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Consolidation in Spain’s telecoms market continues as Orange picks up its smaller fixed and mobile rival.
A meeting of Telecom Italia's board isn't expected to signal the starters gun on a union between the two Italian operators, with stumbling blocks likely to consign the possibility of a merger to the scrapyard.
The joint venture between T-Mobile and Orange has seen a drop in pre-pay customers since it began its merged operations, along with a rise in contract customer numbers
High court approval clears the way for the Carphone Warehouse retail chain and the TalkTalk ISP business to begin operating as separate companies
The U.S. Senate convened a hearing (Consumers, Competition, and Consolidation in the Video and Broadband Market) today regarding the NBC Universal - Comcast merger. It wasn't a free for all many expected. Comcast faced difficult questions. Net Neutrality suggested as a precondition to approval.
VHA expects to have finalised its current extensive review of its newly merged workforce by the end of September, the mobile carrier's chief executive Nigel Dews said today.
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has released its public competition assessment of the Vodafone/Hutchison merger after approving the deal a month ago.
Australia's competition watchdog tonight issued a strongly worded statement of concern that the proposed merger of mobile carriers Hutchison and Vodafone could lead to increased retail prices on mobile telephony and broadband services.
The ntl:Telewest merger created the UK's biggest broadband ISP, but not for long, according to researchers
Amid merger talks with Virgin Mobile, NTL grabs Stephen Burch for his experience in acquiring AT&T Broadband.
There's scuttlebutt all over the Blogosphere this morning that Skype may be in merger talks with Yahoo!The talk started on Jean Michel Billaut's blog (it's in French), which well-known Om Malik picked up on his Broadband Blog.
There will be no place on the board for BTopenworld, but Pierre Danon, head of BT Retail, says the ISP still has a future
United Online on Thursday announced the launch of its Juno Broadband service in Indianapolis and in Nashville, Tenn., as part of its deal to use cable systems from Comcast. United Online, which provides low-priced Internet access through its NetZero and Juno services teamed up with Comcast in February to provide broadband access. Thursday's announcement marks the first implementation of the deal. The services will run over the cable systems of Comcast, which also provides its own broadband services, and which is seeking regulatory approval for a merger with AT&T Broadband, the telecom giant's cable assets. Two pricing plans will be available: Juno Basic Broadband, at $39.95 per month, and Juno Platinum Broadband, at $44.90 per month. Cable companies have been shifting toward tiered pricing plans to help lure more dial-up customers to the higher-margin broadband services. --Tiffany Kary, Special to ZDNet News
Stacks of disassembled office furniture, rows of boxed computers and a bright yellow moving truck idling in front of the company's headquarters marked the final chapter of high-speed Internet provider Excite@Home, which ceased operations at midnight Thursday. Few employees or customers could have imagined that Excite@Home would come to this. Venture capitalists and executives created Excite@Home in January 1999, when Web portal Excite.com completed a $6.7 billion merger with @Home--the largest deal between Internet companies. The company provided the optical backbone for its cable partners, and it eventually amassed 4.1 million subscribers--45 percent of Americans with home broadband access. --Alorie Gilbert and Rachel Konrad, Special to ZDNet News
AT&T Broadband announced Wednesday that it now provides local and long-distance phone service to customers in St.Paul, Minn.--a move that puts the cable TV and Internet access provider in direct competition with local phone companies like Qwest Communications International. AT&T Broadband now offers customers a single telephone line for $14.75 a month, which includes free installation, two months of free voice mail and a 30-day, money-back guarantee. Cable TV provider Comcast and AT&T Broadband are seeking government approval for their merger, a deal that would give the united company more than 21 million customers and access to 38 million households. AT&T Broadband ended the year with 1.01 million broadband telephony customers, compared to 544,000 at the same time a year ago. --Sam Ames, Special to ZDNet News
The $72 billion merger is expected to create a cable powerhouse that will also be a leading provider of broadband Net access.
A few votes in Florida last year may have cleared the way for a potential blockbuster deal between AOL Time Warner and AT&T Broadband. As rumors escalate about a possible merger or major investment involving Internet and media giant AOL Time Warner and Ma Bell's cable TV unit, AT&T Broadband, recent shifts in the political landscape in Washington, D.
AOL and ntl are keen to play down the significance of any merger talks, but analysts say a deal would give AOL a key broadband delivery vehicle.
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