Thu, Feb. 12, 12:15 PM
- Building on last night's report about merger chatter, Chinese telecoms marked gains similar to those in Hong Kong with their ADRs on the NYSE.
- Leader China Mobile (NYSE:CHL) is up 2.9%; China Unicom (NYSE:CHU) is up 4.2% and China Telecom (NYSE:CHA) +2.9% on the rumor that the two would merge to better compete with China Mobile.
- China Telecom says it isn't aware of any plan to merge with China Unicom.
- All three finished the Hong Kong market day on heavy volume with China Mobile up 3.9%; China Unicom up 4.3%, and China Telecom up 2.9% (on near quadruple volume).
Wed, Feb. 11, 11:46 PM
- China's telecoms all headed solidly into positive ground in Hong Kong midday Thursday on chatter (translated) that two smaller ones -- China Unicom (NYSE:CHU) and China Telecom (NYSE:CHA) -- would merge.
- The two are a ways behind China Mobile (NYSE:CHL) in terms of 4G network upgrades, and China Mobile is more than double the size of the other two, which might spur Beijing to let a merger go forward.
- In latest Hong Kong trading, on heavy volume: China Telecom +6.8%; China Unicom +5.1%; China Mobile +3%.
- Related: China Telecom Poised For Large Growth Opportunity (Jan. 29 2015)
- Related: 4G Networks Will Boost China Mobile Performance In The Long Run (Oct. 31 2014)
Fri, Jan. 16, 2:59 PM
- AT&T's (T +1.6%) $2.5B purchase of Mexican mobile carrier Iusacell is officially on the books. Ma Bell has used the occasion to reiterate the merger will allow it to offer cross-border mobile services. "It won't matter which country you're in or which country you're calling it will all be one network, one customer experience."
- AT&T has also announced Thaddeus Arroyo, formerly the president of AT&T's Technology Development unit and before that its CIO, will run Iusacell. Adrian Steckel, until now Iusacell's CEO, will "assist Arroyo with the integration of Iusacell into AT&T."
- Separately, Reuters reports China Telecom (CHA -2.2%) is "preparing a possible bid" to build and run a Mexican wholesale mobile network expected to cost $10B over 10 years. The network, mandated by Mexico's 2013 telecom reform bill, aims to allow America Movil's (AMX -0.6%) rivals (such as Iusacell) to provide better coverage without having to rely on AMX, which is still looking for a buyer for the Mexican assets it's shedding to bring its share below 50%.
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China Telecom Corp Ltd along with its subsidiaries is an integrated information service company. It offers telecommunications services, including wireline voice services, mobile voice services, Internet access services, value-added services.
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