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AT&T’s U-verse successes help drive total wireline revenues to $14.6B

AT&T’s U-verse continues to be the darling of the telco’s wireline portfolio, helping to offset lower revenue from legacy voice and data products and increase residential customer revenues 3 percent to $5.7 billion.

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Sprint to serve up Google Apps for small businesses, enterprise customers

Sprint is appealing to the growing mobile nature of its business customer base by establishing a partnership with Google where it will provide the Internet search giant’s apps to its business customer base.

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BCE takes Bell Aliant subsidiary private, plans to continue fiber-based broadband push

BCE, the parent company of Bell Canada, is going to privatize its Atlantic Canada affiliate Bell Aliant by acquiring the interest of its public minority shareholders while supporting its FibreOP fiber to the home (FTTH) broadband growth initiatives.

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AT&T invites Alcatel-Lucent, Fujitsu into its user-defined cloud program

AT&T is enhancing its growing cloud services ambitions by adding Alcatel-Lucent and Fujitsu to its User-Defined Network Cloud program it initially launched in February.

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Canadian government allocates $284M to bring broadband to rural areas

The Canadian government is moving to bridge the broadband divide with a pledge to bring up to 5 Mbps download speeds to an additional 280,000 households that either have no access or can only get dial-up service.

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Airtel praised over Touching Lives Initiative

  The Lagos State Deputy Governor, Princess Adejoke Adefulire-Orelope, Wife of Lagos State Governor, Dame Abimbola Fashola and former commissioner of Environment, Dr. Muiz Banire have commended Airtel Nigeria, over its corporate compassion programmes in the country. The trio gave the commendation at the unveiling of Touching Lives in Lagos last week. The Deputy Governor

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Level 3 lays out its management structure after tw telecom acquisition closes

Level 3 Communications has put together the pieces of what will be the new management team once it closes its pending $5.7 billion acquisition of tw telecom later this year. The new team will include a collection of executives from both Level…

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Ericsson sole LTE provider for Claro Costa Rica

Swedish vender Ericsson has announced that it has been selected by Claro Costa Rica to be the sole supplier of the cellco’s Long Term Evolution (LTE) 4G network. Under the deal, Ericsson will provide a complete LTE solution including core, microwave transmission and radio access products, as well as consulting, integration, optimisation, field operations and maintenance services.

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Blizoo offers access to VOYO TV platform

Bulgarian cable operator Blizoo has announced that it has started offering access to exclusive TV content through the VOYO platform. According to a company press release, users can sign up to one-month or one-year plans, priced at BGN4.80 (USD3.31) and BGN36.0 respectively. VOYO allows viewers to gain access to over 4,000 hours of varied TV content, including TV series, movies, shows, concerts and sports events. Each subscription to VOYO enables the user to access the service via up to three devices. CEO Harald Roche commented: ‘Blizoo offers a growing variety of services to its customers, striving to provide them with a more fulsome experience’.*TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database notes that Blizoo is Bulgaria’s largest cable operator and operates in more than 40 cities nationwide. The cableco offers digital TV services, including 150 TV channels – 25 of which are in high definition (HD) – fixed telephony and broadband access, with maximum downlink speeds of 150Mbps.

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DoT to fast-track Loop deal to avoid loss to state coffers

The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) is planning to fast-track permission for Bharti Airtel to purchase Loop Mobile’s assets, despite objections from the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) the Economic Times writes, citing an internal document. The move intends to ensure that Loop is able to pay off its debts, the DoT noting that the government would lose out if Loop was unable to honour its commitments. Airtel agreed to purchase the company’s assets and customers earlier this year with Loop facing closure when its licence expires in Mumbai in November. The TRAI opposed the decision claiming that the plan to transfer customers violated rules on licensing and mobile number portability (MNP), although this position was dismissed by the DoT which pointed out that such a stance would mean that ‘no company will be able to acquire another.’

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