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Alcatel-Lucent plunges on warning

Alcatel-Lucent plunges on warning Shares in Alcatel-Lucent fell by as much as 14 per cent in Paris after it shocked the market with its third proit warning this year. The group, formed last year from the E11.1 bn merger of France's Alcatel and Lucent of the US, said it was forced to slash its forecast […]

September 14, 2007

Prince combats illegal downloads

Music artist Prince is threatening to sue a host of major websites, including YouTube, eBay and Pirate Bay, as part of a legal initiative to “reclaim the Internet” from piracy. Lawsuits relating to Prince’s material will be launched in the US and UK as part of a campaign led by anti-piracy firm Web Sheriff, which […]

September 14, 2007

Technetix buys Foentel

UK Cable component supplier Technetix has bought its Spanish equivalent Foentel. It is the intention of Technetix to merge this business with its existing Spanish operation Tratec Telecom España, broadening the depth and reach of its world class engineering solutions and integrated supply chain business within Spain. Technetix bought Tratec of The Netherlands last year. […]

September 14, 2007

FCC sets cable requirement for digital switchover

US communications regulators have approved new rules designed to ensure that cable television subscribers who own analogue TV sets will still have access to local broadcast TV channels following the digital switchover in 2009. The FCC voted to endorse rules that require cable operators to continue carrying local broadcast channels that can be viewed on […]

September 13, 2007

Mediaset profits, secures content

Italian broadcaster Mediaset posted first-half net profits up 2.5 per cent at E340.8m, on revenue 4.2 per cent higher at E2.08bn, citing higher revenues from its pay-per-view division and Spanish Gestevision Telecinco unit. Meanwhile Mediaset has reportedly reached an E800m content deal with Time Warner and Universal giving them rights to broadcast the studios' movies […]

September 13, 2007

China narrows final mobile TV spec to CMMB, TDBM

Du Baichuan, former CTO of China’s State Administration of Radio, Film and Television has confirmed that “China will have two mobile TV standards by the end of this year: CMMB and TDBM”. CMMB (China Mobile Multimedia Broadcasting) is based on a hybrid satellite and terrestrial network, originally developed by China’s Academy of Broadcast Science and […]

September 13, 2007

DoJ blow to Internet neutrality

The US Department of Justice (DoJ) has backed US telcos, warning regulators against imposing 'net neutrality' rules that would block carriers from charging content providers premium prices to prioritise some web traffic. While the ultimate decision on new regulations rests with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the DoJ's comments represent a blow to content companies […]

September 10, 2007

TiVo loss widens

TiVo said its second-quarter loss widened on a write down of inventory, but the company reiterated its goal of breaking even on an adjusted basis for fiscal 2008. The write downs cam as retailers switched more quickly than expected to the HD version. The company posted a net loss of $17.7 million (E12.9m) for the […]

August 31, 2007

No TorrentSpy for US

Dutch file-sharing service TorrentSpy has blocked US users from its search engines after a US court made an order requiring the firm to log users’ IP addresses and activity. TorrentSpy said it would rather block users than breach its privacy policy by passing on details.

August 31, 2007

PCCW reports interim results for 2007

Hong Kong telco PCCW, the world's leading IPTV provider, has reported stronger growth of its core telecom, media and ICT business segments in the first half of 2007 as the company reaps the benefits of quadruple-play. PCCW's lifted core revenues for the six months to June by 7 per cent year-on-year to HK$9,507m (E894m). Boosted […]

August 30, 2007