Monthly Archives: May 2007

Vilniuje sutriko „Teo“ interneto ryšys

Trečiadienio vakarą Vilniuje „Teo“ interneto ryšio vartotojai negalėjo atsidaryti interneto puslapių. Apie tai Lietuvos radiją informavo ryšio paslaugų bendrovės „Teo“ konsultantai. Anot bendrovės atstovų, pats interneto ryšys yra, tačiau vartotojai negali vartyti interneto svetainių puslapių.

Šiuo metu specialistai šalina gedimus, todėl tikimasi, kad šie sutrikimai bus sutvarkyti dar trečiadienio vakarą.

www.delfi.lt

TeliaSonera to end registration of shares under US securities rules in June

TeliaSonera AB said it is to terminate registration of its shares under the US Securities Exchange Act from June.

The company terminated its Nasdaq listing and its US ADR program in 2004, but remained subject to US securities legislation, including reporting obligations and the Sarbanes-Oxley Act.

New US rules which come into effect in June make it possible for the company to terminate its reporting and certain other obligations under US securities laws.

TeliaSonera said it will remain obligated to report its financial results in line with Swedish and Finnish rules.

www.forbes.com

„Teo“ klientai – ir iškeliavusieji Anapilin

Ne vieną panevėžietį trikdo ir piktina buvusių jų būsto šeimininkų vardu kas mėnesį ateinančios telekomunikacijų bendrovės sąskaitos. „Teo LT“ Panevėžio regiono centro atstovų teigimu, tai visiškai lengvai išsprendžiama problema – apie pasikeitusius buto savininkus galima pranešti trumpuoju keturženkliu numeriu.

Sąskaitos – ir mirusiesiems

Bendrovei „Teo LT“ derėtų dažniau ir atidžiau peržiūrėti savo klientų sąrašus. Tuo įsitikinęs ne vienas panevėžietis, persikraustęs į naują būstą ir nuolat sulaukiantis buvusiam mirusiam savininkui adresuotas įmonės sąskaitas už suteiktas paslaugas.

„Man tikrai nėra malonu kiekvieną mėnesį gauti jau kiek laiko Amžinybėje besiilsinčiam žmogui skirtus „Teo LT“ pranešimus. Kitas dalykas, bute, kurį nusipirkau metų pradžioje, bendrovės telefonas jau seniai išjungtas – tai išsikeldami padarė velionės šeimos nariai“, – PB sakė panevėžietis Gintaras.

Pasak vyro, paskambinus į „Teo LT“ Panevėžio regiono centrą, jam buvo pasakyta, jog turi pats ateiti arba savo skundą išdėstyti raštu.

„Nesuprantu, kodėl turiu eikvoti savo lėšas ir laiką „Teo LT“ bendrovės popierizmui tvarkyti? Juk tai jų darbas sužiūrėti, kurie klientai dar tebėra gyvi, o kurie mirę. Jei įmonei tokie dalykai nerūpi, tai yra baisi netvarka“, – piktinosi prieš kelias dienas buvusios mirusios buto šeimininkės vardu dar vieną „Teo LT“ sąskaitą gavęs ponas Gintaras.

Ne gyventojų registras

„Teo LT“ Panevėžio regiono padalinio Klientų aptarnavimo centro vadovė Vigita Laimikienė, išgirdusi apie panevėžiečio skundą, nustebo.

„Teo LT“ – juk ne koks nors gyventojų registras. Iš kur mums žinoti, kad pasikeitė buto savininkai, kad buvęs mūsų paslaugų vartotojas mirė?“ – retoriškai klausė V.Laimikienė.

Pasak centro vadovės, naujieji būsto savininkai turi pranešti, ar atsisako įmonės paslaugų, ar ne. „Kitas dalykas – buto pirkėjas su pardavėju privalo suderinti, ar už telefoną „Teo LT“ nepaliekama skolų“, – dienraščiui teigė V.Laimikienė.

Panevėžio regiono padalinio Klientų aptarnavimo centro vadovės teigimu, į nusipirktą būstą atsikėlę ir buvusiems šeimininkams adresuotas „Teo LT“ sąskaitas gaunantys gyventojai apie tai bendrovę gali informuoti ir trumpuoju numeriu 1817.

