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GCHQ and Cable and Wireless teamed as Masters of the Internet™

Cable and Wireless provided UK intelligence agency GCHQ with access to the internet connections of millions of global users, going as far as to tap India's second largest telco, Snowden documents reveal. The telco, since acquired by Vodafone, operated under the GCHQ pseudonym "Gerontic" when it opened and managed a secret fibre …
Darren Pauli, 21 Nov 2014
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Cable & Wireless Worldwide shareholders OK Vodafone takeover

More than 99 per cent of voting shareholders have approved the takeover of Cable & Wireless Worldwide by Vodafone, despite suggestions that one of the largest was holding out for more money. Vodafone put £1,044m on the table at the end of April, but Orbis Investment Management threatened to vote its 19 per cent holding against …
Bill Ray, 19 Jun 2012
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Vodafone agrees to Cable and Wireless buy

After many weeks of negotiations, Vodafone Europe has agreed to acquire Cable and Wireless Worldwide (CWW) for a sum that values the latter company at £1,044m, or £0.38 per share. The deal comes after Tata last week dropped out of a bid for CWW, which then gave Vodafone a deadline of Noon GMT today (April 23) to make a bid …
Simon Sharwood, 23 Apr 2012
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Cable and Wireless borrows big to finance split

Cable and Wireless has today settled on the details of its long-planned split, which has been delayed by the recession. The demerger, establishing CWI and Worldwide as separate firms, is now due to be completed by the end of March. To ensure both new firms have enough cash to meet their debts and operate, Cable and Wireless …

Bullish Vodafone barges back into UK consumer broadband market

Vodafone is plotting to re-enter the UK's competitive broadband market in 2015 – with a little help from arch enemy BT. The mobile operator said this morning that it would use the Cable & Wireless Worldwide network it bought in 2012 to tout its rival service at Brits. That acquisition gifted Voda with access to nearly 13,000 …
Kelly Fiveash, 11 Nov 2014
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Cable and Wireless left cableless by double line break

Several of Cable and Wireless' large corporate customers were booted offline on Moday night when its Leeds data centres fell to an unlikely double cable break. The two breaks were more than 100 miles apart, in the Northampton and Runcorn areas. They cut off two data centres Cable and Wireless picked up when it bought Energis in …
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Vodafone's 4G investment is beginning to pay off

What matters in results isn’t how good or bad they are, but how they compare with what lots of very highly paid people have been calculating they would be. This makes the Vodafone results for the six months to 30 September 2014 good. While the Earnings Before Tax, Depreciation and Amortisation (EBITDA) from-day-to-day business …
Simon Rockman, 11 Nov 2014
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Cable and Wireless asks Bulldog data theft victims to get in touch

Cable and Wireless says there is no evidence that credit card details were taken in a data breach that led to complaints from customers who received unsolicited marketing calls. A spokeswoman told The Reg the telco couldn't say what exactly had been stolen. The Guardian reported that unspecified information about 100,000 …
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Thus Group gives amorous Cable and Wireless the brush off

Cable and Wireless has shuffled alongside smaller business telecoms outfit Thus Group, mumbling that it possibly might want to make an offer to buy it, to be greeted today with a polite "we're alright, cheers". A C&W statement alongside news of its romantic whispers said: "This announcement does not amount to a firm intention to …
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Virgin Media piles Cable and Wireless sandbags

Virgin Media attempted to win back some shareholder and media confidence late yesterday, by announcing a deal with Cable and Wireless to offer LLU ADSL for areas outside its cable network. Virgin already has some ADSL customers off its own network, but an LLU(Local Loop Unbundling) deal is key to delivering a bundle at a price …
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Thieves take out Cable & Wireless centre

Cable and Wireless's Watford network site went offline at 1am this morning, after thieves apparently stole vital equipment. Several Reg readers emailed us to report the outage when websites hosted at the Watford centre suddenly went kaput. They were told robbery or vandalism caused the downtime. The outage has been blamed for …

Pork time! £350m in Health Service mail-etcetera cloud deals up for grabs

The contract for a massive NHS email system is up for grabs under a £350m government IT pitch. The Crown Commercial Service has published a tender calling on providers of cloud-based email services to submit their bids for a two-year contract to run the next version of NHSMail. NHSMail is the national email and director service …
Gavin Clarke, 27 Feb 2014

