BT may have given data to government agencies; Level 3 goes undersea to Colombia

Quick telecom bytes from around the web.

> British Telecom may have given government agencies data on millions of customers, watchdog groups are saying. Story

> Level 3 Communications is building a new undersea cable to connect Colombia to its international network. Press release

> Brazilian fixed telephony concession holders Oi/Brasil Telecom, Telefonica, Sercomtel and CTBC Telecom have launched a budget price fixed telephony service that includes 90 call minutes monthly to local fixed lines and is aimed at social welfare program beneficiaries. Story

> Ten French telecom Orange employees have committed suicide since the beginning of the year, with the majority of them labeled "explicitly related to work" by the Observatory for Stress and Forced Mobility. Story

> Telecom Italia SpA's largest owner, Telco SpA, will propose entrepreneur and former General Electric exec Giuseppe Recchi as chairman. Story

> South African telecom EOH Network Solutions has established 10 Gbps service over the new Fibreco network between Gauteng and Cape Town. Story

Cable TV News
U.S. pay TV distributors lost 251,000 video subscribers in 2013, marking the first time ever that the multichannel video sector has posted a full-year decline in subscriptions, according to an SNL Kagan report released Wednesday. Article

Wireless News
AT&T (NYSE:T) isn't that perturbed by recent pricing changes at its Tier 1 wireless rivals, according to a report from financial analysts who met with AT&T CFO John Stephens. Article

And finally… Nepal's fixed telephony base grew to 851,450 subscribers in mid-January from 851,199 in mid-December.