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Orange announces tariffs for Apple iphone 4

Orange announces tariffs for iPhone 4 with 750 MB data cap for Wi-Fi and 3G. Link to full story below:

BT and Alcatel-Lucent sign agreement to enhance 21CN bandwidth capacity

Paris and London, May 4, 2010 – Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) today announced it has signed a major five-year agreement with BT for an evolution of its 21st Century Network (21CN), the foundation of BT’s IP transformation to enhance customer experience and accelerate time-to-market for next generation services.

Iran to launch two telecom satellites in 2010

Iran is set to launch two telecom satellites in 2010 reports English.news.cn Link to full story below:

Iran to launch two telecom satellites in 2010

Iran is set to launch two telecom satellites in 2010 reports English.news.cn Link to full story below:

Orascom may be acquired by MTN

ORascom confirmed that it may get acquired by MTN. Link to full story is below:


France Telecom will pay Orascom settlement fee of $300M for Mobinil dispute

France Telecom will pay Orascom a settlement fee of $300M on Mobinil dispute reports Total Telecom. Link to full story below:

Orascom Telecom Suspends Trading on Stock Market Pending Announcement

­Egypt's Orascom Telecom Holding has suspended trading of its securities on the London Stock Exchange pending an announcement later today. There have been rumours that South Africa's MTN is in talks with Orascom Telecom about buying the company's African mobile phone businesses.

According to a report earlier this morning in the Financial Times, the talks initially were limited to discussing Orascom's Algerian subsidiary, which has been causing Orascom considerable headaches over the past year. The talks were later expanded to include most of Orascom's African assets.

Citing consumer interest Swiss regulator blocks France Telecom and TDC merger

Swiss regulators have blocked the merger between TDC and France Telecom citing consumer interests reports tmc net. Link to full story below:

Telecom Italia to cut 6800 jobs through 2012

To improve efficiency and reduce costs Telecom Italia will cut around 6800 jobs by 2012 reports, Daily News. Link to full story is below:


Qatar Telecom choses NSN for LTE

Qatar Telecom choses NSN for its LTE roll outs in future. Link to full story below:

TeliaSonera Net sales drop 3.9% Net Income up 6.4% in Q1 2010

TeliaSonera announced it's results as follows:
Returning to organic revenue growth

• Net sales decreased 3.9 percent to SEK 26,090 million (27,135). Net sales in local currencies and excluding acquisitions increased 2.5 percent.
• The addressable cost base in local currencies and excluding acquisitions decreased 2.9 percent.
• EBITDA, excluding non-recurring items, increased 1.6 percent to SEK 8,963 million (8,821) and the margin to 34.4 percent (32.5). The increase in local currencies and excluding acquisitions was 8.8 percent.

ISAI a new French investment fund worth Euro 24M to invest in Telecom and internet start up

TMC news reports that ~60 French internet and telecommunications entrepreneurs and ~45 internet companies have come together to form ISAI a Euro 24M investment fund. Link to full story below:

Orange to offer broadband services in UK through BT network

Orange has tied up with BT to offer broandband services through BT. Link to full story below:


France Telecom and Orascom to continue to grow Mobinil

France Telecom and Orascom have end their dispute and have pledged to continue to grow Mobinil, reports ITP.net
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Net neutrality reaches Europe, French telcos seek to regulate traffic

Reuters reports that French telcos seek cash benefits from new plans that they to regulate traffic which would come this summer.

European regulators are now weighing net neutrality after the US.

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Telecom Italia may raise ~$2B from asset sales

FierceTelecom reports that Telecom Italia may raise ~$2B from asset sales. This comes in the background of rumours over its take over by Telefonica. The link to full story is below:

Diagnostic firm Diasorin implements VPN solution by Orange Business Services

MarketWatch reports that Diagnostic firm Diasorin has implemented VPN solution for its ~1100 strong work force, connecting 12 locations in Europe, Americas and Asia. Link to full story below:

Recording solution for Traders launched by Orange Business Services

TMC.net reported that Orange Business Services launched a new recording solution for traders. From next year every conversation on trade on mobile phone will have to be recorded. Link to full story below:

France Telecom denied bid on Egyptian Co

Egyptian court has denied France Telecom from gaining full control of Egyptian company, also known as Mobinil, as reported by SFGate. Link to full story is below:


TDC and France Telecom to merge Sunrise and Orange Schweiz in Switzerland

Total Telecom reports that Danish telecom operator TDC and France telecom have agreed to merge the subsidiaries Sunrise and Orange Schweiz in Switzerland.

