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  1. December 30, 2013

    Brazil telecoms: crossed lines

    Ten thousand kilometres is quite a distance. Even so, it could be events in Europe that determine how Brazil’s telecoms...

  2. October 27, 2013

    Brazil braces for shift from four to three mobile operators

    In Brazil, it was once accepted wisdom that four telecom operators was the correct number to ensure good levels of profit...

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  1. Doing Business in Portugal 2012

    Reform: Commentary by the country’s greatest 19th century novelist is given a new airing...
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  1. beyondbrics

    October 5, 2013

    The Weekender, October 5

    The week in emerging markets, including: our most read, five things we have learned and some long reads for the weekend....

  2. beyondbrics

    October 3, 2013

    Further reading: diamonds and gold

    Wednesday’s reads from the BB team: diamonds are from Russia with love; CEOs want more Nafta; Thai gold worries; Indonesia’s...

  3. beyondbrics

    October 2, 2013

    PT-Oi: Creation of a national champion

    In a country’s whose telecoms sector has long been dominated by foreign companies, the merger on Tuesday of Portugal Telecom...

  4. October 2, 2013

    Portugal Telecom to merge with Brazil’s Oi

    Portugal Telecom will merge with Brazil’s Oi to create a combined telecoms group with 100m customers and almost €12.4bn in...

  5. October 2, 2013

    Oi / Portugal Telecom: simple sense

    There are two ways to view the proposed merger between Portugal Telecom and Oi, Brazil’s largest integrated telco with...

  6. September 24, 2013

    Telefónica has schemed in Milan with one eye on Brazil

    Business in Brazil has been key in a summer of scheming in Milan that finally led to Telefónica agreeing a deal to buy a...

  7. February 5, 2013

    Portugal Telecom in Powa payments deal

    Portugal Telecom has teamed up with a small British ecommerce company to create devices that enable businesses to take card...

  8. January 23, 2013

    Telefónica and Portugal Telecom fined €79m

    Telefónica and Portugal Telecom have been fined €79m by Europe’s top antitrust authority for illegally agreeing not to...

  9. January 13, 2013

    CWC completes $750m Macau stake sale

    Cable & Wireless Communications has completed the $750m sale of a controlling stake in Macau’s largest telecoms group to...

  10. October 16, 2012

    CWC set to offload Macau group stake

    Cable & Wireless Communications (CWC) is in advanced talks to sell its controlling stake in Macau’s largest telecoms group...

  11. October 8, 2012

    TeliaSonera to investigate Uzbek licence

    TeliaSonera has become the latest Nordic telecoms operator to run into trouble in emerging markets as the Swedish group...

  12. October 1, 2012

    The case study: A better price for an asset

    The story. In 2003, a 50:50 joint venture between Portugal Telecom and Spain’s Telefónica acquired 60 per cent of Vivo, the...

  13. September 24, 2012

    Portugal – failing to stay the course

    Talk about unfriending. Portugal’s prime minister, Pedro Passos Coelho, whinged on Facebook recently about the awful job he...

  14. August 9, 2012

    Brazil in Telecom Italia probe

    Telecom Italia has come under further scrutiny in Brazil after it emerged that the Italian group’s local mobile phone unit...

  15. June 13, 2012

    Brazil mobile groups pay $1.3bn in auction

    Brazil’s major mobile phone carriers have paid a total of R$2.6bn ($1.3bn) for spectrum for high-speed fourth-generation...

  16. April 17, 2012

    Optimistic Portugal sticks to a pragmatic reform path

    There has been a great deal of speculation recently, some of it very forthright, about whether Portugal will meet its...

  17. April 10, 2012

    Privatisation: Extensive sell-offs constitute irreversible retreat by government

    Pedro Passos Coelho, the prime minister, scored a big success as a pro-market reformer by selling stakes in two state-owned...

  18. February 5, 2012

    Pensions seen as passive pots of gold

    I am getting worried about my pension. More specifically, I worry about designs the government may have on the pension fund...

  19. December 18, 2011

    Telecoms: dividend from pay-out cuts

    Telefónica is in no worse shape today than it was early last week. Yet since the Spanish telecoms operator announced that...

  20. December 15, 2011

    Telefónica dividend cut could open floodgates

    Just a month ago, Ángel Vila, chief finance officer of Telefónica, told worried investors at a conference in Barcelona that...

  21. December 14, 2011

    Telefónica surprises market with dividend cut

    Telefónica has cut its dividend just months after saying that its pay-out was sacrosanct – a move that will shock investors...

  22. FT Alphaville

    December 6, 2011

    Snap news

    Breaking pre-market news on Tuesday, - Xstrata announces further significant increases to mineral resources in South America...

  23. October 3, 2011

    Brazilian mission to attract European investors

    Dilma Rousseff arrives in crisis-hit Europe this week for her first visit as Brazilian president with plans to offer tax...

  24. September 11, 2011

    Shareholder dissent on the rise

    Companies based in Europe’s most troubled peripheral nations have seen a sharp rise in shareholder dissent this year as...

  25. August 4, 2011

    Deutsche Telekom: home truth

    East, west, home is best? Deutsche Telekom generated 60 per cent of its revenue in Germany in the first half of this year,...

  26. July 7, 2011

    European companies’ debt costs rise after downgrade

    Borrowing costs for some of Europe’s biggest companies have risen sharply this week as the region’s sovereign debt crisis...

  27. July 3, 2011

    Brawls in Brazil can be costly

    French supermarket chains Casino and Carrefour are not the first European companies to come to blows in Brazil. Last year,...

  28. May 26, 2011

    Brazil disposals lift Portugal Telecom

    Portugal Telecom lifted first-quarter net profit by 29.3 per cent to €129.7m ($182m), higher than market forecasts, as the...

  29. May 25, 2011

    Portugal Telecom / Oi

    It can be hard to muster enthusiasm for a project taken on under duress. Yet if Portugal Telecom feels this way about its...

  30. May 13, 2011

    Telefónica: troubled Spanish steps

    Telefónica’s executives are usually the smartest guys in the room, and the company has long been the darling of the sector:...

  31. March 24, 2011

    Carmakers lead Eurofirst higher

    Carmakers and other cyclical stocks led European equities higher as bullishness on global recovery trumped ongoing concerns...

  32. March 23, 2011

    Telefónica reveals $14bn Brazil investment plans

    Telefónica is to invest more than R$24.3bn ($14.6bn) in Brazil by 2014, the company’s president said on Wednesday. The money...

  33. March 6, 2011

    Portugal must put pride to one side

    Hope springs eternal in the Portuguese breast. José Sócrates, prime minister, and his minority socialist government want...

  34. February 25, 2011

    Telefónica hit by domestic downturn

    Spain’s Telefónica unveiled full-year results that were weighed down by continued problems in its important domestic market,...

  35. FT Alphaville

    January 27, 2011

    Portugal Telecom in $5bn Brazil deal

    Portugal Telecom is to pay R$8.32bn ($5bn) for a 22.4% stake in Oi, Brazil’s largest telecoms group, as part of a deal that...

  36. January 26, 2011

    Portugal Telecom in $5bn Brazil deal

    Portugal Telecom is to pay R$8.32bn ($5bn) for a 22.4 per cent stake in Oi, Brazil’s largest telecoms group, as part of a...

  37. January 24, 2011

    Telefónica and P Telecom face EU probe

    European antitrust regulators are to probe “non-compete” arrangements between Spain’s Telefónica and Portugal Telecom,...

  38. November 29, 2010

    Portugal’s state deficit widens

    Portugal’s state deficit widened in the first 10 months of 2010, according to government figures showing that austerity...

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