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Mobile Number Portability: the Wait Lengthens

It was supposed to be implemented by March 31, 2010 - however India's wait to see the much awaited Mobile Number Portability option for mobile subscribers seem to be only lengthening as each day passes.

In the latest scenario, the government has decided to delay the introduction of MNP to June. This is because of the operators' claim that they need more to upgrade their networks so that they can enable MNP on their networks.

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.

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.

Huawei's 2009 net profits up more than 130%

Huawei Technologies, China's privately-owned telecom giant, saw its net profit in 2009 rise 133 percent to reach 18.3 billion yuan ($2.7 billion) from 7.8 billion yuan in 2008, according to the audited report released by the company Wednesday.
Also, according to the report, in the past year, the firm's revenues rose 19 percent to 149.1 billion yuan and its operating profit margin was 14.1 percent.
Despite the economic downturn, the company's cash flow from operating activities jumped 237 percent to 21.74 billion yuan, the report shows.

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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