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Telefônica reaches preliminary accord with Brazil's Cade over GVT

Telefônica reached a preliminary agreement with Brazilian competition watchdog Cade over its planned acquisition of local fixed operator GVT, after telecoms regulator Anatel cleared the deal in December.

Telecom Italia to rebrand all services under TIM

Telecom Italia has started the process of unifying its fixed, mobile and Internet offers under one commercial brand: TIM.

French IoT start-up Sigfox raises $115M from Telefónica, others

France-based Sigfox has raised $115 million (€102 million) from investors including Telefónica, as the "Internet of Things" specialist ramps up its global rollout plans.

EE's network still ahead on quality, but Three is gaining ground

Three UK remains alone in defending a mobile-only strategy, continuing to question the appetite of UK consumers for so-called quadruple-play services. While some believe that mobile-only is no longer a viable approach and see converged offerings of fixed and mobile services as the way forward, it must not be forgotten that a merger of Three and O2 would create the UK's largest mobile operator by subscribers (31.5 million).

BT agrees to buy EE for £12.5B

BT has agreed to definitive terms to buy mobile operator EE from existing owners Orange and Deutsche Telekom for £12.5 billion (€16.7 billion/$19 billion), bringing to an end the first phase of a process that is set to turn the former UK incumbent into the market's biggest converged provider of fixed and mobile telecoms services.

Sky's mobile move could aid Hutchison, pile pressure on Vodafone

BSkyB became the latest provider of TV and fixed broadband services to throw its hat into the mobile ring in what is regarded as a largely defensive move, after the satellite company signed a wholesale agreement to use the network of Telefónica (O2) UK.

EC rejects Spanish bid to review Orange's €3.4B Jazztel offer

The European Commission (EC) will not refer the planned acquisition of Spain-based broadband provider Jazztel by Orange to the Spanish competition authority for assessment under Spanish competition law, saying it believes it is better placed to deal with the case.

Analysts: EC MNO merger precedents bode well for Hutchison Whampoa's UK play

European Commission (EC) precedents allowing a reduction in the number of mobile network operators (MNOs) in Germany and Ireland could prove key to Hutchison Whampoa's bid to acquire Telefónica's O2 UK, Jefferies International analysts said.

O2 UK talks up potential consumer benefits of Hutchison Whampoa buyout

Hutchison Whampoa's plan to acquire O2 UK would benefit consumers by combining two operators that are focused on delivering consumer value, a spokesperson for the UK operator said.

Hutchison Whampoa faces fight with BSkyB, TalkTalk to acquire O2 UK from Telefónica

Hutchison Whampoa faces a fight in its bid to acquire the UK mobile assets of Spanish incumbent Telefónica, with reports stating TalkTalk and BSkyB (Sky) are also circling O2 UK.