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France’s Iliad makes takeover bid for T-Mobile US

(Telecompaper) French operator Iliad, know under the brand Free, has made a takeover bid for T-Mobile US. The surprise offer marks Iliad’s first expansion outside its home market, where it first broke open the triple-play market and then drove down pri…

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Shaw advances data center, cloud services push with $1.2B ViaWest deal

Shaw Communications has reached a deal to acquire Denver-based data center provider ViaWest from private equity firm Oak Hill Capital Partners for $1.2 billion, a move that immediately advances the Canadian cable operator’s movement into the data services and cloud market segments.

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Alcatel-Lucent to take submarine cable business public, sees Q2 revenues rise to $4.4B

Alcatel-Lucent has hatched plans to pursue an initial public offering of shares for its submarine cable business, ending a string of rumors about the future of the division that’s been suffering from weakening demand.

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Verizon Digital Media Services advances online video play with thePlatform partnership

Verizon’s Digital Media Services (VDMS) unit is enhancing its own move into the online video space by establishing a strategic alliance with white-label video management provider thePlatform, reports FierceOnlineVideo.

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Will AT&T, Verizon follow Windstream down the REIT asset path?

Windstream got the attention of the telecom world and financial community on Tuesday when it announced that it would spin off parts of its network assets into an independent Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT). Not surprisingly, this development quick…

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Samsung arrives at its smartphone moment of truth

By its recent lofty standards, Samsung’s Q2 2014 smartphone shipments were a disappointment. In spite of the launch of the flagship Galaxy S5 in the middle of the quarter, shipments declined annually and it seems the strategy that has served Samsung so well may have run its course.

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WOW! Business to extend fiber network to 500 wireless towers in Chicago

WOW! Business continues to enhance its wireless backhaul holdings, announcing that it has been selected to provide fiber-based services to over 500 towers for various wireless operators in the Chicago metro area.

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Oracle to buy TOA Technologies

(Telecompaper) Oracle has agreed to acquire TOA Technologies, a provider of customer service software. TOA’s Field Service SaaS enables businesses to monitor real-time field service requests coming in from contact centres, schedule customer service visits and use business analytics to monitor inventories, service windows and field service operations. The software manages over 120 million service events annually in more than 20 countries for companies such as Dish Network, E.ON, Home Depot, Ricoh, Telefonica, Virgin Media and Vodafone. It will be integrated with the Oracle Service Cloud platform for online customer service and Oracle ERP software. Furher details of the takeover were not disclosed. 

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tw telecom enterprise revenue grows 7.8% to $419M in Q2

tw telecom, which is being acquired by Level 3 Communications, reported that second-quarter 2014 revenues rose 7.8 percent to $419.7 million on strong enterprise and data and Internet segment growth.

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BTC fined for blocking competitors

Bahamian watchdog the Utilities Regulation and Competition Authority (URCA) has issued fixed line incumbent and wireless monopoly holder Bahamas Telecommunication Company (BTC) with an order instructing the operator to cease certain anti-competitive practices. URCA launched an investigation following complaints from Systems Resource Group (SRG, now part of Cable Bahamas Ltd [CBL]) that BTC had signed executive supply agreements with wholesalers preventing the latter from selling SRG’s ‘IndiGO’ calling cards, preventing SRG from distributing its calling cards through certain wholesalers since March 2012. URCA’s probe found that BTC’s agreements were in violation of sections 67 and 69 of the Communications Act, as they prevent, restrict and distort competition ‘such that it appreciably affects trade within the Bahamas.’ Further, the regulator ruled that the telco’s measures amounted to an abuse of the operator’s dominant position. *URCA’s order instructs BTC to immediately cease any ‘conduct or behaviour denying future market access to potential competitors in the relevant market for two stage LD [long distance] calling cards by executing or renewing any Master Distributors Agreement[s]… which include [the] violating provisions.’ BTC must amend its distributors agreements and submit them to the watchdog within 14 days for approval. Finally, BTC must also pay a fine, the value of which was not given by URCA in its press release but reportedly totalled BSD243,442 (USD242,441) according to the Bahama Journal.

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