Friday, March 23, 2007

More corporate action to trigger the telco sector

Continuing on this post, I dug up some more ongoing business dealings.

Operators for sale:
  • Alltel
  • Pipex (and C&W?) in the UK; possibly Lycos Germany, Jazztel (Spain), and PT's PT Multimedia unit
  • FastWeb (Italy) could attract a counterbid (next to Swisscom's).
  • Telefonica not only has Endemol up for sale (late March), but Airwave (UK) as well.
  • Deutsche Telekom is shopping Ya.com (Spain) and Club Internet (France) around.
  • TDC's owners are looking for buyers for HTCC (Hungary), sunrise (Switzerland) and Talkline (Germany).
  • Both Lebanon and Libya are selling two state-owned mobile operators.
  • Stakes in state-owned PTT's may change hand: OTE, TI, DT, PT, TeliaSonera, as well as the operators of Bulgaria, Uganda, Botswana and Algeria.

IPOs:

  • Infamous Versatel (Germany) and Flag Telecom may re-enter.
  • Several wireless operators: MetroPCS, Colombia Movil, GrameenPhone, Safaricom and Spice Telecom.

Licenses:

  • Fixed line, SNO: Saudi Arabia and Kenya.
  • Wireless (2G and/or 3G): Iceland, Germany (2008), France (2008), Canada (2008), Russia (2007 and 2008), Vietnam, Norway (2007), Sweden (2007)
  • WiMAX: Ireland (2007), Italy (2007), Portugal (2007), Sweden (2007), UK (2007).

Product/service launches:

  • DT will launch a secondary brand in Germany, aimed at the youth market (summer 2007).
  • Handsets: Apple's iPhone (June) and perhaps news around the 'Google Phone'
  • FTTN may come to Australia.
  • FTTH in Paris will be launched by Neuf and Iliad.
  • MVNOs from KPN and BT may come to Spain.
  • Wireless VoIP tests at Vodafone (Starfish) and StarHub (pfingo) may have some impact.
  • Breaking down the wireless walled garden at Hutchison 3G (X-Series) will be followed by Amp'd Mobile's launch of the MOTO Q (with Sling and Orb).

Regulation:

  • EC on international roaming (June)
  • EC v. Germany regarding DT's FTTN/VDSL network (any day?)
  • OPTA on KPN's All-IP network (June)

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