US Ambassador warns of financial cost to Brazil of permitting Huawei 5G presence, while talking up favourable loans for Ericsson and Nokia kit. Comments follow fulsome praise for Chinese vendor from Telefónica|Vivo CEO as an innovative and trusted partner.
Smart Luz consortium wins tender to overhaul Rio street lighting; Consortium includes High-Trend, founded by ex-TBS CEO Juan Revilla.
LatAm region gets refreshes in Brazil and Mexico. Former VP Milagros Montenegro gets CFO spot at Peru.
Telefónica|Vivo joined the first meeting of the Microsoft Brasil‑germinated Brazilian artificial intelligence (AI) industry board.
Telefónica|Vivo denied allegations that data collated through its Smart Steps solution can identify individual customers and their movement patterns.
Bruno Vale picks up AxisMed CEO seat, Ana de Saracho takes Counselor position for Mexico’s National Chamber.
SME suppliers in Spain thrown an early lifeline as Group takes steps to keep supply chain moving. O2 Germany reopening stores and account switching restrictions are eased in Spain. O2 UK focuses on supporting health services, but engineers at risk as 5G conspiracy suspicions lead to vandalism and assaults. ...
Group‑wide commitments made to maintaining network capacity in light of changing demand. Cisco and Microsoft partnerships enabling additional enterprise customer support. Consumer benefits include temporary free content and information access, and leeway on data use. Cooperation with public administrations and local rivals seen across the Telefónica footprint.
FY19 results the first since a tightened focus on four major markets. Volatility in Hispam business seen as justification for focus on key regions.
Ever‑closer Brazilian operators exploring ways to consolidate in the mobile market without falling foul of the authorities. Determining the shape of a final deal, and clearing hurdles from Oi stakeholders, could be a drawn‑out process, and distressed fourth‑placed player still open to other offers.
Round‑up of recent activity among Telefónica-backed startup and venturing ecosystems.
Hispanoamérica expected to be put on a par with Partners Program operators as Group prepares for sale and encourages local independence. Latin American billionaires float a majority stake acquisition of local assets, with Telefónica a minority shareholder, but individual OB sales still a prospect. Morgan Stanley working on Telefónica ...
Partners progress on merging legacy networks, and expanding 4G to more rural areas through a multi‑operator core.
Huawei awarded 4G equipment contract, paving the way to become Telefónica’s biggest partner in the Brazilian market. Ericsson set to mount a response.
Telefónica Group agreed a multi‑year programme with US‑based Comtech Telecommunications to help it manage the backhaul requirements of its 2G, 3G, and 4G mobile networks in Argentina and Brazil.
New franchise model aims to extend FTTP footprint by one million homes by end‑2021. Three franchisees already signed up.