New Zealand: Vodafone sells NZ business to Brookfield

New Zealand: Vodafone sells NZ business to Brookfield

Vodafone Group Plc on Monday agreed to sell its New Zealand business for NZ$3.4 billion ($2.23 billion) to a consortium comprising of New Zealand-based Infratil Ltd and Canada’s Brookfield Asset Management, reported the Financial Times. Vodafone has been trying to shrink its businesses in Australia and New Zealand to focus on European markets, and is […]

Germany: Vodafone pushes for Liberty deal

Germany: Vodafone pushes for Liberty deal

According to Vodafone stepped up its battle to gain regulatory approval for its Liberty Global deal on Tuesday by offering rival Telefonica Deutschland access to its high-speed broadband network. The world’s No.2 mobile operator agreed a year ago to pay $22 billion for Liberty’s cable networks in Germany and central Europe, seeking increased fixed-line heft to […]

EU: EC to warn Vodafone, Liberty Global about anti-competitive effects of their deal

EU: EC to warn Vodafone, Liberty Global about anti-competitive effects of their deal

EU antitrust regulators are set to warn Vodafone and Liberty Global about the possible anti-competitive effects of their US$22 billion deal, two people familiar with the matter said on Wednesday, March 20. The warning, via a statement of objections setting out the European Commission’s concerns, is expected to be conveyed to the companies shortly, the […]

US: AT&T and Vodafone join forces to drive forward IoT connectivity

US: AT&T and Vodafone join forces to drive forward IoT connectivity

AT&T has teamed up with Vodafone Business to work on accelerating Internet of Things (IoT) connectivity and innovation within the automotive industry. The aim is to simplify the process of implementing IoT technology within vehicles and deliver safety, security, and entertainment solutions. “This alliance with Vodafone Business is a natural extension of our existing relationship,” […]

EU: EC opens US$22B Vodafone, Liberty Global deal inquiry

EU: EC opens US$22B Vodafone, Liberty Global deal inquiry

Vodafone’s purchase of Liberty Global’s assets in Germany and east Europe may damage competition in Germany and the Czech Republic, EU antitrust regulators announced on Tuesday, December 11, as they opened a full-scale probe into the US$21.8 billion deal. The deal between the world’s second-largest mobile operator and US cable pioneer John Malone’s Liberty would […]

EU: Vodafone’s US$22B Liberty Global deal to get full antitrust scrutiny

EU: Vodafone’s US$22B Liberty Global deal to get full antitrust scrutiny

Vodafone’s proposed US$21.8 billion acquisition of Liberty Global’s assets in Germany and Eastern Europe is headed for a full EU antitrust probe, Reuters reported. According to Reuters, the European Commission’s move could put pressure on the world’s second-largest mobile operator to offer concessions, unless it can convince the EU competition enforcer that the deal poses […]

Australia: ACCC concerned over Vodafone billing services

Australia: ACCC concerned over Vodafone billing services

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has probed Vodafone about the telecoms company’s content services and billing, months after slugging competitor Telstra with a AUD$10 million (US$7.1 million) fine over a similar service. Vodafone rival Singtel Optus may also face a AUD$10 million fine over a billing arrangement that potentially misled more than 240,000 […]

UK: Ofcom to investigate Vodafone, BT on data

UK: Ofcom to investigate Vodafone, BT on data

UK’s telecoms regulator Ofcom said it would separately investigate if Vodafone Plc and the country’s biggest mobile operator EE had provided accurate information in response to requests for 3G and 4G mobile coverage predictions, Yahoo reported. Ofcom said it needs communications firms to provide accurate information because mobile coverage data is used to develop coverage […]

Australia: ACCC warns telcos against ‘unlimited’ services

Australia:  ACCC warns telcos against ‘unlimited’ services

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has taken a dim view of mobile telcos’ “unlimited” data services that came partially impaired by a 1.5Mbps speed limit. ACCC chairman Rod Sims today warned telcos against trying to launch similar products in future, noting it had investigated Telstra, Optus and Vodafone. Telstra and Vodafone’s data plans […]

Australia: Vodafone and TPG announce US$15b merger, ACCC cautions

Australia: Vodafone and TPG announce US$15b merger, ACCC cautions

Vodafone Australia and TPG Telecom have agreed to merge into a single AU$15 billion (US$10.9 billion) telecommunications company that could provide a serious competitor to Telstra and Optus and help lower prices for consumers. However, Vodafone Hutchinson Australia will have the majority stake (50.1%), while TPG’s stake will be 49.9%. “The merger will create a […]

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