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Palm Pre linked to O2 sale

Pocket-lint reports on rumours that Telefonica will exclusively offer the Palm Pre in Spain, UK and Latin America.

Voda and O2 linked to European-wide network deal

The putative network sharing deal between Vodafone UK and Telefonica-owned O2 UK could be expanded into other markets where the two mobile heavyweights are active, according to latest reports.

Telefonica leans on Latin America

The Financial Times (FT) reports that Latin America should remain Telefonica’s growth engine in 2009, in spite of increasing signs of a deep economic slowdown on the continent.

Voda and Telefonica confirm landmark network deal

Vodafone and Telefonica have confirmed recent speculation that they are to share network infrastructure across Europe in what is considered the largest ever deal of its kind. UK-based Vodafone and Spain’s Telefonica said in a joint statement this morning they would share mobile network assets in four European markets where both have operations – Germany, Spain, Ireland and the UK – while discussions are ongoing to extend the agreement to a fifth market, the Czech Republic.

Vodafone renews site-sharing contract with Telecom Italia

Vodafone Italia has signed an agreement with Telecom Italia for sharing transmission sites, reports Telecompaper.

Mobile firms call on G20 leaders for initiative support

Twenty-five bosses of the world’s top mobile companies have signed a letter delivered to leaders of the G20 nations yesterday, pledging to invest hundreds of billions of dollars in mobile broadband development globally – a move they claim could create 25 million jobs and help lift the world out of recession – in return for a more stable regulatory environment and allocation of new spectrum.

Telefonica claims world’s first LTE demo

Telefonica yesterday claimed to have become the first operator to have successfully connected an LTE prototype network to a live 2G/3G network.

Telefonica eyes more network sharing deals

Telefonica is open to reaching agreements with competitors to share networks, make joint investments or develop new services, in line with the mobile network sharing agreement signed recently with Vodafone, according to a Dow Jones Newswires report.

Telefonica, America Movil to invest US205M in Ecuador

Dow Jones Newswires reports that the local units of Spain’s Telefonica and Mexico’s America Movil will maintain their plans to invest a total of US$205 million in Ecuador this year to improve services, technology and coverage.

Report: Telefonica to buy stake in Cuba’s Etecsa

Spanish telecoms giant Telefonica is reportedly lining up an offer to buy-out Telecom Italia’s 30 percent stake in Cuba’s incumbent operator, Etecsa.