Monthly Archives: December 2006

Fiksuotojo ryšio abonentai migruoja vangiai

Sparčiau keisti ryšio tiekėją pasiliekant seną telefono numerį labiau linkę mobiliojo ryšio klientai. Fiksuotojo ryšio abonentai tai daro kur kas lėčiau. Kai kurios bendrovės dėl to kaltina rinkoje dominuojančią TEO LT, rašo dienraštis “Lietuvos žinios”.

Numerio perkėlimo paslauga – tai galimybė abonentui pakeisti dabartinį operatorių į bet kurį kitą veikiantį ryšio operatorių, nekeičiant savo abonentinio telefono numerio. Ryšių reguliavimo tarnybos duomenimis, per pirmąjį šių metų pusmetį numerio perkėlimo paslauga iš viso pasinaudojo 102,4 tūkst. mobiliojo ryšio ir tik 4,5 tūkst. fiksuotojo telefono ryšio abonentų. Šios rinkos naujokės „Microlink Lietuva“ mažmeninio pardavimo direktorius Dainius Liulys pažymi, kad įmonei persivilioti TEO LT fiksuotojo ryšio klientus nėra lengva – trukdo pasirašytos sutartys ir technologiniai apribojimai. „Tarkim, vienai skirtinei ISDN interneto linijai priskiriami 8 telefono numeriai. TEO LT teigia, jog technologiškai 4 numerių perkelti kitam operatoriui negalima, todėl klientas privalo migruoti su visais 8 numeriais“, – aiškina nepatogumus D. Liulys.

TEO LT atstovas spaudai Rosvaldas Gorbačiovas atremia kaltinimus, jog dėl TEO kaltės abonentai migruoja vangiai. Jis tvirtina, kad fiksuotojo ryšio tinklai visame pasaulyje turi daugiau apribojimų perkeliant numerius, ir tai esą susiję su technologiniais dalykais, tokiais kaip tinklo sudėtingumas.

Šis tinklas apima kelių kartų technologijas, nes buvo plečiamas etapais, todėl jis kur kas sudėtingesnis už mobiliojo ryšio tinklą, rašo “Lietuvos žinios”.

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State likely to opt for 670 million euro share swap

Latvia is on the verge of its own “deal of the century,” as the government met on Dec. 19 to discuss the fate of two of the nation’s most lucrative corporations – Latvijas Mobilais Telefons (LMT) and Lattelecom. According to reports, three probable scenarios were on the table, though it is likely that the government will choose a massive share swap with TeliaSonera, the Scandinavian telecommunications company that owns stakes in both local operators.

The other two – sticking to the status quo and privatizing the lot in favor of TeliaSonera – are unlikely to be supported by a majority of ministers.

For years consecutive governments have been unable to agree upon a holistic scheme that would bring strategic clarity to the country’s two telecommunications majors, as a result of which the state was nearly bogged down in a bitter legal dispute with TeliaSonera.

The Scandinavians have made it clear they would like to eventually control both LMT and Lattelecom, but government ministers fear that TeliaSonera would become too powerful if it were allowed to dominate in both the land-line and mobile ends of the telecommunications business.

Under the share-swap scenario, the state would relinquish its control over 51 percent of LMT to TeliaSonera, and the latter will give back its 49 percent stake in Lattelecom to the state. Given the higher value of the LMT interest, the Scandinavian concern would also front up to 200 million lats (285 million euros) in cash.

How much cash is certain to be one of the sticking points in negotiations.

Both sides agreed that, before negotiating a deal, the assets needed to be appraised. The state hired its auditor (Ernst & Young, one of the Big Four accounting firms), and the investor its own (Carnegie). The estimates, which were not made public but were subsequently leaked, generally reflect the starting position of each side (see table below).

Ernst & Young appraised Lattelecom significantly lower – nearly 20 percent – than did auditors from Carnegie, which is beneficial to the state, while Carnegie’s lower range on LMT, which TeliaSonera wants to take over, is lower than what Ernst & Young pegged on the mobile operator.

Curiously, both accounting firms were close on the upper range value of LMT.