Apie mirusiuosius praneša ir kaimynai

Paklausta, ar dažnai „Teo LT“ sulaukia pranešimų apie svetimu vardu ar net mirusiems buvusiems klientams siunčiamas sąskaitas, V.Laimikienė neslėpė, jog jų pasitaiko, tačiau tvirtino, kad dėl to nesusipratimų dar nebuvo kilę.

„Apie tai, kad klientas mirė, mus dažniausiai informuoja jo vaikai, kiti giminaičiai, o kaime – net ir kaimynai. Iki šiol visi žmonės buvo labai geranoriški“, – vakar PB tvirtino bendrovės „Teo LT“ Panevėžio regiono padalinio Klientų aptarnavimo centro vadovė V.Laimikienė.

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Baltcom’s Pēteris tosses a little wrench into the works

Pēteris Šmidre, in his capacity as board chairman of Alīna, the holding company that owns the Baltcom electronic communications group (internet, cable/digital TV and fixed telecoms), has tossed a wrench into the works of plans for a management/staff buyout of Lattelecom.
Alīna has sent a letter to the Latvian government expressing interest in acquiring a piece of Lattelecom. One reason, according to the news agency LETA, is that Lattelecom should be held to its committment to provide services to unprofitable customers. Otherwise, there are few details as to what Alīna would do as an investor in Lattelecom. Certainly, it is doubtful that Šmidre could buy the whole company (at LVL 290 million if its 23 % share in Latvian Mobile Telephone/LMT is discounted, otherwise LVL 450 million) alone, and saying that you are buying a company that you intend to force into unprofitable businesses is not the best way to get co-investors.

But that is not the problem. Pēteris is pounding on an open door on this issue, since the Latvian regulatory authority has always insisted that Lattelecom, as a market dominant operator, has a duty to provide universal service. Currently a government working group is studying how to fund universal service provision and who should be eligible. Raimonds Bergmanis, the head of the Communications Department of the Ministry of Transport, is inclined to favor a system of open regional tenders for utilizing the fund, that is, allowing all service providers to bid for providing subsidized universal service. More likely than not, the fastest and cheapest solution will be wireless. So Lattelecom is unlikely to be deeply involved in any of this.

So why all this? One simple theory is the bad blood between Baltcom and Lattelecom. Šmidre has always maintained that Lattelecom did everything to delay competition on fixed line telephony by dragging out interconnect negotiations and asking for, to his mind, unreasonable fees after the fixed telecoms monopoly was lifted in 2003. Since then, Lattelecom has implemented what amounts to fixed-fee domestic telephony (but feels like unlimited free calling) as part of its Mājas komplekts (Home Package) of DSL internet and phone service (with IPTV tacked on recently).
As Šmidre sees it, Baltcom (now facing cut-throat competition on foreign calls, with Skype looming over everything) was screwed out of a couple of good years building up its fixed telephony business and is now paying back the villain, Lattelecom, by tossing a wrench into the works. The government may well have to treat the Alīna letter as a legitimate request to privatize, complicating any decision on the Lattelecom management/staff buy-out proposal.
On this issue, the Latvian government is officially sending TeliaSonera the proposal and will decide what to do based on the half-mother’s response. But as far as I know, that is pretty much a done deal. Lattelecom CEO Nils Melngailis, in Stockholm for a conference a couple of weeks ago, strolled 300 meters to TeliaSonera headquarters where he got an informal, but definite nod of approval from the half-mother. Who else is going to get TeliaSonera out of a 49 % no-future holding in Lattelecom that also holds the whole Latvian company hostage to uncertainty?

The logic of much of this has not deterred my former employer, Dienas bizness, from publishing some bizarro interpretations of what is going on, but that is another story. My Latvian readers know what I am talking about.

I should be writing more on this blog, but my usual evening writing hours have been ruined by the Latvian premier of the TV series Jericho. No, there is not an episode every night. There are informal sources for the original US series, almost all of it, so I am watching several episodes a night :).

latviantelecoms.blogspot.com

TEO paslaugų “operatyvumas”

Neapsikenčiau ir aš… praėjusių metų vasarą kreipėmės į TEO dėl telefono linijos ir Interneto. Kadangi reikėjo įvesti į namą tai užtruko apie 1 mėnesį kol išsiaiškino galimybes. PAgaliau 2006 metų rugpjūčio mėn 23 dieną pasirašėme preliminaria sutartį dėl optimalaus interneto ir telefono linijos.

