Hutchison, owner of UK mobile network Three, is in exclusive talks to acquire rival O2 from its Spanish parent Telefonica, in a deal which would make it the country's largest mobile operator.
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Telefonica is to sell up to 30 percent of its the new combined network to Drillisch.
Approval is contingent upon Telefonica selling up to 30 percent of its network capacity.
Vodafone has asked Spanish competition watchdogs to suspend the deal over collusion fears.
Telefonica, the largest mobile operator in Spain, will finally get its own 4G network thanks to a contract with Alcatel-Lucent.
4G is coming to Movistar subscribers and rival Yoigo will be able to offer broadband, television and mobile bundles in return.
Some of the biggest telcos in Europe, including Deutsche Telekom and Telefonica, have been discussing a plan to share their network infrastructure across the continent
Spain's Telefonica is setting up a network of funds to invest €300m in IT start-ups, while the VC arm of Germany's Deutsche Telekom is stepping up the pace of its investments.
European telco O2 (also known as Telefonica Europe) is considering investing in its own fibre-to-the-home network, but wants to wait until Ofcom changes telecommunications regulation before it makes an investment.
I've been with T-Mobile for over 5 years now and was patiently waiting for them to roll out 3G when I decided that the iPhone was enough to take me over to AT&T where I could get a 3G SIM to use on devices like the HTC TyTN and HTC Advantage. I just read the news on The Boy Genius Report that the first 3G mobile phone from T-Mobile USA may be coming in September. The 3G network may not be activated at that time, but the 1700 MHz UMTS network should already be in place and ready to go. The Samsung t639 looks like a decent clamshell feature phone, but wouldn't be something I would personally purchase. I am still pleased with my AT&T data service because I am seeing 3.5G speeds with HSDPA on both the TyTN and evaluation Advantage right now and the UMTS network that T-Mobile will be coming out with generally sees speeds less than half of what HSDPA brings to you.
The Palm Treo "Lennon" is now being called the Treo 750. This Windows Mobile 5 Phone Edition device will run on the Cingular 3G high speed UMTS and/or HSDPA network being rolled out right now. Where is T-Mobile in the wireless broadband race?
Lucent Technologies said Wednesday that it is developing technology that will let a Web-browsing laptop roam between Wi-Fi and some new cell phone networks, expanding the available networks people can use to access the Internet. The cell phone network equipment employs a roaming standard created by the Internet Engineering Task Force to jump between a Wi-Fi network and a cell phone network that uses the Universal Mobile Telecommunications System (UMTS) standard, Lucent said.
We've heard the hype about UMTS, how third-generation mobile technology will change our lives. We've also heard how 2.5G technologies can bring us many of the benefits of 3G. So what are we waiting for? Mark Graham asks who's to blame for the delays - handset manufacturers or network operators.
Swedish telco Telia will have to become a service provider rather than network operator to succeed in Sweden's UMTS market, according to industry analysts.
German media giant Bertelsmann is looking to rent a UMTS network to distribute its content and is negotiating with German telcos to try and broker a deal.
Telefonica Moviles has picked two more equipment providers to help roll out its UMTS infrastructure in Spain.
Dutch telco KPN may pull out of a Telefonica-led consortium to bid for a French UMTS licence after it claimed there were other, less expensive and quicker ways to gain a foothold in France.
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