Verizon promotes McAdam to president, COO

Verizon promotes McAdam to president, COO
(Telecompaper) Verizon Wireless president and CEO Lowell C. McAdam has been named president and COO of Verizon Communications, reporting to chairman and CEO Ivan G. Seidenberg, effective 1 October. The move comes days after Verizon Communications’ CFO John Killian announced his decision to retire, leaving McAdam as the most likely internal candidate to succeed Verizon Communications’ CEO Seidenberg. McAdam will have responsibility for the operations of Verizon’s network-based businesses, Verizon Wireless and Verizon Telecom and Business, as well as Verizon Services Operations. The technology management and CIO functions will also report to him. McAdam will provide a centralised focus on accountability for all business groups, while emphasising speed to market, innovation and outstanding customer service. Separately, Verizon named Francis J. Shammo, currently president of Verizon Telecom and Business, to become executive vice president and CFO of the company, effective 1 November. Shammo will succeed John F. Killian, who announced he will retire around the end of the year. Verizon also announced that Daniel S. Mead, currently executive vice president and COO at Verizon Wireless, will become president and CEO of Verizon Wireless, succeeding McAdam. The company additionally announced that John G. Stratton, currently chief marketing officer at Verizon Wireless, will succeed Mead as COO. The Mead and Stratton appointments are effective 1 October.[Lees verder]

Bharti picks Ericsson, NSN, Huawei for HSPA network roll-out
(Telecompaper) Indian carrier Bharti Airtel has chosen Ericsson, Nokia Siemens Networks and Huawei Technologies as network partners to launch 3G services. These partners will plan, design, deploy and maintain a HSPA metwork in Bharti Airtel 3G licence circles. Bharti Airtel has awarded a majority of the 3G circles to Ericsson India. With this, Ericsson continues to be Bharti’s largest network partner across 2G and 3G circles in the country. Nokia Siemens Networks will manage the 3G network in three circles and Huawei is a new partner in “a few” circles.[Lees verder]

Austria raises EUR 39.5 mln from 2.6GHz spectrum auction
(Telecompaper) The Austrian telecom control commission TKK has raised a total of EUR 39.53 million from the auction of 2.6GHz spectrum. The minimum bid price was set at EUR 7.4 million. A1 Telekom Austria and 3 Austria both secured 2 x 20 MHz paired blocks and 25 MHz unpaired. Orange Austria secured 2 x 10 MHz paired blocks and T-Mobile Austria secured 2 x 20 MHz paired blocks.[Lees verder]

Broadband passes 500 million subscribers
(Telecompaper) Broadband has taken a significant step forward as the number of subscriber lines passed the 500 million mark in July. The milestone was unveiled by the Broadband Forum during its global Broadband and IPTV Industry Update at its quarterly meeting in Hong Kong. Reached in the third week in July by Point Topic, the milestone will be marked with a celebration by The Broadband Forum later this week. The new figures show that global broadband subscribers reached 498 million lines (497,768,162) by the end of June, representing a 2.63 percent growth in the quarter and 11.99 percent in the last 12 months to end of Q2. Except for North America, all regions performed better in Q2 than the same period in 2009. Asia increased its share of the overall broadband market by a further 1.2 percent in the year and by 0.41 percent in the last quarter alone. The region now accounts for almost 41 percent of the total, with Europe in second place with 30 percent and the Americas showing 26 percent. China is the biggest individual contributor to the Asian growth adding 5.47 million lines to bring its total to 120.59 million or over 24 percent of the 500 million lines. The second quarter also highlighted a strong growth in IPTV subscribers with over 2.3 million new IPTV subscribers, reaching a total of over 38.5 million people using IPTV world-wide by the end of Q2. The growth is in line with broadband growth, so the proportion of the world’s broadband lines carrying IPTV remains the same as Q1 at 7.7 percent. Europe still remains the most established region for IPTV with almost 19 million subscribers, of which almost half are in France. China (with Hong Kong and Macau) had the most net additions this quarter, namely 421,000, ranking it second, with the US in third place with almost 6.5 million subscribers. In terms of access technologies, the growth in FTTx take-up is outstripping both DSL and cable, and eroding cable’s market share. FTTx has especially gained market share in the Americas over the last two years.[Lees verder]

