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Content & TV

Telefónica nets UEFA tournament hat-trick

Movistar+ to air Champions League, Europa League, and newcomer Europa Conference. Winning €975m bid a relative steal as COVID‑19 topples Telefónica’s competitors.

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M&A

EU: Vestager nod set to prompt regional consolidation race

Vestager distracts from four‑to‑three merger demands by highlighting potential for creation of pan‑European big beasts. But is this feasible in any imminent iteration of Europe, beyond cross-border infrastructure ventures envisaged by Orange?

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Network & Infrastructure

O2 gives 4G a pre-tie-up top-up

UK operating business seeks to bolster “national champion” pitch ahead of Virgin Media merger. Focus is on eliminating 4G ‘not‑spots’ and boosting 4G and 5G coverage at tourist attractions.

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Network & Infrastructure

Germany makes Huawei wait

A decision on Chinese vendors’ involvement in German 5G deployment sees another delay, and is now (tentatively) expected for September 2020. Huawei security concerns remain central to opposition, with operators forced to make hedge their bets in the meantime.

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Partnerships & Alliances

Telefónica deepens Google Cloud ties in Spain

Partnership aims to “accelerate” digital transformation for Spanish businesses. Focus is on joint development of mobile edge computing solutions for 5G. Telefónica Tech slated for service delivery. Deal comes on heels of similar arrangement with Microsoft.

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