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As AT&T retreats from Europe for now, Carlos Slim said to plot Austria move: report

AT&T may have put its plans to invest in a major European operator on hold for the time being, but another industry heavyweight from across the pond is reportedly stepping up efforts to buy a majority stake in a company that itself has demonstrated an aggressive expansion strategy over the years.

As Vodafone closes its Verizon deal, the rumour mill goes into overdrive

If I had to use three words to describe the week in telecoms so far, they would be "Vodafone, Vodafone, and, er, Vodafone". To say the UK-based operator has been in the news a lot in the past few days would be something of an understatement--and it's only Wednesday.

Portugal Telecom dumps TMN mobile brand in multi-service focus

Portugal Telecom will offer all of its residential services including mobile under the MEO brand in future in order to exploit the operator's existing multi-play capabilities, and has dropped its previous mobile brand, TMN.

Liberty's Dutch move signals cable wars ahead with Vodafone

As the news broke that Liberty Global has secured Ziggo in a deal that values the Dutch cable operator at €10 billion ($13.7 billion) including debt, two questions were on everyone's lips: will there be an all-out war between Liberty and Vodafone as the two race to mop up Europe's last remaining independent cable assets, and what on earth will Rene Obermann do next?

Verizon, Vodafone shareholders approve $130B deal for Verizon Wireless stake

As expected, Verizon Communications and Vodafone shareholders approved an agreement for Verizon to buy Vodafone's 45 percent stake in Verizon Wireless for $130 billion. With the deal sailing toward a closing date next month, attention is now turning to what Verizon plans to do with full control of its lucrative wireless asset and what might change.

Liberty Global, Vodafone battle to divvy up Europe's cable TV business

The U.S. is hardly the only place where cable consolidation efforts--spurred at least in part by industry icon John Malone--are happening. In Europe, Malone's Liberty Global is in a battle with Vodafone Group to build continent-dominating pay TV empires.

AT&T rules out bid for Vodafone, but speculation continues

AT&T said it does not intend to make a takeover offer for U.K.-based carrier Vodafone, quashing months of speculation that AT&T might make a move on the operator.

Report: Vodafone in acquisition talks with Spain's Ono

Vodafone is reportedly in talks with the owners of Spanish cable operator Ono and could announce a deal in the next few weeks, according to Bloomberg.

AT&T says it does not intend to make a bid for Vodafone

AT&T's CEO Randall Stephenson has reportedly made use of the World Economic Forum in Davos to discuss various regulatory issues with European regulators including M&A, although on Monday the US operator denied rumours that it intends to made a bid for Vodafone.

Report: Vodafone target Ono prepares €7B IPO

Speculation is mounting that Spanish operator Ono is preparing a flotation that could value it at €7 billion, while rumours persist that Vodafone is still interesting in buying the TV, broadband and telecoms operator as part of its European convergence strategy.