FT could cancel its offer on Teliasonera if the Scandinavian operator does not support a friendly approach or if financial markets remain opposed to the deal. Simultaneously, Teliasonera confirmed that Telenor is also interested in launching a takeover bid.
Iliad/ Free (France) will swallow Telecom Italia Alice (France) for about €800m. Free entered exclusive talks with Telecom Italia to buy its French unit. The deal will add 900k ADSL customers to Free bringing its subscriber base to 3.9m and ranks second to Orange France with 7.6m customers.
Telefonica will distribute the iPhone in 16 countries, of which 12 in LATAM.
Belgacom is offering €420m for buying cable network group InterKabel (about 800k customers in Belgium). It plans also buying Tele2 Luxembourg.
Vimpelcom plans launching 3G services in 2009, starting with Moscow ' subway network and inside buildings.
TVP (a broadcaster in Poland) would start a new DTH (direct-to-home) platform next year, in association with SES Astra.
Weather Investments has sold a 10% stake to three private equity firms for €1.1bn.
On Telecom (Greece) debuts its IPTV service, ON TV.
Telecom Italia could be interested by German fixed network operator Versatel.
C&W confirmed that UK Thus has rejected its takeover offer.
Zain ambitions to be one of the world's 10 largest operators by revenue and profit by 2011. Consequently it plans to raise $5bn through an European IPO and acquire three more African operators.
Etisalat (UAE) is partnering with iPass to provide new WiFi hotspot locations in the UAE.
Rwanda is planning to launch high-speed broadband internet in the country by the end of 2009. A national fiber optic network will be deployed.