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Wednesday 29 February 2012

Telus Illuminates March 2 for Nokia Lumia 800
It only took a few measly months for Nokia to skyrocket itself as the top manufacturer of Windows Phone devices. While WP7 still lags behind iOS and Android, it’s certainly making some in-roads and that’s continuing with more in-roads into Canada early next month.

The Nokia Lumia 800 has been officially listed on the Telus Mobility website, coming with an official launch date of March 2. The product page is also saying that the Lumia 800 will be offered “only from Telus,” snatching up the exclusive away from Bell and Rogers. Quick highlights include the 3.7-inch ClearBlack AMOLED display, 16GB internal memory, and 8MP Carl Zeiss camera with LED flash.

No word on pricing just yet, but we can see that Telus will have the Lumia 800 in your choice of black, blue, or pink. And yes, it’ll take advantage of that 4G HSPA network too.

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Sunday 26 February 2012

CenturyLink, saw its profits dip by more than 50% to $109 million in the recent fourth quarter from the year-ago period
One of the country's largest telecom service providers, CenturyLink, saw its profits dip by more than 50% to $109 million in the recent fourth quarter from the year-ago period. Even so, the stock looks like a good long-term play to me.

Let's dig deeper and revisit what's fundamentally strong about this company.

Significant acquisitions
CenturyLink has been diversifying its business through mergers and acquisitions for quite some time now. The company's merger with Qwest last April provided it with a larger geographical reach in 37 states through a 190,000-mile fiber optic network. The combination has also helped the company leverage growth in the wireless connections space by offering fiber-to-tower services to wireless operators.

CenturyLink also gained a significantly larger footprint in the booming cloud computing space in July last year with the acquisition of leading market player Savvis for $2.5 billion. The deal gave CenturyLink access to many more data centers and expanded its cloud computing business across North America, Europe, and Asia. Of late, the company has also extended its reach in Japan, thanks to the launch of enterprise cloud services by Savvis.

The International Data Corporation is expecting spends on cloud computing services to touch a whopping $72.9 billion by 2015. Industry peer Verizon also expanded its cloud business with the acquisition of Terremark in April last year. But then, I think it's "advantage CenturyLink" here. Apart from an international focus and real muscle in the cloud space, the two acquisitions give CenturyLink a much greater scope to take on peers AT&T and Verizon in the cloud computing business.

Ability to overcome hurdles
While CenturyLink has been busy making its business future-proof, its wider expansion into the fiber optic and cloud computing space has not come without a few hiccups. The company's administration costs, coupled with interest expenses, went up significantly as it took on more debt to pay for its acquisitions in 2011. However, I believe synergies from the acquisitions should offset these expenses and would not weigh down on CenturyLink's growth in the long run. What's more? The company is a great buy for its fantastic 7.8% dividend yield.

The Foolish bottom line
CenturyLink is making all the right moves to ensure the sustainability of its business as a whole. I remain optimistic about the company's future. What about you? Let us know by leaving your comments in the box below.

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Thursday 23 February 2012

T-Mobile USA Wants to Grow Again
Deutsche Telekom aims to return to rising subscriber numbers and earnings growth at it T-Mobile USA unit in the medium turn after a deal to sell it for $39 billion to peer AT&T fell through, the company's chief said on Thursday.

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Chief Executive Rene Obermann said the company expects to invest around $4 billion, or an additional $1.4 billion in its U.S. networks in the coming two years.

He added he expected T-Mobile USA's 2012 earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) excluding special items to decline to around $4.8 billion from $5.3 billion last year.

Revenue at T-Mobile USA dropped by 3.3 percent to $20.6 billion in 2011.

Deutsche Telekom as a whole posted a fourth-quarter net loss of 1.3 billion euros ($1.7 billion) as accounting charges on its activities in the United States and Greece failed to offset a cash payment for the collapsed T-Mobile USA deal.

Analysts were looking for a fourth-quarter net profit of 1 billion euros.

Deutsche Telekom stuck to its dividend policy and proposed a stable dividend of 0.70 euros per share.

