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Telefonica Digital strengthens music offering through global deal with Napster

By signing its deal with US-based music-streaming service Rhapsody last week, Telefonica Digital has simultaneously boosted its own standing in the increasingly competitive digital music marketplace, and driven another nail in the coffin of operator-branded digital services. With regard to the former, it’s given itself access to a better library of music by partnering with… Read more

Francesco Radicati

Three’s O2 Ireland buy gives it room to grow

Hutchison 3′s purchase of O2 Ireland marks the latest move in the Hutchison Whampoa-owned operator’s drive to consolidate its position in Europe and shift away from its position as a disruptive challenger. At the same time the deal, which is valued at €850 million, allows Telefonica to cut down its debt and focus on its… Read more

Francesco Radicati

The UK 4G auction: seven bidders raises the prospect of an upset for one of the incumbents

The presence of BT and PCCW – which owns fixed-wireless 4G operator UK Broadband – among the bidders in the UK’s upcoming 4G spectrum auction has put a new twist on the narrative for the country’s mobile market. In the run-up to the auction, which will see regulator Ofcom sell off the 800MHz and 2.6GHz… Read more

Francesco Radicati