Managed Services

Euronews: Jan. 13

There's some heavyweight M&A action in today's EMEA news roundup, with Telia Company , Etisalat , Zain Group and Mobile TeleSystems OJSC (MTS) (NYSE: MBT) all in the mix.

  • Polkomtel SA , Poland's largest mobile operator, has begun to officially court potential buyers with "teaser" documents and, according to Bloomberg, Swedish carrier TeliaSonera is seriously interested. A spokeswoman for TeliaSonera said Polkomtel would complement its "current footprint of a strong Nordic and Baltic presence." (See Euronews: Sept. 6.)

  • Also on Bloomberg is news that Emirates carrier Etisalat may be facing unexpected competition from Turkey in its bid to buy control of Kuwait-based giant Zain. Etisalat has offered US$12 billion for Zain to date. (See Euronews: Sept. 30.)

  • And while we're on the M&A trail, The Moscow Times reports that Russian rivals MTS and VimpelCom Ltd. (NYSE: VIP) are circling St Petersburg-based fixed-line operator Eltel . Eltel began life in 2000 and has notched up 1,200 corporate customers and 30,000 broadband subscribers.

  • Mobile operator Telefónica UK Ltd. has formed a joint venture with ICT provider 2.00E+02 to grab itself a bigger slice of the lucrative managed services market. O2 Unify will launch on April 2. (See O2 Forms Services JV With 2e2.)

  • Depending on your cynicism quotient, T-Mobile (UK) has either

      a) backtracked on, or
      b) clarified

    its announcement that it was to impose a monthly download data cap of 500 Mbytes, thereby more than halving its data allowance for many subscribers. According to the BBC, the new 500-Mbytes limit will only apply to new or upgrading subscribers. (See Euronews: Jan. 12.)

    — Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

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