Yoigo, the fourth operator in Spain, continues to face a somewhat uncertain future after parent company TeliaSonera again said it is considering its options on the Spanish market.
Events in Norway have raised the alarming prospect that this market could be reduced to a duopoly. This situation emerged after Tele2 failed to win an LTE licence in Norway and was therefore forced to consider options for its unit. These deliberations have now culminated in a sale of Tele2 Norway to rival TeliaSonera, meaning that TeliaSonera and former incumbent Telenor will more or less carve up the Norwegian market between them.
Telenor said an LTE roaming agreement covering Norway it signed with Tele2 in April still stands, despite the latter agreeing to sell its local business to rival TeliaSonera. TeliaSonera has agreed to buy Tele2 Norway for an enterprise value of 5.1 billion Swedish kronor (€547 million/$743.8 million).
Tele2 ended speculation over its future in Norway by signing a national roaming agreement with rival Telenor covering LTE, 3G and 2G technologies.
Telia Sonera International Carrier (TSIC) put another stake into the U.S. market by establishing a connection with EvoSwitch's Washington, D.C., data center.
Infinera bucked the seasonal first-quarter optical industry decline trend, reporting that its first-quarter 2014 revenues were $142.8 million, up sequentially from $139.1 million in the fourth quarter of 2013 and $124.6 million in the first quarter of 2013.
TeliaSonera said on Friday it has appointed Christian Luiga as its new chief financial officer, a role that Luiga has fulfilled in an acting position since November 2013.
A Berenberg Bank analyst turned up the pressure on Tele2 CEO Mats Granryd to sell the company's Norwegian business, saying the operator could net up to 3 billion Swedish kronor (€334 million/$458 million) more than the unit is believed to be worth by analysts.
Russia's Mobile TeleSystems (MTS) said it provided just over half of all machine-to-machine (M2M) connections in the country by the end of 2013, and that total connections grew 40 per cent year on year.
Dutch authorities are calling for TeliaSonera to set aside between €10 million ($13.8 million) and €20 million as collateral to cover any financial claims relating to an investigation of the operator's business in Uzbekistan.