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FT.com - Telecoms
May 16, 2024

America's ‘cable cowboy' lost out in infrastructure boom
Wrangling media and telecoms products into business models that produce durable profits has proved to be tough going

FT.com - Telecoms
May 16, 2024

BT's CEO says she ‘loves to squeeze' short sellers as shares jump
UK's biggest telecoms group rises 13% as Allison Kirkby announces strategy and raises dividend

FT.com - Telecoms
May 16, 2024

BT to cut another £3bn of costs
Shares rise 8% as chief executive Allison Kirkby says telecoms operator at an ‘inflection point'

FT.com - Telecoms
May 14, 2024

Investors place record £300mn bet against BT
New chief executive Allison Kirkby is battling to reverse a declining share price

FT.com - Telecoms
May 10, 2024

What I wish I'd known before my smartphone was snatched
As phone theft surges, how can you protect your financial data?

FT.com - Telecoms
Apr 30, 2024

Satellite group SES to acquire Intelsat in $3.1bn deal
Merger marks last major consolidation in industry as operators look to compete with Elon Musk's Starlink

FT.com - Telecoms
Apr 30, 2024

Ericsson chief says overregulation ‘driving Europe to irrelevance'
Continent ‘at risk of falling behind' on digital infrastructure, undermining its competitiveness

FT.com - Telecoms
Apr 26, 2024

Two died after UK shift from analogue to digital phone lines
Government says it met Virgin O2 chief executive and Ofcom after incidents last year

FT.com - Telecoms
Apr 23, 2024

Telecom Italia averts Vivendi showdown at AGM
Italian phone carrier to avoid clash over chief reappointment as French conglomerate abstains

FT.com - Telecoms
Apr 23, 2024

Telecom Italia chief defeats attempt to unseat him
Pietro Labriola secures fresh mandate after phone carrier averted clash with biggest shareholder Vivendi at AGM

FT.com - Telecoms
Apr 22, 2024

Vodafone's India unit staves off collapse after record $2.2bn fundraising
Country's largest share sale draws investors including GQG Partners and Fidelity

FT.com - Telecoms
Apr 21, 2024

BT installs McKinsey partner to head new strategy unit
Secondment marks first move by telecoms group's new CEO Allison Kirby in her turnaround push

FT.com - Telecoms
Apr 11, 2024

Wrecking Telecom Italia's landline deal would widen shareholder losses
Only those shorting the shares would be winners if KKR's purchase is scuppered

FT.com - Telecoms
Apr 10, 2024

South Africa's MTN to boost investment in generators to combat blackouts
Telecoms group joins growing list of companies plugging shortfalls from state electricity provider

FT.com - Telecoms
Apr 03, 2024

Australia's Commonwealth Bank tie-in gives More Telecom a boost
Small Melbourne-based telecoms company is thriving with investment from the country's largest bank

FT.com - Telecoms
Apr 01, 2024

BT's Openreach pushes Labour for easier access to flats in fibre rollout
Group wants existing agreements with landlords to be extended to automatically permit full-fibre upgrades

FT.com - Telecoms
Mar 26, 2024

UK mobile merger must ring in changes for troubled sector
Fierce competition has hammered the market's economics

FT.com - Telecoms
Mar 22, 2024

UK competition watchdog plans full probe into Vodafone-Three deal
Competition and Markets Authority gives companies days to resolve concerns that merger will reduce choice

FT.com - Telecoms
Mar 21, 2024

Altice France on collision course with creditors
Bondholders' group hires lawyers after telecoms company declines to use proceeds from asset sales to repay debt

FT.com - Telecoms
Mar 21, 2024

Telecom Italia targeted by short sellers with €1bn bet
Short positions in debt-laden company's stock have almost doubled since share price plunge this month

FT.com - Telecoms
Mar 15, 2024

Telecoms groups reroute Red Sea internet traffic after Houthi attacks
Companies act after reports that submarine cables were cut by an anchor from a sunken ship

FT.com - Telecoms
Mar 15, 2024

Vodafone to sell Italian business to Swisscom for €8bn
UK telecoms group pledges to return €4bn to shareholders after ‘final step' in reshaping of European operations

FT.com - Telecoms
Mar 13, 2024

Activist investors' cosy deals with boards deserve greater scrutiny
Lawsuit in Crown Castle/Elliott case highlights how other parties are taking an interest in fine print of settlements

FT.com - Telecoms
Mar 08, 2024

French prosecutors probe corruption allegations linked to telecoms group Altice
Investigation follows arrest of co-founder Armando Pereira in Portugal last year

FT.com - Telecoms
Mar 05, 2024

How private equity is behind the latest loss from London's stock market
Nasdaq-listed Viavi has turned to Silver Lake for investment to back its £1bn deal to buy Spirent

