German authorities are preparing a far-reaching probe into claims U.S. and UK intelligence agencies have free and easy access to telecoms data from major operators including Deutsche Telekom.
TDC has agreed to buy Norwegian pay-TV company Get for NOK13.8 billion (€1.67 billion/$2.1 billion) in a deal that the Denmark-based operator said would create Scandinavia's largest cable TV company by revenue and represented its most significant investment in some years.
The Norwegian Post and Telecommunications Authority (NPT) postponed its planned auction of spectrum in the 1800 MHz band due to the uncertainties caused by TeliaSonera's plan to buy Tele2 Norway.
TeliaSonera received 1,145 requests for lawful interception of subscribers' communications from Swedish authorities in the first half of 2014, over half the total number of requests received in the country in all of 2013.
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.