Global operator strategies - 24/12/07

Publié le par Jean Arnal

The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) has recognized the terrestrial digital mobile broadcasting (T-DMB) technology as a global mobile TV standard, in addition to other standards such as DVB-H, Mediaflow or OneSeg.

The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) has announced worldwide standards for IPTV.

The Chinese government has lifted geographic restrictions on foreign investment and increased the ceiling on asset ownership by overseas companies from 35% to 49%.

Qwest (USA) plans $1.8bn capex in 2008 on network upgrade.

Reliance (India) won a telecom license in Uganda. It plans to open services in 1Q08.

Sprint said it is getting ready to deploy the next version of IP, IP v6, in its network.

SFR (France) will take over Neuf Cegetel (buying 30% stake held by LD for €5bn), and become an integrated operator with fixed and mobile operations.

US: 266 potential bidders filed notice of intention with the FCC to bid in 700 MHz spectrum auction. But only 96 of the applications seem complete and acceptable.

Vimpelcom (Russia) has agreed to buy Golden Telecom (Russia) for $4.3bn.

Investment firm Carlyle bought 35% of French cable operator Numericable for €1bn, and could be interested in a 3G license in France. Consolidation is not finished.

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