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  • December

    Etisalat plans to establish bi-lingual portal 01 December 1999

    Etisalat is the monopoly operator in the United Arab Emirates. Despite economic problems in the region caused by low oil prices, the operator has increased revenues, with net profits rising by 8% in 1998. The CEO of Etisalat, Ali Salim Al Owais, talks to Global Telecoms Business about the operator's cellular, cable TV and Internet strategies.

  • MFN building on first-to-market advantage 01 December 1999

    Metromedia Fiber Network is building next generation broadband optical networks in 67 metropolitan areas world-wide. MFN aims to be the leading provider of private fibre-optic networks. In October 1999 Bell Atlantic acquired a 19% stake in the company. Chairman and CEO Stephen Garofalo talks to Global Telecoms Business about this acquisition and MFN's plans.

  • Whitacre: creating a strong north American player 01 December 1999

    SBC Communications, the second largest local phone company in the US, has just received permission from the FCC to complete its merger with fellow RBOC Ameritech. It hopes to gain long-distance approval next year. SBC chairman and CEO Edward Whitacre talks to Mark Holmes about the operator's ambitions

  • With Mannesmann, is the future bright for Orange? 01 December 1999

    Orange, the fourth entrant in the UK market, is recognized as a visionary cellular player in Europe, with a brand name to match. The operator was acquired by Germany's Mannesmann for $33 billion in November 1999. Hans Snook, CEO of Orange, talks to Basil Ballhatchet about innovative wireless products and the logic behind the Mannesmann/Orange transaction.

  • November

    Esrey: mega-merger propels global ambitions 01 November 1999

    In October 1999 it was announced that the third biggest long-distance telco in the US, Sprint, would merge with MCI WorldCom, the number two player, in a transaction worth $129 billion. The new carrier, to be called WorldCom, will be a leading provider of global communications services. Sprint's chairman and CEO Bill Esrey talks to Mark Holmes about the merger.

  • Germond: unbundling the local loop is the key 01 November 1999

    Cegetel, France's leading alternative operator, already has close to seven million mobile subscribers. In fixed, it is advocating rapid unbundling of the local loop. It is developing a multimedia strategy, drawing on the benefits of its main shareholder's interests in BskyB and Canal +. Cegetel's CEO Philippe Germond talks to Global Telecoms Business about its plans.

  • SK Telecom raising its profile as wireless pioneer 01 November 1999

    SK Telecom, founded in 1984 as Korea Mobile Telecommunications Services, already has 9.5 million subscribers in Korea. SK Telecom pioneered use of CDMA digital cellular services and is focusing increasingly on wireless data opportunities. Jung Nam Cho, president of SK Telecom, talks to Basil Ballhatchet about the cellular market in Korea

  • Zeng lights the Internet spark in China 01 November 1999 aims to be the leading E-commerce portal to, from and within the global Chinese community. It is building a network of Internet cafes throughout China. The company, founded in 1996, has already established itself as one of the fastest growing companies in the sector. Chairman and CEO Edward Zeng talks to Global Telecoms Business about the company's plans.

  • October

    Japan Telecom: emerging into NTT's main competitor 01 October 1999

    Japan Telecom was founded in 1984 as one of the new long-distance carriers. Following a merger with International Japan Telecom in 1997, it began to offer international services. In 1999 it entered into a strategic agreement with British Telecom and AT&T. The president of Japan Telecom, Haruo Murakami, talks to Basil Ballhatchet about developments.

  • Omnitel: gaining recognition as leading wireless player 01 October 1999

    Omnitel Pronto Italia is the second biggest cellular operator in Italy, one of Europe's most dynamic wireless markets. The operator already has over eight million subscribers. It recently launched an innovative Internet-related product, Omnitel 2000 for the fledgling data market . Newly-appointed CEO Vittorio Colao comments on developments in Italy.

  • Telkom on target to meet licence obligations 01 October 1999

    Telkom South Africa, the incumbent, is trying to bring telecoms services to more of the population. This year alone, the telco will install over 600,000 lines. Telkom South Africa's CEO Sizwe Nxasana talks to Mark Holmes about the operator's plans to improve the levels of telecoms service in South Africa.

  • Time Warner Telecom builds on extensive fibre base 01 October 1999

    Time Warner Telecom is one of the best positioned competitive local exchange carriers (CLECs) in the US. Benefiting from a popular brand name and rights of way in a number of cities, it has been building extensive local networks based on SONET technology. Time Warner Telecom's president and CEO Larissa Herda talks about the company's plans.

  • September

    Annunziata: crossing new frontiers? 01 September 1999

    Founded in 1997, Global Crossing is building the world's first seamless fibre-optic network. The carrier also recently acquired Frontier, a leading provider of facilities-based integrated communications. By the end of 2000, it aims to serve customers in the world's top business centres. CEO Bob Annunziata talks to Global Telecoms Business about the operator's prospects.

