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M&A

Oi can afford to be choosy as rival bids for assets emerge

Restructuring Brazilian operator Oi is weighing up escalating offers for its mobile assets as a consortium of local operators compete with private equity‑funded infrastructure provider Highline. TIM Brasil may have most at stake in bidding, with speculation it would take the lion’s share of Oi assets.

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Suppliers & SCM

Telefónica digs in further with Havas

Estimated €500m global media account was first awarded to French group in 2014.

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Operations

Pandemic stalls Telefónica’s alarm JV launch

Pandemic lockdown said to have effectively wiped out the first quarter’s trading of Movistar Prosegur Alarmas, with crisis management the priority. Despite tough start, MPA customer base forecast to treble within a year.

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Strategy & Change

O2 Germany to create joint tech division under CTIO Rao

German operating business continues network and IT integration efforts. Plans to create 60 ‘future‑oriented’ positions in fields such as cloud and cybersecurity.

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Network & Infrastructure

Spain launches €40m programme to test 5G use-cases

Eight new projects will explore 5G use-cases in 13 different sectors. Spain claims leadership for most 5G pilots in EU.

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