China’s anti-graft watchdog targets state-owned operators; M&A rumours denied

China Mobile and China Telecom are among 26 large state-owned companies targeted by the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI) after the Chinese New Year next week. Other firms to come under scrutiny of the agency include China National Petroleum, …

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Taiwan’s regulator rejects merger between APT and Ambit

Taiwan’s telecoms regulator has rejected a proposal to merge Asia Pacific Telecom (APT) and Ambit Microsystems because the firms failed to provide details on a strategic alliance with Taiwan Mobile. The rejection comes just a week after the country’s National …

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Asia Briefs: SoftBank to merge 4 units, Singapore’s IDA plans TDD hetnet trials & more

In a regular series, Mobile World Live‘s Asia Editor Joseph Waring provides a regional roundup of news snippets: SoftBank to merge 4 telecom units SoftBank Group announced it will merge its four telecoms units – SoftBank Mobile, SoftBank BB, SoftBank Telecom …

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Wireless charging gets boost as standards bodies agree merger

Two organisations working towards the development of standards for wireless charging agreed to merge, in the hope of accelerating the availability and deployment of the technology globally. The Alliance for Wireless Power (A4WP) and Power Matters Alliance (PMA) signed a …

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Nokia-AlcaLu merger talks rumoured again

Infrastructure vendors Nokia Networks and Alcatel-Lucent are reported to have resumed discussions about a potential merger. Manager Magazin, a German publication, cited company sources as saying that the pair could either merge or agree to cooperate closely as a result of …

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Liberty Global set to begin LatAm acquisition spree with Choice

Liberty Global has announced that together with investment firm Searchlight, it has signed an agreement to acquire Puerto Rican Choice Cable, the territory’s second largest cable and broadband services provider. If successful in its bid, the cable giant will merge Choice with its subsidiary Liberty Cablevision Puerto Rico (LCPR). The combined business would be the […]

Telefónica acquisition of E-Plus gets conditional all-clear

The European Commission has announced the conditional approval of Telefónica’s bid to acquire German operator E-Plus, almost a year after the deal was first announced, which will result in the merger of Germany’s third and fourth-largest operators and reduce the total number of operators in the country to three.