Convenient lists to have

  • Account and $ numbers
  • Affirmations
  • Basic personal numbers (self and family members)
  • Birthdays
  • Checklists
  • Gifts
  • Ideas I don’t know what to do with, now that I’ve had them…
  • Jokes
  • Might wanna buy…
  • Might wanna do when…
  • Might wanna do with…
  • Previous addresses and employers
  • Quotes
  • Restaurants
  • Style or product numbers I may need when I’m buying things
  • Tips/Shortcuts
  • Vacation things to do

read all about the lists here…I’m off to start writing mine..

C&W expects Energis deal in the bag in time for tea

Cable & Wireless (C&W) is today expected to confirm its
takeover of UK IT services and telecoms solutions provider Energis,
after holding firm against a number of investors looking to push up its
GBP830 million offer. Citing sources close to the deal, the Financial
Times says C&W is ‘optimistic’ of having its bid accepted today
following its refusal to increase its offer ‘under any circumstances’.
C&W is widely regarded as the only bidder for the struggling
company. The bid will expire at 5pm UK time today unless 75% of Energis
investors accept.

I heard that C&W had submitted a bafo and told Energis they’d got till COB today to accept…we’ll see what happens by COB today shall we. I think it’s the smaller investors that are holding out for more money.

Cisco wants to buy Nokia?

Cisco, who’s been gobbling up companies in the last
couple of years (namely Linksys and more recently
KiSS), has expressed serious interest in the
acquisition and merging with a wireless infrastructure company—specifically everyone’s favorite Nordic handset
manufacturer, Nokia.

Engadget had the story, I’m surprised I didn’t pick it up at the usual telco blogs that I read. Anyway, that could be interesting, but I don’t think so. Nokia is now pitching itself as the largest digital camera supplier in the world, so it’s doing OK on it’s own.

Huawai in takeover talks with Marconi

This old chestnut again.

Chinese equipment manufacturer Huawei is reportedly holding discussions
with troubled British counterpart Marconi which could lead to a GBP560
million takeover. Marconi has effectively been up for sale since April,
when it failed to land a crucial GBP10 billion contract with its
biggest customer BT.

CEO Mike Parton has been reviewing his company’s
options, amid concerns that it is too small to compete with the
industry heavyweights. Marconi and Huawei have been partners since
earlier this year, when the pair agreed to market each other’s products
in their regions.

This will give Huawei (or Huey as I call them) a big stepping stone into the European market place. Huawei won a large peice of the BT 21CN, so Marconi may help them deliver that.

Telenor to buy Vodafone Sweden

Norway’s Telenor is rumoured to be preparing a takeover bid for Vodafone
Sweden, according to the UK’s Business newspaper. The buyout, estimated
to be worth USD945 million, is seen as the ideal way for Telenor to
boost its operations in Sweden where it currently has just over 100,000

It currently languishes well behind market leader
TeliaSonera which has an estimated subscriber base of 4.3 million.
Vodafone is presumed to be disillusioned with its Swedish operation,
despite controlling 1.5 million mobile subscribers, and is frustrated
by slow growth in a saturated market with few opportunities for growth
for the global operator.

The Norwegian firm refused to comment on the
rumours while Vodafone repeated a previous statement that it was happy
with its investment in the Swedish subsidiary.

Although Vodafone has a single brand, it’s operation under the surface is pretty fragmented. But this is interesting as the Nordic’s has one of the highest mobile phone usages in the world.

FCC ruling gives telecoms power over Internet access

The Federal Communications Commission ruled
Friday that big telephone companies no longer have to lease their
high-speed Internet lines to competitors, giving the companies more
power over the delivery of popular fast Internet services.

The new policy raises the possibility that America Online Inc.,
Earthlink Inc. and countless smaller providers that do not have their
own networks could ultimately lose use of digital subscriber lines
(DSL) or have to pay the telephone companies more to keep offering
broadband Web access.

Combined with a recent Supreme Court decision that freed cable TV
companies from having to share their networks with Internet providers,
the FCC policy completes a rapid change in rules that have so far
created a wide-open market with ever-shrinking prices for broadband
services. The panel agreed to delay imposing the rule for a year to
lessen the impact on Internet service providers and their customers.

This looks like a step backwards for the US. It’s going to drive smaller ISP’s out of the market as they can’t buy wholesale connectivity from the big players. We’ll have to see if WiMax and broadband over powerlines gives the cheap access back to the small ISP’s.

This looks on the surface like a mistake, but could it be a move to speed up the development of WiMax and other technologies..but I guess in time we’ll see.