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ATC Europe snaps up FPS Towers in France
21 Dec 2016

ATC Europe, a joint venture between American Tower Corporation and Dutch pension fund manager PGGM, is to acquire FPS Towers, which owns and operates around 2,400 wireless tower sites across France.

Palacio becomes Telefónica Colombia CEO
24 Nov 2016

Alfonso Gómez Palacio has been named as the new president and CEO of Telefónica’s Colombian unit after Ariel Pontón left the company after 25 years.

Vivendi buys more shares in Telecom Italia
23 Nov 2016

French media group Vivendi has renewed its stalking of Telecom Italia by announcing that it has increased its shareholding in the Italian operator to 23.15%.

Finland's DNA aims to raise up to €518m in IPO
15 Nov 2016

Finnish operator DNA has today listed shares as it embarks on its second attempt at an initial public offering (IPO), this time aiming to raise between €464 million to €518 million.

GTT to buy Hibernia Networks for $590m
10 Nov 2016

GTT Communications has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Hibernia Networks, the owner of terrestrial and subsea fibre assets including Hibernia Express.

The 2016 Global Carrier Awards winners are ...
08 Nov 2016

The 12th Global Carrier Awards saw more than 400 members of the community wined and dined at the Maison de la Mutualité in Paris, celebrating industry achievements over the last year.

Wholesale provider Inteliquent sold for $800m
04 Nov 2016

Inteliquent, a wholesale voice and messaging interconnection services provider, has agreed to be acquired by private equity firm GTCR for approximately $800 million.

Beeks connects global network to Equinix HK1 IBX
27 Oct 2016

Beeks Financial Cloud has expanded its global network by fully deploying its hosting, colocations, and low-latency connectivity offerings in Equinix’s international business exchange (IBX), HK1, in Hong Kong.

Telefónica cancels €1.2bn Telxius IPO
30 Sep 2016

Telefónica has cancelled the listing of its subsea cable infrastructure and telecommunications tower unit, Telxius, citing weak investor demand for the share sale.

NBTC drafts five-year master plan for Thai telecoms industry
27 Sep 2016

Thailand’s regulator the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) has drafted a five-year “master plan” for the telecoms industry focused on promoting new technologies and infrastructure sharing among operators.

Bulgaria's Neterra to build €3m data centre
19 Sep 2016

Bulgaria’s Neterra plans for 2017 include building a €3 million data centre, opening an office in Istanbul, Turkey, and launching a new teleport for satellite communications.

Oak Hill seals FirstLight Fiber acquisition
12 Sep 2016

US fibre-optic bandwidth infrastructure services provider, FirstLight Fiber, has been acquired by Oak Hill Capital Partners, which should propel its next stage of growth.

Avelacom launches PoP for MoEx access
09 Sep 2016

Russian low-latency network operator Avelacom has established a point of presence (PoP) in DataSpace’s Moscow data centre facility, which is the primary provider of the Moscow Exchange (MoEx).

BSO launches Mumbai Connect for HFTs
08 Sep 2016

Global Ethernet network, cloud and hosting provider BSO has launched ‘Mumbai Connect’, an ultra-low latency service, to support the India’s surging high frequency trader (HFT) community.

SEACOM boosts IP/MPLS network with UK PoP
07 Sep 2016

Pan-African telecom operator, SEACOM, has strengthened its international IP/MPLS network by going live with a point of presence (PoP) in Slough, 33km west of London.

EC rubber-stamps Three/Wind merger in Italy
01 Sep 2016

The European Commission has approved CK Hutchison’s and VimpelCom's plans to merge their Italian arms after they agreed to sell assets that will facilitate Iliad’s move into the Italian market.

FreedomPop receives $50m investment from LetterOne
30 Aug 2016

MVNO FreedomPop has received a $50 million investment from Russian billionaire Mikhail Fridman’s investment fund LetterOne (L1) as it looks to launch across an additional eight markets by the end of next year.

FCC reveals 62 bids for next 600MHz auction
18 Aug 2016

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has received 62 applications for the second part of the 600MHZ low-band wireless spectrum auction which launched earlier this week.

BSO launches trio of ultra-low latency trading routes
27 Jul 2016

Global Ethernet network, cloud and hosting provider BSO has today launched three new premium ultra-low latency trading routes enhancing connectivity between Chicago and key financial hubs in Moscow, Dubai and Mumbai.

UK's Hyperoptic to expand 1Gbps FTTP network
19 Jul 2016

The European Investment Bank (EIB) has agreed to provide a £21 million loan to Hyperoptic to invest in providing 1Gbps fibre broadband to more than a half-a-million homes in UK cities.