  • Seidenberg: going the distance with GTE 01 September 1999

    Bell Atlantic appears to be on the verge of obtaining approval from the FCC to offer long-distance services and merge with GTE. Projected merger synergies and its ability to offer new services, such as long distance and data, including DSL, are key to the operator's growth. Ivan Seidenberg, Bell Atlantic's chairman and CEO, talks to Mark Holmes about these issues.

  • Singapore Telecom seeks competitive edge 01 September 1999

    Singapore Telecom loses its monopoly in fixed line services in 2000. The operator will focus increasingly on international investments and a diversified range of services to offset a potential decline in revenues from international direct dial. President and CEO Hsien Yang Lee talks to Global Telecoms Business about the operator's long-term ambitions.

  • Telenor and Telia merger to create Nordic champion 01 September 1999

    Pending EU approval, Telenor, the dominant provider of telecoms services in Norway, is set to merge with Telia, its Swedish counterpart. The merger, the first in Europe, would create an operator with significant mobile, Internet and media interests. Telenor's CEO Tormod Hermansen talks to Basil Ballhatchet about the main challenges that would face the merged entity.

  • July

    Cheung: focusing on change and innovation 01 July 1999

    As price discounting intensifies for international telephony and mobile in Hong Kong, the former incumbent has been leveraging its advanced broadband network to derive revenues from multi-media services. In a recent rebranding exercise it was renamed Cable & Wireless HKT to reflect the operator's global ambitions. CEO Linus Cheung talks to Global Telecoms Business about this move and other developments.

  • Tachikawa: staying one generation ahead 01 July 1999

    NTT DoCoMo is one of the world's largest wireless operators, with over 23 million subscribers in Japan. It has also been promoting the adoption of W-CDMA as the global third generation mobile standard. And it is now establishing committees to work on 4G. NTT DoCoMo's president Keiji Tachikawa talks to Basil Ballhatchet about the operator's long-term plans.

  • TELMEX targets regional growth opportunities 01 July 1999

    At the beginning of 1997 Telefonos de Mexico (TELMEX) lost its monopoly in the long-distance market. After initially surrendering significant market share, TELMEX may now gain ground and recover some revenue losses. It is also acquiring companies, as it expands regionally. TELMEX's CEO Jaime Chico Pardo talks to Mark Holmes about the operator's high-growth strategy.

  • WinStar gains access through broadband wireless 01 July 1999

    WinStar Communications, founded in 1993, has already deployed 400,000 lines in the US. As the first operator to deploy broadband wireless technology, it has a head start on competitors and is luring customers away from the RBOCs, with various offerings and pricing plans. Chairman and CEO William Rouhana talks to Global Telecoms Business about the operator's strategy.

  • June

    Covad leveraging the advantages of DSL technologies 01 June 1999

    Founded in 1996, Covad Communications is already the leading independent provider of high-speed data communications services using xDSL technology. It was one of the first to perceive the benefits of DSL and is exploiting its first mover advantage. Robert Knowling the president and CEO talks to Basil Ballhatchet about Covad's plans to have the largest DSL footprint.

  • Malaysia to play a pivotal role in multi-media 01 June 1999

    Malaysia is liberalizing its telecoms sector and has passed one of the first pieces of legislation to address the issue of convergence. It is also spearheading a multi-media project that has been compared with America's Silicon Valley. Malaysia's minister for energy, communications and multi-media, Dato Leo Moggie, talks to Global Telecoms Business about developments.

  • Qwest: going global through acquisitions and alliances 01 June 1999

    Qwest Communications International, founded in 1988 as a subsidiary of SP Telecom, is already a major global communications company. It has sold a 10% stake to BellSouth for $3.5 billion and is completing the build of one of the most advanced fibre-optic networks. Chairman and CEO Joseph Nacchio talks to Global Telecoms Business about the operator's plans.

  • Switkowski: transforming Telstra into a high-tech telco 01 June 1999

    Telstra, Australia's incumbent telco, has a significant broadband footprint, satellite capacity, two wireless networks and the largest ISP and cable TV company in the country. The company is now focusing on data/Internet and E-commerce growth opportunities. Telstra's new CEO Ziggy Switkowski talks to Mark Holmes about the operator's high-tech, high-growth strategy.

  • May

    KPN increases international focus to boost revenues 01 May 1999

    KPN, the incumbent in the Netherlands, is under more and more pressure domestically, as new entrants use the market as a stepping stone into Europe. Recently the operator has focused more on pan-European and other international opportunities, forming a JV with Qwest. Chairman Wim Dik talks to Mark Holmes about KPN's plans for growth.

  • PLDT steps up search for strategic partner 01 May 1999

    The Philippine Long Distance Company (PLDT) is the country's incumbent telco. In November 1998 First Pacific increased its holding in PLDT to 27.4%. Now PLDT is being merged with Smart and Piltel and the company is seeking a foreign strategic partner. Manuel Pangilinan, managing director of First Pacific and president and CEO of PLDT talks to Global Telecoms Business.

