BSkyB (Sky), apparently spooked by the recent flurry of merger speculation sparked by BT, has reportedly hired investment bank Lazard to explore possible deals that could also allow the broadcasting group to take part in consolidation of the UK telecoms market.
EE plans to deploy small cells to close wireless coverage gaps in 1,500 rural villages in the UK, following a trial of what the operator called a world first technology in a community comprising 129 homes and businesses.
BT has taken on the Black Friday challenge by offering discounts for its Totally Unlimited Broadband (ADSL2+ and Fiber to the Cabinet/BT Infinity) packages for customers who sign up by midnight on Dec. 1.
Vodafone Qatar scrapped a planned acquisition of state-owned wholesale Internet service provider Qatar National Broadband Network (QNBN).
Vodafone is planning its next move to counter the pending consolidation of the UK telecoms market, with reports suggesting that it is reviewing a possible acquisition of European cable operator Liberty Global, among others.
Speculation about the future structure of the UK telecoms market reached fever pitch this week as some industry watchers placed their bets on whether BT would buy EE or O2 UK while others suggested Hutchison Whampoa could enter the race for one of the two mobile operators.
Executives with BT Americas are looking at how they can gain a larger foothold in Mexico by making use of new laws that are focused on encouraging competition and inviting foreign companies to invest in the country's telecom market.
Whether BT now rues the day it sold O2 is a moot point; it now knows it needs a mobile strategy, and has confirmed it is in "highly preliminary" talks with O2 and one other operator--which Orange and Deutsche Telekom on Wednesday confirmed is EE. If BT does buy O2 or EE, there is a fair chance that its strategy to roll out a small cell network, building what some term as an "inside out" mobile network, may be put on hold.
BT said it is in early discussions with two mobile network operators about a possible acquisition, and confirmed that Telefónica-owned O2 UK is one of the companies involved.
Leading mobile operators in the UK are in the process of determining how far they will go in offering bundles that incorporate mobile, fixed voice, fixed broadband and TV services as they prepare for increased competition from fixed players.