What the papers say: Monday


What the papers say: Monday

Sarah Slade

The Guardian reports

Industry warns of broadband chaos
The chief executive of the European telecoms service provider, Ebone, has warned Oftel, the telecoms watchdog, that the UK is in danger of becoming the "broadband sick man of Europe" through its failure to force BT to introduce proper competition. The comments come in anticipation of e-commerce minister Douglas Alexander's formal response to the Broadband Stakeholder Group's report, which was published in mid-October.

The Financial Times reports

Dell eyes 40% market share

In an interview, Michael Dell, the chief executive of Dell argues that his company's low cost base has enabled it to steal market share from rivals. He also sees the recently announced merger with Hewlett-Packard as an opportunity to enlarge Dell's share of the global PC market to 40%.

Infineon chief accuses Samsung of raising prices
The chief executive of the German chipmaker Infineon, Ulrich Schumacher, accused rivals Samsung of artificially raising the price of its DRAM chips. The newspaper comments that Schumacher's arguments indicate that the semiconductor market is more sensitive to political and commercial brinkmanship than it is to end user demands.

365 sites to merge with Chrysalis
365 corporation, the Internet and telecoms company is expected to merge its online activities with those of Chrysalis. The two companies are expected to split off their Internet businesses into a new venture.

The sports Web site operator, Sports.com, has acquired the German arm of Sportal, the company's former rival, which was recently sold to Ukbetting.com.

The Times reports

Tax breaks for hi-tech knowledge
Companies buying software licences, brand names and technology expertise could reap tax benefits from changes to Inland Revenue rules on intellectual property. However, the new proposals are likely to fuel concern about the increasing complexity of the UK tax system.

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