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Weekly infrastructure awards wrap-up

The following list details this week's infrastructure awards for the cellular, Wi-Fi and WiMAX industries. The contracts are broken down by transmission technology, country and vendor. The value of the contract is included when available. Click here for additional infrastructure awards from RCR Wireless...

Alamosa shareholders schedule Jan. 25 vote on sale

LUBBOCK, Texas-Alamosa Holdings Inc. has announced that its stockholders are set to vote Jan. 25 on Alamosa's proposed acquisition by Sprint Nextel Corp. If the deal is approved, owners of Alamosa common stock will receive $18.75 per share in a deal that totals $4.3...

Tekelec wins contract with France’s SFR

MORRISVILLE, N.C.-Tekelec said it was awarded a contract by France's Cegetel Group for its fraud protection and equipment.Cegetel's mobile subsidiary, SFR, will deploy Tekelec's Equipment Identity Register and its flexible numbering solution, the G-Flex home location register manager, in its GSM network. The EIR...

Vodafone, Vivendi simplify French ownership structure

PARIS-Vivendi Universal and Vodafone Group plc, joint owners of a mobile operator in France that have each been vying to take full control of the company for months, said they will simplify the group's ownership structure and increase their cooperation in the business.The companies...

Cegetel to consolidate data across networks

LONDON-France's second-largest telecommunications operator, Cegetel, is to undertake a strategy to consolidate data mediation across all its 2.5-, third-generation (3G) and Internet Protocol (IP) networks. The operator has chosen XACCTmobile for this latest project. The primary systems integrator for the project is Accenture. This...

Vodafone Holdings completes acquisition of Transtel S.A. stake

LONDON-Vodafone Group plc reported that its Vodafone Holdings GmbH subsidiary completed its acquisition of SBC Communications Inc.'s stake in Transtel S.A., which represented a 15 percent interest in Cegetel Groupe S.A. for $2.27 billion.The acquisition increases Vodafone's interest in France's SFR to 43.9 percent.

Cegetel affiliate chooses Ericsson for MMS

PARIS, France-Cegetel affiliate SFR has selected L.M. Ericsson to supply, install and integrate its MMS platform, according to a press release."MMS will play a leading role among consumers, increasing mobile-to-mobile messaging capabilities by offering new, friendly and easy-to-use services," said Herve-Matthieu Ricour, services manager...

Vivendi plans purchase of Cegetel stake

PARIS-Vivendi Universal said it plans to buy BT Group's 26-percent stake in Cegetel for $3.985 billion, removing control from Vodafone.In response, Vodafone withdrew its previous $6.75 billion offer to buy Vivendi's 44-percent interest in Cegetel.

Vodafone agrees to give Vivendi more time on Cegetel

LONDON-Vodafone Group plc has agreed with Vivendi Universal S.A on the dates during which Vivendi can pre-empt Vodafone's bid for stakes in French operator Cegetel held by British Telecommunications plc and SBC Communications Inc. In addition, the London-based global mobile operator renewed its cash...

Vivendi, Vodafone standoff for Cegetel control continues

LONDON-Vivendi Universal is still convinced that Vodafone Group plc will come back with an improved offer for its stake in French operator Cegetel, after Vivendi rejected Vodafone's initial $6.6 billion cash offer, even though there are no indications that a new bid is in...

Vodafone announces plan to take majority control of Cegetel

LONDON-Attempting to continue its acquisition path, Vodafone Group plc announced an agreement to acquire British Telecommunications plc's and SBC Communications Inc.'s stakes in French company Cegetel for about $6.2 billion in cash.Cegetel owns 80 percent of French mobile operator SFR. The buy would give...

Vizzavi a pawn in Vodafone’s greater ambitions

OXFORD, United Kingdom-While it has become accepted that Vodafone will take control of Vizzavi, its Internet portal joint venture with Vivendi, the transaction will need careful handling to ensure Vodafone does not alienate the struggling French conglomerate if Vodafone is to amicably acquire the...

Two more operators push back 3G launches

OXFORD, United Kingdom—Two European operators with third-generation (3G) licenses have quietly confirmed that their services will not be ready for commercial launch this year. Netherlands-based KPN Orange and Cegetel in France have admitted that second quarter of next year and sometime in 2004, respectively,...

SFR targets Vivendi music service at youth

NEW YORK—Vivendi Universal has deployed MyNetonomy , developed by U.S.-based Netonomy, as the portal through which customers can purchase, activate and personalize services on Universal Music Mobile (UMM).Launched commercially in late September, the service delivers Vivendi Universal's music-oriented content over the GSM network of...

Infrastructure Awards

AlcatelParis. With Orascom Telecom for the supply and installation of GSM solutions in the Middle East and Africa.Value: Undisclosed. Brazil. With Telemar for a GSM 1800/GPRS network in Brazil.Value: US$275 millionMoscow. With ZAO SMARTS for GSM 900 MHz solutions to extend networks in the...

Infrastructure Awards

AlcatelBrazil. With Telemar for a GSM 1800 network in the area from Piau

Lucent boosted by Verizon contract win

LAS VEGAS-Like fresh water on a dry rock, some good news for Lucent Technologies Inc. But how good?The $5 billion deal last week with Verizon Wireless provided a shot in the arm for a company whose repeated stumbles have made industry watchers wonder if...

Infrastructure Awards

AlcatelEgypt. With MobiNil for an extension of its GSM network.Value: US$37.1 millionFrance. With Cegetel for the supply of a UMTS network.Value: UndisclosedEricssonCanada. With Rogers AT&T Wireless for a 3G network, including a complete GSM/GPRS network infrastructure and migrating the network to EDGE and UMTS.Value: UndisclosedPortugal. With Optimus...

Infrastructure Awards

AirNetUnited States. With MBO for a GPRS system.Value: UndisclosedAlcatelGambia. With Gamtel for a turnkey GSM network to be installed in the greater Banjul area.Value: UndisclosedPortugal. With TMN for a high speed mobile data service on its GPRS commercial network.Value: UndisclosedPortugal. With TMN for UMTS technology in the...

BT begins to sell assets

A week after announcing plans to eliminate as much as $14 billion in debt, British Telecommunications plc said it was selling its 34-percent stake in Swiss joint venture Sunrise to TeleDanmark, a partner in the deal, for $659 million. BT said the sale netted...

EUROPE BRIEFS

British Telecom (BT) could challenge an Internet alliance between Vodafone AirTouch and Vivendi announced just before Vodafone AirTouch's takeover agreement with Mannesmann in February, the Financial Times reported. The deal may be incompatible with existing contracts among the involved companies. The report said the...

Esat brings strong cellular, fixed-line assets to BT

The inexorable drive toward consolidation in the European telecommunications industry has moved a stage further with the $2.5 billion acquisition by British Telecom plc of Esat Telecom, Ireland's second-largest telco and shareholder in Esat Digifone, Ireland's second mobile operator.The bid from BT was warmly...

France’s Cegetel signs with Nortel Networks for 3G

PARIS-French cellular operator Cegetel will work with Nortel Networks to develop third-generation services based on the Universal Mobile Telecommunications Services standard, according to the equipment maker. The deal is subject to Cegetel's success in obtaining a license for UMTS radio spectrum in France.Nortel Networks...

FIRST WAP OFFERINGS ROLL OUT IN FRANCE

GENEVA-As any one of the tens of thousands of visitors who thronged the halls of February's GSM World Congress knows, the latest word in GSM services is Wireless Application Protocol (WAP). If the sheer quantity of recent WAP-related announcements is anything to go by,...

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