Monthly Archives: December 2007

TeliaSonera infrastructure company to launch on 1 Jan

TeliaSonera’s new telecom infrastructure company will launch operations in Sweden on 1 January 2008. The company will be known as TeliaSonera Skanova Access and will be TeliaSonera’s wholly-owned subsidiary. Skanova Access will sell copper and copper-related infrastructure on the same commercial terms to all operators on the Swedish market, including TeliaSonera’s own end-customer operations. The company will employ 700 people. Net sales generated by the corresponding operations in 2007 are estimated to amount to SEK 7 billion. The chairman of the board of directors of Skanova Access will be Anders Bruse, who also serves as the head of TeliaSonera Broadband Services. Anders Gylder, currently senior vice president of Broadband Services, will assume responsibility as the CEO of Skanova Access.

Gylder, who has been responsible for the establishment of Skanova Access, will head the company during its first operating period, ensuring that the new work flows and processes between the company and its customers and vendors are in place. The recruitment of a new CEO, who is to further develop the company after the first operating period, will begin during the spring of 2008. The aim is to have the new CEO in place in the third quarter of 2008.

In connection with the founding of Skanova Access, a body called Equality Access Board will also be set up. The aim of EAB is to supervise equal treatment independently of TeliaSonera and to monitor the market’s confidence in Skanova Access and the company’s ability to live up to its commitments. EAB will be composed of chairman Mikael Svensson, head of TeliaSonera’s Internal Audit, and two members independent of TeliaSonera. The supervision will be based on the reporting of certain key figures audited by external auditors.

www.telecompaper.com

TeliaSonera Sets Up New Company

Nordic telecommunications operator TeliaSonera AB on Thursday said it would launch a new infrastructure company on Jan. 1 to meet market requirements for transparency and control.

The purpose of the wholly owned TeliaSonera subsidiary, TeliaSonera Skanova Access AB, is to sell copper and copper-related infrastructure on the same commercial terms to all operators on the Swedish market, including the company’s own end-customer operations.

Skanova Access will employ more than 700 people and will be headed by Anders Gylder as its chief executive, it said.

Anders Bruse has been appointed chairman of the board.

The company said the recruitment of a new chief financial officer will start in the first half of 2008 with the aim of having a new CFO in place by the third quarter.

TeliaSonera also said an Equality Access Board would be set up with the task to _ independently of TeliaSonera _ supervise equal treatment and monitor the market’s confidence in Skanova Access.

It will also supervise the company’s ability to live up to its commitments.

www.inearn.com

Šiek tiek apie TEO LT ir monopolius

Tikriausiai daugeliui teko studentaujant atsiskaitinėti dalykus rašant rašto darbus. Ir aš ne išimtis. Šių metų galui man reikia paruošti net keturis. žinoma galima alternatyva, kuri palengvina darbą, ir bukiną žmogų tai – daryti copy -> paste iš interneto. Tačiau šis variantas manęs nė kiek netraukia. Turiu stiprią poziciją prieš nusirašinėjimą. Ir taip Lietuvoje švietimo sistema ir pati visuomenė ne labai maloniame lygyje, bet be to prie visuomenės bukinimo prisideda ir tikrai dažnas studentas. Ir iš kur kyla ta nusirašinėjimo manija? na bet čia tema reikalauja atskiro įrašo. O dabar norėčiau trumpai pasidalinti savo mintimis kurias išdėčiau mikroekonomikos rašto darbe.

Rašto darbą rašyti pasirinkau apie monopolius. Tačiau norėjosi, kad jį rašant ne tik būtų šaltas knyginių tekstų perrašymas, bet ir pačiam įdomu į temą pasigilinti, ir kitiems paskaityti. Susipažinus su teorija mintyse iškilo akivaizdus TEO LT monopolio pavyzdys Lietuvoje, taigi nusprendžiau parašyti lyginamojo pobūdžio rašto darbą, remdamasis teorinėje medžiagoje esančiais monopolijų bruožais ir analizuodamas TEO LT monopolį.

Pastebėjau, kad gilintis į šią temą galima giliai giliai, kastis net iki pat Lietuvos Telekomo privatizavimo istorijos, kurioje skaidrumo klausimas ir dar dabar yra neaiškus. Net pati Lietuvos Vyriausybė norėjo įteisinti Lietuvos telekomą kaip monopolį Lietuvoje ir įrašyti į įstatymą, kaip vienintelę fiksuoto ryšio paslaugas teigiančia nacionaline įmone Lietuvoje. Tačiau tokiais žingsniais ji būtų akivaizdžiai pažeidusi LR konstituciją, kurioje aiškiai parašyta, kad valstybė yra prieš ir tuo labiau negalinti skatinti monopolių atsiradimo. Ji kaip tik turėtų skatinti natūralios konkurencijos rinką.

