Euronews: Telecom Italia Commits to Brazil

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: eircom's revenues on the slide; DT cuts jobs at T-Systems; Niger cancels third of country's mobile numbers.

  • Telecom Italia (TIM) has made it clear that it has no plans to sell its Brazilian unit, despite rumors to the contrary, reports Bloomberg. Responding to a request for clarification from the Italian regulator, the company said that it isn't trying to sell the unit and that it hadn't received any unsolicited offers for it either. The report adds that Telefónica SA (NYSE: TEF), which is the largest shareholder in Telecom Italia, is thought to favor a sale of the Brazilian business. Last month debt-laden Telecom Italia confirmed that it was selling its entire stake in Telecom Argentina (NYSE: TEO). (See Euronews: Telecom Italia Bails Out of Argentina.)

  • Irish operator eir saw its fiscal first-quarter revenues slump 9% year-on-year to €323 million (US$437.4 million), as it lost retail broadband and mobile customers. On the back of these results, the Irish Times is predicting that the company could become a takeover target in 2014, as restrictions are lifted on the "gray market" trading of its shares, which allows major shareholders to increase their stake.

  • Deutsche Telekom AG (NYSE: DT) is planning to cut up to 6,000 jobs at its T-Systems International GmbH IT services unit, reports Reuters, citing German newspaper Handelsblatt. T-Systems employs 29,000 in Germany.

  • The authorities in the west African state of Niger have cancelled 1.7 million anonymous mobile phone numbers in what they describe as an attempt to improve security. This represents around a third of Niger's total mobile numbers and, reports Reuters, mostly hits subsidiaries of Bharti Airtel Ltd. (Mumbai: BHARTIARTL) and Orange (NYSE: FTE).

  • A London-based startup is this week launching a smartphone specifically aimed at the Indonesian market, reports the Daily Telegraph. The Luvo, from Satkirit Holdings, is an Android handset that has been designed by Yves Behar, the chief creative officer of Jawbone, the US-based audio technology company.

    — Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

  • Kruz 12/4/2013 | 4:02:39 AM
    Re: A third of lines cut off!! This can be acceptable as the subscribers were given between March 2013 and last Sunday (almost 9 months) to present their identity papers to operators, during an operation of "identification". 
    DOShea 12/2/2013 | 10:52:43 AM
    Telecom Italia Keeps getting harder to figure out what's up with this Telecom Italia. The Argentina sale certainly suggested Brazil would be next. I'm sure there is a ton of potential in Brazil, especially the next few years, but there's not much to suggest TI can manage its accounts at home, let alone abroad.
    [email protected]LR 12/2/2013 | 6:24:10 AM
    A third of lines cut off!! Wow, a third of a country's mobile connections cut off - that is a pretty major move, and in the name of national security.

    I wonder how many of the people impacted in Nigwer will sign up for another pre-paid service?
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