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  1. April 10, 2014

    Vodafone: stay on the line

    Well, that was a long phone call. Vodafone will finally gain full control on Friday of its Indian subsidiary, after agreeing...

  2. April 9, 2014

    Business is going native again

    Whether you trace them back to Assyrian trading networks in 2000BC, or only as far as the mid-19th century when the modern...

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  1. beyondbrics

    April 3, 2014

    India telecoms infrastructure group plans big expansion

    Viom Networks, the Indian telecom infrastructure group, is set for some fundraising once the elections are over and markets...

  2. March 16, 2014

    ‘One size fits all’ marketing by global companies fails in Africa

    When a television advertising campaign promoting Indian mobile phone company Bharti Airtel in Africa fell flat a few years...

  3. March 2, 2014

    Goldman Sachs joins scramble for African mobile telecoms

    Goldman Sachs has made a bet on Africa’s booming mobile phone industry, joining a nearly $500m capital raising by...

  4. February 18, 2014

    Bharti Airtel sparks India mobile consolidation with Loop takeover

    Bharti Airtel, India’s largest mobile operator, is poised to buy telecoms group Loop for about $110m in the first deal of a...

  5. February 13, 2014

    Chad launches state telecoms company privatisation

    Chad has launched the privatisation of its state-owned telecoms company, following a failed attempt four years ago to sell a...

  6. February 3, 2014

    India kicks off $1.8bn spectrum auction

    Indian telecoms groups kicked off the country’s latest spectrum auctions with $7bn worth of bids on Monday, after the...

  7. beyondbrics

    January 29, 2014

    Bharti Airtel: growing, in parts

    Are Bharti Airtel‘s latest set of results a disappointment, or not? It’s hard to say. Investors were initially cheered on...

  8. January 20, 2014

    Companies flock to Europe to raise cash

    A growing number of global multinationals are turning to the European debt capital markets to raise funds, taking advantage...

  9. January 16, 2014

    Reserve Bank of India moves to enhance mobile payments market

    Indian telecom groups such as Bharti Airtel and Vodafone are set to be given greater freedom to take on the country’s banks...

  10. December 10, 2013

    Feuding tycoons agree Indian telecoms deal

    Two of India’s most prominent tycoons, Mukesh Ambani of Reliance Industries and Sunil Mittal of Bharti, have signed an...

  11. December 3, 2013

    Bharti raises €750m in first euro bond by an Indian company

    India’s Bharti Airtel, the world’s fourth-largest mobile operator by subscribers, has completed a €750m ($1bn) bond sale,...

  12. beyondbrics

    November 26, 2013

    Bharti: building up a bond warchest, but for what?

    Bharti Airtel, India’s largest mobile operator by sales, is looking to issue debt, possibly through a eurobond, according to...

  13. beyondbrics

    November 5, 2013

    India's Airtel continues Africa push with deal in Congo

    Airtel, India’s largest mobile operator by sales, is continuing its expansion into Africa. On Tuesday, it announced plans to...

  14. October 22, 2013

    Fresh India M&A rules set to hinder telecoms consolidation

    Hopes for consolidation in India’s fractured telecoms market look set to be undermined by new rules limiting operators’...

  15. September 19, 2013

    Senior Nigerian banker dragged into Ecobank drama

    One of the most senior figures at First Bank, Nigeria’s oldest and largest bank, has been dragged into the boardroom drama...

  16. August 20, 2013

    Rupee exposes India’s corporate debt stack

    India’s inability to bolster its free-falling currency or mend its worsening economy is causing increasing alarm in...

  17. beyondbrics

    August 1, 2013

    London headlines

    * Chinese manufacturing data mixed in July * Improved results at Bharti Airtel point to India mobile rebound * BMW’s China...

  18. July 31, 2013

    Improved results at Bharti Airtel point to India mobile rebound

    Shares in Bharti Airtel, India’s largest mobile operator by sales, rose more than 6 per cent on first-quarter results that...

