Germany's telecoms regulator wants Telefónica Deutschland and E-Plus to give up some of their spectrum assets if the European Commission approves a planned €8.6 billion ($11.9 billion) acquisition of KPN's German unit, as it fears the merged entity would otherwise have a competitive advantage.
In the battle for the hand of French operator SFR, Bouygues has redoubled its efforts to attract Vivendi's attention away from rival Altice by extending both its original and its improved offer to April 25, and also presenting a break-up fee of €500 million ($689 million) should any eventual merger of Bouygues Telecom and SFR fail to complete for regulatory reasons.
A surge in deaths among cell tower workers has prompted federal safety regulators to look more closely at the industry and track which companies various subcontractors were working for when accidents occurred.
The FCC's decision to license AWS-3 spectrum bands in more 5x5 MHz blocks than originally contemplated has generated praise from smaller carriers, though Verizon Wireless and AT&T Mobility are still likely going to be the major bidders in the spectrum auction scheduled for this fall.
The FCC voted to move forward with rules for the auction of AWS-3 spectrum later this fall, in what will be the most significant and sizable auction of airwaves since the 700 MHz auction in 2008. Wireless carriers have been clamoring for years for the spectrum, but many technical rules for how some spectrum will be shared with federal users still need to be worked out. And though Verizon Wireless and AT&T are likely going to be major bidders in the AWS-3 auction, smaller carriers could grab some airwaves as well.
CenturyLink might be gaining the leverage it needs to expand its broadband footprint throughout Seattle if current Mayor Ed Murray is able to ease the telco's ability to place remote terminal (RT) cabinets on sidewalks near residential homes, reports The Seattle Times.
The FCC voted to make 100 MHz of spectrum in the 5 GHz band available for unlicensed Wi-Fi use, giving a major shot in the arm to carriers and MSOs looking to push more data traffic to Wi-Fi.
Austrian state holding company ÖIAG has been given the go ahead to negotiate a shareholder agreement with América Móvil for Telekom Austria in a move that could see the Carlos Slim-owned company gain more influence over the European operator.
The Kenyan telecoms regulator approved the sale of Essar Telecom Kenya to Vodafone unit Safaricom and Airtel Kenya, although it said any deal would be subject to the two companies meeting certain conditions.
Belgacom has formally agreed to sell 100 per cent of its Telindus France unit to Vivendi for €95 million ($131 million), concluding a process that was announced by the two companies on February 13.