  • Rostelecom restructures debt and operations 01 May 1999

    In 1993 the government split Russia's telecoms system into 88 regional telcos, Rostelecom and some smaller telcos. In 1994 Rostelecom was partially privatized, with the state retaining a controlling interest. Deputy director-general Nina Shemetova explains to Basil Ballhatchet how Rostelecom has changed tack since Russia's economic crisis in 1998.

  • Scott: assessing the best way of delivering value 01 May 1999

    IXC Communications is building a coast-to-coast fibre-optic network in the US. Following the announcement of the Frontier-Global Crossing deal in March 1999, the operator has been mentioned as a possible acquisition target by either a domestic or foreign telco. Chairman, CEO and president Ben Scott talks to Global Telecoms Business about the operator's plans.

  • April

    Crowe: mixing management know-how and new technology 01 April 1999

    Level 3 Communications is deploying a state-of-the-art IP network that will be cheaper to use and improve than other networks owing to conduits that allow for continuous fibre upgrades. It also benefits from an experienced management team responsible for the success of MFS. The operator's president and CEO James Crowe talks to Mark Holmes about the company's plans.

  • Rzepka spearheads TPSA's modernization drive 01 April 1999

    The Polish telecoms was fairly closed until 1998. Telekomunikacja Polska (TPSA) had all the negative attributes of a state-owned monopoly: it was inefficient and was held back by cash constraints. However, after the sale of 15% of the operator, TPSA is modernizing rapidly. TPSA's president Pawel Rzepka talks to Basil Ballhatchet about the challenges ahead.

  • Telecom Egypt at the core of the Golden Pyramid 01 April 1999

    Telecoms in Egypt remained fairly stagnant until 1997, when the government took steps to liberalize the cellular sector and corporatize the incumbent operator, Telecom Egypt. A modernization programme is also under way, which involves the installation of millions of new telephone lines. Telecom Egypt's chairman, Abdel Fattah Abou Serie, talks about the goals behind this programme.

  • March

    Ebbers: yielding the best return for shareholders 01 March 1999

    Following an aggressive acquisition strategy, WorldCom, now MCI Worldcom, has been transformed from a US national long-distance player, into one of the world's leading telcos. Basil Ballhatchet talks to Bernard Ebbers, the president and CEO of MCI WorldCom, about the operator's strategy and plans.

  • Loeber: Keeping Hermes Europe Railtel on track 01 March 1999

    Hermes Europe Railtel was among the first operators to target the pan-European carriers' carrier market. With one of the largest trans-European networks, it has already gained over 50 customers and is expanding rapidly despite increasing competition. Managing director Jan Loeber talks about the operator's long-term ambitions.

  • Nextel innovating to corner the wireless business market 01 March 1999

    Nextel Communications is a leading wireless operator in the US. The company has built up one of the largest digital national wireless networks. An innovative operator, it had 2,000,000 subscribers by June 1998 and plans to double this number by the end of 1999. Chairman & CEO Dan Akerson talks to Global Telecoms Business about the operator's plans.

  • TOT ready to lead road to recovery in Thailand 01 March 1999

    Thailand was adversely affected by the Asian economic crisis in 1997. To raise investment levels and restore market confidence, the Telephone Organization of Thailand (TOT), founded in 1954, is scheduled for privatization in 1999, after over 40 years as a state-owned monopoly. TOT's president Thongchai Yongchareon comments on recent developments to Mark Holmes.

  • February

    Janzen: new network build is no pipe dream 01 February 1999

    Williams Communications is once again building a fibre-optic network, as it aims to become a major player in the US wholesale long-distance market. It re-entered this market in January 1998 on the expiry of a three-year non-compete clause. The president & CEO Howard Janzen talks to Mark Holmes about the operator's plans.

  • Retevision: constant change is the only way forward 01 February 1999

    Retevision, previously the backbone provider for broadcast TV in Spain, was awarded a full telephony licence in 1998 prior to liberalization of the Spanish market. By the end of 1998 Retevision had already attracted over a million customers. Retevision's CEO Anna Maria Birules talks to Global Telecoms Business about the company's plans.

  • US WEST: bucking the merger trend to gain speed 01 February 1999

    In June 1998 US WEST, the smallest RBOC bucked the merger trend of its competitors, when it completed a division into separate telco and cable companies. US WEST's president and CEO Sol Trujillo explains the thinking behind this move to Basil Ballhatchet and describes his vision of the new digital economy.

  • Viatel to leverage pan-European network 01 February 1999

    Viatel, an international telco providing international and long-distance telecoms services, primarily to small and medium-sized businesses, is building a state-of-the-art next generation broadband network. In an interview with Global Telecoms Business, the president & CEO Michael Mahoney talks about Viatel's pan-European ambitions.