BT: Hey guys, we've developed NEW MOBE TECH! It’s called... 2G

BT has fallen through a timewarp and introduced a system based on GSM technology – and even resurrected a name used in the last millennium to christen it. OnePhone is a system aimed at companies with between 20 and 250 employees to give them a single phone that works in both the office and outside. It uses a 2G mobile network …
Simon Rockman, 24 Jul 2014
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Dell Wyse Cloud Connect: Pocket Android desktop

When somebody hands you a dongle-sized computer, you might, for a moment, be impressed. But when they then put it in a bag with a Bluetooth keyboard and mouse and suggest you find a monitor somewhere, you might wonder what exactly it is they are trying to sell you. Dell Wyse Cloud Connect Android dongle Mini USB – fancy seeing …
Bob Dormon, 09 Apr 2014
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Bandwidth broker to light up dark nets

A new global bandwidth exchange and trading platform targeting the growth in cloud-based services and leveraging a global bandwidth glut has been launched by an Australian telecommunications executive. Globally launched earlier this month at International Telecoms Week in Chicago, Mobsource.com now has between US$10 -20 million …
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C&W issues profit warning on public sector cuts

Cable and Wireless shares tumbled more than 20 per cent this morning after it warned investors it would miss profit targets because of cuts in the public sector. "Following the new government's emergency budget in late June, non-contracted spending in the UK public sector has slowed very significantly," it said in an unscheduled …
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From stage to stream: The unseen tech at the BRIT Awards 2013

If you think you know all about the O2 Arena having visited it when it was called the Millennium Dome, then think again. When the site was sold to entertainment biz AEG in 2004, it was gutted and turned into a concert venue; all that remains of the original structure is the tent. Today, its owners claim it’s the busiest live …
Bob Dormon, 20 Feb 2013
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C&W gets bullish about UK cable reorgs

Cable & Wireless is starting to throw its weight around over the restructuring of the UK cable industry. It says the multibillion dollar process must now be completed by the end of the month, with C&W chief executive Graham Wallace adamant that the talks not drag on into the summer holidays. C&W controlled Cable and Wireless …
Lucy Sherriff, 12 Jul 1999
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BT dodges UK.gov axe

BT's finances will not be affected by government efforts to renegotiate massive IT contracts, it told investors today. The Cabinet Office has been seeking savings from all major contractors. BT said its discussions with Minister Francis Maude agreed new efficiencies but will not damage its bottom line. Jeff Kelly, who as Global …
Team Register, 15 Oct 2010
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C&W wraps up three-year court case

Cable & Wireless has been cleared of deliberately delaying telecoms market competition in the Caribbean, though even the judge attributed his decision in part to poorly drafted regulations. The case was brought by Digicel back in July 2007 and relates to how the Caribbean telecom market was opened up to competition after 2002. …
Bill Ray, 16 Apr 2010
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BT layoffs boost profits

Layoffs and cost-cutting at BT have boosted BT's first quarter net profits by a third to £284m. However, revenues were four per cent down to £5bn, and CEO Ian Livingston said the firm is in talks with the government about how deep public spending cuts will affect it. He described the results as "an acceptable start to the year …
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Government shells out £2m for ID card compo

The government has released details of how it is paying suppliers £2.253m to compensate them for the cancellation of contracts connected to the scrapped plans for identity card. IDcards In a letter to Labour MP Meg Hillier, immigration minister Damian Green said that the government had paid £2.002m to Thales, £183,000 to 3M …
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Job losses hit C&W profits

The cost of sacking hundreds of staff during the integration of Thus meant Cable and Wireless reported full year pre-tax profits down 13 per cent today. In the year to the end of March, the firm earned £233m on revenues of £3.6bn, up from £3.2bn the previous year. Restructuring losses from last year's £329m Thus acquisition, …
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Akamai and C&W kiss and make up

Akamai and Cable and Wireless have settled their patent dispute, which has pushed the two in and out of court for the last four years. A jury found in Akamai's favour back in December 2001 C&W subsidiary Digital Island was guilty of infringing patents. Akamai and C&W today agreed the amount of damages to be paid, including a …
John Oates, 06 Dec 2004
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All your audio, video kit is about to become OBSOLETE

Although much of the audio and video technology packed into CES 2013's 1.9 million square feet of exhibition space is indeed impressive, one panelist at an emerging-technology conference session channeled a little 1974 BTO, essentially telling his audience that "You ain't seen nothin' yet." Rich Doherty, research director of The …
Rik Myslewski, 10 Jan 2013
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FCO spends £39m with HP