Taip pat akivaizdžiai galime pastebėti TEO LT žengiant tipiškus monopolijoms būdingus žingsnius. O viso to pasekoje, labiausiai nuskriaustas lieka vartotojas. Ir aš jaučiuosi tikrai nuskriaustas, nes jei manęs netenkiną Zebra interneto paslaugos tiekimas, aš galiu tik paskambinti ROBOBAI Nr. 1817 ir eilini kartą išklausyti ką reikia padaryti, kad interneto ryšys man vėl veiktų. Liūdniausia, kad už šiuos skambučius aš pats moku TEO LT. Šiuos ir dar kelis pavyzdžius plačiau nagrinėjau savo rašto darbe, kurį galite peržiūrėti PDF formatu.

Monopolinė rinka, Teo LT monopolijos pavyzdys lietuvoje

Cituoti ir naudotis rašto darbe dėstomomis mintimis ir medžiaga galima nurodžius tikslią nuorodą į šį PDF failą taip pat nurodžius autoriaus vardą ir pavardę (Audrius Martinkus). Konsultavausi su mikroekonomikos dėstytoja, tokie šaltiniai kaip šis gali būti naudojami kitų studentų rašto darbuose.

Šiuo rašto darbo publikavimu savo bloge skelbiu karą visiems Tingiu.lt ir kitokiems projektams, kurie skatina Lietuvos žmonių bukėjimą ir iš bukinimo dar sugeba pasipelnyti. Prisidėkite kiekvienas, skatinkime laisvą žinių judėjimą, ir atvirai dalinkimės patirtimi :)

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Another death knell rings for the Lattelecom MBO

Sorry, folks, for being a bit behind on this, but the outgoing Latvian government on December 18 decided not to extent the memorandum of understanding with Lattelecom, The Blackstone Group and the bank consortium and TeliaSonera regarding the management and staff buy-out proposed by Lattelecom CEO Nils Melngailis.
The issue will be decided by “the next government”, in effect, the present government 2.0 (shaken and stirred a bit), where attitudes and opinions are unlikely to change.
My call — the whole thing will be muddled around until 1) Blackstone backs off and the consortium falls apart 2) Melngailis resigns. At the end of a day lasting 2-3 years, we may see TeliaSonera at last collecting what it has been waiting for — both Latvian Mobile Telephone (LMT) and whatever is left of Lattelecom.
An outside chance is that the new government will organize (after a decent interval) some kind of MBO or sell-off 2.0 that will have the “right” bidders, including local interests. Though it is strange to bleed something half to death just to get your claws into it…

latviantelecoms.blogspot.com

PM nominee hopes for decision on Lattelecom

Ivars Godmanis, nominated by Latvia’s president Valdis Zatlers to form a new government, has said he hopes to settled the issue of Lattelecom privatization, either by going through with the management and staff buy-out proposed by partly-deposed Lattelecom honcho Nils Melngailis, or by selling the company (along with the remaining state holdings in Latvian Mobile Telephone/LMT) to TeliaSonera.
Unfortunately, Godmanis (of the Latvian First Party/Latvian Way merged entity) has to deal with his future coalition partners, where the nationalist Fatherland & Freedom has opposed the MBO, with the positions of the others unclear (even though the same political salad backed the MBO deal in principle during the summer). My prediction — more muddle well into the next year and Melngailis and Blackstone leaving the scene still very likely.
This presents both an opportunity and a problem for TeliaSonera, the only realistic potential buyer of Lattelecom (regardless of whether it is sold by open auction or as an item hanging inside the coat of a shady street peddlar). If the government abandons the MBO but nationalizes Lattelecom (and lets the Swedes buy LMT), TeliaSonera ends up holding two contradictory means of payment. One is the shares in Lattelecom, whose relative value will plunge(simply on uncertainty) once the MBO crashes , and the other is cash, which will have to be paid for LMT anyway above and beyond the share swap. In other words, the whole thing will cost more cash.
If TeliaSonera buys both companies, then, of course, the total cost will be less because of the diminished value of a leaderless Lattelecom (after the deal, of course, it will be run by a CEO sent by Stockholm to run the company as a division of TeliaSonera responsible for the Latvian market).

latviantelecoms.blogspot.com

Two, three, many MBOs spooked TeliaSonera?

One of my sources tossed out this interesting theory of why TeliaSonera, while it agreed to the Lattelecom MBO, was also disturbed by it.
“They were thinking if Lattelecom can do it, so can other non-wholly-owned subsidiaries,”the source said. The Swedish company was worried that Elion and Estonian Mobile Telephone (EMT) (which it owns 59 % each) and TEO, the Lithuanian fixed-network and broadband operator, owned 60 % by TeliaSonera, could get subversive ideas.

