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  • *Vivendi now owns 14.9 pct of Telecom Italia. PARIS, June 24- Vivendi said on Wednesday it raised its stake in Telecom Italia to 14.9 percent, replacing Telefonica as its biggest shareholder and gaining a foothold in a country it said had significant growth prospects. With Telecom Italia seen by sector executives and bankers as a potential takeover target,...

  • PARIS, June 15- Europe's anti-trust chief warned Amazon on Monday against using its dominance to thwart rivals, a week after launching an investigation into the U.S. online retailer's ebook deals with publishers. European Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager announced last week she would examine whether clauses in Amazon's contracts prevent...

  • *Results in Austria likely to affect future deals in Europe. VIENNA/ PARIS, June 9- When the number of mobile network operators competing in Austria was cut by a merger from four to three in January 2013 it was seen as an important test case just as a deal-making frenzy was about to break out among telecoms firms across Europe. "The debate on what metrics to use to judge...

  • *Results in Austria likely to affect future deals in Europe. VIENNA/ PARIS, June 9- When the number of mobile network operators competing in Austria was cut by a merger from four to three in January 2013 it was seen as an important test case just as a deal-making frenzy was about to break out among telecoms firms across Europe. Yet two years after Hutchison Whampoa...

  • *Results in Austria likely to affect future deals in Europe. VIENNA/ PARIS, June 9- When the number of mobile network operators competing in Austria was cut by a merger from four to three in January 2013 it was seen as an important test case just as a deal-making frenzy was about to break out among telecoms firms across Europe. Yet two years after Hutchison Whampoa...

  • FRANKFURT, June 8- German regional wireless operator Airdata has challenged the EU's approval of Telefonica Deutschland's 8.6 billion euro acquisition of E-Plus, saying concessions offered to allay competition concerns did not go far enough. The takeover completed last year reduced the number of national mobile carriers in Germany to three from four,...

  • MEXICO CITY, May 26- Mexico has cut the estimated investment required for a wholesale mobile broadband network by almost a third to $7 billion and is considering changes to make it more attractive to wireless operators, a senior government official said on Tuesday. The network, which will have exclusive use of 90 MHz of the 700 MHz band of spectrum, was written into...

  • LONDON, May 19- Britain's Vodafone posted a rise in quarterly sales for the first time in nearly three years on Tuesday in the clearest sign yet that Europe's mobile market is edging towards recovery. That follows updates from the likes of Telefonica and Deutsche Telekom which also showed signs of gradual, if slow, improvement in Europe. Vodafone, which has 446...

  • LONDON, May 19- Britain's Vodafone posted a rise in quarterly sales for the first time in nearly three years on Tuesday in the clearest sign yet that Europe's mobile market is edging towards recovery. The full-year results follow updates from the likes of Telefonica and Deutsche Telekom which also showed signs of gradual, if slow, improvement.

  • *Germany, Brazil, Latam grow but Spain still contracting. Having recently bought rivals in Germany and Brazil and agreed the sale of its British business O2 UK to Hutchison Whampoa, Telefonica is now focused on fixing its domestic business, which has shrunk by 40 percent since 2009 and today accounts for just a quarter of revenues. Telefonica last month announced...

  • *Germany, Brazil, Latam grow but Spain still contracting. MADRID, May 14- Telefonica posted higher first-quarter sales and core profits on Thursday thanks to growth abroad, a sign that an expected turnaround at the Spanish company is underway even though its home market shrank again. Having recently bought rivals in Germany and Brazil and agreed the sale of its...

  • *Vimpelcom CEO says no guarantee deal will be reached. AMSTERDAM/ MILAN, May 13- Russian telecoms group Vimpelcom is in talks with Asia's Hutchison Whampoa about merging their mobile phone businesses in Italy as a joint venture, Vimpelcom Chief Executive Jean-Yves Charlier said on Wednesday. But hammering out terms has proven difficult given the interests of...

  • May 11- Brazilian telecom group Oi SA is reconsidering the sale of its African assets as relations improve with an estranged partner, Chief Executive Bayard Gontijo said on Monday. "We are changing the center of gravity from Lisbon to Brasilia," Gontijo said, adding that relations with Isabel dos Santos, the daughter of Angolan President Jose Eduardo dos Santos,...

  • *Deal could grow by $500 mln to meet more Telefonica payments. HONG KONG, May 8- Hutchison Whampoa Ltd said it plans to sell a one-third stake in its British mobile phone business for $4.3 billion to five investors- a move that will help the Hong Kong ports-to-telecoms group fund its boldest bet in Europe yet. Hutchison, owned by billionaire Li Ka- shing, agreed in...

  • HONG KONG, May 8- Hutchison Whampoa Ltd has agreed to sell a one-third stake in its British mobile phone business for $4.3 billion to a group of investors including Singaporean and Abu Dhabi sovereign wealth funds. Singapore's GIC Pte, the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority, the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board and Brazilian investment bank Grupo BTG Pactual...

  • LISBON, May 5- A long-expected consolidation of Brazil's telecoms industry that is likely to involve rivals Oi and TIM has run into delays but should go ahead in 2016, a representative of Oi's largest shareholder, Portugal Telecom SGPS, said on Tuesday. Rafael Mora, who is a board member of both PT and Oi, said changes to the shareholder structure of Telecom Italia-...

  • LISBON, May 5- A long-expected consolidation of Brazil's telecoms industry that is likely to involve Oi and TIM has run into delays but is likely to go ahead in 2016, a representative of Oi's largest shareholder, Portugal Telecom SGPS, said on Tuesday. Rafael Mora, who is a board member of both PT and Oi, said changes to the shareholder structure of Telecom Italia-...

  • *Telefonica hikes prices 5-15 pct on most packages in Spain. MADRID, April 29- Telefonica's move to hike prices in Spain is a bold bet that could finally draw a line under a six-year slump, cut the firm's reliance on Latin America and give it a leg up over rivals on the lucrative premium telecoms market, sources and analysts say. The price increases, which range between...

  • SHENZHEN, China, April 22- China can only ensure its information security in the long run if it keeps its market open to the best technology products, be they foreign or domestic, Huawei's rotating chief executive Eric Xu told Reuters on Tuesday. Xu's remarks are a rare example of a top Chinese CEO openly questioning the direction of Beijing's information...

  • SHENZHEN, China, April 21- China can only ensure its information security in the long run if it keeps its market open to the best technology products, be they foreign or domestic, Huawei's rotating chief executive Eric Xu told Reuters on Tuesday. Xu's remarks are a rare example of a top Chinese CEO openly questioning the direction of Beijing's information...