Kažkur po mėnesio pravedė kabelį iki namo. O čia ir prasidėjo linksmumas. Su manim susisiekė kažkur gruodžio mėnesį dėl paslaugų pajungimo ir sutarties pasirašymo. Susiderėjome kad gausiu 3 mėn. internetą už 1lt. Viskas tuo ir baigėsi…

Buvo tikrai įdomu pasižiūrėti kaip dirba TEO. Kiekvieną kartą paskambinus ir priminus būdavo užpildomas vis naujas užsakymas. Be kita ko prieš 2 savaites paskambinusi darbuotoja pranešė, kad optimalaus interneto greičio pasiūlyti negali… ir nebegausiu 3 mėn interneto po 1 litą… Kai neapsikentusi preitą savaitę paskelbiau ultimatumą – kad jei iki savaites pabaigos neįvedate interneto – nutraukiu visus reikalus su TEO, tai pažadėjo kad darbuotojas atvažiuos Šeštadienį tarp 8:30-9:30. Darbuotojas atvažiuoja 11:30val. Ir ka jus galvojat, pasirodo tie kurie vedė kabelį, kažkaip nedavedė….

Žmogelis kraipo galva ir nieko nesupranta O aš tuo labiau…

TAI VA SEDŽIU VIS DAR BE INTERNETO IR TELEFONO LINIJOS. pažadėjo greit išspręs… tikiuosi dar pusę metų laukti nereikės…

baltics@takas.lt

www.skundai.lt

Rasa B., 29 m., Klaipėda

TEO operatyvumas

TeliaSonera Moves Email Servers to Evade Swedish Spying Laws

The Swedish government has proposed a law which would allow the National Defence Radio Establishment to intercept all electronic communications passing the national border. Due to this, TeliaSonera has decided to move the email production for its Finnish customers to Finland. Currently the company uses a single email platform in Sweden, and that would have allowed the Swedish government to spy on emails destined for Finnish customers.

“As an operator with a strong international footprint, TeliaSonera must comply with several different regulatory regimes, while ensuring our customers’ right to secure communications. We have listened to the concerns expressed by Finnish authorities and our Finnish customers and decided to take action to ensure that we meet their need for integrity and privacy,” said Anders Igel, CEO and President of TeliaSonera

“We are a global company and many of our services are international by nature. We want to ensure that our customers are in position where they can choose between our international services and our local services.”

In connection to the relocation of Finnish customers’ e-mail services, the e-mail service production is going to be upgraded to ensure its functionality in all circumstances. The relocation process is estimated to be finalized by the end of first quarter 2008.

TeliaSonera’s fixed and mobile voice services, SMS, MMS and mobile data are already produced in Finland and as such not affected by the proposed law. Already now some e-mail services for authorities and large corporate customers are produced in Finland. Concerning private e-mail, the service is currently produced in Sweden which means that when two customers in Finland are communicating by e-mail, their traffic is routed via Sweden and as such becomes subject to Swedish law.

The Swedish Parliament will vote on the proposal on June 14. If adopted, operators have one year to implement the new provisions.

www.cellular-news.com

Court of appeal upholds sentences in Finland’s Sonera case

Ministry says TeliaSonera sent confidential information in unprotected e-mail messages – Telecommunications company denies ministry claims

TeliaSonera increases its shareholding in Eesti Telekom

TeliaSonera, the leading telecommunications company in the Nordic and Baltic regions, has today acquired 4.61 percent of the outstanding shares in Eesti Telekom for a cash consideration of approximately SEK 485 million. After the transaction TeliaSonera holds 58.3 percent in Eesti Telekom.

For further information journalists can contact: Press Service,
TeliaSonera AB, +46-(0)8-713 58 30

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. TeliaSonera is the leading telecommunications company in the Nordic and Baltic region, with strong positions within mobile communications in Eurasia, Turkey and Russia. At the end of 2006, TeliaSonera launched mobile services in Spain. We provide reliable, innovative and easy-to-use services for transferring and packaging voice, images, data, information, transactions and entertainment. In 2006, TeliaSonera’s net sales amounted to SEK 91 billion, and at the end of March 2007 the total number of customers exceeded 100 million in 15 countries. The TeliaSonera share is listed on the Stockholm Stock Exchange and the Helsinki Stock Exchange, and the company is included in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index. Simplicity and service are important tools for us in creating profitable growth and value for our customers and shareholders. Read more at www.teliasonera.com

www.kauppalehti.fi

Asset Sale By Sweden Begins With TeliaSonera

Sweden began its planned sell-off of state assets Wednesday, putting an 8 percent stake in the telecom operator TeliaSonera valued at about 20 billion kronor on the auction bloc. The shares, worth about $3 billion, are available only to institutional investors, the Finance Department said in a statement, and the sale was expected to be completed by Thursday evening.

