TeliaSonera is now able to implement its expansion plans for Norway after the Norwegian Competition Authority (NCA) approved the Sweden-based group's plan to acquire the Norwegian operations of Tele2.
TeliaSonera president and CEO Johan Dennelind hinted that further deals along the lines of the company's planned Danish joint venture with Telenor are on the cards, as the operator revealed net income fell 7 per cent year on year in 2014.
Ericsson has won a contract in its own back yard after TeliaSonera picked the equipment manufacturer to manage its field operation services in parts of Sweden.
TeliaSonera said its operating profit for the fourth quarter of 2014 would take a SEK2.2 billion (€234 million/$271 million) hit, mainly because of write downs on its Eurasian businesses.
Telenor CEO Jon Fredrik Baksaas and company chairman Svein Aaser pledged to remain tight lipped when quizzed by Norwegian politicians this week regarding alleged corruption at subsidiary VimpelCom.
Telenor's Danish subsidiary is planning to launch commercial voice over LTE (VoLTE) services in 2015, after completing its first test call of the technology using kit from Nokia Networks.
Telenor and TeliaSonera plan to merge their Danish operations in what analysts say is a "credible strategic solution" to TDC's domination of the market, however, the move faces close regulatory scrutiny due to a potential marginalisation of Three Denmark (3).
If you take a closer look at the various smartphone and mobile data plans of European operators, you'll see that data sharing--and here I define it as mobile data plans with at least one extra SIM card to share a data bundle between two devices--is now thriving as an increasing number of operators adopt various forms of this pricing and marketing approach.
Tele2's president and CEO dismissed a report by a Swedish newspaper accusing the company of under-handed dealing in Kazakhstan, saying the article doesn't reveal anything the company hasn't already investigated itself.
TeliaSonera enjoyed what analysts at Jefferies called a "solid" third calendar quarter on the back of improvements to its Swedish and Finnish operators, despite a near 13 per cent fall in net income year-on-year.