EU hopes to resolve China telecoms dispute this week

Brussels alleges illegal subsidies to Chinese mobile network equipment makers

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BERLIN (Reuters) - China and the European Union aim to end a long-running telecoms row this week, the EU's trade chief said on Friday, potentially easing tensions between two of the world's top trading powers.

Reuters reported exclusively last week that Europe was close to a deal with Beijing on defusing the issue of what Brussels says are illegal subsidies to Chinese makers of equipment for mobile telecom networks.

Iliad shares leap after failure to win U.S. mobile prize

Seen favorably by investors who would prefer focus on organic growth at home

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PARIS (Reuters) - Relieved investors sent shares in French low-cost telecom operator Iliad up 11 percent on Tuesday after it abandoned an effort to buy the fourth-largest U.S. carrier T-Mobile.

Backed by billionaire founder Xavier Niel, Iliad made an initial bid worth $15 billion and then raised it further, but was rebuffed by T-Mobile US' parent company, Deutsche Telekom. Sources told Reuters Deutsche Telekom was unconvinced by the price and by Niel's ability to run the business better than its own managers could.

Danaher to combine communications unit with NetScout

Companies are spending more on internet security to prevent breaches

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(Reuters) - U.S. healthcare technology group Danaher Corp is combining its communications unit with NetScout Systems Inc, scaling up the business at a time when companies are spending aggressively on cybersecurity.

Danaher shareholders will get NetScout shares worth $2.6 billion, giving them majority stake in the company, while NetScout will have operational control.

Danaher's communications business sells cybersecurity products and tools to manage networks, while NetScout makes products that monitor software applications on networks.

Cisco to set up $80 million China cloud joint venture with TCL

Cisco to invest $16M for 20 percent stake in firm which has not been named

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BEIJING (Reuters) - Cisco Systems Inc will establish an $80 million joint venture with Chinese hardware manufacturer TCL Corp to invest in commercial cloud computing services, TCL said in a stock exchange filing on Thursday.

Cisco will invest $16 million in the new firm, which has not been named and is still being registered, and hold a 20 percent stake, the filing said. TCL will pay $64 million for an 80 percent share. These investments will be made over three stages, each of which will require the approval of both parties. No timeframe for the investments was given.

Deutsche Telekom and China Mobile to sign 'connected cars' deal

Market for such technology is expected to be worth $20 billion a year by 2018

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FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Deutsche Telekom and China Mobile will sign a deal on Friday to create a platform for so-called connected cars in China, a Deutsche Telekom spokesman said on Thursday.

The two companies will form a joint venture in which the German telecoms group will bring its technology for machine-to-machine (M2M) communications, while China Mobile will provide the network.

Mexico launches project to create state-owned mobile network

Alcatel-Lucent and Ericsson have already helped a consortium place a bid to build the network

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MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexico's government on Thursday kick-started a project to launch a state-owned mobile network by 2018, part of a wider effort to support competitors to billionaire Carlos Slim's dominant America Movil.

Mexico's telecoms regulator and the telecommunications and transport ministry (SCT) agreed on terms and conditions for the development of the network in a first step toward launching it, according to a statement from the regulator.

Swisscom weighs $6.3 billion Fastweb sale as Vodafone lurks

Fastweb could be worth between 4B and 5B euros based on 2013 EBITDA

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LONDON (Reuters) - Telecom operator Swisscom is considering a possible sale of its Italian broadband firm Fastweb, which is worth up to 5 billion euros ($6.3 billion) and has been a target for Vodafone, sources familiar with the situation said.

The Swiss majority state-owned firm, which has already rebuffed several takeover approaches from Vodafone for Fastweb, is now working with UBS, Vodafone's long-term adviser, to facilitate a deal, said the sources who could not be named because the matter is private.

AT&T to pay $105 million to settle charges it 'crammed' phone bills

FTC alleged that as many as 40 percent of subscribers complained about the charges

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - AT&T Inc will pay $105 million to settle allegations that it put unauthorized charges on customers' cell phone bills, a practice known as cramming, federal regulators said on Wednesday.

The settlement comes after years of complaints from cell phone owners about being charged for services like daily horoscopes or trivia that they never requested. It was negotiated by the Federal Trade Commission, the Federal Communications Commission and all state attorneys general.

Goldman leads investment by Wall Street in new communications platform

Factored in a range of compliance and best-practices needs for large financial services firms

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NEW YORK (Reuters) - After spending two years developing a wide-ranging communications tool for Wall Street, Goldman Sachs Group Inc says it has reached the perfect pitch.

    On Wednesday, Goldman and 13 partners plan to announce a $66 million investment in a new company called Symphony Communication Services Holdings LLC, according to a draft press release viewed by Reuters. The partners are all financial services firms, including major global banks and asset managers.

U.S. FCC chief presses experts on mobile 'net neutrality' rules

Weighs in on debate whether the FCC should uphold exemptions for mobile carriers

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Federal Communications Commission chairman Tom Wheeler urged consumer advocates and wireless industry representatives last week to address how wireless carriers might be allowed to "reasonably manage" their Internet networks.

The issue is at the heart of a debate over whether the FCC should undo exemptions applied to mobile carriers as it rewrites Internet traffic regulations, after an appeals court rejected its 2010 rules in January.

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