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AT&T will sell its European Wi-Fi operations to Swisscom

Associate Press reports that AT&T will sell its European Wi-Fi operations Wayport Inc. to Swisscom. Link below:


France Telecom may spend upto EU7B in Middle East, Africa

Business Week reports that France Telecom Chief Executive Officer Stephane Richard said that France Telecom may spend upto Eur7B in Middle East Africa, to double its revenues. Full story is below:


Google Nexus One appears on Bouygues website

Google's nexus one appeared on Bouygues website, which indicates Boygues will launch the android phone in france.

Skype will have to wait further in UAE

ITP.net reported that TRA UAE has taken a decision that VOIP calls are a regulated activity and anyone using the software will be legally liable. The announcement meant that the operators, Etisalat and Du can offer a wider range of services in Dubai. The other companies keen on providing these services will have to partner with the existing licensees. The full story is below:


Orange, T-Mobile create Magenta Telecom

Orange and T-Mobile today announced that the new branding for their UK joint venture will be called "Magenta". Although the switchover to the new name won't be complete until sometime next year, both T-Mobile and Orange intend to familiarise customers with the new branding immediately.

In an exclusive interview with Mobile Gazette, joint branding directors Jess Kidden and Jina Linaloundwa explained the reasoning behind the new name.

Orange, OpenX To Challenge DoubleClick

InformationWeek reports OpenX Technologies has partnered with with France Telecom's Orange to launch Orange Ad Market, which could threaten to Google's DoubleClick ad unit.

Orange will use OpenX's platform to reach the 343 million users of its Ad Network service.

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France Telecom, Deutsche Telekom merge in UK

Deutsche Telekom AG and France Telecom SA say they have completed the merger of their British mobile phone units to create the country's biggest operator and shake up an intensely competitive market.

France Telecom, owner of Orange UK, and Deutsche Telekom, owner of T-Mobile, announced the proposed combination in September.

The new company will be led by the former head of Orange UK, Tom Alexander, the companies said Thursday.

The 50-50 joint venture would have about 28 million customers, making it the largest player in the U.K. with a 37 percent market share.

U.K. Regulator Calls for Cut in Mobile-Phone Charge

U.K. communications regulator Ofcom on Thursday proposed new caps on the price mobile operators can charge to transfer calls from other networks, meaning lower revenue for the major mobile firms but potentially improved deals for customers.

Ofcom proposed that mobile termination rates—the wholesale charges that operators make to connect calls to each others' networks—fall from around 4.3 pence (6.5 U.S. cents) a minute to 0.5 pence a minute by March 2015.

Telefonica, Telecom Italia Deal Is Unlikely, Credit Suisse Says

Telefonica SA, Europe’s second- largest telephone company, will probably not bid for Telecom Italia SpA, Credit Suisse Group AG said.

“We see a Telefonica bid for Telecom Italia as both unlikely and a relatively high-risk move for limited returns as far as Telefonica shareholders are concerned,” David George, a London-based analyst at Credit Suisse, wrote today in a report.

Orange, OpenX Set Out To Build Pan-European Ad Exchange Ecosystem

France Telecom/Orange is partnering with OpenX to launch Orange Ad Market, a brand new online advertising marketplace tailored to the European digital industry.Orange Ad Market will be operated by Orange and powered by OpenX in exchange for a share on every transaction that is made through the platform. The marketplace will allow all classes of buyers to compete for targeted impressions in real-time auctions and help sellers of online display advertising inventory from all over the globe maximize revenue.

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