The new center-right government said after taking office last year that it planned to sell its entire 45.3 percent stake in TeliaSonera as part of a drive to privatize state assets to pay off the national debt.

In the next few years, the government will also sell holdings in five other companies, including the banking group Nordea, the stock market operator OMX and the liquor group Vin & Sprit, the maker of Absolut vodka.

‘Through this deal, we are decreasing our ownership in TeliaSonera in a responsible way,’ the financial markets minister, Mats Odell, said. ‘This way we increase the number of international, institutional and long-term owners in the company. That’s something it needs.’

The government will remain by far the largest owner in TeliaSonera, he said, adding that it was unclear when the remaining shares would be sold.

Karin Forseke, a special adviser to the government for the sell- off, said hundreds of different institutional investors would be able to make bids to buy shares. The sales price will be set after all bids are received, she said.

‘We want a broader ownership, so we expect a lot of investors to buy,’ she said.

A TeliaSonera spokesman, Ola Kallemur, said the company’s management was told of the sale Tuesday evening.

‘We have no opinion about who owns us,’ he said. ‘We have to go through with our projects and plans, regardless of ownership. It’s business as usual.’

‘I didn’t expect the sale to happen so soon, but it’s a move that’s good for the company’ because TeliaSonera will have more flexibility, said Holger Smitt, an analyst at Sydbank in Denmark. ‘Today’s sale buys the government some time because it shows they plan to gradually reduce the holding.’

Sweden’s 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 holdings.

The other companies on the government’s sell list are the real estate group Vasakronan and the residential mortgage company SBAB. Those two, as well as Vin & Sprit, are not listed.

The government’s total ownership in the six companies is worth about 250 billion kronor. Odell reiterated the government’s plan to sell assets worth about 50 billion kronor a year until 2010.

The sale of a stake in TeliaSonera, the Nordic region’s biggest phone company, comes after the company had its best annual stock performance since being created from the former monopolies of Sweden and Finland in late 2002.

www.reiresearch.com

Government OKs Lattelecom management/staff buy-out

A Latvian government working group approved the proposed management/staff buyout of Lattelecom for a sum around LVL 290 million (USD 580 million). Since TeliaSonera, which owns 49 % of the Latvian fixed-line operator, has unofficially given the nod to the deal, it appears that Lattelecom management and staff can get serious with international banks that have expressed interest in financing the deal and move ahead to a due diligence.

More on this later.

latviantelecoms.blogspot.com

Don’t forget the consumer when privatising companies!

The highest price does not always yield the greatest benefits when the state sells off public enterprises. The effects on consumers and competition must also be weighed in.

Claes Norgren, Director General of the Competition Authority, issued this warning both at a hearing organised by the Parliamentary Committee on Industry, and at a Competition Authority conference, Better Competition in the Banking Market.

The Swedish Government is currently preparing to sell a number of state-owned enterprises in the open market, including SBAB, Nordea and Vasakronan. The Government Bill describes the purpose of the move in the following terms: “The Government will consider different approaches in seeking to find the most businesslike alternative, taking all aspects into account.”

“In my opinion, the privatisation of state-owned enterprises should not simply aim for maximum benefit in financial terms,” says Claes Norgren.

“Selling an established company with a strong position in the market would of course bring the highest price to the seller, the state. But other aspects besides a high price must be considered, too.”

Claes Norgren argues that when state-owned companies are put up for sale in the open market, this must be done in such a way as not to jeopardise competition. Consumer interests and other aspects must also be taken into consideration.

“When privatising, the Government should take the opportunity to do so in a way that strengthens competition.”

An example of previous mistakes in this field that should be avoided, he adds, was when the Swedish state sold off a large part of TeliaSonera while at the same time allowing the company to retain its monopoly on infrastructure in the form of the distribution system.

“A similar discussion is currently under way concerning the exposure of the pharmacy sector to competition. If information systems dealing with things like prescription management are left in the hands of dominant companies, you risk getting new competitive problems,” says Claes Norgren.

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Karl Lundvall, Economist, tel +46 – 8-700 16 33 or +46 73-773 16 33
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