Russian telco makes $43.3 million buy; Etisalat, France Telecom partner

> Russian telco Comstar United TeleSystems has agreed to acquire the parent firm of Ural Telephone Company, an alternative telco in Russia's Ural Federal District, for $43.3 million. The deal brings Comstar 61,000 new customers, and is the latest in a string of acquisitions that also included the recent buys of Digital Telephone Networks and Interlink Group. FierceIPTV report

> Etisalat, the UAE telecoms giant, and France Telecom have agreed to a range of joint investments in infrastructure, broadband technology and video content. Report

> Danish telecommunications operator TDC has put Hungarian Telephone, Cable Corp. (HTCC) up for sale, Dow Jones reported, citing people familiar with the deal. Report

> Qwest is working with the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children to block access to Web sites it has identified that contain child pornography. Report