Chris Gellos takes Senior VP post at MegaPath; KDDI slumps in third quarter

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> Chris Gellos is moving from SpeakEasy to MegaPath, taking on the position of Senior Vice President of Sales, in the wake of the triple merger between MegaPath, SpeakEasy and Covad. News release.

> KDDI's third quarter performance slumped 4.7 percent year over year, reports TelecomPaper, largely due to a poor showing by the Japanese communications company's mobile unit. Story.

> Germany's Federal Network Agency will oversee Deutsche Telekom's fiber optic network operations, requiring the telecom to submit its competitor access pricing to the regulator for consideration. Story.

> Billing solutions provider CSG Systems has extended its contract with Dish Network through 2017. Dish plans to migrate to CSG's Advanced Convergent Platform (ACP) customer care and billing management system. News release.

> Qwest declared a quarterly dividend of $0.08 per share this morning, payable on Feb. 25. News release.

> Israel's Ministry of Communications has rejected Internet service provider NetVision's latest request for a hearing on the entry of rival HOT Telecommunication Systems to the broadband market. Story.

> Huawei and TELUS will create and maintain a Joint Innovation Center in Canada to develop new broadband solutions, wireline and wireless offerings. News release.

And finally... the world's telecom markets are more open and competitive than ever before, a ConnectedPlanet article reports. What's behind the growing trend? Story.