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In Brief :MásMovil offers €550m for Yoigo 

Spanish multi-services operator MásMovil has reportedly offered €550 million to acquire a 75% stake in Telia-owned mobile operator Yoigo.
The last-minute offer comes after Zegona,the UK-based investment vehicle behind regional broadband provider Telecable, failed to secure funding in time to finalise its €630 million bid to acquire the stake by the end of the exclusivity period on April 22.The news comes after MásMovil had dropped out of the initial bidding process for Spain’s fourth largest mobile operator a number of weeks ago, unable to reach a figure expected by Telia.Telia is now weighing up whether to accept MásMovil's offer or give Zegona more time to secure its funding.By end-2015,Yoigo had 3.3 million customers and an €754m turnover.

****Italian Tower operator EI Towers has ruled out a takeover bid for Telecom Italia’s tower division, Infrastrutture Wireless Italiane (INWIT) and has two other potential projects lined up should its bid for a minority stake in INWIT fall through.The company’s CEO said that the company could also make a second attempt to acquire state-owned infrastructure operator Rai Way,after its previous offer faltered. As previously reported by CommsUpdate, Telecom Italia has received binding offers for a portion of its stake in INWIT, with EI Towers understood to have submitted a bid for less than 30%, whilst a consortium of Spain’s Cellnex Telecom and F2i of Italy have reportedly entered an offer for a 45% stake in INWIT. In a related development, meanwhile, INWIT has approved the merger of fully owned units Revi Immobili, Gestion Due and Gestion Immobili into INWIT. The trio of towercos were acquired by INWIT in January this year.

***All four of Kazakhstan’s cellular operators are expected to have 4G LTE networks live in every regional capital by the third quarter of this year, and to have expanded services to most cities by the end of 2016, Profit.kz writes, citing Deputy Minister for Investment and Development.At present,Kazakhstan is home to two full commercial LTE networks, operated by joint venture partners Altel and Tele2,while the country’s other two mobile operators, K’cell and KaR-Tel (Beeline),both began limited pilot 4G services last month. According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database,Kazakhstan was home to 770,000 4G subscribers at the start of this year, while the country’s statistics agency recently revealed that there were 11.04 million mobile data users as of 31 March 2016.

***Telecom Italia's largest shareholder Vivendi is considering the sale of the company's Brazilian unit TIM Brasil, an M&A lawyer familiar with the situation told CTFN. The lawyer also said that when in 2014 Vivendi sold GVT to Telefonica, inheriting the Spanish telecom operator's stake in Telecom Italia as part of the deal, Vivendi expressed an interest in exiting the Brazilian operator.

***Uzbekistan mobile operator Ucell has introduced a 'Temporary Blocking' option, which enables users to block a telephone number for free for five days. The option is aimed at users who have lost their handsets. The option is accessible by ringing the call centre.