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Qualcomm Disagrees with Decision by Taiwan Fair Trade Commission and Intends to Seek a Stay and Appeal the Decision

SAN DIEGO , Oct.andnbsp;Qualcomm (Nasdaq: QCOM) today announced that the Taiwan Fair Trade Commission (TFTC) has reached a decision in the TFTC’s investigation, stating in a press release that certain of the Company’s business practices are in violation of Taiwanese competition law and imposing a fine of approximately $ 23.4 billion Taiwan dollars (approximately $ 773 million US dollars at current exchange rates). Qualcomm disagrees with the decision summarized in the TFTC’s press release and intends to seek to stay any required behavioral measures and appeal the decision to the Taiwanese courts after receiving the TFTC’s formal decision, which is expected in the next several weeks. The fine bears no rational relationship to the amount of Qualcomm’s revenues or activities in Taiwan , and Qualcomm will appeal the amount of the fine and the method used to calculate it. Click here for more.

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Mexican Regulators Prepare to Announce Decision in Televisa-Iusacell Deal

Mexico’s regulators have reportedly reached a decision on whether to allow the television broadcaster, Grupo Televisa to buy half of the mobile network, Iusacell in a US$ 1.6 billion deal. Click here for more.


Orange CEO expecting BT EE bid decision by Christmas

Orange CEO, Stephane Richard, reckons BT will make a decision by Christmas

Orange CEO, Stephane Richard, reckons BT will make a decision by Christmas

The Chief Executive of Orange, Stephane Richard, has dropped a hint about the ongoing discussions with BT over a possible acquisition of EE, allegedly stating that he’s expecting a decision from the British telco in the next few weeks.

According to multiple reports, Richard spoke at a conference on the French economy, and stated that “BT has its own calendar. You should know more a few days before Christmas.”

Richard’s statement comes after growing speculation over BT’s potential acquisition of a major mobile player in the UK market. Both Orange and Deutsche Telekom, co-owners of EE, and Telefónica have confirmed that discussions are ongoing with BT, but this is the first occasion where a time frame for a decision has been suggested.

Should BT move to acquire either EE or O2 materialise, it’s likely that a major shake-up of the mobile industry will ensue. Hutchison 3G, the parent company of mobile provider Three, has also been linked with a move for either telco, and speculation linking Vodafone with a move for a fixed-line player has emerged, with both Talk Talk and Liberty Global being the two main parties rumoured to be targeted.

A visible trend in all of this is the emerging emphasis operators seem to be putting on a converged, multiplay service offering. The Annual Industry Survey, conducted earlier this year, gained responses from more than 2,000 industry professionals, with 68.1% agreeing that multiplay operators will have achieved significant advantage over pure play operators within five years.

The picture will surely come into greater focus in the coming weeks, but it’s likely that movement by any of the major players will result in significant upheaval of the mobile and fixed line industries in the UK markets.