All Legal (compliance, regulatory) articles – Page 26

  • Vodafone gets India tax break from The Hague

    Vodafone gets India tax break from The Hague


    International arbitration court rules against India in long-running tax dispute surrounding 2007 Hutchison Essar acquisition. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government reportedly mulling an appeal, pending legal advice. In separate tax news, India’s Supreme Court calls for ten-year payback period on outstanding AGR dues.

  • Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo
    Public Affairs

    Huawei on retreat as US dials up European pressure


    German coalition cabinet reportedly approves measures in IT security bill that, if passed, will effectively ban Huawei from 5G RAN market. Revision looks set to hurt Vodafone’s planning in largest market. Vodafone Greece also looks set for disruption as Pompeo visit increases pressure for a local ban.

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    Suppliers & SCM

    Brexit and COVID: BT’s twin supply chain headaches


    Group continuing to scrutinise status of 450 key partners, amid logistical and financial turmoil wrought by pandemic. Spread of critical partners under consideration to create greater resilience post-coronavirus and split from EU. Telcos, traditionally known for squeezing suppliers to the max, now focused on keeping them afloat.

  • BT: Elsewhere in Openreach
    Strategy & Change

    Elsewhere in Openreach: innovation in the crosshairs


    Openreach targets innovation, Vodafone launches gigabit services, superfast stymied by capacity gap.

  • BT: Elsewhere in Global

    Elsewhere in BT Global: McAfee flags BT role


    Financial services business grows, US military renews contracts, McAfee flags BT role.

  • Openreach fine as is — Lowth
    Strategy & Change

    Openreach fine as is — Lowth


    BT CFO maintains Openreach contribution to the Group is undervalued, but that greater clarity and continued messaging on the progress of the fibre rollout could change perceptions. With all physical network assets tied to the BT pension and Openreach now effectively a services business, any attempt to bring in ...

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    Public Affairs

    TalkTalk takes pot shot at Openreach FTTP pricing


    CEO calls for longer-term, discounted full-fibre wholesale deals. Harrison claims BT’s alleged fears of breaching UK competition rules is “red herring”, while incumbent maintains it needs to appease all stakeholders.

  • Read rails against states flouting EU law
    Public Affairs

    Read rails against states flouting EU law


    Group CEO used a sponsored posting on the Politico website to demand, once again, a level playing field for Europe’s telecoms players, while bemoaning steps taken by several EU governments to sidestep European competition legislation. Article does not suggest Read’s bid for a reset of regulatory relations in Europe ...

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    Network & Infrastructure

    BT’s Nokia pick points to renewed virtualisation drive


    Nokia to become 5G infrastructure top dog as Huawei fades. Virtualisation opportunities abound as BT and Nokia commit to expanding open RAN ecosystem, and imminent developments on the network edge are anticipated.

  • Airtel–Telkom merger falls through

    Airtel–Telkom merger falls through


    Let-off for Safaricom as its two major mobile competitors remain marooned in sub-scale no-mans-land.

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    Public Affairs

    Deutsche Telekom: reports of China 5G scheme are nonsense


    Group dismisses claims of a plan to scale up its Chinese presence off back of geopolitical manoeuvres. Government’s decision on 5G network suppliers could be imminent.

  • Hamburg 5G Antenne
    Network & Infrastructure

    O2 Germany launches 5G as Merkel looks to quash Huawei ban


    Likening the launch to German reunification, O2 is delivering 5G in five cities from October on €40-per-month tariffs. NSA launch paving way for more ambitious plans. Media reports suggest Chancellor Angela Merkel will not ban O2 5G partner Huawei, although political resistance remains, and O2 is readying a back-up ...

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    Former BT exec Hanif Lalani stripped of OBE


    Lalani’s last BT role was CEO of BT Global Services. He was fined €1.5m by France’s stock market watchdog in 2012.

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    Fries and Álvarez-Pallete: two minds on UK JV


    While Telefónica and Liberty said to be on same page on O2–Virgin Media integration, respective chiefs hinted at varying concerns and strategic priorities linked to the progress of the JV.

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    Public Affairs

    Vodacom’s Congo CFO gets out of jail


    Chutoo endures four-day stint behind bars. CFO reportedly quizzed on allegations of “forgery” and “falsification of financial statements”; but no formal charges. Vodacom DRC expresses surprise.

  • Anatel Satellite dish

    Anatel revives fines-for-investment swaps


    Brazilian regulator finally agrees first Conduct Adjustment Agreement with TIM, enabling operators to swap fines for investment commitments.

  • Vivo and co. secure stalking horse status on Oi

    Vivo and co. secure stalking horse status on Oi


    As the collective preferred buyer, Vivo, TIM, and Claro are confident they are in a position to outbid any rival interest in Oi’s mobile business. With a €2.6bn offer on the table, Vivo is highlighting the boost in investment in ultrafast networks that would be enabled by Oi’s windfall ...

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    BT strips directorships from treasurer on murder charge


    Quick changes made to company officers for major BT holding companies in the wake of Treasury Manager’s widely reported arrest. Review of Winnister’s responsibilities highlights complexity of BT’s many tiers of subsidiaries, and echoes of losses past still reverberating.

  • Huawei woes add to Vodafone Idea pressure

    Huawei woes add to Vodafone Idea pressure


    JV forced to consider other options for 5G network. India looks set to tacitly ban use of Chinese equipment. New fundraising efforts on the horizon following AGR decision.

  • O2 still waiting on cable delivery
    Partnerships & Alliances

    O2 Germany still waiting on cable delivery


    VfD yet to follow through with commitments made to secure Unitymedia acquisition, while rivals maintain objections to the deal.