Helios secures $105m to fund Bharti Airtel towers deal
14 Jul 2016

The Helios Towers Democratic Republic of Congo (HTD) subsidiary has announced the successful completion of a $105 million loan to help fund a Bharti Airtel’s tower portfolio acquisition and to finance future growth in the country.

Ericsson sells optical fibre JV stake
13 Jul 2016

Ericsson is exiting its optical fibre joint venture Birla Ericsson Optical by divesting its entire stake to two other promoter group entities.

Eutelsat seeks sale of stake in Spain's Hispasat
13 Jul 2016

Eutelsat said it has initiated the process of divesting its 33.69% stake in Spanish satellite operator Hispasat by implementing the put option granted in 2008 by Hipasat’s majority shareholder, the Abertis Group.

TDC rejects takeover bid
11 Jul 2016

TDC has reportedly rejected a takeover offer from US private equity firm Apollo Global Management.

Telefónica drops plans to sell O2 UK
30 Jun 2016

Telefónica looks to be abandoning its earlier plan to sell a stake in O2 following the UK’s decision last week to exit the European Union.

Liquid Telecom and RBH to acquire Neotel for $429m
28 Jun 2016

Liquid Telecom and Royal Bafokeng Holdings are to acquire South African network operator Neotel for $429 million (655 billion rand) from India’s Tata Communications and minority shareholders led by Nexus Connection.

Capacity survey says Brexit bad for business
27 Jun 2016

Despite Brexit causing uncertainty in the telecoms market, with Spanish telecoms giant Telefónica now reviewing and delaying the sale of its UK wireless unit O2 over fears of market volatility, there is still an air of optimism.

Brexit may have little impact on regulation
27 Jun 2016

As a result of the vote in the UK referendum on June 23, 2016, the UK is heading for Brexit. Although the regulatory impact may be small at first there are areas such as spectrum allocation which may prove thorny.

Zegona to push ahead with Yoigo acquisition
21 Jun 2016

US investment company Zegona said it plans to push ahead with talks to acquire Telia’s 75% stake in Spanish operator Yoigo although its minority shareholders are yet to be in full agreement about the deal.

VimpelCom signs $1bn IT deal with Ericsson
14 Jun 2016

Russia's VimpelCom has entered into a software partnership with Ericsson in a deal worth more than $1 billion that will radically transform VimpelCom’s global IT infrastructure.

AT&T makes bid for Yahoo
27 May 2016

AT&T, which previously decided against making an offer for Yahoo in April this year, has been reported as making a new bid for the company.

Three files £167m lawsuit in EE phone mast row
24 May 2016

Three has reportedly filed a £167 million lawsuit against EE over losses it claims it has incurred since 2010 over a deal to share the latter’s mobile internet infrastructure.

Cellcom Israel still in negotiations with Golan Telecom
17 May 2016

Following reports in the Israeli media over the potential takeover of Golan Telecom, Cellcom Israel has announced that following the regulators’ opposition to its proposed acquisition the parties are still negotiating an agreement.

Telenor directors resign after VimpelCom probe
29 Apr 2016

Telenor has announced that two executives are resigning after a probe uncovered “internal weaknesses” and “insufficient” handling of corruption allegations at part-owned VimpelCom.

MásMovil offers €550m for Yoigo
26 Apr 2016

Spanish multi-services operator MásMovil has reportedly offered €550 million to acquire a 75% stake in Telia-owned mobile operator Yoigo.

MARKET STRATEGY: Store wars go online
22 Apr 2016

Retail chains are investing heavily to streamline their businesses and target new consumers. Carriers can play a role in this transformation, not just with connectivity solutions but by helping retail organisations use the potential of IoT, big data analytics, A2P and other growth-enabling technologies.

Vumatel borrows R3bn for FTTH
20 Apr 2016

South African fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) specialist Vumatel has announced it has reached a significant finance deal with Standard Bank and will spend R3bn (USD208.6 million) over the next two years to dramatically increase its operations.

Telecom Italia’s Inwit approves merger
20 Apr 2016

Shareholders of Telecom Italia’s tower unit Infrastrutture Wireless Italiane (Inwit) have approved the merger of fully-owned Revi Immobili, Gestione Due and Gestione Immobili into Inwit.

Axiata appoints Ncell MD
13 Apr 2016

After Axiata’s $1.03bn acquisition of a 60.4% stake in Ncell, its board of directors have appointed Simon Perkins as the managing director the Nepalese operator, effective April 12.

Huawei carrier services revenues doubled to $12bn
12 Apr 2016

Huawei has announced financial results for 2015. Its carrier services unit generated $12.06 billion in annual revenue worldwide, with a CAGR increase of 19% in the past five years totaling 33% of the carrier business group revenues.