The swap, if it were to take place, would on average affect 340 million lats in LMT equity and 130 million lats in Lattelecom stock, for a total value of 470 million lats (670 million euros).

Thus with cash included, the total value of the deal could reach 900 million euros.

To be sure, it is unclear how much cash the state would ultimately see. Directly the government only owns 5 percent of LMT, while Lattelecom itself and the state-owned Latvian State Radio and Television Center both possess 23 percent stakes.
LMT is Latvia’s most profitable enterprise, and no doubt some government ministers will be reluctant to part with the high-performing asset. Last year the company’s revenues amounted to 168 million lats, while earnings reached a staggering 56.4 million lats.

LMT’s phenomenal margins will no doubt come down to earth in 2006 now that Bite, the third GSM operator, is up and running, but the company will remain the dominant player on the mobile phone market.

By contrast, in 2005 Lattelecom posted sales of 134 million lats, while earnings were 34.7 million.

But the number of land-line users is falling. In November Lattelecom announced that in the first nine months of the year it had lost approximately 1 percent of its subscriber base, a trend that has been ongoing for several years in a row.

On the bright side, the rate of decline was significantly higher in the past. In 2003, for instance, the number of phone lines sank 6.7 percent. As more users opt for mobile phones, Lattelecom is attempting to fill vacant lines with broadband Internet connections.

Ultimately the government would privatize Lattelecom if it were to assume 100 percent control. It is only a matter of time. A state-owned company will be unable to compete in the dynamic telecommunications market, where demand for new services and technology is ever-changing.

www.baltictimes.com

TEO perka “Mikrovisatos TV”

TEO LT, AB ketina pirkti UAB “Mikrovisata TV” ir taip sustiprinti savo pozicijas teikiant skaitmeninės televizijos paslaugas.

Telekomas jau prašo Konkurencijos tarybos leidimo sudaryti sandorį, rašoma bendrovės pranešime spaudai.

“TEO aktyviai kuria skaitmeninės antžeminės televizijos (DVB-T) signalo siuntimo tinklą Lietuvoje, todėl mūsų siekis įsigyti skaitmeninės TV retransliavimo rinkoje veikiančią įmonę yra mūsų strategijos įgyvendinimas”, – sako Arūnas Šikšta, TEO LT generalinis direktorius.

“Mikrovisatos TV”, kaip bendrovei, šiuo metu veikiančiai ribotoje teritorijoje, taip pat verta pasinaudoti TEO patirtimi, realizuojant įvairias verslo plėtros strategijas nacionalinėje rinkoje”, – teigia Sigitas Kavaliauskas, pagrindinis bendrovės, ieškojusios naujo finansinio ar strateginio investuotojo, akcininkas.

“Mikrovisatos TV” pagal pajamas užima 8,2% daugiakanalės abonentinės TV rinkos Lietuvoje.

Sandorį numatoma užbaigti 2007 m. vasario vidury.

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“Teo LT” gaus 2 mln. litų ES paramą

Telekomunikacijų bendrovei “Teo LT” bus suteikta 2,005 mln. litų Europos Sąjungos (ES) struktūrinių fondų parama.

Antradienį “Teo LT” pasirašė sutartį su Ūkio ministerija ir Lietuvos verslo plėtros agentūra, pranešė Ūkio ministerija.

Telekomunikacijų bendrovė ES struktūrinių fondų paramą panaudos interaktyvių TV paslaugų valdymo ir teikimo sistemos prototipui sukurti.

“Teo” per tris šių metų ketvirčius, neįskaitant mažumos dalies, uždirbo 99,177 mln. litų neaudituoto grynojo pelno – 64,7 proc. daugiau nei pernai tuo pat metu, o įskaičiavus mažumos dalį ir nutrauktos veiklos rezultatą, – 99,305 mln. litų pelno, arba 63,5 proc. daugiau.

“Teo” pajamos lyginamuoju laikotarpiu išaugo 0,7 proc. iki 546,599 mln. litų.

Pernai “Teo” gavo 84,073 mln. litų grynojo pelno – 2,5 karto daugiau nei 2004 metais, o pajamas išaugino 1,5 proc. iki 733,495 mln. litų.

