Telia Sonera plots new biz model; Vodia unveils IP-PBX for SMBs and home offices

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> Telia Sonera will implement a new business model and changes in top management with an independent executive vice president for each country starting April 1. Story

> Vodia Networks Inc. introduced IP-PBX appliance hardware for SMBs and home offices featuring a GHz ARM CPU, Gigabit Ethernet and USB connectivity and providing PSTN connectivity through SIP trunks or external PSTN gateways from third party vendors. Press release

> ADSL download times in New Zealand are improving, according to an analysis of four ISPs during 2013. In contrast, latency to the United States is trending up. Speed performance for all ISPs achieved better than 90 percent of the maximum speed by time-of-day for the third month in a row. Story

> Russian operator ER-Telecom (aka said it has connected over 2.5 million subscribers to its cable and digital TV services this year. Story

> The Cote d'Ivoire government is selling its stakes in as many as 15 companies, including Cote d'Ivoire Telecom, as part of a privatization drive aimed at cutting public debt and increasing competition. Story

> Mexico's Ministry of Communications and Transport (SCT) launched "Connected Mexico," a project to boost broadband access across the country by deploying broadband lines in over 250,000 public spaces, including schools, government institutions, and hospitals by 2018. Story

> Colombian operator ETB has installed 40 Wi-Fi access points in public phones north and west of the Colombian capital, Bogota, to enable 1 Mbps broadband access for up to 20 users simultaneously per site. Story

Cable TV News

> TV Everywhere technology vendors Clearleap and Accedo said Tuesday that they are teaming up to pitch an integrated product to programmers and distributors that could make it easier to build video applications for smartphones, tablets, connected TVs and other IP video devices. Article

Wireless News

> A Sprint offer for No. 4 carrier T-Mobile US is still very much a rumor, a far-off one at that. However, many analysts don't think such a deal could pass muster with regulators in Washington for a variety of reasons, even if both are much smaller than larger competitors Verizon Wireless and AT&T Mobility. Article

And finally … German broadband network operator Antennenbau Muth has built a fiber optic network for 30,000 subscribers using KEYMILE's multi-service access platform MileGate. Story