FT.com - Telecoms
Mar 05, 2024

UK telecoms specialist Spirent agrees to £1bn takeover offer from US rival
Deal would remove another UK-listed business from London market

FT.com - Telecoms
Mar 02, 2024

Margherita Della Valle, the woman trying to turn Vodafone around
The Italian CEO is determined to hive off significant parts of the telecoms giant while also changing its internal culture

FT.com - Telecoms
Mar 01, 2024

Directors' Deals: BT's new chief builds stake
Telecoms group faces multiple challenges

FT.com - Telecoms
Mar 01, 2024

South Africa's MTN warns of 90% hit to profits from naira devaluation
Mobile multinational says removal of currency peg from its Nigerian unit has increased cost of doing business

FT.com - Telecoms
Feb 28, 2024

Elliott Management named in suit blasting ‘sweetheart' activist deal
Co-founder of telecoms group Crown Castle criticises agreement to offer board seat to powerful hedge fund

FT.com - Telecoms
Feb 28, 2024

Vodafone faces reality with Italian exit — and reality bites back
The telecom group's remaining markets are not problem-free

FT.com - Telecoms
Feb 28, 2024

Vodafone in talks to sell Italian business to Swisscom
UK telecoms group says deal would value Italy arm at €8bn

FT.com - Telecoms
Feb 21, 2024

BT Tower sold to US luxury hotel group
Landmark building opened in 1965 will be retained as ‘iconic hotel' in £275mn deal

FT.com - Telecoms
Feb 21, 2024

BT agrees £275mn sale of London's BT Tower to MCR Hotels
UK telecoms company says landmark building opened in 1965 will be retained as ‘iconic hotel'

FT.com - Telecoms
Feb 21, 2024

BT agrees £275mn sale of London's BT Tower to US group MCR Hotels
UK telecoms company says landmark building opened in 1965 will be retained as ‘iconic hotel'

FT.com - Telecoms
Feb 16, 2024

Liberty Global restructures European units in effort to revive shares
Telecoms group to list Swiss business later this year and draws up plan to separate Virgin Media O2's fixed-line business

FT.com - Telecoms
Feb 16, 2024

How distressed debt brought a billionaire's satellite empire crashing to earth
Charlie Ergen's audacious restructuring plan at Dish Network is emblematic of telecoms industry's troubles

FT.com - Telecoms
Feb 16, 2024

How distressed debt brought a billionaire's satellite empire to earth
Charlie Ergen's audacious restructuring plan at Dish Network is emblematic of telecoms industry's troubles

FT.com - Telecoms
Feb 14, 2024

Brussels open to telecoms mergers to support investment
European Commission says industry fragmentation could prevent operators reaching ‘scale needed to invest in the networks of the future'

FT.com - Telecoms
Feb 01, 2024

BT reports rising earnings as Kirkby takes helm
UK telecoms group reports better than expected revenues in third quarter but says broadband customer losses continue

FT.com - Telecoms
Jan 31, 2024

Time is not on Vodafone's side in Italian M&A punch-up
Turning down Iliad's €15bn bid is a mistake for telecoms group

FT.com - Telecoms
Jan 31, 2024

Vodafone rejects Iliad's bid to merge Italian businesses
UK-based telecoms group rebuffs French company's revised offer but says ‘discussions with others' will continue

FT.com - Telecoms
Jan 28, 2024

BT class action case to test new ground in English courts
Telecoms group to defend £1.3bn overcharging claim as first trial of its kind begins

FT.com - Telecoms
Jan 28, 2024

Job cuts and consolidation dent ‘altnet' ambitions
Smaller network providers are being hit by rising rates and disappointing customer uptake

FT.com - Telecoms
Jan 26, 2024

CMA probes Vodafone and Three UK's planned merger
Regulator to investigate whether telecoms tie-up raises competition concerns

FT.com - Telecoms
Jan 25, 2024

UK says that UAE group's stake in Vodafone is a security risk
Government orders the companies to mitigate the risks from strategic partnership announced last year

FT.com - Telecoms
Jan 25, 2024

UK says UAE group's stake in Vodafone is national security risk
Government expresses concerns over an Emirati deal for second time in a day

FT.com - Telecoms
Jan 07, 2024

BT to repurpose first street cabinet as electric vehicle charging station
Telecoms group plans to retrofit roadside cable units in effort to tackle charger shortage

FT.com - Telecoms
Jan 07, 2024

BT to revamp first street cabinet as EV charging station
Telecoms group is retrofitting roadside cable units in effort to tackle a charger shortage

FT.com - Telecoms
Jan 03, 2024

The new star wars over satellites
A contest between legacy and new operators is brewing over the use of spectrum