Skandinavijos telekomunikacijų bendrovė “TeliaSonera” valdo 60 proc. “Teo” akcijų. Įmonės akcijos kotiruojamos Vilniaus vertybinių popierių biržos Oficialiajame sąraše bei Londono vertybinių popierių biržoje.

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Estų telekomas išeina, kad ateitų

Estijos telekomas gali pradėti paslaugas teikti ir Latvijos rinkai, jei “TeliaSonera” parduos savo turimas “Lattelekom” akcijas Latvijos Vyriausybei.

Janas Manikas (Jaan Mannik), Estijos telekomo bendrovės vadovas, teigia, kad kalbėti apie tokius planus dar anksti, Estijos dienraštį “Postimees” cituoja “Baltic business news”.

“TeliaSonera” per “Amber teleholding” valdo ir Lietuvos telekomo bendrovę TEO bei mobiliojo ryšio operatorių “Omnitel”.

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Kaip buvo telekomas aferistai taip ir yra, pasikeite tik pavadinimas

Tai va, kelis men.dirbau Teo (ex telekomas), spekit kokią algą gauna vadybininkai, o gi 480 į rankas. Iškelti didžiausi tikslai, planai, kurių praktiškai įvykdyt neįmanoma, jei stebuklo būdu įvykdai planą (3 iš 30 vadybininkų kartais tai padaro) tai gali tikėtis kad gausi daugiau nei 480. Šūdžiai, specialiai reikalauja to ko padaryt beveik neįmanoma, kam mokėt daugiau, jei gali mokėt mažiau nei minimumą. Darbo valandos pagal nuotaiką, gali nuo 8 iki 17 ar net 11 – 20, prieš išeinant girdėjau, kad nori įkinkyt dirbt ir šeštadieniais bei sekmadieniais, kas yra viršvalandžiai jie nežino, nes už juos nemoka o dirbt verčia. Ne gana to, “malonu” išgirst vadovo piktybinį balsą ne darbo metu ir ypač vėlai vakare, savaitgaliais ir pan. Žodžiai būna ne apie orą, o apie darbą, nuo kurio laikui bėgant daros tik bloga ir nebesinori į jį eit. Kaip buvo telekomas aferistai taip ir yra, pasikeite tik pavadinimas. nelinkiu niekam nei susidurt, nei dirbt ten. nei vienam darbe nemačiau tiek mėšlo kaip teo.

Genute
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Teo

Tai va, kelis men.dirbau Teo (ex telekomas), spekit kokią algą gauna vadybininkai, o gi 480 į rankas. Iškelti didžiausi tikslai, planai, kurių praktiškai įvykdyt neįmanoma, jei stebuklo būdu įvykdai planą (3 iš 30 vadybininkų kartais tai padaro) tai gali tikėtis kad gausi daugiau nei 480.

Šūdžiai, specialiai reikalauja to ko padaryt beveik neįmanoma, kam mokėt daugiau, jei gali mokėt mažiau nei minimumą. Darbo valandos pagal nuotaiką, gali nuo 8 iki 17 ar net 11 – 20, prieš išeinant girdėjau, kad nori įkinkyt dirbt ir šeštadieniais bei sekmadieniais, kas yra viršvalandžiai jie nežino, nes už juos nemoka o dirbt verčia. Ne gana to, “malonu” išgirst vadovo piktybinį balsą ne darbo metu ir ypač vėlai vakare, savaitgaliais ir pan. Žodžiai būna ne apie orą, o apie darbą, nuo kurio laikui bėgant daros tik bloga ir nebesinori į jį eit.

Kaip buvo telekomas aferistai taip ir yra, pasikeite tik pavadinimas. nelinkiu niekam nei susidurt, nei dirbt ten. nei vienam darbe nemačiau tiek mėšlo kaip teo.

Genute

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Swedish government to sell off stakes in TeliaSonera, Nordea, OMX

Sweden’s government said Thursday it will sell off stakes in six companies including telecom TeliaSonera AB, Nordic banking group Nordea AB and stock market operator OMX AB.

