Vodafone is holding talks with the government of Ghana to buy a majority stake in Ghana Telecom. It also plans a multi-million pound investment to extend its HSDPA network in the UK to 3m additional people. Vodafone has completed the purchase of remaining stake in Arcor (Germany) from Deutsche Bahn for about €300m.
T-Mobile Germany has sold 100k iPhone so far.
Telecom Namibia will participate in the new submarine cable system AWCC (African West Coast Cable) project. The system will be opened by 05/2010.
Thalys trains (EU) will offer WiFi broadband internet on board its trains.
DT has reached an agreement with the Greek government on OTE. Each party would control 25% of the firm, but DT can increase its stake in OTE in the future. The deal allows DT to expand operations into Bulgaria, Romania, Central and East Europe, for about €5bn.
Teliasonera is building its first point of presence (PoP) in Bulgaria and plans to expand its IO network in Eurasia and Balkans area.
Telecom Italia is looking to increase its stake in Telecom Argentina. It would like to eject its local partner Grupo Werthein that oppose Telefonica' s entry into Telecom Italia' s shareholding structure and has requested an anti-competitive inquiry in Argentina.
NRJ Mobile (MVNO in France) is selling 40% stake to Credit Mutuel- CIC for $23m. Credit Mutuel- CIC now owns 90% stake in NRJ Mobile.
BT and O2 (UK) have signed a five-year managed services deal under which BT will provide links between O2 base stations and its core national network.
IPOC (Bermuda) has sold 8% stake in Megafon (Russia) to Uzbek oligarch Alisher Usmanov. Usmanov now owns 31% of Megafon.
Batelco (Bahrain) said it will shift its focus from Middle East to India, Africa and the Asia Pacific region. It plans a $4bn acquisition strategy.
Turk Telecom will launch an IPO, about 15% stake sold by the Turkish government, expected to raise some $1.9bn
Warid Telecom is planning to invest $250m in 2009 for boosting its mobile network in Bangladesh.
Reliance Infratel (India) plans to raise about $1.25bn through an IPO.
Telekom Malaysia plans to invest $600m over the next 10 years to build a broadband infrastructure in Iskandar region of Malaysia.
China Netcom will add 10 cities to its IPTV services offerings in 2008.
Globe Telecom (Philippines) will launch iPhone devices in Sept.
India's Bharti Airtel, Singapore's Singtel and Australia's Optus will also launch the iPhone in 2H08.