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Frontier Communications Operations in Florida Return to Near-Normal Levels Thanks to Reliability and Resiliency of FiOS All-Fiber Network

Daily operations for Frontier Communications have returned to near normal levels after Hurricane Irma’s punishing sweep through the company’s six-county Florida service area (Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco, Polk, Manatee and Sarasota). Click here for more.

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Brightcove Hires Veteran Media Executive to Head Its European Sales Operations

Brightcove Inc. (NASDAQ: BCOV), the leading provider of cloud services for video, today announced the hiring of Allen Dickson as vice president of media, EMEA. Dickson will lead the Media business in Europe, which includes responsibility for new and existing Media business across the region. Click here for more.

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Seaborn Networks’ Seabras-1 subsea cable system between the USA and Brazil is ready for operations

BOSTON , Sept.andnbsp;Seaborn Networks, a leading developer-owner-operator of submarine fiber optic cable systems, announced today that its Seabras-1 subsea cable system is ready for operations. Seaborn’s Seabras-1 is a new 6-fiber pair, 72Tbps submarine cable system that is the first and only direct point-to-point system between São Paulo (Brazil) and New York (US).andnbsp; Click here for more.

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TeliaSonera also fingered as investigations into Uzbeki operations deepen

TeliaSonera has announced that two of its Dutch holding companies are subject to a preliminary investigation concerning bribery and money laundering

TeliaSonera has announced that two of its Dutch holding companies are subject to a preliminary investigation concerning bribery and money laundering

European operator group TeliaSonera has revealed that two of its Dutch holding companies, TeliaSonera UTA Holding and TeliaSonera Uzbek Telecom Holding, are involved in a preliminary investigation concerning bribery and money laundering regarding operations in Uzbekistan.

The revelation comes as VimpelCom, which competes with TeliaSonera in Uzbekistan, faces a similar probe. One time competitor MTS exited the country last year.

“Authorities have carried out searches at companies during course of March 11th 2013 to get access to documents,” TeliaSonera said in a statement. “TeliaSonera is cooperating fully with the authorities. At this point TeliaSonera has no further details about the investigation.”

TeliaSonera’s troubles in Uzbekistan have been well documented. In February last year, the firm called on Swedish law firm Mannheimer Swartling to issue a report on the operator’s operations in Uzbekistan after attracting criticism over allegations of corruption involving its operations. While the law firm did not establish any evidence that bribery or money laundering had occurred, there remained suspicions of criminal activity among the Swedish Prosecution Authority that were not dismissed by the investigation. CEO Lars Nyberg left the firm as a consequence. The operator’s board then appointed law firm Norton Rose Fulbright to launch a review of its transactions in Eurasia and it appointed Johan Dennelind as president and CEO as of September 1, 2013.

VimpelCom, which is now TeliaSonera’s sole competitor in Uzbekistan, announced today that it has received a letter from the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) stating that it is conducting an investigation into the firm’s operations.  Its group headquarters in Amsterdam were also visited by representatives of the Dutch authorities including the Dutch public prosecutor office, yesterday; the same day that authorities searched TeliaSonera’s premises.

VimpelCom told that it could not comment on the nature of the investigation but admitted that the investigations appear to be focus on its operations in Uzbekistan. Dutch authorities informed VimpelCom that it is the focus of a criminal investigation in the Netherlands.

Last year, Uzbeki authorities forced the shutdown of an unidentified mobile operator’s network in the country. MTS has since confirmed to that it is no longer operational in Uzbekistan. In June last year, MTS announced that it had become aware of an auction planned for July 1st 2013 of assets owned by its wholly owned subsidiary in Uzbekistan, Uzdunrobita.

“In the Company’s opinion, the claims of Uzbekistan authorities that resulted in the initiation of bankruptcy proceedings and the forthcoming auction sale of Uzdunrobita assets have no legal and factual basis,” the operator said at the time.

TeliaSonera acquires AinaCom’s consumer operations and fixed networks

Sonera, the Finnish arm of TeliaSonera, has signed an agreement to acquire AinaCom’s consumer operations and fixed networks. Click here for more.


Hylan Appoints COO of Telecom Operations for NYC

HOLMDEL, N.J. , Aug.andnbsp;Hylan has announced the appointment of Carmine V. Manna as the Chief Operating Officer of Telecom Operations for its New York City franchise, Hylan Datacom and Electrical. Carmine is a 17-year veteran of Hylan Datacom and Electrical where he most recently served as Senior Vice President of Wireline and provided its telecom customers with turn-key solutions for their communications infrastructure needs. Prior to joining Hylan Datacom and Electrical, Carmine managed internationally known sports and convention facilities in New York City . While at these facilities, he was responsible for directing major construction and renovation projects. Click here for more.

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Nokia and Three sign 5-year contract to upgrade RAN operations

Nokia and Three Ireland have signed a 5-year managed services contract under which Nokia will manage all of Three Ireland’s multi-technology, multi-vendor radio access network operations. Click here for more.

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ZTE Revamps Indian Operations – Recruits Execs from Huawei and NSN

ZTE has revamped its Indian operations, and named several new executive appointments, with the people coming from Huawei and Nokia Siemens Networks. Click here for more.


Vodafone restructures European operations

Vodafone nears CWW dealVodafone has announced a restructuring of its international portfolio, with the creation of a single European region, which the operator said will “ensure a more efficient and effective delivery” of its Vodafone 2015 priorities.

From October this year the firm’s Northern & Central Europe and Southern Europe regions will operate as one, under the watch of Philipp Humm, who currently heads the NCE region. Turkey, which still aspires to EU membership, will join Vodafone’s Africa, Middle East and Asia-Pacific region owing to its “emerging market characteristics,” Vodafone said.

The current head of the Southern Europe unit, Paolo Bertoluzzo, becomes chief commercial and operations officer for the group as a whole and will also over see a new Group Commercial unit, comprising Brand, Consumer, Unified Communications, Terminals, Customer Operations and Partner Markets. This will also include the new Group Enterprise operation.

Vodafone said that the restructure will better position it to meet its Vodafone 2015 goals, a set of priorities outlined last year designed to simplify back end operations and drive more regional alignment in its market facing activities.

Across its European footprint Vodafone now holds first place in just two markets; Ireland and Malta. In many of the others it holds positions that would characterise it as “challenger” were it a smaller operation overall.

Nepal’s Ncell Facing Fuel Shortages for Operations

Nepal’s Ncell has warned that it is facing fuel shortages that could see some of its data-centres shut-down, affecting its telecoms networks. Click here for more.

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