EIB to boost broadband funding
(Telecompaper) The European Commission has outlined plans to boost investment in broadband services and work towards the targets in the EU’s Digital Agenda adopted earlier this year. The EU targets access to basic broadband for all Europeans by 2013 and universal access to speeds of above 30 Mbps by 2020. The EC said it will work with the European Investment Bank to bring forward broadband finance instruments, with concrete proposals for new instruments to be unveiled by spring 2011. The EIB already lends an average EUR 2 billion each year to broadband projects, including recent beneficiaries such as France’s Iliad, the Finnish operator DNA and Portuguese cable operator Zon. The increased EIB involvement is expected to also support more lending for broadband projects form private banks. In addition, a communication adopted by the Commission gives a number of recommendations for EU member states to work on improving broadband access. These include adopting an operational broadband plan with concrete implementing measures including provisions for the necessary funding, encouraging regional and local authorities to better coordinate civial engineering works to support network roll-outs, promoting direct investment in infrastructure by public authorities in line with state aid rules, and stimulating the roll-out of broadband through better use of the EU’s structural and rural development funds.[Lees verder]

Alibaba drops offer for Yahoo stake
(Telecompaper) Yahoo! has confirmed its 39 percent stake in Chinese internet portal Alibaba. “Our investment as a shareholder in Alibaba Group is strategic and a great one for our company and our shareholders,” said Yahoo CEO Carol Bartz in a statement. Yahoo is supportive of Alibaba’s operational direction and management led by Jack Ma, she added. However, the company declined to comment on recent reports that Alibaba has offered to buy out Yahoo as a shareholder. Yahoo said it would not comment on discussions with strategic partners and any decision on the investment woud be driven by questions of shareholder value. A spokesman for Alibaba told Bloomberg News that the company made the proposal in May but talks with Yahoo ended in June. Alibaba has decided to shelve the proposal for the moment, he said.[Lees verder]

Facebook develops mobile phone – report
(Telecompaper) Facebook is building a mobile phone, an unnamed source with knowledge of the project told TechCrunch. The company is reportedly building the software for the phone and working with a third party to build the hardware. Two high-level Facebook employees, Joe Hewitt and Matthew Papakipos, are said to be secretly working on the project, which is unknown even to most Facebook staff. Both have deep operating system experience. Hewitt helped create the Firefox browser and was working on Parakey before it was acquired by Facebook in 2007. Parakey, which never launched, was described as a “web-based operating system”. Hewitt also created all of Facebook’s iPhone web apps and then native apps. Papakipos was leading the Google Chrome OS project until June. He then quit and went to Facebook. Separately a Facebook spokesman denied the company is developing a mobile phone, saying it is focused on better integrating the online social network with mobile phones.[Lees verder]

Bharti Airtel awards African IT management deal to IBM
(Telecompaper) Bharti Airtel has selected IBM to manage the computing technology and services for the mobile operator’s African operations. IBM will deploy and manage IT infrastructure and applications to support Bharti in 16 countries in Africa. In addition, IBM will deploy advanced technologies created by IBM Research, including the Spoken Web, a voice-enabled internet technology that allows users to access and share information simply by talking over an existing telephone. IBM already runs the IT and applications for Airtel’s entire Indian network, in an agreement dating from 2004. Bharti chairman Sunil Bharti Mittal, who spoke at a press conference in Nairobi on the deal, declined to discclose the value of the agreement. Under the 10-year contract, IBM will consolidate 16 different IT environments across Bharti Airtel’s African operations into an integrated IT system and will oversee the management of all of the applications, data centre operations, servers, storage and desktop services. When the agreement becomes final, IBM will provide customer support applications that include customer relationship management, billing and self-care. In addition, IBM plans to deploy a content management system to offer rich media content such as music and video over mobile devices, while simultaneously facilitating the growth of the application developer community in Africa. Bharti Airtel expects the deal will help it reliase its goal of more than 100 million African customers by 2012. Business partners such as distributors and retailers will benefit from on demand data by simply using mobile devices to increase efficiencies. IBM will also be responsible for deploying advanced information security systems that will provide privacy protection for customer data and enhance the resilience of enterprise systems against threats.[Lees verder]

