Vivendi has revealed it is in discussions over buying out Vodafone's 44% stake in SFR, after raising the funds through the sale of its NBCU stake. A deal would give Vivendi 100% of France's number two mobile operator.
A new cable linking Cuba with Venezuela, the first subsea cable into Cuba, has been deployed and should be operational in July. It was financed by a group founded by Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez.
Samsung and IBM have signed a cross-licensing deal allowing the companies to use patents from each others' portfolios. The companies agreed to collaborate on semiconductor research earlier this year.
Credit rating agency Fitch Ratings expects the Thai telecom market to remain robust in 2011 despite the legal and regulatory risks, as well as the increased competition, that operators are likely to face.
Indonesia's Indosat may spin off its CDMA unit, StarOne. President Harry Sasongko said the split is one of several options being considered to help the company become more competitive in mobile.
AT&T has revealed it will offer free mobile-to-mobile calls on its postpaid plans to stave off customer defection to Verizon and its new iPhone, in a further sign of the declining value of voice traffic.
Ten major tech companies, includingIBM, Adobe, Amdocs, HP, Panasonic and SAP, have joined the Wholesale Applications Community. The group, which aims to build an open apps platform, now has 68 members.
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