UK watchdog clears O2-Virgin Media merger

The UK’s Competition and Markets authority (CMA) has given the proposed merger of Telefónica’s O2 and Liberty Global-owned Virgin Media a provisional green light. The watchdog said that the £31 billion merger first announced in May 2020 “is unlikely to lead to any substantial lessening of competition in relation to the supply of wholesale services.” […]

Liberty Global and Telefónica name UK JV management

Liberty Global and Telefónica have named current Virgin Media CEO Lutz Schüler as CEO of their planned UK 50:50 joint venture, with O2 chief financial officer Patricia Cobian to be CFO of the combined operation. Schüler joined Virgin Media in 2018 as chief operating officer and has been CEO at Virgin Media since June 2019. […]

Movistar+ adds ATRESplayer Premium to offering

Telefónica-owned pay TV platform Movistar+ has added commercial broadcaster Atresmedia’s premium online player ATRESplayer Premium to its offering. The move follows the recent addition of Mediaset España’s online streaming service Mitele Plus to the platform. Like Mitele Plus, ATRESplayer Premium will be available to Movistar+ subscribers with a UHD set-top box and can be signed […]

Movistar+ adds Mediaset España’s Mitele Plus to offering

Telefónica’s Movistar+ has struck a deal with Mediaset España to offer the latter’s streaming service Mitele Plus via its set-top boxes. The moves will enable Movistar+ customers to view content including La Isla de las Tentaciones, Supervivientes and La que se avencina in addition to movies such as Goya-award winning Adú as well sports including […]

Telefónica launches standalone Brazilian fibre network FiBrasil

Telefónica has announced the creation of a standalone fibre wholesale network in Brazil. Called FiBrasil Infraestrutura e Fibra Ótica SA (FiBrasil), the business will be operated as a 50-50 joint venture with global investment group Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (CDPQ), which is investing a total of R$1.8 billion. Half of Telefónica’s stake […]

Movistar+ launches edutainment app

Movistar+ has announced the launch of a new edutainment app. Sitting within its new Living App, Movistar Campus promises to present a wide range of educational content that will allow users to learn in an entertaining and convenient way.  Movistar said that Campus offers its partners a new channel to “bring their edutainment contents to […]

O2 handed £10.5 million fine for decade of overcharging customers

Telefónica’s UK mobile operator O2 has been handed a fine of £10.5 million for almost a decade of billing errors which resulted in the overcharging of 140,000 customers. Ofcom opened an investigation into potential issues with the way O2 was billing departing customers in 2019. The regulator said that the fine was reduced from £15 […]

UK watchdog outlines concerns about Virgin Media/O2 merger

The UK Competition and Markets Authority has outlined its concerns about the proposed merger of Liberty Global’s Virgin Media and Telefónica-owned mobile player O2, with a focus on the potential impact of the pair’s combination on mobile wholesale markets. The watchdog is focusing on the possible impact of the merger on the supply of wholesale […]

DAZN does Movistar+ deal with Telefónica

Telefónica has signed a major sublicensing deal with DAZN. The agreement will Movistar+ bolster its motorsports offer with MotoGP, one of the country’s most popular sports, and Formula 1 for the next three years. The deal will see the launch of a new dedicated DAZN F1 channel along with the DAZN 1 and DAZN 2 […]

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