A challenge to the 2010 Order by ISP Verizon will allow ISPs to create a 'two tier' system which charges more for high-bandwidth activities online

Vodafone in talks with Bell

VODAFONE AIRTOUCH, the world's largest mobile phone group, confirmed yesterday that it is in talks with Bell Atlantic that could lead to the companies joining their US networks.



Bonanza in hi-tech mergers

THE VALUE of mergers and acquisitions in the global computer, telecommunications and media sectors almost doubled in 1998 as consolidation among the world's hi-tech industries gathered pace, according to a report published today, writes Peter Thal Larsen.

Vodafone deal to wipe out three years' profits

VODAFONE IS set to plunge into the red for the next three years as a result of its pounds 37bn merger with its US rival, AirTouch, to form the world's largest mobile phone group.

Vodafone closes in on American giant

VODAFONE, the fast growing mobile phone company, looks set to wrap up its $55bn (pounds 34bn) stock-and-cash bid for AirTouch, its American counterpart, this week. "I think we could see the outlines of a deal as early as Monday," predicted Steven Jobber, a telecoms analyst at Paribas.

Outlook: Have-a-go Gent follows the pack West

NOTWITHSTANDING THE bruising experience of LucasVarity, there seems to be no end of British companies willing to try their hand at a trans-Atlantic merger. There has been a whole list of them in the last few months alone, to which Chris Gent, chief executive of Vodafone, yesterday added his name.

Vodafone poised to bid for US rival

VODAFONE IS considering entering the bidding for its US rival AirTouch in a move which could see the mobile phone group almost double in size.

Bell Atlantic linked to $45bn takeover

BELL ATLANTIC, the largest American local phone company, is in $45bn takeover talks with AirTouch, the world's biggest cellular phone company, according to a report on the American TV network CNBC that cited "people close to the talks".

CWC shares hit by bond sale plan

SHARES IN Cable & Wireless Communications, the country's second- largest telecoms operator, lost 11 per cent of their value yesterday as a major shareholder announced plans to sell bonds backed by the shares.

Outlook: Bloody nose for Bell Atlantic

BELL ATLANTIC'S stake in Cable & Wireless Communications was worth pounds 1.87bn yesterday morning. By the end of the day it had lost pounds 200m in value.

GTE threatens $40bn merger

Bid to strip WorldCom/MCI of internet business

GTE puts a spanner in the wheel of WorldCom's MCI bid

The $37bn takeover bid for MCI, the US long distance phones giant, by WorldCom is facing new hurdles, it emerged yesterday, following a complaint to regulators by GTE, the phones group which lost out in a three-way offer battle.

Profile: Sir Peter Bonfield - BT boss faces up to zero hour

Bill Gates, Rupert Murdoch and ... Sir Peter Bonfield?

Struggle for MCI over as WorldCom pays $7bn cash for BT's stake

The three-way struggle to buy MCI finally looked at an end yesterday after WorldCom removed a key obstacle to a deal by paying British Telecom $7bn in cash for its stake in MCI. But the takeover of MCI by WorldCom leaves BT in serious need of a partner to fulfil its aim to be a global telecoms force. Sameena Ahmad reports.

Rivals gather to spoil BT bid

In August 1945, Emperor Hirohito broadcast to the starving, atom- bombed and defeated Japanese nation: "The war situation has developed not necessarily to Japan's advantage."
Latest stories from i100
Career Services

Day In a Page

Independent Travel
Pompeii, Capri & the Bay of Naples
Seven Cities of Italy
Burgundy, the River Rhone & Provence
Prague, Budapest and Vienna
Lake Garda
Minoan Crete and Santorini
Prices correct as of 1 May 2015
General Election 2015: Ed Miliband's unlikely journey from hapless geek to heart-throb

Miliband's unlikely journey from hapless geek to heart-throb

He was meant to be Labour's biggest handicap - but has become almost an asset
General Election 2015: A guide to the smaller parties, from the the National Health Action Party to the Church of the Militant Elvis Party

On the margins

From Militant Elvis to Women's Equality: a guide to the underdogs standing in the election
Amr Darrag: Ex-Muslim Brotherhood minister in exile still believes Egypt's military regime can be replaced with 'moderate' Islamic rule

'This is the battle of young Egypt for the future of our country'

Ex-Muslim Brotherhood minister Amr Darrag still believes the opposition can rid Egypt of its military regime and replace it with 'moderate' Islamic rule, he tells Robert Fisk
Why patients must rely less on doctors: Improving our own health is the 'blockbuster drug of the century'

Why patients must rely less on doctors

Improving our own health is the 'blockbuster drug of the century'
Sarah Lucas is the perfect artist to represent Britain at the Venice Biennale

Flesh in Venice

Sarah Lucas has filled the British pavilion at the Venice Biennale with slinky cats and casts of her female friends' private parts. It makes you proud to be a woman, says Karen Wright
11 best anti-ageing day creams

11 best anti-ageing day creams

Slow down the ageing process with one of these high-performance, hardworking anti-agers
Juventus 2 Real Madrid 1: Five things we learnt, including Iker Casillas is past it and Carlos Tevez remains effective

Juventus vs Real Madrid

Five things we learnt from the Italian's Champions League first leg win over the Spanish giants
Ashes 2015: Test series looks a lost cause for England... whoever takes over as ECB director of cricket

Ashes series looks a lost cause for England...

Whoever takes over as ECB director of cricket, says Stephen Brenkley
Fishing for votes with Nigel Farage: The Ukip leader shows how he can work an audience as he casts his line to the disaffected of Grimsby

Fishing is on Nigel Farage's mind

Ukip leader casts a line to the disaffected
Who is bombing whom in the Middle East? It's amazing they don't all hit each other

Who is bombing whom in the Middle East?

Robert Fisk untangles the countries and factions
China's influence on fashion: At the top of the game both creatively and commercially

China's influence on fashion

At the top of the game both creatively and commercially
Lord O’Donnell: Former cabinet secretary on the election and life away from the levers of power

The man known as GOD has a reputation for getting the job done

Lord O'Donnell's three principles of rule
Rainbow shades: It's all bright on the night

Rainbow shades

It's all bright on the night
'It was first time I had ever tasted chocolate. I kept a piece, and when Amsterdam was liberated, I gave it to the first Allied soldier I saw'

Bread from heaven

Dutch survivors thank RAF for World War II drop that saved millions
Britain will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power - Labour

How 'the Axe' helped Labour

UK will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power