It did not offer a timeline of when and in which order the assets would be sold. The other companies were real estate group Vasakronan AB, residential mortgage company SBAB, and liquor group Vin & Sprit AB, the maker of Absolut vodka. Those three companies are not listed.

“State ownership should only exist if there is a motive for it,” Enterprise and Energy Minister Maud Olofsson said. “That’s why we have chosen these six companies, because we don’t think there is such a motive.”

The center-right government has total or partial ownership in nearly 60 companies. Its most valuable holdings are the nearly 20 percent it holds in Nordea and a 45.3 percent stake in TeliaSonera. It also owns 6.75 percent in OMX.

Its total holdings in those three companies are valued at 168 billion kronor (€18.6 billion; US$24.6 million), Olofsson said.

Nordea shares rose 1.6 percent to close at 105.80 kronor (€11.71; US$15.51) in Stockholm. TeliaSonera shares fell 0.5 percent to 55.25 kronor (€6.12; US$8.10), while OMX closed down 0.2 percent at 125.75 kronor (€13.92; US$18.43).

The four-party coalition that took power after winning Sept. 17 elections said before the vote it wanted to review state ownership in listed companies but Thursday was the first time it identified companies for sale.

The list did not include airline operator SAS AB, which many analysts had speculated would also go on the block. Sweden owns 21.4 percent in SAS, in which the Danish and Norwegian governments also own major stakes.

Olofsson said more companies could be included in the selloff later but declined to say whether SAS was one of them.

Financial Markets Minister Mats Odell reiterated a previously stated goal to sell off assets worth at least 150 billion kronor (€16.6 billion; US$22 million) over the next three years, but said it was still unclear if the government will sell off its entire stakes in the companies or keep partial ownership.

“We have started the process today, but it will take time,” he said.

The previous Social Democratic government opened up state-owned companies for private ownership in the 1990s, but maintained a strong influence on them by keeping large share holdings.

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Proposal from TeliaSonera’s Nomination Committee

Nomination Committee has informed TeliaSonera that it has finalized its work regarding nominations for the board of directors. The committee proposes the following: Re-election of Mr Tom von Weymarn, Mrs Caroline Sundewall and Mr Timo Peltola. New election of Mrs Maija-Liisa Friman, Mr Conny Karlsson, Mr Lars G Nordström and Mr Jon Risfelt. The Nomination Committee further proposes that Mr Tom von Weymarn is elected to be chairman of the board and that no vice chairman is appointed.

Mrs Maija-Liisa Friman, 54, is today CEO of the Aspocomp Group. She also has board assignments in Metso and Sponda among others.

Mr Conny Karlsson, 51, is today chairman of the boards of SEB Investment Management AB and Zodiak Television AB. He is also a member of the boards of Scribona AB, Swedish Match AB and Lindex AB. He has earlier been CEO of Duni AB and has held several management positions in Procter & Gamble.

Mr Lars G Nordström, 63, is today President and CEO of Nordea Bank AB and chairman of the boards of the Royal Swedish Opera, the Finnish-Swedish Chamber of Commerce and the European Financial Management & Marketing Association (EFMA). He is also a member of the boards of the Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce and Viking Line Abp.

Mr Jon Risfelt, 45, is today Senior Advisor for the Gambro Group and holds board assignments at Enea Data AB, Bilia AB, Svensk Fastighetsförmedling, Gulf Agency Dubai and Malmö Aviation AB. He has earlier been CEO of Europolitan AB and Vodafone Sweden AB.

As the proposed changes in the composition of the board are substantial, the shareholders represented at the Nomination Committee have requested TeliaSonera’s board of directors to call for an extraordinary shareholders meeting to elect new board members. Such a meeting is expected to be held in January 2007. The Nomination Committee further proposes that the board members elected at the extraordinary shareholders meeting shall be re-elected at the annual shareholders meeting on April 24, 2007.

Shareholders representing approximately 64 percent of the votes in the company have stated that they support the proposals presented by the Nomination Committee.

