Internet governance talks in jeopardy as Arab states, Russia ally

Reuters

A landmark attempt to set global rules for overseeing the Internet threatened to fall apart on Friday as a rift pitting the United States and some Western countries against the rest of the world widened, participants in the talks said.

A 12-day conference of the International Telecommunications Union, taking place in Dubai, is supposed to result in the adoption of a new international treaty governing trans-border communications.

BT to replace Global Services chief executive

British telecoms incumbent BT (London, UK) has announced that Luis Alvarez will replace Jeff Kelly as chief executive of the company’s Global Services business.

Having previously served as president of BT Global Services Europe, Middle East, Africa and Latin America, Alvarez will take over from Kelly on October 1.

According to BT, Kelly has decided to return to the US, where he will continue to work for the group in a part-time capacity as a senior executive advisor.

Cisco, EMC partnership turning into rivalry

Reuters

Cisco Systems Inc, the world's biggest network equipment maker, and EMC Corp, the leading data storage company, are increasingly encroaching on each other's turfs, in a sign their long partnership may be unraveling.

Cisco and EMC have for years collaborated on designing, marketing and cross-selling their products, choosing to go after corporate customers as allies instead of competitors.

Brocade CEO to resign, profit beats estimates

Reuters

Network storage equipment maker Brocade Communication Systems Inc's third-quarter results beat Wall Street estimates, boosted by a 13 percent rise in storage equipment sales, and the company said its chief executive intends to resign.

Shares of the company rose 11 percent after the market-topping results but lost all of their gains on news of the CEO's resignation.

A faltering recovery in the United States and weakness in Europe has hit network equipment makers as telecom service providers, their biggest customers, cut spending and delay purchases of new equipment.

Sprint strikes MVNO deal with FreedomPop

On Wednesday, FreedomPop, a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO), and Sprint announced the formation of a strategic wholesale relationship that will allow FreedomPop to use Sprint’s 3G network and 4G LTE network, which is set to launch next week.

70% of rural broadband subscribers receiving service below 4 Mbps target

Calix, Inc. on Thursday released excerpts for its latest U.S. Rural Broadband Report, based on Internet traffic information drawn from over 50 U.S. communications service provider networks from the first quarter (January through March) of 2012.

Vodafone buys NZ outfit from Telstra for $670 million

Reuters

Australia's Telstra will sell its struggling New Zealand operations to mobile operator Vodafone in a $670 million deal, threatening Telecom New Zealand's dominance and potentially making it a future takeover target.


Under the sale, Vodafone New Zealand said it will acquire TelstraClear's (Wellington, New Zealand) fixed-line and Internet operations, which hold only 16% of New Zealand's broadband market but will now have the muscle to compete head-on with much larger Telecom.

Acme Packet says weak telecom spending to hit results

Reuters

Shares of Acme Packet Inc slid as much as 16% to their lowest in two years on Friday amid a broad selloff in the technology sector after the network gear maker forecast quarterly results that fell far short of expectations.


Rival Riverbed Technology Inc (San Francisco, Calif., USA) fell as much as 9%, while Juniper Networks Inc (Sunnyvale, Calif., USA) dropped as much as 4%.

Femtocell market ignited by vendor battles, price erosion, shift to the enterprise

Market research firm Infonetics Research released excerpts from its first quarter Femtocell Equipment market share and forecast report, which tracks femtocells by market segment, technology, and form factor. According to the report, following a 20% surge the previous quarter, global 2G and 3G femtocell revenue dipped 2.7% in 1Q12, even as femtocell unit shipments grew 14.0%

KPN expected to pay shareholders less, invest more

Reuters

KPN is likely to pay less to shareholders and invest more in its telecoms networks after Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim took effective control, analysts said, in a strategy reversal intended to revive the Dutch company. America Movil, owned by Slim, acquired a 27.7% stake in KPN last week, becoming its biggest shareholder with effective control due to the low attendance rate at shareholders meetings.

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