Monthly Archives: March 2005

Azercell privatisation due by mid-year

Azerbaijan’s Minister for Economic Development, Farhad Aliyev, says the privatisation of the country’s joint-venture mobile operator Azercell will most probably take place in the first half of 2005. The initial appraisal phase has been concluded and, as a result, the valuation of the operator has been upped by around 20%-25%. Azercell is 64.3% owned by Azertel and 35.7% by the MOC. Azertel is itself owned by Fintur (79.78%) and the privately owned Turkish telecommunications dealer chain, Cenay InÕaat (20.22%). Fintur is a joint venture between TeliaSonera (58.55%) and Turkcell. In March 2004 the government said it planned to sell its stake in Azercell by the end of the year for up to USD30 million. It has appointed CA IB Corporate Finance Beratungs and OMNI as the consultants for the privatisation.

TeleGeography

Atsistatydino “Lietuvos telekomo” valdybos narys

Pagrindiniam “Lietuvos telekomo” akcininkui – Skandinavijos “TeliaSonera” atstovavęs valdybos narys nuo balandžio 21 dienos nusprendė pasitraukti iš pareigų.

“TeliaSonera Finland” vyresnysis patarėjas Timo Virtanenas taip pat buvo valdybos Audito komiteto narys, pranešė “Lietuvos telekomas”.

“Telia Sonera” viceprezidento ir vadovo Baltijos šalims Eriko Halbergo šią 2004 – 2006 metų kadenciją pirmininkaujamoje valdyboje yra 7 nariai, 6 iš jų pasiūlo pagrindinis akcininkas – “Amber Teleholding”, vieną – “Deutsche Bank Trust Company Americas”. T. Virtanenas “Lietuvos telekomo” valdybos nariu buvo nuo 2000 metų liepos. Pasak “Lietuvos telekomo” ryšių su investuotojais vadovaujančio specialisto Dariaus Džiaugio, 62 metų amžiaus T. Virtanenas palieka valdybą, nes rengiasi išeiti į pensiją.

Pagal Tarptautinę finansinę atskaitomybę “Lietuvos telekomas” 2004 metais gavo 32,19 mln. litų grynojo pelno. Dėl turto vertės sumažėjimo 45 mln. litų “Lietuvos telekomo” įmonių grupė 2003-iaisiais buvo patyrusi 36,095 mln. litų nuostolių.

Skandinavijos telekomunikacijų bendrovės “TeliaSonera” valdomo “Lietuvos telekomo” audituotos pajamos pernai siekė 721,039 mln. litų, arba 11 proc. mažiau nei 2003-iaisiais (808,2 mln. litų).

ELTA

Dalis “Lietuvos telekomo” klientų buvo likę be interneto

Telia faces Russian competition for Turkcell ownership

Russian tele-communictions company Alfa Telecom is fighting Telia for ownership of Turkcell, Turkey’s mobile operator.

Earlier this week Teliasonera agreed to buy 27 percent of Turkcell from the Cukurova Group for 22 billion konor.

According to various news outlets the deal has been stopped by the Istanbull bourse because Alfa Telecom bid more for the shares.

After over a year of struggling to acquire shares in the Turkish company, Teliasonera had expected to own 64.3 percent of Turkcell, ensuring a strong market position. Turkcell is Turkey’s largest mobile phone company with over 23 million customers.

It is expected that Swedish-Finnish Telia Sonera will seek to outbid the Russians although Kim Ignatius, Telia’s spokensperson would not comment on how high Telia Sonera are prepared to go in the bidding.

Jon Buscall
The Local

Fiksuotojo ryšio vartotojai kalba ilgiau ir pigiau

High-speed network connections: Commission recommends leased line price ceilings

IP/05/365

Brussels, 30 March 2005

Prices for wholesale leased lines, which are a key source of broadband services for businesses should reflect the real cost of supplying them, says the European Commission. In a recommendation to Member States today, the Commission reports on “best current practices” in wholesale leased line pricing and provides competitive market benchmark prices for the entire EU, in order to help Member States to devise regulatory remedies for leased line markets that are not effectively competitive on their territory. The EU single market for electronic communication services is distorted by substantial variations in leased line prices (for a 2 Mbit/s line, 5 km long, the price in the most expensive Member State is seven times higher than in thecheapest), which are hard to explain in terms of possible underlyingcosts.

Information Society and Media Commissioner Reding said: “Leased lines are fundamental building blocks for the development of a world class high-speed communications infrastructure in Europe. Competitive pricing of leased lines will expand the range and cut the costs of electronic communications services that are made available to business users and end-users across the EU, and in particular to small and medium-sized enterprises, which have much to gain from lower prices for business services offered by operators making use of these inputs”.

Leased lines are the link offering high-quality symmetric and dedicatedtransmission capacity (from 64kbit/s to 155 Mbit/s) between two locations.Companies need them for accessing the Internet, for communicating with clients and customers, for transacting business and for communicating within their organisations, via e-mail, file-sharing, information systems, telephone and fax. Universities and research centres use leased lines to communicate and exchange knowledge and to offer students a high quality communications infrastructure for research and study.

Leased lines are provided by traditional telecom operators. New market entrants have their own networks but need to link their customers premises to it. This link is called a ‘leased line part circuit’ and is usually provided by the incumbent. The availability at the wholesale level of these links at reasonable prices is a necessary condition for a competitive leased lines retail market and for pro-competitive downstream ‘knock-on’ effects. But the Commission’s regular reports show that the substantial variations in wholesale prices that exist across the EU do not directly reflect the cost of supplying the leased lines.

The recommendation shows national regulatory authorities what ‘best current practice’ is throughout the EU, for prices for line capacities of 64 kbit/s, 2 Mbit/s, 34 Mbit/s and 155 Mbit/s and for line lengths of up to 2 km, up to 5 km, up to 15 km and up to 50 km.

The use of ‘best current practice’ prices has proven to be an effectiveinstrument in contributing to the development of a competitive single market.

The Commission approved a complementary recommendation on 21 January 2005 regarding binding delivery deadlines for wholesale leased lines (see IP/05/87).

Leased line pricing recommendation:

http://europa.eu.int/information_society/topics/ecomm/useful_information/library/recomm_guidelines/index_en.htm

http://europa.eu.int/information_society/topics/ecomm/highlights/whats_new/index_en.htm

Standard & Poor´s placed long- and short-term credit ratings on TeliaSonera AB on CreditWatch with negative implications on deal to control Turkcell

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Prosecution in Sonera case demands suspended prison sentences

TeliaSonera cuts rates, launches three new packages

TeliaSonera has announced the launch of three new subscription packages designed for users who prefer a low monthly cost rather than a new mobile phone. All three options include free, anytime cross-network calls and the cellco says it is also cutting call charges on most Telia contracts by SEK1 a minute. Prices for the new packages range from SEK29 to SEK129 per month. TeliaSonera says it is reacting to consumer calls for lower monthly fees instead of the fillip of a new phone.

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