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Telefonica edges closer to HanseNet deal

Spanish telecoms group Telefonica aims to bring talks with Telecom Italia to buy its German broadband division HanseNet to a close within the next few weeks, Bloomberg reports, citing Telefonica’s chairman Cesar Alierta.

Telefonica raises dividend

The Wall Street Journal reports that Telefonica today pledged to increase shareholder returns with higher dividends, but lowered its forecast to 2012 amid falling revenue in mature European markets.

Italy looks at Telefonica’s “problem” stake in TI

The Italian government has raised concerns over Telefonica’s 42.3 percent stake in Telco, the holding company that controls Telecom Italia, the Italian incumbent operator.

Telefonica joins battle for GVT

Telefónica yesterday launched a battle for control of GVT, the Brazilian telecommunications group, trumping by 14 percent an earlier tender offer by Vivendi of France, notes the Financial Times.

Telefnica to fight for Telecom Italia stake

Telefónica is preparing to face down political opposition and keep its status as the largest shareholder in Telecom Italia, Italy’s leading telecoms company, reports the Financial Times.

Telefonica to trial LTE in six countries

Telefonica yesterday announced plans to trial LTE technology in six countries across Europe and Latin America, as the operator giant mulls its commercial next-generation network plans. The chosen countries are Argentina, Brazil, Germany, Spain, the Czech Republic and the UK, whilst the six vendors picked for the trials are Alcatel-Lucent, Ericsson, Huawei, NEC, Nokia Siemens Networks and ZTE.