HP took nine per cent of the money spent by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office with its 100 biggest suppliers in 2009-10. Figures released to Kable under Freedom of Information by the department show that the technology firm topped its supplier list, with Global Crossing coming third with £20m of spending in 2009-10. The …
Kable, 29 Nov 2010
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Digicel seeks legal redress in Caribbean

Digicel has accused rival telco Cable & Wireless of engaging in illegal and uncompetitive practices which delayed Digicel's expansion into Caribbean markets and cost the company hundreds of millions of pounds. Cable & Wireless enjoyed a virtual monopoly in the Caribbean until Digicel's audacious capture of the Jamaican mobile …
Bill Ray, 19 Jul 2007
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Telco compares merger to Challenger space shuttle

Top brass at Thus are celebrating their merger with Cable and Wireless by modestly telling staff through the medium of leaving large cardboard junk around offices that "a new era of telecoms" has begun. So far, so tedious consolidation. But an eagle-eyed Reg spy noticed their equally modest choice of metaphor - that of billions …
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Infosys swoops on Axon

Shares in computer software firm Axon Group jumped more than 20 per cent this morning after it agreed a £407.1m takeover from Infosys Technologies. Infosys announced yesterday (pdf) that it planned to buy the UK-based SAP consultant for a recommended cash offer. Axon consults with multinationals that use SAP as their enterprise …
Kelly Fiveash, 26 Aug 2008
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C&W eyes Pipex access network

The remains of Pipex are being picked over by Cable and Wireless as part of a planned outsourcing deal. Engineers and consultants arrived onsite yesterday for talks to take over the running of the access network that connect customers to Pipex's London core network and the internet. The talks form the next stage of Pipex's plan …
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C&W chairman in plea to join fat cat bonanza

Cable and Wireless has announced plans to rejig its rules on bonuses so its chairman can join other top brass at the firm in bagging a huge haul of shares. When the record-breaking bonanza for other execs was debated at last year's AGM, chairman Richard Lapthorne faced a barrage of criticism from shareholders, but the awards …
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C&W closes in on Thus acquisition

Cable and Wireless has increased its offer for smaller rival telco Thus Group, as it bids to gain weight for its battles against BT for big business contracts. C&W's surprise first 165p per share offer for Glasgow-based Thus was rejected by its board early in June. Today's improved 180p per share bid values Thus at about £330m …
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Health minister outlines tech spending

Tory MP for Hove Mike Weatherley has been bombarding the Ministry of Health with questions on its technology spending, but he's having mixed success. The first effort on Tuesday asked for a percentage of NHS IT spending which went on online services, a percentage of spending on technology which could only be maintained by its …
John Oates, 01 Jul 2010
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Bulldog fingers sacked employee for credit card scam

Cable and Wireless, the former owner of ISP Bulldog, has blamed a sacked employee for the illegal use of a database containing 100,000 customer details. The firm has taken out a High Court injunction against the woman, named by the BBC as Seemab Zafar, who was canned by Bulldog in 2005 after failing to return as planned from a …
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Nutshell cracked and broken

ISP Nutshell has shut down after failing to come to agreement with supplier Cable & Wireless over a huge bill. Last week, one of Nutshell's director Jason Moody told us: "We are locked into a contractual dispute with our supplier Cable & Wireless. We are trying to resolve the issue." Clearly neither side is happy and one of …
Kieren McCarthy, 31 Oct 2001
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NHS email feeling better now

NHS email access is getting back on its feet today after a nasty sick day yesterday. We had several emails from readers unable to send mail to people with nhs.uk email addresses yesterday. Messages sent to the mail.nhs.uk were getting timeout messages. Internal email was unaffected. A Department of Health spokesperson said …
John Oates, 26 Aug 2009
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Computacenter reels in Allnet

Box shifting behemoth Computacenter PLC has acquired Allnet Ltd, the in-premises cabling division of Cable and Wireless. Computacenter said the acquisition would have no "financial impact" on the firm's turnover, but instead it is hoped the buy-out will lead to steady business growth in converged IP-based networks. Allnet, …
Kelly Fiveash, 03 Apr 2007
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UK.gov told not to subsidise superfast broadband