I have never heard any such rumors from Estonia or Lithuania, but it is an interesting thought experiment. All four Elion, EMT, TEO break free and then join up in one pan-Baltic company, putting Humpty-MicroLink back together again in the process and making a small IT/nearshoring and data transmission powerhouse to sell services to eastern and western markets.
Would The Blackstone Group, in the process of being burned by the Latvian government, be interested in financing such a coup? After 6-8 years, a Balttelecom with customers in the Nordic countries, Russia, Ukraine and Belarus might fetch a good price should Blackstone or some other private equity consortium then want to exit.

Sorry, TeliaSonera, I didn’t scare you for Halloween, so I’m doing it now :).

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A last chance for the half-mother? Or sue the bastards?

Latvia’s acting minister of economics and minister of justice in the lame-duck government Gaidis Berzins has said that Sweden’s TeliaSonera might still have a chance at acquiring Lattelecom, the fixed line operator, where it is presently a 49 % half-mother. Berzins said this in a radio interview on December 11, according to media reports.
Berzins said the next Latvian government (most likely a mash-up of the present, departing one) would have to decide on whether to go ahead with a management and employee buy-out (MEBO, if you wish) proposed by Lattelecom managing director Nils Melngailis, who has essentially been fired as chairman of the Lattelecom management board.
This can only be seen as yet another bizarre twist in the saga of Lattelecom. A proposal by TeliaSonera to buy both companies — Lattelecom and the mobile operator Latvian Mobile Telephone (LMT) has been on the table for several years and has been delayed and muddled by the Latvian government ever since.
Last year, the government told TeliaSonera that it would not be allowed to buy Lattelecom, so the Swedish group proposed swapping its shares of Lattelecom for the remaining shares in LMT and setting a final price for the whole deal after independently valuating both companies. This was done last year, but the government muddled away its chance to nationalize Lattelecom and get some cash for LMT as well.
Now Berzins and the Latvian Privatization Agency (which formally holds the state’s 51 % share of Lattelecom) have essentially torpedoed the MEBO and pushed Melngailis toward inevitable resignation from Lattelecom.
As things now stand, Lattelecom, at best, is a gefundenes Fressen (a meal discovered lying around for those who don’t know German) for TeliaSonera, which had, essentially, written off the idea of owning any fixed-network assets in Latvia and was preparing to concentrate its efforts on LMT as a full-spectrum service wireless company once the MEBO went through.
In my view:

1) TeliaSonera should ask for a new valuation of Lattelecom (minus Melngailis) and then decide whether it wants to buy.

2) Maybe it should press the government to nationalize Lattelecom so as to hasten its acquisition of 100 % of LMT. That is, it should put up its 49 % for sale triggering the state’s right of first refusal so the government either puts up or shuts up.

3) It should not, at the end of the day, rely on any promises or representations by the Latvian government and perhaps consider some form of legal action to force a decision. I think nothing else will work for the foreseeable future.

latviantelecoms.blogspot.com

Management woes hit Latvian telco, Blackstone deal

The future of the head of Latvian fixed-line operator Lattelecom and the buyout deal he has arranged with private equity firm Blackstone was thrown into doubt on Friday after his role as chairman was left open.

Though Nils Melngails will stay as chief executive of Lattelecom, in which TeliaSonera has 49 percent, the governing council refused to extend his influential chairman’s mandate, which runs out on Dec. 9.

Council chairman, Guntars Strautmanis, said there was still a chance Melngailis could stay as chairman of the management board following discussions scheduled for next week.

“The chairman of the board position will be discussed next week so there is still a chance that Melngailis could have this position,” he told Reuters.

However, the uncertainty has generated doubts about the buyout.

Robert Ramsauer, a corporate development project director for Blackstone Group, said the company was still interested in finalising a deal with the Latvian government, which owns 51 percent of Lattelecom, but added that the process had taken longer than the company expected.

“Lattelecom management announced its partnership with Blackstone in early September, and I think most of the people who have been involved in this privatisation process expected that it would be completed fairly quickly,” said Ramsauer.

Melngailis was behind the plans to get Blackstone involved in a management buyout after previous privatisation plans failed as the government was against giving TeliaSonera full control of the dominant fixed-line carrier.

Under the buyout deal, Blackstone was to invest 90 million Latvian lats ($188.2 million).

Another 200 million lats would be borrowed from a consortium of banks – Unicredit, Nordea, DnB Nord and Parex bank – and 10 million lats from management and employees of Lattelecom.

The deal was also to give TeliaSonera control of leading mobile operator LMT as the Nordic firm would buy stakes owned by the state and Lattelecom in LMT.

However, the Lattelecom deal was opposed from a nationalist party in the ruling coalition and was hit by the fact the government resigned on Dec. 5 due to a domestic crisis.

“I would say it (doubts over Melngailis) certainly sends two torpedos into the side of the Blackstone deal and I think it will sink it,” said local telecoms commentator Juris Kaza.

