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Telecoms news headlines 2014


Wednesday 24 December 14

A round-up of some of the top telecoms news items of the past 12 months. For more on the M&A activity in the industry, see our review of the year, New Ground. SPARKING UP Telecom New Zealand officially changed its name to Spark to highlight its transformation into a digital services provider. DIGITAL DISAPPEARS Telefonica Digital ceased to exist as part of a restructuring exercise by the Spanish incumbent. AT&T’s LEAP AT&T completed its US$1.19 billion acquisition of Leap Wireless. It has retained the Cricket brand to serve the low end of the market. M-PESA REACHES EUROPE Vodafone introduced its M-Pesa mobile money service to Europe for the first time, launching services in Romania. GOING GLOBAL Ooredoo built on its existing wholesale operators with the launch of a new business unit: Global Services. NOS GETS OFF TO A START Portugal’s Zon-Optimus rebranded as Nos as it embarked upon a converged services strategy. CHINA MOBILE IN THAILAND China Mobile paid 28.57 billion baht (€686 million) for an 18% stake in Thailand’s True Corp, becoming its second largest shareholder. NORWAY OUT, AUSTRIA IN Tele2 agreed to sell its Norwegian unit to TeliaSonera for &euro…

A round-up of some of the top telecoms news items of the past 12 months. For more on the M&A activity in the industry, see our review of the year, New Ground. SPARKING UP Telecom New Zealand officially changed its name to Spark to highlight its transformation into a digital services provider. DIGITAL DISAPPEARS Telefonica Digital ceased to exist as part of a restructuring exercise by the Spanish incumbent. AT&T’s LEAP AT&T completed its US$1.19 billion acquisition of Leap Wireless. It has retained the Cricket brand to serve the low end of the market. M-PESA REACHES EUROPE Vodafone introduced its M-Pesa mobile money service to Europe for the first time, launching services in Romania. GOING GLOBAL Ooredoo built on its existing wholesale operators with the launch of a new business unit: Global Services. NOS GETS OFF TO A START Portugal’s Zon-Optimus rebranded as Nos as it embarked upon a converged services strategy. CHINA MOBILE IN THAILAND China Mobile paid 28.57 billion baht (€686 million) for an 18% stake in Thailand’s True Corp, becoming its second largest shareholder. NORWAY OUT, AUSTRIA IN Tele2 agreed to sell its Norwegian unit to TeliaSonera for &euro…

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