Verizon promotes McAdam to president, COO
(Telecompaper) Verizon Wireless president and CEO Lowell C. McAdam has been named president and COO of Verizon Communications, reporting to chairman and CEO Ivan G. Seidenberg, effective 1 October. The move comes days after Verizon Communications’ CFO John Killian announced his decision to retire, leaving McAdam as the most likely internal candidate to succeed Verizon Communications’ CEO Seidenberg. McAdam will have responsibility for the operations of Verizon’s network-based businesses, Verizon Wireless and Verizon Telecom and Business, as well as Verizon Services Operations. The technology management and CIO functions will also report to him. McAdam will provide a centralised focus on accountability for all business groups, while emphasising speed to market, innovation and outstanding customer service. Separately, Verizon named Francis J. Shammo, currently president of Verizon Telecom and Business, to become executive vice president and CFO of the company, effective 1 November. Shammo will succeed John F. Killian, who announced he will retire around the end of the year. Verizon also announced that Daniel S. Mead, currently executive vice president and COO at Verizon Wireless, will become president and CEO of Verizon Wireless, succeeding McAdam. The company additionally announced that John G. Stratton, currently chief marketing officer at Verizon Wireless, will succeed Mead as COO. The Mead and Stratton appointments are effective 1 October.[Lees verder]

Bharti picks Ericsson, NSN, Huawei for HSPA network roll-out
(Telecompaper) Indian carrier Bharti Airtel has chosen Ericsson, Nokia Siemens Networks and Huawei Technologies as network partners to launch 3G services. These partners will plan, design, deploy and maintain a HSPA metwork in Bharti Airtel 3G licence circles. Bharti Airtel has awarded a majority of the 3G circles to Ericsson India. With this, Ericsson continues to be Bharti’s largest network partner across 2G and 3G circles in the country. Nokia Siemens Networks will manage the 3G network in three circles and Huawei is a new partner in “a few” circles.[Lees verder]

Austria raises EUR 39.5 mln from 2.6GHz spectrum auction
(Telecompaper) The Austrian telecom control commission TKK has raised a total of EUR 39.53 million from the auction of 2.6GHz spectrum. The minimum bid price was set at EUR 7.4 million. A1 Telekom Austria and 3 Austria both secured 2 x 20 MHz paired blocks and 25 MHz unpaired. Orange Austria secured 2 x 10 MHz paired blocks and T-Mobile Austria secured 2 x 20 MHz paired blocks.[Lees verder]

Broadband passes 500 million subscribers
(Telecompaper) Broadband has taken a significant step forward as the number of subscriber lines passed the 500 million mark in July. The milestone was unveiled by the Broadband Forum during its global Broadband and IPTV Industry Update at its quarterly meeting in Hong Kong. Reached in the third week in July by Point Topic, the milestone will be marked with a celebration by The Broadband Forum later this week. The new figures show that global broadband subscribers reached 498 million lines (497,768,162) by the end of June, representing a 2.63 percent growth in the quarter and 11.99 percent in the last 12 months to end of Q2. Except for North America, all regions performed better in Q2 than the same period in 2009. Asia increased its share of the overall broadband market by a further 1.2 percent in the year and by 0.41 percent in the last quarter alone. The region now accounts for almost 41 percent of the total, with Europe in second place with 30 percent and the Americas showing 26 percent. China is the biggest individual contributor to the Asian growth adding 5.47 million lines to bring its total to 120.59 million or over 24 percent of the 500 million lines. The second quarter also highlighted a strong growth in IPTV subscribers with over 2.3 million new IPTV subscribers, reaching a total of over 38.5 million people using IPTV world-wide by the end of Q2. The growth is in line with broadband growth, so the proportion of the world’s broadband lines carrying IPTV remains the same as Q1 at 7.7 percent. Europe still remains the most established region for IPTV with almost 19 million subscribers, of which almost half are in France. China (with Hong Kong and Macau) had the most net additions this quarter, namely 421,000, ranking it second, with the US in third place with almost 6.5 million subscribers. In terms of access technologies, the growth in FTTx take-up is outstripping both DSL and cable, and eroding cable’s market share. FTTx has especially gained market share in the Americas over the last two years.[Lees verder]

