Alibaba’s telecom bid to counter Tencent flounders

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Its operating system YunOS’ slice of China software installations stands at 2.2%.

India: Bharti explores debt fundraising for $8b Indus deal

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Bharti is weighing a bid for the 53% combined stake of Vodafone and Idea.


India: Large global investment funds drive consolidation in telecom tower sector

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Brookfield, KKR and CPPIB among funds aggregating telecom tower assets in India.


Malaysian telco giant Axiata buys 65% stake in Thai firm Suvitech

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The acquisition will be funded through internally generated funds.


Sprint, SoftBank in informal merger talks with T-Mobile

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A Sprint merger with T-Mobile comes fraught with regulatory risk


Shanxi Meijin, China Broadband bid for $1.4b Singapore mobile carrier M1

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Bahrain Telecom and PE funds have also made non-binding bids.


Telecom operator Ooredoo prepares to launch mobile money services in Myanmar

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Ooredoo is launching a mobile money service named M-Pitesan.


Softbank unit Sprint exploring deal options beyond T-Mobile to unleash value

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Wall Street is betting Sprint Corp. and T-Mobile US Inc. will soon revive talks on a blockbuster merger, but a recent surge in demand for wireless assets has Sprint exploring other ways to unleash value. Sprint’s parent SoftBank Group Corp. believes the company’s vast trove of wireless spectrum, which can… Read more »


India: Vodafone to sell additional 9.5% stake to Aditya Birla Group upon merger completion

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Vodafone and Idea are set to merge to create India’s largest telecom operator


US telecom players set for M&A talks as regulator may lift ban

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In 10 days, the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will lift a ban on telecoms companies engaging in merger talks, and Wall Street is betting on T-Mobile US Inc, Sprint Corp and Dish Network Corp to be the first ones out of the gate. Shares of these companies have soared over the… Read more »