Vivendi's Telecom Italia stake edges closer to takeover level; VimpelCom extends Russian LTE network

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> Vivendi increased its stake in Telecom Italia to just below the 25 per cent threshold at which it would be forced to launch a takeover bid. Reuters article

> Telecom Italia chairman Giuseppe Recchi said a potential merger of the group with Orange was "pure fantasy" created by the media. Reuters article

> Ericsson said it completed a world first deployment of a multi-vendor NFV solution using its open NFV platform on Docomo's commercial network. Ericsson announcement

> VimpelCom said it expanded its Russian LTE base stations by 50 per cent through 2015 and now covers around 70 per cent of the country. Telecompaper article

> Google lost an appeal against an anti-monopoly ruling in Russia. Reuters report

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