EIB to boost broadband funding
(Telecompaper) The European Commission has outlined plans to boost investment in broadband services and work towards the targets in the EU’s Digital Agenda adopted earlier this year. The EU targets access to basic broadband for all Europeans by 2013 and universal access to speeds of above 30 Mbps by 2020. The EC said it will work with the European Investment Bank to bring forward broadband finance instruments, with concrete proposals for new instruments to be unveiled by spring 2011. The EIB already lends an average EUR 2 billion each year to broadband projects, including recent beneficiaries such as France’s Iliad, the Finnish operator DNA and Portuguese cable operator Zon. The increased EIB involvement is expected to also support more lending for broadband projects form private banks. In addition, a communication adopted by the Commission gives a number of recommendations for EU member states to work on improving broadband access. These include adopting an operational broadband plan with concrete implementing measures including provisions for the necessary funding, encouraging regional and local authorities to better coordinate civial engineering works to support network roll-outs, promoting direct investment in infrastructure by public authorities in line with state aid rules, and stimulating the roll-out of broadband through better use of the EU’s structural and rural development funds.[Lees verder]

Alibaba drops offer for Yahoo stake
(Telecompaper) Yahoo! has confirmed its 39 percent stake in Chinese internet portal Alibaba. “Our investment as a shareholder in Alibaba Group is strategic and a great one for our company and our shareholders,” said Yahoo CEO Carol Bartz in a statement. Yahoo is supportive of Alibaba’s operational direction and management led by Jack Ma, she added. However, the company declined to comment on recent reports that Alibaba has offered to buy out Yahoo as a shareholder. Yahoo said it would not comment on discussions with strategic partners and any decision on the investment woud be driven by questions of shareholder value. A spokesman for Alibaba told Bloomberg News that the company made the proposal in May but talks with Yahoo ended in June. Alibaba has decided to shelve the proposal for the moment, he said.[Lees verder]

Facebook develops mobile phone – report
(Telecompaper) Facebook is building a mobile phone, an unnamed source with knowledge of the project told TechCrunch. The company is reportedly building the software for the phone and working with a third party to build the hardware. Two high-level Facebook employees, Joe Hewitt and Matthew Papakipos, are said to be secretly working on the project, which is unknown even to most Facebook staff. Both have deep operating system experience. Hewitt helped create the Firefox browser and was working on Parakey before it was acquired by Facebook in 2007. Parakey, which never launched, was described as a “web-based operating system”. Hewitt also created all of Facebook’s iPhone web apps and then native apps. Papakipos was leading the Google Chrome OS project until June. He then quit and went to Facebook. Separately a Facebook spokesman denied the company is developing a mobile phone, saying it is focused on better integrating the online social network with mobile phones.[Lees verder]

Bharti Airtel awards African IT management deal to IBM
(Telecompaper) Bharti Airtel has selected IBM to manage the computing technology and services for the mobile operator’s African operations. IBM will deploy and manage IT infrastructure and applications to support Bharti in 16 countries in Africa. In addition, IBM will deploy advanced technologies created by IBM Research, including the Spoken Web, a voice-enabled internet technology that allows users to access and share information simply by talking over an existing telephone. IBM already runs the IT and applications for Airtel’s entire Indian network, in an agreement dating from 2004. Bharti chairman Sunil Bharti Mittal, who spoke at a press conference in Nairobi on the deal, declined to discclose the value of the agreement. Under the 10-year contract, IBM will consolidate 16 different IT environments across Bharti Airtel’s African operations into an integrated IT system and will oversee the management of all of the applications, data centre operations, servers, storage and desktop services. When the agreement becomes final, IBM will provide customer support applications that include customer relationship management, billing and self-care. In addition, IBM plans to deploy a content management system to offer rich media content such as music and video over mobile devices, while simultaneously facilitating the growth of the application developer community in Africa. Bharti Airtel expects the deal will help it reliase its goal of more than 100 million African customers by 2012. Business partners such as distributors and retailers will benefit from on demand data by simply using mobile devices to increase efficiencies. IBM will also be responsible for deploying advanced information security systems that will provide privacy protection for customer data and enhance the resilience of enterprise systems against threats.[Lees verder]