Zain Saudi says rejects Mobily's $586 million claim

Dispute has arisen between the two companies over the application of a 2008 contract

Reuters

DUBAI (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia’s second-biggest telecom operator Mobily said on Tuesday it was seeking arbitration to obtain 2.2 billion riyals ($586.28 million) owed it by Zain Saudi, a claim its smaller rival subsequently said was unfounded.

A dispute has arisen between the two companies over the application of a 2008 contract under which Mobily would provide services including domestic roaming and site sharing to Zain Saudi, which began commercial operations that year.

Canada's Wind Mobile signs roaming deal, Telus likely partner

Deal follows July ruling by CRTC that Rogers unfairly discriminated against new entrants

Reuters

TORONTO (Reuters) - Wind Mobile, a small wireless company that claims fourth spot in an industry dominated by three major players, said on Tuesday that it now reaches 97 percent of Canada's population after adding an unnamed domestic roaming partner.

Wind said the addition would most noticeably increase its coverage in British Columbia, suggesting Vancouver-based Telus Corp as a likely partner.

Samsung Electronics exits fibre optics amid sharper focus on reviving smartphones

Second exit from a business line this quarter, expecting lowest annual profit in three years

Reuters

SEOUL (Reuters) - Samsung Electronics Co Ltd agreed to sell its fibre optics operations to U.S. specialty glass maker Corning Inc, exiting another non-core business to focus on shoring up underperforming key areas like smartphones.

Terms of the sale, including plants in China and South Korea, weren't disclosed. Announced by both parties on Tuesday, the South Korean firm's second exit from a business line this quarter comes as it braces for its lowest annual profit in three years, squeezed by stiff competition.

Internet-connected device sector deals accelerating, report finds

Early consolidation led by Google, includes Cisco, Samsung, Vodafone and Verizon

Reuters

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Investment in the fast-growing market for Internet-connected devices gathered pace this year and is set to attract more top U.S. technology and telecoms buyers of firms active in the market, a report from a merger advisory firm said on Thursday.

Corporate finance adviser Hampleton Partners' report said that $9.4 billion has been spent in the past three years to acquire so-called "Internet of Things" suppliers, with $5 billion, or more than half of the total, in the first nine months of 2014.

IBM signs 10-year multi-billion cloud deal with ABN Amro

Will provide managed services for mainframes, servers, storage

Reuters

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - IBM has signed a 10-year, multi-billion dollar deal to provide computer infrastructure services to Dutch bank ABN Amro running on its cloud systems, the U.S. information technology firm said on Monday.

The deal comes as the U.S. company is trying to gain momentum in the market for Internet-delivered services, known as cloud computing. IBM will provide fully managed services for mainframe computers, servers, storage and end-user computing as well as a help desk and other technical support. IBM did not disclose financial details of the deal.

Telecoms group Altice set to buy Oi's Portugal operations

Divestment following ill-fated merger with Portugal Telecom

Reuters

PARIS/SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Telecoms group Altice SA has agreed to buy the Portuguese operations of Brazil's Grupo Oi for about 7.4 billion euros ($9.2 billion), in what will be its third large acquisition this year.

Franco-Israeli billionaire entrepreneur Patrick Drahi, who founded Altice, has been on an expansion drive with deals worth some $30 billion this year alone, and is on track to add Portugal to his portfolio of cable and mobile companies in France, Israel, and the Dominican Republic.

U.S. court rejects Motorola Mobility price-fixing appeal

Decision may lessen protections against inflated prices for U.S. consumers

Reuters

A federal appeals court rejected Motorola Mobility LLC's bid to sue several Asian suppliers under U.S. antitrust law for fixing prices of mobile phone displays sold to its foreign units.

Wednesday's decision by the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago may lessen protections against inflated prices for U.S. consumers who buy cellphones, computers and other products whose components are made outside the country.

Germany backs Blackberry's purchase of Secusmart

Deal signals new Chief Executive Chen's effort to attract security conscious clients

Reuters

BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany has approved Canadian smartphone maker Blackberry's planned acquisition of Secusmart, the encryption technology of which is used to protect the mobile devices of top politicians including Chancellor Angela Merkel.

The deal is part of new Chief Executive John Chen's effort to enhance Blackberry's appeal for security conscious clients such as government agencies as it seeks to regain ground lost to Apple's iPhone and rival devices powered by Google's Android operating system.

EU watchdogs to apply 'right to be forgotten' rule on Web worldwide

The ruling has pitted privacy advocates against free speech campaigners

Reuters

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European privacy regulators want Internet search engines such as Google and Microsoft's Bing to scrub results globally, not just in Europe, when people invoke their "right to be forgotten" as ruled by an EU court.

The European Union's privacy watchdogs agreed on a set of guidelines on Wednesday to help them implement a ruling from Europe's supreme court that gives people the right to ask search engines to remove personal information that is "inadequate, irrelevant or no longer relevant".

AT&T says fiber spending pause affects only new commitments

Follows Obama's call for stricter regulations that would treat ISPs like public utilities

Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - AT&T Inc sought to clarify to U.S. regulators its plans to pause investments in high-speed Internet connections until "net neutrality" rules are settled, saying in a letter on Wednesday that the plans related to new and not existing commitments.

The Federal Communications Commission earlier this month pressed the company to explain its plans to stop investing in high-speed Internet connections in 100 cities until the agency sorts out new "net neutrality" rules for how Internet service providers manage web traffic on their networks.

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