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    1. January 25, 2016

      Xavier Niel explores move to enter UK mobile market

      French telecoms billionaire Xavier Niel is exploring a move into the fiercely competitive British mobile market on the...

    2. January 15, 2016

      Vivendi sells stake in gaming company Activision Blizzard

      Vivendi has sold its 5.7 per cent stake in Activision Blizzard for $1.1bn, completing the French media group’s exit...

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      January 13, 2016

      Telecom Italia wants to be "the California of Italy"

      So Tim it is then. Telecom Italia, Italy’s dominant phone company, launched a new brand and logo and announced new...

    2. December 15, 2015

      Vivendi wins four Telecom Italia board seats

      A fight for influence at Telecom Italia escalated when its largest investor, French group Vivendi, won four board seats...

    3. Fast FT

      December 15, 2015

      Vivendi blocks Telecom Italia stock conversion

      An extraordinary shareholder’s meeting at Telecom Italia has rejected the conversion of the Italian telecoms group’s...

    4. December 14, 2015

      Vivendi/Telecom Italia: brat spat

      Rarely has the emptiness of corporate slogans been so clearly demonstrated. “Living together” is Vivendi’s contribution...

    5. November 16, 2015

      Vivendi’s puts forward French executives for Telecom Italia board

      Vivendi, the French media company controlled by Vincent Bolloré, has put forward four heavyweight French executives in...

    6. November 12, 2015

      Telecom Italia open to a deal with Oi for Brazilian business

      Telecom Italia is open to a sale or merger of its Brazilian business with rival Oi, with a deal possible as early as...

    7. November 11, 2015

      Vivendi: roaming holiday

      Music combines mathematical rigour and harmonic pleasure. Get the sums wrong and the result is cacophony. French media...

    8. November 4, 2015

      Telecom Italia’s fate lies in the hands of French tycoons

      Takeover speculation has pushed shares in Telecom Italia near a seven-year high after two French billionaires increased...

    9. November 4, 2015

      Telecom Italia: plus ça change

      Foreign tourists love Italy, partly because life there seems to stand still. Traditional ways linger on. Its phone...

    10. November 2, 2015

      Vivendi denies it plans to partner in bid for Telecom Italia

      Vivendi has denied that it is in talks with potential partners about mounting a bid for Telecom Italia, saying that its...

    11. October 29, 2015

      Xavier Niel buys options on potential 11% Telecom Italia stake

      French telecoms billionaire Xavier Niel has bought options that could give him an 11.2 per cent stake in Telecom...

    12. October 22, 2015

      EU favours competition over deals in telecoms sector

      The European telecoms sector’s hopes for more consolidation took a blow last week after the EU’s digital commissioner...

    13. October 6, 2015

      Vivendi ups Telecom Italia stake to almost 20%

      Vivendi, the French media group, has raised its stake in Telecom Italia, tightening its grip over the Italian telecom...

    14. September 3, 2015

      Vincent Bolloré takes over as chairman of Canal Plus

      Vincent Bolloré has been appointed chairman of Canal Plus and lambasted management practices at the pay-television...

    15. August 6, 2015

      VimpelCom and Hutchison to merge their Italian mobile units

      VimpelCom and Hutchison Whampoa are to merge their Italian mobile phone units, bringing to an end more than two years...

    16. June 25, 2015

      Vivendi increases its stake in Telecom Italia to 15%

      Vivendi has become Telecom Italia’s biggest shareholder, gaining entry into the Italian market as it seeks to find new...

    17. June 12, 2015

      Telecom Italia: rock the boat

      If you paddle too hard, the boat capsizes. But Telecom Italia’s strategy — keeping an even keel and floating with the...

    18. June 8, 2015

      Telecom Italia open to deals over mobile towers group

      The chief executive of Telecom Italia says a mobile towers business being spun out of the company could acquire, or...

    19. June 3, 2015

      Orange eyes Telecom Italia, KPN and Belgacom as possible targets

      Orange’s senior management has said that Telecom Italia could be among its targets in a future round of consolidation...

    20. April 28, 2015

      Wind and 3: Italian job

      When Guglielmo Marconi invented the wireless radio system no Italians would sponsor him to develop it. Today, a...

    21. April 12, 2015

      SWMC bets big on earnings recovery in Italy

      Under-pressure Italy has become a big overweight position for fund manager Stuart Mitchell, in the belief that the...

    22. April 7, 2015

      Abertis to spin off €4bn telecoms infrastructure business

      Abertis, the Spanish infrastructure company, will spin off its telecoms business into a Spanish-listed public company...

    23. April 1, 2015

      Italian deals point to reformist zeal

      At first glance, recent high-profile corporate events in Italy — tyremaker Pirelli’s €7bn sale to ChemChina, oil group...

    24. March 27, 2015

      Pirelli boss Tronchetti Provera displays savvy dealmaking skills

      Marco Tronchetti Provera, chairman and chief executive of Pirelli, the world’s fifth largest tyremaker, likes to be...

    25. March 19, 2015

      Telecom Italia delivers its first profit in 3 years

      Telecom Italia has returned to profit for the first time in three years as Italy’s largest telecoms group begins its...

    26. March 2, 2015

      Orange/Telecom Italia: wrong number

      Two wrongs, famously, do not make a right. Similarly, two static, unexciting companies are unlikely to become more...

    27. March 1, 2015

      Orange chief Richard warms to Telecom Italia tie-up

      Orange is considering a tie-up with Telecom Italia in a deal that would change the telecoms landscape in Europe and...

    28. February 20, 2015

      Telecom Italia suspends work on Brazil deal

      Telecom Italia has halted work on a potential deal to merge its Brazilian business with rival Oi as it focuses on a...

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      January 23, 2015

      Brazilian telecoms: let the battle begin

      January is normally a quiet month for dealmaking in Brazil as executives collapse on a beach somewhere for their long...

    30. January 20, 2015

      Eurozone junk bond sales rebound

      The European market for junk bonds has begun the year in robust fashion, bouncing back from subdued activity in recent...

    31. January 12, 2015

      Dealmaking puts Brazil at the centre of global telecoms war

      For Maria da Conceição Santos, a 49-year-old office cleaner in São Paulo, making a phone call is a complex operation....

    32. December 11, 2014

      Telecom Italia: stewing nicely

      The slow food movement started in 1986 as a protest against fast-food chains opening in Italy. Perhaps the time has now...

    33. December 10, 2014

      European telecoms industry sees return of conditions for growth

      The European telecoms industry will return to growth in 2016 after six years of declining revenues as investments in...

    34. November 22, 2014

      Telecom Italia to assess possible merger of Brazil unit with Oi

      The board of Telecom Italia has given the go ahead to management to look at the possibility of merging its Brazilian...

    35. November 18, 2014

      Lex in-depth: European telecoms

      Europe telecoms: Time to consolidate? The door is open. Europe’s telecoms need only step through it. Jean-Claude...

    36. November 11, 2014

      European telecoms groups enjoy strong run of results

      Almost £16bn has been added to the value of the European telecoms sector after an unexpectedly strong run of results,...

    37. October 30, 2014

      Telecoms groups hope for shift in EU regulation

      A lost decade for Europe’s biggest telecoms companies could finally be coming to an end. The arrival of a new European...

    38. October 21, 2014

      China bank funds buy stake in Mediobanca

      Funds affiliated with China’s central bank have bought a minority stake in Mediobanca, Italy’s pre-eminent investment...

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