Euronews: Vodafone Eyes Spanish M&A

Vodafone Group plc (NYSE: VOD), KPN Telecom NV (NYSE: KPN) and Vivendi are upfront in today's jog through EMEA telecom tidbits.

  • Vodafone -- among others -- is taking a look at the books of KPN's Spanish MVNO (mobile virtual network operator) business, reports Reuters. The Dutch incumbent is looking to refocus its international operations. (See Euronews: KPN's Slide Continues.)

  • Vivendi's third-quarter results reveal a mixed picture, with SFR , its French fixed and mobile service provider, and Maroc Telecom , its Moroccan operator, both recording year-on-year declines in revenue. However, GVT, its Brazilian operator, is going great guns, posting a 37.2 percent rise in revenue year-on-year and a 57.7 percent rise in EBITA (earnings before interest, tax and amortization). Taken as a whole, Vivendi's third-quarter revenues were down 1.6 percent on the same period last year, though EBIT was up 14.4 percent to €1.21 billion (US$1.63 billion). (See Vodafone Sells SFR Stake for $11B and Vivendi Floors Telefónica.)

  • BT Group plc (NYSE: BT; London: BTA)'s Openreach unit is trumpeting the success of the first fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) trial with Fujitsu Ltd. (Tokyo: 6702; London: FUJ; OTC: FJTSY), the latter using the former's duct and pole infrastructure to bring FTTP to the Wirral, a region of north-west England. In April Fujitsu announced a surprise plan to connect up to five million U.K. homes and businesses with broadband speeds of up to 1 Gbit/s. (See Openreach, Fujitsu Tout Progress on Pole Sharing and Fujitsu Unveils UK FTTH Plan.)

  • Denis O'Brien, the billionaire Irish owner of Caribbean/Central American operator Digicel Group , has abandoned plans to put in a takoever bid for eir , the beleaguered Irish incumbent, reports Reuters. The independent directors of eircom have until the end of this week to come up with workable debt restructuring plans. (See Lenders to Lean on Eircom.)

  • Austrian mobile operator Hutchison 3G Austria GmbH (H3G) has flipped the switch on its LTE network, which is based on ZTE Corp. (Shenzhen: 000063; Hong Kong: 0763)'s Uni-RAN and Uni-Core technologies. The Chinese vendor replaced Nokia Networks as H3G's infrastructure vendor of choice at the start of the year. (See MWC 2011: 3G Austria Dumps NSN for ZTE.)

  • Utility price comparison website Uswitch.com has put out a study that, it says, reveals U.K. download speeds fall by an average of 35 percent during the country's "broadband rush hour," which falls between 7pm and 9pm, about the time when people realise that, yep, there is absolutely nothing worth watching on the telly tonight. The best time for Web surfing, apparently, is from 2am to 3am. (See Study Highlights UK Broadband 'Rush Hour' and 'Up To' No Good.)

    — Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

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