Francesco Caio, the former top cable and Wireless beancounter tasked by the government with an economic analysis of next generation internet deployment in the UK, has come out against subsidies for fibre. In his widely-trailed report for the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, released today, Caio said the …
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Vodafone calls C&W for IP migration

Vodafone has agreed to pay Cable and Wireless £40m over two years to help it migrate its backend and enterprise functions to an IP-based network. Vodafone, a key C&W customer for almost 20 years, will in turn help the former cable operator to make sure its next generation network and services fit the bill. Part of the deal …
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C&W to cull jobs in Ireland

Telecoms company Cable and Wireless (C&W) is in the process of shedding some 28 jobs from its workforce in Ireland, a spokesman for the telecoms firm told Electricnews.net. C&W is currently undergoing a global restructuring following its takeover of Energis last year. The firm announced in January that it was planning to …
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Boltblue exits broadband for ringtone market

Shrinking ISP Boltblue has told its remaining customers it will hightail out of broadband to concentrate on selling ringtones and other "mobile entertainment products". As of 31 May, the remaining 1,000 Boltblue broadband punters will be forced to look elsewhere for intenet access in a market where choice is an increasingly …
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C&W chases five ex-staff for £25m fraud

Cable & Wireless is launching legal action to recover £25m allegedly syphoned from its insurance unit. Five ex-employees are named in the action. Legal action has also been started against another individual outside C&W and five other companies it believes were involved in the fraud. The company said: "Following an extensive …
John Oates, 31 Mar 2004
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Capgemini and HP gain ground in public sector marketplace

Capgemini and Hewlett Packard have gained the most ground in the rankings of top suppliers to the public ICT market. New research from Kable shows that Capgemini rose from seventh to fourth place, while HP shot up from thirteenth to fifth place. BT, EDS and Fujitsu retained the first three positions, while IBM, Dell and Capita …
Kablenet, 03 May 2007
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C&W flogs Japanese biz

UK telco Cable and Wireless is to flog its Japanese business - Cable & Wireless IDC Inc. (IDC) - to Japanese internet and telecoms outfit Softbank for £72.4m. Although C&W reckons IDC is a "sound business operating in a highly competitive market", it reckons that it is not a "good strategic fit" as it continues to focus on its " …
Tim Richardson, 26 Oct 2004
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Are you sitting comfortably, then we'll begin

Hats off to Cable and Wireless. Obviously unsure of the calibre of hack attending it's little soiree on e-commerce yesterday it included a little yellow book in its press pack entitled Internet Commerce for Dummies. Anyone accusing them of being just the teensy-weensiest bit patronising should have their mouths stuffed with deep …
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Energis rubbishes Thus bid

Telco Energis has ripped apart the takeover offer made by its smaller rival Thus, as it continues to recommend its shareholders accept the “fully-committed offer” from Cable & Wireless due to lapse this evening. C&W and Energis spent the weekend thrashing out details of a potential deal – the C&W offer is due to expire at 5pm …
Team Register, 15 Aug 2005

Channel looks on the bright side, Woolies goes soft and Cisco aims small

Let the good times roll Let's start with the good news. According to a survey of European channel distributors and resellers (that means you), 2007 will be a year of strong sales growth and rises in revenue. The ETech 2007 survey found 70 per cent of channel distributors and resellers were confident about their business …
Billy MacInnes, 05 Apr 2007
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C&W axes 480 more jobs

Cable and Wireless (C&W) is to axe 480 jobs in the UK to help trim overheads. The job losses are on top of those announced by the UK telco in November when 600 jobs were earmarked for the chop in the UK and Europe. Many of those jobs were zapped as part of C&W's decision to close its head office in London and relocate to …
Tim Richardson, 08 Mar 2005
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C&W says trading is sunny side up

Cable and Wireless (C&W) said it is trading in line with expectations and that it is on track to increase annual profit to between 16 and 24 per cent. The British telecoms firm said it hoped to see group earnings before interest, tax, deprecation and amortisation (EBITDA) for its current financial year to 31 March 2008 of …
Kelly Fiveash, 17 Jul 2007
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NTL gains upper hand in C&W fight

It looks like NTL has the upper hand in the race to buy Cable and Wireless Communications (CWC). Backed by France Telecom, it has negotiated a period of exclusivity in its £8 billion bid for CWC. Telewest also tabled a bid late on Friday, also said to be worth around £8 billion, but the one-time favourite looks like it is being …
Lucy Sherriff, 19 Jul 1999