Wind Mobile emerges as big spectrum winner after Rogers acquires Mobilicity

Canada’s Wind Mobile will emerge as a big winner from Rogers’ C$440 million acquisition of bankrupt Mobilicity, with the company set to accrue significant spectrum holdings as a result of the deal. Government body Industry Canada announced a significant shake …

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Vodafone Italia, Wind and Metroweb strike network deal

Vodafone Italia and Vimpelcom’s Italian subsidiary Wind have signed a letter of intent with Metroweb to jointly rollout fibre coverage, casting further doubts on Telecom Italia’s chances of landing the broadband unit. Telecom Italia had a takeover bid for Metroweb rejected …

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Hutch, VimpelCom confirm Italian talks

Hutchison confirmed “exploratory negotiations” with VimpelCom about forming an equal joint venture in Italy through a merger of their respective Italian operations. A deal between 3 Italia and Wind is subject to reaching agreement on terms, signing a definitive agreement, achieving …

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New entrants boosted in Canadian spectrum auction

Canada’s recently-completed CAD2.11 billion ($1.7 billion) spectrum auction will “lead to more choice, lower prices, and better services for consumers”, after new players emerged as the winning bidders on most of the frequencies, according to government body Industry Canada. The …

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Hutch, VimpelCom set to restart stalled merger talks in Italy – report

Hutchison Whampoa and VimpelCom are back in contact about merging their respective Italian units, according to Il Giornale. Executives from the two companies held an initial meeting at the London offices of Deutsche Bank earlier this week. The two companies …

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Telecom Italia CEO lays out options for Metroweb deal — report

Marco Patuano, Telecom Italia’s chief executive, said the company is interested in buying some or all of the controlling stake in Milan-based fibre operator Metroweb held by asset management firm F2i . “We have offered two options: a total purchase (of …

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OTE makes play for Forthnet Greece

The battle for control of Greece’s leading alternative fixed line operator continues apace, with OTE joining the fray on Tuesday. The Greek carrier launched a bid of between €250-300m on a debt-free cash-free basis for the pay TV operation, Nova, which is owned by Forthnet.

Vodafone, Wind seek to acquire Forthnet

A battle for control of Greece’s leading alternative fixed line operator has broken out, as Vodafone Greece joined forces with Wind Hellas to try and take control of Forthnet, which also owns pay TV operator Nova.

Consolidation close in France and Italy, say reports

The French and Italian mobile markets could both be on the verge of significant consolidation, according to reports from news agency Reuters. In France incumbent telco Orange has set two investment banks to investigate the potential takeover of rival Bouygues, while talks have resumed between Hutchison and Vimpelcom, which own 3 Italia and Wind respectively, about a potential merger. In both instances Reuteurs cited unnamed sources close to the situation.