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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.

Telecom Italia denies Telefonica rumours

According to Telecompaper, Telecom Italia has denied rumours of plans to merge with Spanish operator Telefonica. The statement follows earlier press reports in local newspaper Corriere della Sera claiming the possibility of a high-profile merger between the two operators.

Latin American mobile growth lifts Telefonica in Q1

Growth in its Latin American mobile businesses helped Spanish-based operator Telefonica report a 9.8 percent rise in first-quarter net profit to EUR1.69 billion.

Ex-Vodafone manager to head Telefonica German unit

Spanish telecoms group Telefonica has appointed former Vodafone manager Rene Schuster to head its German business and called its current CEO home after just two years, reports Reuters.

Report: Telefonica confirms US1.16B Unicom deal

The Wall Street Journal reports this week that Spain’s Telefonica has confirmed plans to invest EUR800 million (US$1.16 billion) to maintain its shareholding in China’s second-largest mobile operator, China Unicom.

Telefonica expands mobile email service to consumers

Cellular News notes that mobile email vendor Seven has announced that Telefonica’s existing business email service, Mail Movistar, has now been expanded to include the consumer segment.

Nokia ships N97 in bid to regain smartphone share

Nokia has announced that its new flagship device – the Nokia N97 – will go on sale this month in more than 75 countries.