Midweek Mergers: April 16

16 April 2014 | Sophie Donoghue


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 editorial@capacitymedia.com.

Deal of the week


 

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has approved Facebook’s $19 billion acquisition of mobile messaging service WhatsApp. [read more]

 

Midweek Mergers


 

German operator Deutsche Telekom has secured EU anti-trust approval to acquire GTS Central Europe for approximately $754 million. [read more]

 

Spain-based Telefónica is pushing to get its deal for E-Plus approved by reportedly offering to lease spectrum and provide roaming services to a new operator on the German market. [read more]

Egyptian tycoon Naguib Sawiris will invest approximately $2 billion in Telecom Italia if the Italian operator’s largest shareholder, Telefónica, exits the group. [read more]

US operator AT&T has sold 300 million shares in Carlos Slim’s América Móvil, reducing its stake in the company to 8.36%. [read more]

The French government has announced its intention to actively encourage consolidation in the country’s mobile sector, in an effort to bring an end to the price war in the mobile market. [read more]

Zebra Technologies has entered into an agreement to acquire Motorola's enterprise business for $3.6 billion. [read more]

Alternative Bahraini operator Kalaam Telecom is reported to have acquired Lightspeed Communications, a subsidiary of Jordan Telecommunications. [read more]

 

International Investments


 

French operator Orange has put its Kenyan subsidiary up for sale, following a month-long review of its operations in the country. [read more]

 

O2 UK has announced plans to invest £16 million in an effort to improve 3G coverage across the country. [read more]

 

Bharti Airtel has announced that its Chadian subsidiary has been awarded 3G and 4G licences by the country’s government.[read more]

UK-based Vodafone has taken full control of its Indian subsidiary after acquiring 11% of the unit it did not already own. [read more]

Pan-European network provider Viatel has invested a reported €1.5 million in the upgrade of its network across Ireland. [read more]