flash Poll
    Live Streaming Video
    CLOUD / MANAGED SERVICES: Prepping Ethernet for the Cloud
    Moderator: Ray LeMaistre Panelists: Jeremy Bye, Leonard Sheahan
    Between the CEOs
    Metaswitch's New CEO Martin Lund Discusses His Role

    9|2|15   |   11:27   |   (2) comments


    Technology industry veteran Martin Lund joins Metaswitch Networks this week as the company's new CEO. In this interview, Lund discusses his new role and the industry's progress with Light Reading CEO Steve Saunders. Lund believes that the industry disruption caused by SDN and NFV is creating opportunities for companies like Metaswitch – network software providers ...
    Telecom Innovators Video Showcase
    Nominum on Leveraging the Power of DNS to Deliver Superior Subscriber Experiences

    9|2|15   |   07:13   |   (0) comments


    Nominum CEO Gary Messiana talks about the challenges service providers face in competing for a much more sophisticated customer, a customer that has heightened expectations for more personalized and compelling digital experiences. Providers are focusing their efforts on delivering higher value subscriber services, retaining their existing customers and increasing ...
    Between the CEOs
    CEO Chat With Jeff Miller, ActiveVideo

    8|28|15   |   19:05   |   (0) comments


    Jeff Miller, President and CEO of ActiveVideo, talks to Light Reading founder and CEO Steve Saunders about the impact of virtualization on the TV and video distribution market.
    LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
    Vodafone: Mobile Money Is About Customer Trust

    8|27|15   |   06.36   |   (0) comments


    Light Reading spoke with Vodafone's Ian Ravenscroft about the unique responsibilities and opportunities facing operators handling customers' financial transactions over the network.
    Telecom Innovators Video Showcase
    Palo Alto Networks on Expanding in the Carrier/Service Provider Market

    8|26|15   |   07:54   |   (0) comments


    Alfred Lee from Palo Alto Networks tells Steve Saunders about their new chassis-based system, the PA-7080, and how it can benefit service providers compared to legacy firewalls.
    LRTV Custom TV
    Global Services Forum Preview

    8|25|15   |   02:36   |   (0) comments


    Light Reading's CEO and Founder Steve Saunders talks about Huawei's upcoming Global Services Forum with the help of Heavy Reading's Patrick Donegan and Teresa Mastrangelo.
    Telecom Innovators Video Showcase
    Infoblox on DNS Threat Index

    8|19|15   |   04:39   |   (0) comments


    Dilip Pillaipakam from Infoblox talks to Steve Saunders about his company's core network services.
    Between the CEOs
    CEO Chat With Ihab Tarazi, Equinix

    8|14|15   |   20:18   |   (1) comment


    Equinix CTO Ihab Tarazi talks to Light Reading founder and CEO Steve Saunders about the dramatic changes in the data center, cloud and interconnect markets and discusses the impact of SDN and NFV in the coming years.
    Telecom Innovators Video Showcase
    The Netformx Ecosystem

    8|14|15   |   09:39   |   (1) comment


    Ittai Bareket, CEO of Netformx, talks with Steve Saunders about the Netformx Ecosystem, which employs cutting-edge prescriptive analytics to help solution providers maximize profits.
    Telecom Innovators Video Showcase
    Versa Networks on Leveraging VNFs

    8|12|15   |   07:37   |   (0) comments


    Kumar Mehta, founder and CEO of stealth mode startup Versa Networks, talks with Steve Saunders about how providers can best leverage virtualized network functions (VNFs).
    LRTV Custom TV
    Transforming the Network Through OPNFV

    8|5|15   |   7:09   |   (0) comments


    Sandra Rivera, VP Data Center Group; GM Network Platforms Group, Intel Corporation, on OPNFV Arno and how the industry is coming together to accelerate the deployment of NFV and transform the network.
    LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
    Huawei ONS Product Demo

    8|3|15   |   6:01   |   (0) comments


    Huawei shows at Open Networking Summit 2015 in Santa Clara how its SDN and NFV solutions embrace openness.
    Upcoming Live Events
    September 16-17, 2015, The Westin Galleria Dallas, Dallas, TX
    September 16, 2015, The Westin Galleria Dallas, Dallas, TX
    September 16, 2015, The Westin Galleria Dallas, Dallas, TX
    September 29-30, 2015, The Westin Grand Müchen, Munich, Germany
    October 14-15, 2015, New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, New Orleans, LA
    November 5, 2015, Hilton Santa Clara, Santa Clara, CA
    November 17, 2015, Santa Clara, California
    December 1, 2015, The Westin Times Square, New York City
    December 2, 2015, The Westin Times Square, New York City
    All Upcoming Live Events
    Infographics
    Cisco's cloud and virtualization portfolio can increase business agility and innovation by building a more flexible network architecture.
    Hot Topics
    T-Mobile CEO Plays Data Traffic Cop
    Sarah Thomas, Editorial Operations Director, 8/31/2015
    CEO Chat With Bill Gates
    Steve Saunders, CEO and founder, Light Reading, 8/31/2015
    Time to Monetize Cable WiFi
    Alan Breznick, Cable/Video Practice Leader, 8/31/2015
    New Apple TV: More $$, Not Content – Report
    Mari Silbey, Senior Editor, Cable/Video, 8/31/2015
    Ex-AlcaLu Boss Tasked With Bolstering Altice
    Iain Morris, News Editor, 9/1/2015
    Like Us on Facebook
    Twitter Feed
    September 16, 2015
    Wi-Fi First or Second?
    September 22, 2015
    Media Begins With “Me”
    Webinar Archive
    BETWEEN THE CEOs - Executive Interviews
    Technology industry veteran Martin Lund joins Metaswitch Networks this week as the company's new CEO. In this interview, Lund discusses his new role and the industry's progress with Light Reading CEO Steve Saunders. Lund believes that the industry disruption caused by SDN and NFV is creating opportunities for companies like Metaswitch – network software providers with the agility to embrace new technologies quickly and the ability to deliver on substantial projects for global network operators.
    The scene: Last Saturday, lunchtime, the interior of a shi-shi-foo-foo eatery in Manhattan's SoHo district.
    Cats with Phones
    It's a New Age... Click Here
    When smartphones replace stuffed animals.