Webwire: Eircom, O2 sharing deal; Du ends Etisalat monopoly

Dylan Bushell-Embling
telecomasia.net
Irish operators Eircom and O2 have signed the first mobile network sharing deal in Ireland. The 10-year agreement will see the operators' equipment consolidated and a number of new sites built.
 
The UAE's Du has signed to provide fixed phone and broadband services to twofour54 and its partner companies, in a deal that will break Etisalat's monopoly on fixed-line services in Abu Dhabi.
 
Canada's Telus will build an LTE network starting in the nation's major cities from the second half of 2011, but has not specified whether it will conduct the rollout with existing 3G partner Bell Canada.
 
Two bidders have dropped out of the running to buy Poland's Polkomtel, which the owners are seeking to sell for over $5 billion.
 
A US district court judge has overturned the jury's award of $660 million to Mirror Worlds for winning its patent battle against Apple, stating the damages had not been correctly calculated.
 
Google, Facebook, eBay, video site Dailymotion and other web giants have filed a court challenge against the French government's plan to order web firms to retain users' personal data for a year.

Commentary

2040: It's telecoms, Jim, but not as we know it

All this disruption is taking telecoms into uncharted territory – perhaps to the point we can’t even be 100% sure that telcos will even exist

All this disruption is taking telecoms into uncharted territory – perhaps to the point we can’t even be 100% sure that telcos will even exist

Being connected anywhere at anytime matters more to consumers than speed, and those feeling deprived of this “right” could become a social force to be reckoned with