Stories by Rob Guth

TELECOM 99: Sun Head Touts Software as Service

Sun Microsystems Inc. Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Scott McNealy thinks that the AT&Ts of tomorrow will be like the Microsofts of today. McNealy's prediction, delivered at the Telecom 99 show here today, aligned with a growing movement in the computer industry where software is a service delivered over networks

TELECOM 99: Mobile providers group for 3G apps

Eight of the world's biggest mobile communications providers said on Friday they will form a group to speed the roll-out of applications for a forthcoming high-speed wireless technology.

Asian Y2K preparation advances, report says

The year 2000 (Y2K) remediation efforts of eight Asian countries have progressed over the past six months while several key areas, including medical facilities and private companies, are the least prepared for the changing of the year, according to a report issued yesterday by the Japan External Trade Organisation (JETRO).

NTT to buy 49 per cent of Hong Kong ISP

NTT Communications will invest HK$98 million ($19.4 million) to take a 49 per cent stake in HKNet Co, a leading Hong Kong ISP (Internet service provider), NTT Communications said yesterday.

Merger Ends Qwest, Global Crossing Battle

Qwest Communications International Inc. and Global Crossing Ltd. yesterday announced separate agreements to end a five-week long takeover battle for two U.S. telephone carriers.

Japan's NTT goes global with new company

Nippon Telegraph & Telephone (NTT), Japan's largest telecommunications company, said yesterday it has set up a new company that from October will begin selling international voice and data communications services.

3Com, NTT develop wireless services for palm

3Com and Japan's NTT Mobile Communications Network (DoCoMo) said on Monday they will jointly develop wireless services for 3Com's handheld computing platform, a partnership that comes just months after the Japanese mobile phone provider signed similar deals with 3Com competitors Symbian and Microsoft.

Shareholders accept C&W offer for Japanese telecom

Two of International Digital Communications's largest shareholders said yesterday they will accept an offer from Cable & Wireless for their shares of the Japanese telecomms carrier, ending a three-month contest with Nippon Telegraph & Telephone (NTT) that was more play acting than a real bidding war.

C&W raises bid for Japanese telecom provider

Cable & Wireless (C&W) on Tuesday night said it has upped its bid for a Japanese international telecomms carrier in a protracted takeover contest with Nippon Telegraph & Telephone (NTT).

Yahoo reports strong Q1 earnings

Yahoo, beating analysts' expectations, on Wednesday said that in the quarter ended March 31, its net income reached $US16.4 million on revenues that nearly tripled from the year earlier period.

NTT counters C&W in bid for Japanese carrier

Nippon Telegraph & Telephone (NTT) has offered to buy a stake in International Digital Communications, a move that could launch a bidding war between NTT and Cable & Wireless PLC (C&W) over the Japanese international carrier.

Japan's NTT to be Y2K-ready by June

Japan's largest telecommunications company on Tuesday said that by June all of its communications and support systems will be upgraded or changed to avoid the year 2000 (Y2K) problem.

NTT mulling Philippine telco investment

Nippon Telegraph & Telephone (NTT) may invest in the Philippine's national telecommunications carrier as part of a plan to grow its presence in Asia, a spokeswoman at the Japanese company said yesterday.

eBay, PBL building Australian auction site

Internet auction house eBay said on Tuesday it has teamed up with Australian company PBL Online to offer a localised version of the US vendor's popular auction service to users in Australia and New Zealand.