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  1. December 5, 2013

    Regulator tells Telefónica to loosen grip on Brazil

    The Brazilian antitrust regulator has told Telefónica to either reduce its ownership of rival Telecom Italia or sell a stake...

  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...

  1. 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...

  2. 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...

  3. 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...

  4. 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...

  5. June 6, 2012

    Soros among Brazil telecom bidders

    George Soros’s investment fund has been named as one of six groups bidding for Brazil’s new fourth-generation telecom...

  6. February 24, 2012

    Mobility ushers in a brave new world

    In less than a decade, mobile communications – particularly in the form of smartphones, tablets and the applications that...

  7. February 8, 2012

    Fortune favours the favelas

    Rogerio Guedes, a security guard who lives in Pavãozinho Cantagalo, recalls how the residents of his favela, or slum, on the...

  8. November 11, 2011

    Domestic market drags down Telefónica

    Telefónica, the largest telecoms group in the eurozone by value, said a “challenging” business environment in Spain had...

  9. July 8, 2011

    Telecom Italia’s Brazilian arm in €700m deal

    Tim Participações, the Brazilian arm of Telecom Italia, is to pay €700m ($998m) for AES Atimus group to expand its network...

  10. 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...

  11. 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...

  12. 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...

  13. 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,...

  14. 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...

  15. 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...

  16. 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,...

  17. November 11, 2010

    Lisbon loses case over EDP ‘golden shares’

    Europe’s top court has ruled that “golden shares” held by the Portuguese government in Energias de Portugal, the country’s...

  18. November 11, 2010

    Brazil takeover bolsters Telefónica results

    Telefónica unveiled a record quarterly profit, as the accounting impact of its €7.5bn ($10.3bn) takeover of Brazilian mobile...

  19. November 7, 2010

    Brazilian telecoms

    It is three months since Brazil’s telecom melodrama – rich entertainment in an otherwise quiet sector – appeared to reach...

  20. November 3, 2010

    Portugal Telecom planning special pay-out

    Portugal Telecom plans to pay an extraordinary cash dividend of €1.65 a share following its €7.5bn ($10.5bn) sale of a stake...

  21. September 6, 2010

    C&W Worldwide bid talk played down

    Potential buyers of C&W Worldwide, the UK telecoms company, are playing down the prospect of an imminent takeover.C&W...

  22. August 5, 2010

    Portugal Telecom profits buoyed by Vivo

    Portugal Telecom lifted first-half earnings by 3.1 per cent to €264.5m as the contribution from international assets led by...

  23. FT Alphaville

    July 29, 2010

    Telefónica looks to Brazil gains after Vivo victory

    Telefónica has posted an above-forecast 16 per cent gain in second-quarter profits in Latin America, Bloomberg reports,...

  24. July 29, 2010

    Telefónica buoyed by overseas operations

    Telefónica of Spain on Thursday reported a better-than-expected 9.4 per cent year-on-year increase in first-half net...

  25. July 28, 2010

    Telefónica / Portugal Telecom

    Everybody loves a win-win-win. After months of tortuous negotiation and legal threats, Telefónica has at last persuaded...

  26. July 28, 2010

    Bearish forecasts end six-day positive run

    A run of six consecutive positive sessions for the eurozone’s benchmark index ended yesterday as falling US durable goods...

  27. FT Alphaville

    July 28, 2010

    Telefonica strikes $9.8bn deal for Vivo stake

    Spain’s Telefonica has reached a preliminary agreement to buy Portugal Telecom’s stake in the Brazilian wireless operator...

  28. July 28, 2010

    Telefónica to pay €7.5bn for Vivo stake

    Telefónica of Spain has agreed to buy Portugal Telecom’s stake in Vivo, their Brazilian mobile phone joint venture, for...

  29. FT Alphaville

    July 28, 2010

    Snap news

    Breaking pre-market news on Wednesday, - Telefónica strikes €7.5bn deal to buy Vivo from Portugal Telecom — reports. -...

  30. July 19, 2010

    Telefónica / Portugal Telecom

    Negotiating a divorce is even harder when the mother-in-law takes a seat at the table. The Portuguese government last month...

  31. July 17, 2010

    Telefónica set to press on over Vivo

    Telefónica, the Spanish telecommunications group, indicated on Sunday that it would continue to seek control of Vivo in...

  32. July 13, 2010

    Telefónica set to take dispute to court

    Telefónica, the Spanish telecoms group, is likely to seek international arbitration if it fails to resolve by Friday a...

  33. July 8, 2010

    Telefónica / Portugal Telecom

    Golden shares, who needs ’em? The Portuguese government used the outdated instruments to prevent Spain’s Telefónica from...

  34. July 8, 2010

    Portugal Telecom ‘golden shares’ ruled illegal

    The “golden shares” in Portugal Telecom that were controversially used by Lisbon last week to block the company’s sale of a...

  35. July 7, 2010

    Telefónica hopes to edge nearer to Vivo deal

    You can understand César Alierta, Telefónica’s chief executive, if he feels he is due a break in Brazil. It is a country...

  36. July 7, 2010

    Brazilian blips leave Telefónica in need of a break

    You could understand if César Alierta, Telefónica’s chief executive, felt he deserved a break in Brazil. It is a country...

  37. July 2, 2010

    Portugal defends block on Telefónica

    José Sócrates, Portugal's prime minister, has stoutly defended his use of a "golden share" to block Telefónica's €7.15bn...

  38. July 1, 2010

    Portugal PM defends use of ‘golden share’

    José Sócrates, Portugal’s prime minister, has stoutly defended his use of a “golden share” to block Telefónica’s €7.15bn...

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