  19. beyondbrics

    July 15, 2013

    Private equity in India: reasons to be cheerful

    Speak to people in Mumbai’s business community and it sounds like it’s about to go into pause mode, as investors wait for...

  20. beyondbrics

    June 28, 2013

    Myanmar telco auction: the good and the bad

    The decision by Myanmar’s government to award two fiercely contested national mobile communications licenses to Qatar’s...

  21. beyondbrics

    June 25, 2013

    India telecoms: early price skirmishes for data customers

    You know that things are serious when companies are willing to engage in a price war. India’s telecoms companies have been...

  22. June 9, 2013

    Reliance Communications: brotherly love

    Brotherly love is complicated. Just ask India’s once-feuding billionaire Ambani brothers. Anil Ambani, via his Reliance...

  23. May 23, 2013

    Vedanta sells India’s largest ever offshore bond

    Vedanta has sold India’s largest-ever offshore bond, raising $1.7bn from mostly US and European investors, joining domestic...

  24. beyondbrics

    May 20, 2013

    Chinese pharma cracks down on African counterfeits

    The reputation of Chinese pharmaceuticals in Africa has taken a hammering over the last couple of years. Far from curing...

  25. May 6, 2013

    Middle East and north Africa sees surge in M&A activity

    The past few years have been grim for corporate advisory work in the Middle East and north Africa as disappointing merger...

  26. May 6, 2013

    Balance sheet holes prompt India equity sales

    India’s industrial groups are being forced to overcome a historic reluctance to sell equity or assets as they attempt to...

  27. beyondbrics

    May 3, 2013

    New York headlines

    * India cuts rates to boost growth * Cnooc joins global bonds rush * Ikea green light to open in India after lengthy delay *...

  28. May 3, 2013

    Bharti Airtel sells stake to Qatar investment group for $1.26bn

    Bharti Airtel, the world’s fourth largest telecoms company by subscribers, has sold a 5 per cent stake in its business to...

  29. FT Alphaville

    May 3, 2013

    The 6am Cut London

    Asian stocks rose for the first time in three days as investors awaited the release of US jobs data and reacted to the ECB’s...

  30. May 2, 2013

    Bharti Airtel’s net income nearly halves

    Bharti Airtel, the world’s fourth-largest mobile operator by subscribers, reported poor full-year results on Thursday,...

  31. beyondbrics

    April 28, 2013

    Week ahead: April 29 - May 3

    A look at the week ahead from beyondbrics. Russia: death and inquests; Abe goes to Russia; the ADB’s annual meeting. Plus...

  32. beyondbrics

    April 26, 2013

    Indian telcos: BSNL cries foul

    No-one likes the feeling of being ganged up on. State-owned Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) has filed an affidavit with the...

  33. beyondbrics

    April 24, 2013

    Bharti Airtel ups presence in Uganda with Warid acquisition

    Bharti Airtel, the world’s fourth largest mobile services provider by subscribers, announced on Tuesday that it is set to...

  34. beyondbrics

    April 2, 2013

    Indian IPOs: lacking momentum

    What’s going on with Indian IPOs? Poor demand, increased competition for retail investment or bad news from companies that...

  35. March 26, 2013

    Suzlon refinancing draws much attention

    Troubled Indian renewables manufacturer Suzlon has completed a $647m bond issue, in an unusual deal likely to attract...

  36. March 19, 2013

    India court summons Bharti chairman

    Bharti Airtel’s chairman has been ordered to appear in front of an Indian court investigating telecoms corruption next...

  37. March 18, 2013

    Carriers call up mobile data

    Mobile network operators sit at the intersection of a set of emerging technologies that include big data analytics,...

  38. beyondbrics

    March 18, 2013

    Bharti Airtel: licence to roam (for now)

    A little temporary relief in the Indian telecoms sector. Shares in Bharti Airtel picked up on Monday afternoon, correcting...

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