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Timeline: The news in 2012

By Total Telecom staff
Tuesday 01 January 13

A round-up of the major news stories in telecoms in 2012.

JANUARY-MARCH France gets Free Free Mobile launched as France’s fourth mobile operator, offering a €19.99 per month unlimited calls, messaging and Internet tariff. Orange immediately responded with price cuts. Chile merger off After being blocked by a Chilean antitrust court, the planned merger between Entel and GTD Manquehue was called off when GTD’s controlling shareholder backed out of the deal. Zambia privatisation reversed The Zambian government reversed the 2010 sale of Zamtel to Libya’s LAP Green Networks after an investigation concluded that the telco had been grossly undervalued. LAP Green paid $257 million for a 75% stake. OTE sells out of Serbia Telekom Srbija bought back 20% of its own shares from Greek incumbent OTE for €380 million. New RIM CEO Thorsten Heins was named as new chief executive of RIM, replacing under-fire co-CEOs and chairmen Mike Lazaridis and Jim Balsillie. Lazaridis became vice chairman of RIM’s board, while Balsillie left the company in March. French FTTH deal Orange agreed to allow Bouygues Telecom to use the horizontal network segment of its fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) infrastructure in very densely populated areas and to share the terminal segment elsewhere. Slim gets Net Servicos Carlos Slim’s Embratel was given the green light by Brazilian regulator Anatel to take over cableco Net Servicos. CEO change at Telecom Egypt Telecom Egypt appointed company insider Tarek Aboualam as its new chief executive, replacing acting CEO and managing director Mohammed Abdel Rehim Hassanein. India scraps 2G licences India revoked the 122 mobile licences it awarded in 2008 that became the focus of a corruption scandal, affecting a number of major global telcos and some local players. It reauctioned the spectrum in November. Voda’s Greek merger off Vodafone backed away from plans to merge its Greek mobile operations with those of rival player Wind Hellas, blaming market uncertainty. ALU’s Genesys sale closes Permira’s $1.5 billion acquisition of Genesys from Alcatel-Lucent closed following receipt of regulatory approvals. Hungary’s new state operator A consortium led by state-owned electricity wholesaler MVM won spectrum in Hungary’s 900-MHz auction in January. MPVI Mobil planned to launch services in early 2013, but its licence was voided by a Budapest court in September…

JANUARY-MARCH France gets Free Free Mobile launched as France’s fourth mobile operator, offering a €19.99 per month unlimited calls, messaging and Internet tariff. Orange immediately responded with price cuts. Chile merger off After being blocked by a Chilean antitrust court, the planned merger between Entel and GTD Manquehue was called off when GTD’s controlling shareholder backed out of the deal. Zambia privatisation reversed The Zambian government reversed the 2010 sale of Zamtel to Libya’s LAP Green Networks after an investigation concluded that the telco had been grossly undervalued. LAP Green paid $257 million for a 75% stake. OTE sells out of Serbia Telekom Srbija bought back 20% of its own shares from Greek incumbent OTE for €380 million. New RIM CEO Thorsten Heins was named as new chief executive of RIM, replacing under-fire co-CEOs and chairmen Mike Lazaridis and Jim Balsillie. Lazaridis became vice chairman of RIM’s board, while Balsillie left the company in March. French FTTH deal Orange agreed to allow Bouygues Telecom to use the horizontal network segment of its fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) infrastructure in very densely populated areas and to share the terminal segment elsewhere. Slim gets Net Servicos Carlos Slim’s Embratel was given the green light by Brazilian regulator Anatel to take over cableco Net Servicos. CEO change at Telecom Egypt Telecom Egypt appointed company insider Tarek Aboualam as its new chief executive, replacing acting CEO and managing director Mohammed Abdel Rehim Hassanein. India scraps 2G licences India revoked the 122 mobile licences it awarded in 2008 that became the focus of a corruption scandal, affecting a number of major global telcos and some local players. It reauctioned the spectrum in November. Voda’s Greek merger off Vodafone backed away from plans to merge its Greek mobile operations with those of rival player Wind Hellas, blaming market uncertainty. ALU’s Genesys sale closes Permira’s $1.5 billion acquisition of Genesys from Alcatel-Lucent closed following receipt of regulatory approvals. Hungary’s new state operator A consortium led by state-owned electricity wholesaler MVM won spectrum in Hungary’s 900-MHz auction in January. MPVI Mobil planned to launch services in early 2013, but its licence was voided by a Budapest court in September…

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