The Undersea Cable-Severing Conspiracy – it’s not

There have been several posts on what’s happened to these cables. It’s not a conspiracy, there’s a simple explanation. There have been recent storms in the area in question and with the recent temporary closing of the Suez canal, some (big) ships have been forced to anchor off the cost. Consequently, big ships rough sea’s and accidents happen.

There’s been an internal memo giving all the facts, but that’s the gist of the situation. Most of the carriers have bought extra bandwidth and re-routed traffic to minimise the impact. So it isn’t area 51 at sea, sorry.

Vodafone looking at Verizon

Lightreading has a post on news that Vodafone have been looking at Verizon

Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE: VZmessage board) saw its share price leap more than 12 percent in pre-market trading today following a report on a Financial TimesVodafone Group plc (NYSE: VODmessage board) has been considering a takeover bid worth $160 billion, approximately $55 per share.

That’s pretty interesting as Vodafone has allways been left out in the fixed line business and it’s inability to play in the tipple play market as something of a stumbling block. We know they bought an small ISP to help it get into the UK broadband market, but a play like this is just huge. Verizon are a huge player with a global footprint and a very aggressive business model at this time. This is one to watch as it could push Vodafone to the top or near the top of the big Telco league.
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BT launches a credit card

Lightreading has a post on the fact that BT has launched a credit card and is encouraging it’s staff to take up the offer. The savings offered are pretty poor and it’s just an example of how affective MBNA have been in selling it’s services to anyone who’ll listen. The lightreading post takes the news has an interesting slant on the story which is good.

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Apple plays the Euro telco’s for fools (aahh)

Once again Telebusillis has a great story on what Apple is upto here in Europe with the iPhone. Interesting reading, but the clear loser here is Vodafone.

O2 in the UK, T-Mobile in Germany and Orange in France

If you know your onions in this field you’ll know that Orange is owned by France Telecom (iPhone in France) T-Mobile is owned by Deutsche Telecom (iPhone in Germany) and O2 is owned by Telefonica (iPhone in Spain UK). BT the national incumbent in the UK is missing out here as it doesn’t have a mobile network of it’s own. So BT is another loser in the iPhone game.

So it looks like the national incumbents were able to flex there muscles and win Apples contract to sell and share revenue.

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Private Equity Takeover of Telecoms

Telebusillis picks up on an interesting story of the Private Equity company looking to buy TDC (Denmark’s National Carrier). The post refers to a case study looking into the takeover and asks the questions;

Supporters of private equity buyouts claim they introduce a longer term planning horizon for firms with public shareholders who have demanded that management be preoccupied with quarterly earnings improvements and short-term movements of the stock price

It’s an interesting question; are Private Equity companies in it for long term growth or short term gain? The case in question appears to be more of the short term gains than longer term growth. The telecoms market place is undergoing a mini boom right now and it’s interesting to see Private Equity firms moving into this space as they obviously see a growth potential.

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another networking puzzle

Dave has a network problem as he’s just bought a second DSL line. I’ve also got two DSL lines but haven’t bothered to connect the two together. I did think about it, running two IP networks on the same LAN and assigning default routes manually. But the hassle wasn’t worth it. It just means the switch over if one line goes down is a few minutes longer. The complexitity versus the benefit doesn’t stack up. Besides one of my DSL lines should disappear soon, but it hasn’t.

Truphone v3.0

Signed up for Truphone as I mentioned just made first call to a landline with it and very pleased.

I’ve been a bit slow to the Truphone party as I’ve used MS phone for the last few years, but I’m here now.

The only anoyning point is that when ever I open the email app a box appears saying trying to register Truphone or something..very annoying, otherwise good stuff.

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WWD asks is it time to ditch the FAX number?

I don’t know about you but I haven’t used a FAX in years. When I joined IBM I signed up for a eFax account but never used it. It was hard to come to terms with it at the start as my previous employment prior to University was an Architectural practice, where the FAX was king.

Any document that you want to send these days is just pdf’d and then attached and sent soft copy.

More recently IBM’s phone system was updated to allow you to receive Faxes on your landline number and stored, allowing you to redirect them to your nearest fax machine which was pretty neat, but again, didn’t use that either.

So my answer to WWD’s question is yes, dump the FAX number.

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Deutsche Telecom invest in Jajah

This was also in today’s business section of the Guardian, but it’s here too.

VoIP startup JAJAH announced today that it has received venture funding from an unexpected source: Deutsche Telekom, the parent company of T-Mobile. This marks the second major player to get involved in the company in just a few short weeks, and it’s a strong sign that no one has handed the game over to Skype, despite its popularity.

This an interesting source of funding.

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