TeliaSonera is the leading telecommunications company in the Nordic and Baltic regions. At the end of December 2005 TeliaSonera had 19,146,000 mobile customers (69,887,000 incl associated companies) and 7,064,000 fixed telephony customers (7,688,000 incl associated companies) and 2,263,000 internet customers (2,331,000 incl associated companies). Outside the home markets TeliaSonera has extensive interests in the growth markets in Russia, Turkey and Eurasia. TeliaSonera is listed on the Stockholm Stock Exchange and the Helsinki Stock Exchange. Net sales January-December 2005 amounted to SEK 87.7 billion. The number of employees was 28,175.

Forward-Looking Statements

Statements made in the press release relating to future status or circumstances, including future performance and other trend projections are forward-looking statements. By their nature, forward-looking statements involve risk and uncertainty because they relate to events and depend on circumstances that will occur in the future. There can be no assurance that actual results will not differ materially from those expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements due to many factors, many of which are outside the control of TeliaSonera.

Contacts
TeliaSonera
Jonas Iversen
Chairman of the Nomination Committee
Tel: +46 8 405 22 44

Power struggle leads to reshuffle of TeliaSonera board

The Swedish telecommunications operator TeliaSonera is reshuffling its Board of Directors in mid-term. The winner in the unexpected move is the Finnish Chairman of the Board, Tom von Weymarn. The loser in the power struggle was Vice Chairman Carl Bennet, who had wielded more power than his position on the board alone implies.
Bennet has close ties with Sweden’s Social Democratic Party, the country’s former Prime Minister Göran Persson, as well as the trade union activists in Telia. His position grew weaker when the Social Democrats lost Sweden’s Parliamentary elections in the autumn. In the redistribution of power, many others also had to leave the board, which is losing all but three of its eight full members.

The appointments committee is proposing to the shareholders’ meeting that the new members of the board would include Aspocomp CEO Maija-Liisa Friman, the outgoing CEO of Nordea Bank, Lars G. Nordström, as well as Jon Risfelt, advisor to the pharmaceutical company Gambro, and banker Conny Karlsson.
Present members to stay on include von Weymarn, as well as Caroline Sondewall and former Huhtamäki CEO Timo Peltola.
In addition to Bennet, those leaving the board include, among others, Eva Liljeblom, Professor of Finances at the Helsinki-based Swedish School of Economics and Business Administration.
Decisions on the changes proposed by the appointments committee will be made at an extraordinary shareholders’ meeting, which will probably be held in January 2007.

According to von Weymarn, Bennet’s departure is linked with the fact that a centre-right government took power in Sweden. This has a bearing on the matter, in that the Swedish state is the largest single shareholder, with control of 45 percent of TeliaSonera’s shares.
Bennet was the most outspoken advocate of the interests of the Swedish state and the Social Democratic government. He was a major factor in the removal of the previous chairman, Tapio Hintikka, in the spring of 2004.
Hintikka’s departure further strengthened Bennet’s position on the board, which had put a high priority on protecting the position of Swedish employees during any restructuring.

Sweden’s new government apparently sees things differently, and puts a greater priority on boosting TeliaSonera’s share price.
During their election campaign, the centre-right parties said that they would sell off more than EUR five billion in shares in state-owned companies.
The board reshuffle is seen as one step in the preparations for the selloff. The changes need to be implemented quickly, because the sale could take place soon.
Adding another twist to the process is Christer Gardell, a well-known aggressive risk investor, who recently increased his holding in TeliaSonera to 1.6 percent. The move made him the fourth-largest owner of TeliaSonera stock. Following the move, a representative of Gardell’s finance company Cevian was given a seat on the appointments committee.

It was with Gardell’s support that banker Conny Karlsson is joining the board. Karlsson is seen by some to be close to Gardell’s investment activities. However, the committees’ chairman, Jonas Iversen, denied on Friday that Karlsson would be in the Gardell camp.
Swedish on-line publications also saw Maija-Liisa Friman as being part of the Gardell camp”, because she and Gardell are both on the Board of Directors of another company – Metso.
Friman herself denied being in anyone’s “camp”, saying that she forms her own. She added that members of the board are forbidden from promoting the interests of any individual shareholder.

Helsinki Sanomat