Altice to enter U.S. market with Suddenlink buy; BT seeks speedy EE probe

> BT asked the UK Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) to proceed directly to a Phase 2 investigation of its planned EE acquisition in order to speed up proceedings. Release

> Altice is to enter the U.S. market after agreeing to buy 70 per cent of cable operator Suddenlink. Release

> Alcatel-Lucent agreed to collaborate on 5G technology research with South Korean operator KT. Release

> Telenor appointed Morten Sørby as head of its Asia businesses. Release

> Apple fuelled a surge in the share price of Netherlands-based navigation company TomTom. Report

> Lithium-ion battery shipments were put on ice by at least 18 airlines amid pilot fears over their safety. Article

> eircom said it had rejected a takeover offer of between €3.2 billion and €3.3 billion from an unnamed bidder. Article

> Myanmar has imposed a 5 per cent tax on top-up cards from June 1. Article

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