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.
Mavenir solution to slot into operator’s UNICA data centre infrastructure. Timelines hazy for commercial launch.
Concerns were raised by Telefónica Mexico partners over how the operator’s late‑2019 network‑sharing deal with AT&T might affect their businesses.
Telxius is cooperating with Orange to supply backhaul connectivity for Dunant, a Google-backed submarine cable connecting Europe and the USA.
Hernández, Telefónica Colombia CEO, called on MinTIC to enforce “clear and permanent rules” to help market development amid spectrum auction farce.
Vodafone has been using Partner Market arrangements since 2002 to create a strategic presence outside its own network footprint. DT is now signalling plans to create competing alliances.
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 ...
Despite making a fuss to get auction terms changed, Telefónica ultimately abstained from the latest 4G spectrum sale. Speculation that the decision was influenced by Group distancing of most Latin American assets, and the potential of a sale of the Colombia business.
Partners progress on merging legacy networks, and expanding 4G to more rural areas through a multi‑operator core.