Airtel acquires Aircel's 4G spectrum for $525m
11 Apr 2016

India’s Bharti Airtel is set to become a pan-Indian operator after agreeing to acquire Aircel’s 4G spectrum in eight circles for a fee of $525.9mn (Rs 3,500 crore), according to a stock exchange filing.

Angola-Brazil subsea cable gains Japanese funding
04 Apr 2016

The Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC) is to provide a $65.8 million loan to Angola’s state-run development bank to finance the construction of the South Atlantic Cable System (SACS), an optical submarine cable system between Angola and Brazil.

Telecom Egypt reshuffles board
01 Apr 2016

Telecom Egypt has appointed a chairman, CEO and CFO as part of a board revamp by the Egyptian government.

Mexico to establish Telecom Investment Promotion Agency
16 Mar 2016

Mexico is set to establish the Telecommunications Investment Promotion Agency, which will be responsible for the installation of the government’s proposed shared network and provision of telecommunications services.

Top telecoms deals of 2015
10 Mar 2016

Capacity analyses the largest telecoms deals in each region. Data provided by Capacity Intelligence.

Telecoms M&A activity in 2016
10 Mar 2016

Away from the headline deals, some of the most interesting M&A activity has indicated a growing focus on new business segments.

SoftBank to split into two businesses
08 Mar 2016

SoftBank has announced that it will reorganise the organisation into two subsidiaries, with its global investment business separated from its domestic operations.

MTN pays $250 million in Nigeria fine dispute
25 Feb 2016

South African telecoms company MTN has paid $250 million to Nigerian authorities to reach a potential settlement over a $3.9 million fine it faces from the government.

BT finance director to step down
08 Feb 2016

BT has confirmed that it has begun the search for a finance director following reports that Tony Chanmugam is resigning.

Hutchison chairman steps up fight to acquire O2 UK
05 Feb 2016

Three UK’s chairman Canning Fok is fighting back against comments from regulators in London and Brussels that hint that Three’s planned £10.25 billion takeover of O2 UK will be blocked.

Cisco executive steps down
02 Feb 2016

Cisco’s EVP and chief development officer Pankaj Patel is to step down from his position in the second half of 2016.

BT restructures divisions after EE takeover
01 Feb 2016

BT has restructured itself into six divisions following the completion last week of its purchase of UK mobile operator EE. One of the divisions is EE, which continues under its old name, but parts of EE will be moved into other units of BT.

Virgin Media to axe 900 jobs
22 Jan 2016

Virgin Media is planning to cut 900 jobs in the UK over the next two years as part of the company’s restructuring plans.

Midweek Mergers: January 20
20 Jan 2016

Capacity brings you the latest mergers and acquisitions in the wholesale arena. If you have any deals you'd like us to share, please tweet us @capacitymag or email

Midweek Mergers: January 13
13 Jan 2016

Capacity brings you the latest mergers and acquisitions in the wholesale arena. If you have any deals you'd like us to share, please tweet us @capacitymag or email

Cinia completes C-Lion1 cable
13 Jan 2016

Finnish ICT solutions provider Cinia Group has completed construction of its C-Lion1 subsea cable between Rostock, Germany and Helsinki, Finland.

ANALYSIS: Zayo embarks on Christmas shopping spree
13 Jan 2016

Zayo Group made two major acquisitions in November – snapping up European telecoms provider Viatel and Canadian fibre-optic company Allstream – as it continues its fierce investment in fibre.

TeliaSonera nominates board members
13 Jan 2016

TeliaSonera’s nomination committee has proposed the election of Susanna Campbell, Anna Settman and Olaf Swantee as board members.

NetIX appoints CEO and CFO
11 Jan 2016

NetIX Communications has appointed Ken Lefkowitz and Mariyan Rangelov as respective CEO and CFO of the company.

XL Axiata to sell 2,500 telecoms towers
06 Jan 2016

Indonesia’s XL Axiata is preparing to sell between 2,000 to 2,500 telecoms towers in a bid to repay some of its debt, the company’s CFO has told reporters.

Recruitment in telecoms: A call for greater diversity
05 Jan 2016

Capacity held its first ever Women in Telco panel session at Capacity Europe in Paris in November 2015. Gender diversity is gaining acknowledgement and recognition in the market, but how far off is the finish line? Laura Hedges investigates.

MTN Nigeria appeals against $3.9bn fine
05 Jan 2016

MTN is appealing against the Nigerian regulator’s $3.9 billion fine on the company, but a Nigerian lawyer is challenging MTN’s right to contest the judgment.

Batelco appoints CEO
04 Jan 2016

Bahrain’s Batelco has appointed Ihab Hinnawi as chief executive at the company.