FT.com - Telecoms
Jan 03, 2024

The new star wars over space satellites
A contest between legacy and new operators is brewing over the use of spectrum

FT.com - Telecoms
Jan 02, 2024

BT misses deadline on Huawei equipment ban
Telecoms group says 99% of core network traffic now served by kit from other providers

FT.com - Telecoms
Dec 29, 2023

Smartphone makers bet on foldables to revive lacklustre market
Samsung, Motorola and Huawei continue to invest in high-priced flip devices despite weak sales

FT.com - Telecoms
Dec 29, 2023

China's Huawei claims to have broken ‘the siege' with strong sales
Sanctions-hit telecoms group records highest revenues in three years but still below 2020 levels

FT.com - Telecoms
Dec 27, 2023

Italian telecoms split could spur further deals in Europe
Decision to divide TIM and sell network to private equity group KKR may foster consolidation in a fragmented industry

FT.com - Telecoms
Dec 27, 2023

The challenge facing BT's new boss
Allison Kirkby is tasked with executing a turnaround at the telecoms company to boost its languishing share price

FT.com - Telecoms
Dec 26, 2023

UK mobile users had slowest 5G download speeds in G7 in 2023
Research by Opensignal comes despite government's emphasis on benefits of technology to economic growth

FT.com - Telecoms
Dec 26, 2023

Victim? Villain? Huawei finds itself trapped in US-China dispute
Judging which incompatible version of the truth is correct is impossible

FT.com - Telecoms
Dec 20, 2023

Warburg Pincus teams up with Horta-Osório on €6bn bid for telecoms assets
Private equity firm is working with former Lloyds and Credit Suisse boss on plan to buy Altice's Portuguese business

FT.com - Telecoms
Dec 20, 2023

Telefónica shares jump after Spain announces plan to buy 10% stake
Government says move is intended to provide ‘shareholding stability' after Saudi sovereign wealth fund builds stake

FT.com - Telecoms
Dec 20, 2023

European telcoms group Lebara explores sale
London-based company has been a winner from the squeeze on consumers across Europe

FT.com - Telecoms
Dec 19, 2023

Spain to buy 10% share in Telefónica in response to Saudi stakebuilding
Madrid issues order for purchase to provide ‘shareholding stability' for national champion

FT.com - Telecoms
Dec 18, 2023

Telecoms: Iliad can bring Vodafone's Italian epic to a happy ending
The deal would create a joint venture ranking as Italy's largest mobile operator

FT.com - Telecoms
Dec 18, 2023

Iliad proposes merger of Italian operations with Vodafone Italia
Move comes less than two years after UK-based telecoms group rejected previous offer of more than €11bn

FT.com - Telecoms
Dec 18, 2023

Iliad proposes merger of its Italian operations with Vodafone Italia
Move is attempt to gain scale as group competes with incumbent operator Telecom Italia

FT.com - Telecoms
Dec 15, 2023

Entain interim chief wagers that worst turbulence has passed
Group's shares are 40 per cent down on level of 2021 all-stock offer

FT.com - Telecoms
Dec 13, 2023

6G: network operators want profitable returns on 5G first
Before the next generation of wireless communications is rolled out, better take-up of this one is needed

FT.com - Telecoms
Dec 12, 2023

Ofcom proposes ban on inflation-linked price rises in mobile contracts
UK's communications regulator suggests increases should be set out ‘prominently and transparently' at point of sale

FT.com - Telecoms
Dec 07, 2023

UK class-action targets mobile phone operators with £3.3bn damages claim
Vodafone, EE, Three and O2 are accused of levying ‘loyalty penalties' on customers

FT.com - Telecoms
Dec 05, 2023

Ericsson boosted by $14bn ‘open RAN' deal with AT&T
Swedish group triumphs over rival Nokia by being selected to help US giant roll out new kind of 5G network

FT.com - Telecoms
Nov 22, 2023

US telcos: distant cash flows from fibre are uncertain
Groups needing to spend tens of billions of dollars on broadband lines are in an awkward position

FT.com - Telecoms
Nov 21, 2023

Altice sells chunk of data centre business to Morgan Stanley
Telecoms group owned by Franco-Israeli billionaire Patrick Drahi seeks ways to cut $60bn debt pile

FT.com - Telecoms
Nov 20, 2023

BT in talks to buy smartphone reseller musicMagpie
Potential deal sends Aim-listed company's shares soaring and marks deeper push by telecoms group into retail

FT.com - Telecoms
Nov 16, 2023

Norway's Telenor tops telecoms diversity table
Company's efforts gain recognition on a wide stage

FT.com - Telecoms
Nov 14, 2023

BT/pensions: less is more for telecoms company's obligation
The arcane world of pension valuations could be set to move into the spotlight

