FT plans to enter Algeria in 2008 either by acquiring a private telecom operator or by winning a 3G license. Newspapers in France relate that FT is keen to sign a deal with Teliasonera by the end of the week.
Numericable (France) will launch ADSL services using the network infrastructure of its sister company Completel.
SFR (France) plans to pass 10m households by 2016 with fiber. Paris will be 100% covered by 2009.
T-Mobile plans to cut its data roaming charges across Europe by as much as 70%. and its text message roaming rates by 48%.
Telefonica is looking to increase its stake in new China Netcom from its current 5% stake in “old” China Netcom.
Telecom Italia and Fastweb (both in Italy) have decided to jointly build an advanced broadband network in the country.
Telecom Italia may be interested buying Versatel (Germany) and merge it with its own German unit Hansanet.
Telenor is buying Datametrix for about $44m. Datametrix provides IP-based networks.
Global Crossing has increased the capacity of its Mid-Atlantic Crossing (MAC) undersea cable system by 340 Gbit/s.
Belgacom intends to make acquisitions for up to €10bn. Primary targets are high-speed fixed-line internet or convergence segment.
Amsterdam (NL) is deploying an open fiber optic network allowing any operator to connect and any content to be transmitted. It is a 3-layer network (passive, active and services) allowing GPON or Point-to-point connections, called CityNet.
Mena Telecom (Bahrain) is deploying a nationwide broadband wireless network with Motorola and install a NOC and a customer call center.
Qtel (Qatar) has acquired ICLS and ICLM, holding a combined 41% stake in PT Indosat. It also announced the launch of a WiMAX service in Jordan via Wi-Tribe.
Etisalat Nigeria said it has spent $1bn in Nigeria to deploy and upgrade its network.
Globalcom (Ghana) has received a 3G license in the country.
Tata (India) is increasing its stake in Neotel (S. Africa) to 56%.
Clearwire is looking to forge partnerships in Europe similar to its deal with Sprint Nextel in the US. Clearwire owns licenses in seven countries in Europe covering about 200m people.