Westnet to roll out ADSL2+ service in rural Western Australia; iBasis interconnects with Telefonica Moviles Panama

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> Australia's Westnet plans to roll out ADSL2+ service to New South Wales and Western Australia, Telegeography reports. Story.

> Qwest will hold its fourth-quarter results conference call on Tuesday, Feb. 15 at 7:00 a.m. EST. Details.

> Panama's second largest carrier, Telefonica Moviles Panama, has interconnected to KPN-owned wholesaler iBasis' network for exchange of international fixed line and mobile calls. News release.

> Brian Bitler of CBeyond has been placed among PHONE+ Magazine's Top 15 Channel Managers of 2010. News release.

> Telekom Austria's cellular unit VIPnet is looking at and may pay a ‘high two-digit million euro' price for Croatian broadband operator MetroNet, reports Bloomberg via Telegeography. Story.

> VoIP inventory VocalTec, which sells magicJack service among other things, says it expects to report record operating income for the fourth quarter of 2010 thanks to a focus on reducing operating costs. News release.

> GENBAND's CEO Charlie Vogt will deliver the keynote address at ITEXPO 2011, scheduled for Feb. 2-4 in Miami Beach. News release.

And finally... Letters in a file cabinet have more privacy protection than e-mail on a server, say some consumer advocates and Internet companies, due to a 1986 U.S. privacy law that has become "outdated." Amendments are needed to protect online privacy, they say in a New York Times article.