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In Brief:EU regulators plan action on WhatsApp-Facebook data sharing 

The EU's privacy regulators are planning to take "additional action" against WhatsApp for its plan to share customer data with parent company Facebook, according to the head of French regulator CNIL and the so-called Article 29 group of EU data protection watchdogs. The group of regulators will meet in December to decide on the action. Facebook already stopped merging some of the messaging service’s data with its own, but not necessarily all of it. When the company first announced the change in policy at WhatsApp, the Article 29 group issued a warning, saying they had "serious concerns" about whether the company could start such a practice without first seeking permission from users. It also goes against what Facebook said it would do when it acquired WhatsApp. Facebook claims that WhatsApp’s privacy policy and terms updates comply with the law, and explain clearly how the service works and choices regarding how personal data is used. The company said it is open to working with the EU regulators to address their concerns.

***The government of Zimbabwe has raised the money to buy out VimpelCom’s stake in Telecel, after a long-running dispute and many premature reports. in the local press.In April this year VimpelCom said it still owned its 60% share of Telecel, despite a claim from Zimbabwe’s telecoms minister that it had bought the stake for $40 million.
VimpelCom has formally confirmed that it and its 51.9% owned subsidiary, Global Telecom Holding (GTH), have completed the sale for the same $40 million.
The deal is likely to make way for Zimbabwe’s plans to build a national fibre infrastructure and a shared mobile infrastructure.
Telecel is now owned by ZARNet, the Zimbabwe Academic and Research Network, an internet service provider that is wholly owned by the government of Zimbabwe.
The completion of the deal means that the Zimbabwe state now owns two of the three mobile operators in the county, Telecel and NetOne, leaving only Econet Wireless, which is owned by the same group as wholesale fibre operator Liquid Telecom, in the private sector

***The Telekom Austria Group is expanding further in the fixed market with the acquisition of the Belarusian operator Atlant Telecom and its subsidiary TeleSet for an undisclosed amount. The sellers are the private equity firm Zubr Capital, as well as the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD). In 2015, Atlant Telecom and TeleSet generated revenues and EBITDA of approximately EUR 16 million and EUR 4 million, respectively. The acquisition of Atlant Telecom and TeleSet is a further step in Telekom Austria Group's convergence strategy. It allows Telekom Austria Group to develop its Belarusian subsidiary Velcom from a mobile-only player into a fully converged operator.Telekom Austria Group will finance the transaction via existing cash flow; the closing is expected in the next days.

***South African Black Economic Empowerment (BEE) entity CellSAf consortium, which holds a 25% stake in the parent company of mobile operator Cell C, has filed a legal challenge against the cellco’s planned restructuring. CellSAf claimed that it wasn’t afforded an option to comment on the restructuring plan – under which Johannesburg-based pre-paid airtime distributor Blue Label Telecoms will acquire 45% of Cell C for ZAR5.5 billion (USD399 million) via its subsidiary The Prepaid Company (TPC) – before it went ahead. The two sides have been in discussions on the planned restructuring since December 2015. Blue Label, through TPC, will settle the ZAR5.5 billion acquisition price with ZAR2.0 billion via a vendor consideration placement with Net1 UEPS Technologies at a price of ZAR16.96 per share, while the remaining ZAR3.5 billion will be settled using available cash and funding facilities. Cell C is wholly owned by holding company 3C Telecommunications, which is itself owned by Oger Telecom South Africa (60%), CellSAf consortium (25%) and Lanun Securities (15%). Following the conclusion of the deal, 3C Telecommunications (CellSAf and Oger Telecom) will hold 30% of the cellco’s equity, Blue Label will own 45%, while Cell C’s staff and management will be in charge of the remaining 25%.

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