In similar territory, NetOne, Zimbabwe's state-owned mobile operator, is proving an attractive proposition, reports Bloomberg, with six foreign investors expressing an interest in acquiring a stake. Bharti Airtel Ltd. (Mumbai: BHARTIARTL) of India and MTN Group Ltd. are among those sniffing around.
Chinese giant ZTE Corp. (Shenzhen: 000063; Hong Kong: 0763) has chosen U.K.-based QiComm Ltd. as its preferred systems integration partner in the U.K. market. As well as systems integration expertise, QiComm will also be bringing local knowledge, project management, logistics and its Tutis Point data center to the table. (See ZTE Names UK Partner and ZTE to Develop Innovation Centers.)
NTT Communications Corp. (NYSE: NTT)'s Ethernet Virtual Private Line (EVPL) service, Global Virtual Link, has been extended beyond the U.S. to reach most major European countries. The service provides NTT customers with virtual point-to-point connections over the company's open network. (See NTT Com Offers Ethernet VPL Globally.)
Et enfin: It's the fin de la rue for Orange (NYSE: FTE)'s Minitel service. The Wall Street Journalreports that the carrier has decided that next year it will pull the plug on the text-heavy information terminals, which were a sort of precursor to the Internet and actually still make money.