Webwire: SFR confirms Vodafone talks; Cuba gets subsea link

French carrier SFR has confirmed parent Vivendi is discussing buying Vodafone’s 44% stake in the firm, a move that would give Vivendi full control of the cellco. The firm will use funds raised through the recent sale of its stake in NBCU to finance the acquisition.
 
The first subsea cable to Cuba has been laid and should open for business in July. The cable links to Venezuela and was financed by a group founded by the country’s president Hugo Chavez.
 
Samsung and IBM have signed a cross licensing deal allowing the companies to use patents from each others' portfolios. The pair agreed to collaborate on semiconductor research earlier this year.
 
AT&T will offer free mobile-to-mobile calls on its postpaid plans to stave off customer defection to Verizon and its new iPhone.
 
IBM, Adobe, Amdocs, HP, Panasonic and SAP are among ten major tech firms that have joined the Wholesale Applications Community.
 
Indonesia's Indosat is considering spinning off its StarOne CDMA business, as one of several options on the table to boost its competitiveness in mobile, president Harry Sasongko has revealed.

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