He said local economic interests had also derailed the deal as they did not want to see Blackstone controlling Lattelecom. (Reporting by Jorgen Johansson and Patrick Lannin).

www.reuters.com

Lattelecom CEO out, but not…?

The Supervisory Council of Lattelecom has decided on December 6 not to recommend the extension of Nils Melngailis mandate as a member (and chairman) of the Lattelecom Managing Board while recommending to shareholders the re-election of two other board members whose terms expire in a few days.
The stakeholders (Latvian government 51 % and TeliaSonera 49%) are holding an electronic meeting on December 7 to vote on these recommendations.

The council’s actions amount to a defacto dismissal of Melngailis, but no replacement candidate has been recommended. Supervisory Council chairman Gundars Strautmanis predicts that despite the Council’s recommendations, Melngailis will be re-elected and also continue to work as managing director (CEO) of the company, a position theoretically unaffected by his loss of a board seat.

Meanwhile, lame-duck prime minister (his government resigned on December 5) Aigars Kalvitis says this is the best time to privatize Lattelecom (!?), a surprising reversal of the government’s defacto rejection by delay of the MBO offered by Melngailis with a consortium including several banks and The Blackstone Group to finance the deal. The fact that the government has apparently voted against recommending re-election of Melngailis also amounts to a rejection of the MBO, even though some officials say this is not so.

My interpretation — make things such a murky mess that the MBO consortium, especially Blackstone, will go away all by themselves. Then, perhaps, the carcass can be divided among local vultures…:)

latviantelecoms.blogspot.com

Nepasitikėkite aklai TEO pardavėjais

Situacija:

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Formaliai sutartyje garantinis terminas nėra įrašytas – galima ginčytis. Esmė yra ta, kad pasibaigus garantiniam laikotarpiui arba sutarčiai ADSL modemas tampa mano ir visa atsakomybė už įrangos korektišką veikimą tenka man.

Blogybės yra tokios:

1. Pardavėjai nepasiūlė pirmiausia įsitikinti, kad paslauga veikia su mano esama įranga. Jeigu bučiau žinojęs apie tokias aplinkybes, tai bučiau iš anksto įsigyjęs naują modemą arba nekeisčiau plano. Aš pats ir negalėčiau patikrinti ar viskas veikia.

2. Inžineriai spręsdami problemą niekaip nesugebėdavo nustatyti, kur yra problema. Sakė reikia keisti laidą iki modemo. Po trečio karto nustatė, kad kaltas modemas.

3. Pirmą kartą užregistravus gedimą iš viso niekas nebuvo padaryta ir atsiuntė žinutė, jog problema išspręsta.

4. Netgi dabar, kai atrodo priežąstis nustatyta, aš nesu dėl to tikras. Gali būti, kad

a. TEO stoties įranga blogai veikia

b. TEO specialistai nesugeba, jos normaliai sukonfigūruoti. 1817 sako, kad jokios konfigūracijos neegzistuoja, bet registruojant gedimus jį buvo keičiama 3 kartus ir kiekvieną kartą ADSL modemas veikdavo skirtingai. Pradžioj greitis buvo 3,5 Mbps, po to 2,5 Mbps, o po to iš viso modemas nesugebedavo užmegzti ryšio su stotimį.

c. Modemas jau buvo brokuotas pardavimo metu.

5. Klientų aptarnavimo žmonės rodo išradingumą, sugalvoja visokias nesąmones siekdami atsakyti į klausimus į kuriuos atsakymų nežino.

6. Galiausiai šiandien paskambino iš klientų aptarnavimo ir klausia ar turiu klausimų. Nei į vieną klausimą atsakyti negalėjo ir galiausiai pareiškė „aš iš viso nenoriu kalbėti šią temą„.

7. Niekas TEO negali pasakyti kokie yra tikslus techniniai reikalavimai ADSL įrangai.
Apskritai tai labai ilgą laiką naudojausi TEO, bet susidaro įspūdis kad tai nevertinama. Dėja, kito, alternatyvaus greito ryšio Lietuvoje nėra. O gaila.

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Rekomendacijos perkant TEO interneto paslaugas:

1. Pasitikrinkite ar galėsite naudotis paslauga naudojant savo įrangą

2. Nusipirkite patikimą įrangą iš parduotuvės, o ne iš TEO. Atkreipkite dėmesį į garantinį laikotarpį. Jis dažnai būna 2 metai, o TEO suteikia garantiją tik metams.

3. Atkreipkite dėmesį į perkamos įrangos suderinamumą su Zebra (internetas.zebra.lt/pagalba/adsl_iranga/modemai).

4. Tas pats liečia IPTV paslaugas

5. Keista bet beveik visi modemai nesuderinami su Windows Vista. Tai, žinoma, yra visiška nesąmonė.

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