AT&T on track with new high-speed network in 2011 (USA)

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The largest US telecommunications group AT&T is accelerating the launch of a new high-speed wireless network based on a technology called LTE. AT&T plans to start deploying the new 4G network beginning in mid-2011 and complete the nationwide launch by the end of 2013, much sooner than had been expected. AT&T’s decision to start the building of its 4G network …

EditorAT&T on track with new high-speed network in 2011 (USA)

Deutsche Telekom Chief cleared of charges

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Deutsche Telekom’s chief has been free from all the charges by prosecutors investigating a fraud at the telco’s Balkans subsidiaries. According to reports, prosecutors dropped charges against Rene Obermann following a three month investigation into the DT chief’s involvement in an alleged US$40.09 million bribery scandal involving the telco’s businesses in Macedonia and Montenegro. The case was dropped due to …

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Everything Everywhere to retain Orange and T-Mobile Brands(UK)

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Britain’s largest mobile phone operator “Everything Everywhere” is set to retain both the Orange and T-Mobile brands as it strives to minimize the risk of losing customers to rivals. Tom Alexander, Chief Executive, played down rumors that the company was abandoning the T-Mobile brand after a review that is slated take place next year. He added that they were considering …

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EU expands Slovak Telekom anti-trust probe to Deutsche Telekom (Europe)

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European Commission, the European Union’s highest antitrust authority has extended an investigation into whether Slovak Telekom violated anti-monopoly rules to the telco’s parent, German heavyweight Deutsche Telekom (DT). In 2009 the commission began probing the incumbent Slovakian PSTN operator, which uses the T-Com brand, concerning alleged infringements mainly relating to broadband internet access services. In a statement, it confirmed that …

EditorEU expands Slovak Telekom anti-trust probe to Deutsche Telekom (Europe)

Deutsche Telekom extends CEO Obermann’s contract until 2016?

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­The Supervisory Board of Deutsche Telekom has decided to extend Ren© Obermann’s contract as Chairman of the Board of Management of Deutsche Telekom by a further five years at its meeting today. His current contract expires on October 31, 2011. The new contract will run until the end of October 2016. According to Prof. Ulrich Lehner, Chairman of the Supervisory …

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Deutsche Telekom takes over Poland’s PTC

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Deutsche Telekom AG has settled a long-running dispute with France’s Vivendi SA and a Polish corporation over the ownership of Polish mobile network PTC, allowing it to take full control of one of the country’s major operators. According to Deutsche Telekom, it will pay a total of US$1.9 billion to Vivendi and Poland’s Elektrim under the agreement. The dispute was …

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Seven telcos bid for Telekom stake (Serbia)

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Serbia’s Ministry of Finance has announced that seven companies have applied to participate in a tender for the 51% stake in Telekom Srbija being sold by the government. The seven companies include Deutsche Telekom, France Telecom, Telekom Austria, America Movil, Weather Investments, Turkcell and VimpelCom. According to a statement from the ministry, the seven qualify to participate in the tender …

EditorSeven telcos bid for Telekom stake (Serbia)

FNA cuts mobile termination rates by half

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Germany’s network regulator, the Federal Network Agency (FNA), has proposed a 50% cut in mobile termination rates (MTRs), in a move to bring the fees in order with European Commission targets. With the starting of this month the rate chop down to US$0.043 for Royal KPN’s local unit E-Plus and drop to US$0.044 for Spain’s Telefonica O2 Germany, from a …

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T-Mobile nearly taking control of Poland’s PTC

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T-Mobile parent Deutsche Telekom and France’s Vivendi are reportedly close to settle the long-running dispute over ownership of Polish operator, Polska Telefonia Cyfrowa (PTC). According to reports, the rumored deal is likely to see Deutsche Telekom take full control of the firm. Ownership of PTC has been disputed between Deutsche Telekom and a holding company controlled by Polish conglomerate Elektrim and …

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German operators unveil LTE pricing

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T-Mobile and Vodafone have announced their will be charging for their new LTE networks in Germany. Vodafone is to begin selling a Samsung dongle from Wednesday with monthly subscriptions costing between US$55.68 and US$94.99. As previously signified, Vodafone’s pricing will be ‘tiered’, based on data volumes and service speed. According to Vodafone spokesman, the top rate will reportedly get users …

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