AT&T Launches Anti-Piracy Training and 4 Telecom Titans Attracting Interest

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AT&T, Inc. (NYSE:T): Alleged documents that has been obtained by TorrentFreak indicate that Internet provider AT&T has started to internally train its personnel in a new anti-piracy campaign. Warning notices will be sent out starting on November 28. If subscribers are caught downloading content that is protected by intellectual copyright they will have access to frequently visited Web sites blocked.

Sprint Nextel Corp. (NYSE:S): The acquisition of a majority stake in Sprint Nextel (NYSE:S) by Japan’s Softbank could cause increased competition along with lower prices for consumers, The Washington Post reports. Analysts thinks that the deal could also be due to the ongoing availability of unlimited data plans which were abandoned by the most prominent wireless carriers, the newspaper said.

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Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ), which is the parent of the largest wireless carrier in the U.S., should report results for a quarter on Thursday. this quarter included the launch of a new iPhone along with a new labor contract.

Vodafone Group plc (NASDAQ:VOD): Vivendi (VIVHY) has been talking of selling its SFR mobile phone unit to former co-owner Vodafone Group, although they are on different ends of the spectrum regarding valuation, sources say, reports Bloomberg Businessweek. Last year, Vivendi paid about $10.4 billion for Vodafone’s 44 percent stake in SFR. Along with valuation, deal structure is in the way of a possible tie-up with Numericable, which is the French cable operator owned by private-equity firms such as Carlyle Group LP (NYSE:CG) that has approached Vivendi regarding a possible merger with SFR, according to sources.

Clearwire Corporation (NASDAQ:CLWR): Sprint Nextel (NYSE:S) does not intend to immediately acquire Clearwire (NASDAQ:CLWR), according to Bloomberg, citing individuals with direct knowledge regarding the situation. The deal between Sprint and Softbank  may take up to six to eight months to close, and that is both companies’ priority, the report stated.

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