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Mar 1, 2011

Springer rebuffs talk of ProSieben takeover interest

FRANKFURT, March 1 (Reuters) – Germany’s Axel Springer
(SPRGn.DE: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), which attempted to buy ProSiebenSat.1 (PSMG_p.DE: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) in
2005, rebutted a media report saying it was in talks with the
owners of the German broadcaster about taking a stake in it.

“Reports of interest in ProSiebenSat.1 are pure
speculation,” a spokeswoman said on Tuesday, adding publisher
Axel Springer did not plan to take over ProSieben and was not in
talks with the owners, private equity firms KKR [KKR.UL] and
Permira [PERM.UL].

Feb 25, 2011

D.Telekom echoes peers with tepid 2011 outlook

FRANKFURT, Feb 25 (Reuters) – Deutsche Telekom (DTEGn.DE: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz)
expects a year of stagnant earnings, joining the league of major
European telecom operators struggling to defend their dominance
on home turf.

“We have battled through the headwind caused by the economic
environment, special taxes in several countries and stiff
competition,” Chief Executive Rene Obermann said in a statement
on Friday.

Feb 23, 2011

Telco operators’ 2011 home markets, capex in focus

FRANKFURT, Feb 22 (Reuters) – Investors will focus on
domestic markets and capex spending plans this week when five
major European telecom operators report their fourth-quarter
results and give a glimpse of what to expect this year.

“We expect Europe mobile growth to worsen slightly in Q4 and
for cable to continue to take share in fixed line,” Credit
Suisse analysts said.

Feb 22, 2011

Telcos’ 2011 home markets, capex in focus

FRANKFURT, Feb 22 (Reuters) – Investors will focus on
domestic markets and capital spending plans this week when five
major European telecom operators report their fourth-quarter
results and give a glimpse of what to expect this year.

“We expect Europe mobile growth to worsen slightly in Q4 and
for cable to continue to take share in fixed line,” Credit
Suisse analysts said.

Feb 18, 2011

So much data, so little money for mobile operators

BARCELONA (Reuters) – Telecom operators can hardly curb their enthusiasm about surging mobile data usage while at the same time casting around for ways to make money from it.

Operators are struggling to manage capacity and pricing so that a few heavy users do not clog up networks and deny average downloaders reliable speeds, access and predictable bills.

Feb 18, 2011

Mobile Fair-So much data, so little money for mobile operators

BARCELONA, Feb 18 (Reuters) – Telecom operators can hardly
curb their enthusiasm about surging mobile data usage while at
the same time casting around for ways to make money from it.

Operators are struggling to manage capacity and pricing so
that a few heavy users do not clog up networks and deny average
downloaders reliable speeds, access and predictable bills.

Feb 17, 2011

DealTalk: Vimpelcom comes west: genius or insanity?

BARCELONA (Reuters) – As the cream of the telecoms industry debates how best to make money from mobile data, Vimpelcom’s Alexander Izosimov is alone in betting his balance sheet on it in unfashionable western Europe.

Izosimov aims to make Vimpelcom the world’s fifth-largest mobile phone company, competing with the likes of Vodafone and Telefonica after buying Egyptian tycoon Naguib Sawiris’s telecom assets for around $6 billion.

Feb 17, 2011

Vimpelcom comes west: genius or insanity?

BARCELONA, Feb 17 (Reuters) – As the cream of the telecoms
industry debates how best to make money from mobile data,
Vimpelcom’s Alexander Izosimov (VIP.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) is alone in betting his
balance sheet on it in unfashionable western Europe.

Izosimov aims to make Vimpelcom the world’s fifth-largest
mobile phone company, competing with the likes of Vodafone
(VOD.L: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) and Telefonica (TEF.MC: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) after buying Egyptian tycoon
Naguib Sawiris’s telecom assets for around $6 billion.

Feb 16, 2011

Etisalat upbeat on Zain deal success

BARCELONA, Feb 16 (Reuters) – UAE’s Etisalat (ETEL.AD: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), a
telecom dealmaker with ambitions to become a top 10 global
operator, sees at least a 60 percent chance of success with its
$12 billion offer for Kuwait’s Zain (ZAIN.KW: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz).

The deal would add seven or eight countries to Etisalat’s
portfolio that stretches from West Africa to Indonesia, chief
international investment officer Jamal al Jarwan said at a trade
fair on Wednesday.

Feb 16, 2011

Mobile Fair – Skype happy to hire Finnish engineers

BARCELONA (Reuters) – Internet telephone service Skype said Nokia’s alliance with Microsoft presented an opportunity for the company to tap into Finnish engineering talent looking for new jobs.

“There is going to be tremendous talent out there,” Skype Chief Executive Tony Bates told Reuters on Wednesday on the sidelines of the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.