FT.com - Telecoms
Nov 14, 2023

BT Group raises prospect of pension refund after scheme deficit halves
One of UK's biggest retirement plans has been boosted by higher interest rates

FT.com - Telecoms
Nov 14, 2023

Vodafone returns to growth in Germany
UK telecoms group reports 1.1% uptick in revenue in its biggest market

FT.com - Telecoms
Nov 11, 2023

Telecom Italia boss defends KKR deal as only way to secure group's future
Board accepted €22bn offer for fixed-line phone and internet network despite objections from biggest shareholder Vivendi

FT.com - Telecoms
Nov 08, 2023

Google and prominent telecom groups urge Brussels to act over Apple's iMessage
Companies want chat app designated a ‘core' service that would require it to be fully compatible with rivals

FT.com - Telecoms
Nov 06, 2023

Telecom Italia: good deal was arrived at through flawed process
By accepting an offer without putting it to shareholders, TI is storing up trouble

FT.com - Telecoms
Nov 06, 2023

Fibre broadband in emerging markets powers growth of digital economies
Latest update of the FT-Omdia Digital Economies Index highlights rapid spread of fast and reliable internet connections

FT.com - Telecoms
Nov 05, 2023

Telecom Italia's KKR deal sparks threat of legal action by Vivendi
Largest shareholder ‘deeply regrets' acceptance of private equity's firm offer of up to €22bn for fixed-line network

FT.com - Telecoms
Nov 03, 2023

Tories under pressure to return Lycamobile donation after fraud ruling
French entities of UK-headquartered international mobile virtual network were convicted of fraud in Paris

FT.com - Telecoms
Nov 03, 2023

Vodafone hopes sale of Spanish unit will ring in turnaround changes
Telecoms group streamlines operations as it seeks to revive performance

FT.com - Telecoms
Nov 02, 2023

BT warns over broadband customer losses as competition hots up
Challenger groups or alternative network providers threaten BT's market share

FT.com - Telecoms
Nov 01, 2023

Virgin Media O2 cuts revenue guidance as consumers curb spending
UK telecoms group warns customers are less willing to upgrade or buy new phones

FT.com - Telecoms
Oct 31, 2023

Vodafone: mobile operator says goodbye to its pain in Spain
New-look group has at least some features of the older model

FT.com - Telecoms
Oct 31, 2023

Spanish government considers Telefónica stake as Saudi group builds holding
Madrid explores option as a counter to STC's move

FT.com - Telecoms
Oct 31, 2023

Madrid considers Telefónica stake as Saudi group builds holding
Spanish government explores option as a counter to STC's move

FT.com - Telecoms
Oct 31, 2023

Vodafone to sell Spanish business to Zegona for up to €5bn
Sale to UK investment fund comes as telecoms group aims to improve its competitiveness

FT.com - Telecoms
Oct 29, 2023

Musk's offer to provide Starlink to Gaza aid groups angers Israel
Government ministers say Hamas will use satellite network access for ‘terrorist purposes'

FT.com - Telecoms
Oct 19, 2023

Nokia/Ericsson: telecoms penury leaves Finn pickings for investors
The pair had been expected to benefit from the purging of Chinese rival Huawei from western markets

FT.com - Telecoms
Oct 19, 2023

Nokia to cut up to 14,000 jobs as part of cost base ‘reset'
Finnish telecom equipment maker faces falling sales as customers retrench

FT.com - Telecoms
Oct 18, 2023

UK mobile and broadband bills set to rise 9% in 2024, warns Citizens Advice
Telecoms groups say increases are needed to fund network expansion as demand for data grows

FT.com - Telecoms
Oct 18, 2023

UK mobile and broadband bills set to rise 9% in 2024, warns watchdog
Telecoms groups say increases are needed to fund network expansion as demand for data grows

FT.com - Telecoms
Oct 18, 2023

BT to start selling fridges and coffee machines
UK telecoms group seeks to boost profile of consumer division EE

FT.com - Telecoms
Oct 12, 2023

Ericsson/Vonage: counting the cost of a poor call
Swedish telecoms-equipment maker has written $2.9bn off the value of the US cloud based telecom group

FT.com - Telecoms
Oct 02, 2023

European telecom groups ask Brussels to make Big Tech pay more for networks
BT, Deutsche Telekom and Telefónica CEOs among those calling for internet traffic drivers to contribute to investment

FT.com - Telecoms
Sep 29, 2023

Sky suffers mobile outages in push to strip Huawei from UK 5G networks
Industry executives have warned for years about disruption for consumers

FT.com - Telecoms
Sep 27, 2023

BT/Drahi: financially feasible does not mean politically advisable
The French telecoms tycoon's motives remain as opaque as ever

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