"Goodwill impairment in the United States and impairments on goodwill and property, plant, and equipment in Southeastern Europe, notably Greece, of approximately 3.3 billion euros ... had a negative impact on unadjusted net profit," the company said in a statement. The impairment charges failed to offset a 2.3 billion euro cash payment from AT&T [T  30.295    0.015  (+0.05%)   ] as part of a $6 billion breakup package after the U.S. peer walked away from a $39 billion deal to buy T-Mobile USA.

By proposing an unchanged payout to investors, Deutsche Telekom bucked the trend at other European telecom operators, who have struggled to find growth amid intense regulatory pressure and tough price competition.

On Wednesday, France Telecom cut its dividends and put off a promised share buyback.

Spain's Telefonica trimmed dividends in December and is focusing on paying down debt, while Dutch operator KPN slashed its returns to shareholders via buybacks.

The Bonn-based group said it expects 2012 earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) excluding special items to reach around 18 billion euros with a free cash flow of about 6 billion euros.

Analyst polled by Reuters are looking for an adjusted 2012 EBITDA of 18.4 billion euros, with individual estimates ranging from 18.1 billion to 18.9 billion euros

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Rogers Fourth-Quarter Profit Advances 8.3% on Wireless Gains

Feb. 22 (Bloomberg) -- Rogers Communications Inc., Canada’s largest wireless carrier, said fourth-quarter earnings rose 8.3 percent, helped by wireless revenue as customers spent more time on smartphones.

Net income climbed to C$327 million ($328 million), or 61 cents a share, from C$302 million, or 50 cents, a year earlier, the Toronto-based company said today in a statement. Rogers also said it will buy back as much as C$1 billion of stock and raised its annualized dividend by 11 percent to C$1.58 a share.

Chief Executive Officer Nadir Mohamed is trying to stay ahead of BCE Inc. and Telus Corp. by touting Rogers’s network speed while also promoting its no-frills Chatr business. BCE and Telus posted quarterly earnings that trailed estimates as they spent more subsidizing expensive smartphones to avoid losing subscribers to Canada’s new carriers that offer mainly cheaper, contract-free plans.

Wireless competition remains “intense,” Mohamed said on a conference call with analysts. Even though Rogers said it sold more smartphones, including Apple Inc.’s iPhone, last quarter, Rogers’s churn -- or defection rate for customers on contract -- climbed to 1.49 percent last quarter from 1.35 percent a year earlier.

“We have some work to do” reducing churn, Rob Bruce, the head of Rogers’s wireless business, said on the call.

Sales Climb

Rogers’s sales climbed 1.2 percent to C$3.18 billion, missing the C$3.2 billion average projection by analysts in a Bloomberg survey.

During the quarter, Rogers added 42,000 subscribers on contracts, the long-term customers who typically buy a smartphone and spend more on data. That was down from 49,000 a year earlier and missed the 85,000 estimate of Maher Yaghi, a Desjardins Securities analyst in Montreal. He rates Rogers shares “hold.” On that basis, BCE added 131,986 subscribers last quarter and Telus gained 148,000.

“Rogers continues to underperform Telus and Bell in wireless subscriber additions however the company has been able to contain costs in both its wireless and cable business to grow earnings in the face of flat revenue,” Yaghi said in a research note.

Rogers’s average monthly revenue from both contract and prepaid customers, who usually opt for cheaper calling plans, was C$58.82, down from C$61.31 a year earlier and also missing Yaghi’s C$59.20 estimate.

Rogers climbed 1.5 percent to C$38.34 at 9:55 a.m. in Toronto, buoyed by news of the buyback and dividend increase. The shares had dropped 3.8 percent this year before today.

The annualized dividend rises to C$1.58 from C$1.42, starting with a 39.5 cent quarterly payout on April 2 to shares of record March 19.

Per-share profit excluding some items rose to 70 cents, exceeding the 65 cent average of estimates compiled by Bloomberg.

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Wednesday 15 February 2012

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