News In Brief: Belgacom, Google, Telstra, Cisco, Clearwire, BT
Belgacom and MTN have completed the merger of their international carrier services subsidiaries, announced June 29.
Google is reportedly in talks with TV networks to negotiate getting the rights to sell their content on YouTube for $1.99 per episode. Google already streams some TV content free on YouTube, but it doesn’t carry current shows. Google plans to broadcast the latest shows on YouTube, charging viewers to watch rather than embedding ads.
Telstra plans to list its Chinese online property portal SouFun in an IPO that could value the company at $1 billion (€663m). Telstra, which paid $254 million for a 51% stake in the business in August 2006, said yesterday shareholders had agreed to prepare for a listing in 2010.
Cisco has extended the offer period to Tandberg investors for its US$3.4 billion takeover offer of the Norwegian videoconferencing firm until 5:30 pm CET on Thursday, December 3, 2009.
US Wimax operator Clearwire expects to begin selling Wimax-compatible phones before Christmas next year.
BT and BSNL have partnered to offer Global Conferencing Solutions in India.