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A woman stands next to the logo of Brazil's largest fixed-line telecoms group Oi, inside a shop in Sao PauloBy Robert Hetz and Leila Abboud MADRID/PARIS (Reuters) - The battle over Brazil's telecoms market is heating up, with the country's biggest fixed-line firm Oi signaling it may make an offer for Telecom Italia's local mobile business. The move throws a potential wrench into the bidding war for Vivendi's Brazilian broadband unit GVT, which both Telecom Italia and Spain's Telefonica are pursuing to bolster their mobile businesses in the country - number two Tim Brasil and number one Vivo respectively. Brazil's leading telecoms groups are jostling for position as they seek to increase their customer bases and gain ownership of high-speed fixed networks. Oi wants to spur consolidation in mobile, which would reduce the number of operators from four to three and potentially take some of the heat out of the competition - a pattern seen in markets such as Austria, Germany and Ireland.


Pedestrians walk past the Time Warner Cable headquarters in New YorkThe outage, which the company said was caused by routine network maintenance, affected 2 percent of the routed networks in the United States, according to Renesys, a U.S. It was not known how many customers lost Internet service or cable television service. Time Warner Cable provides Internet services to about 11 million customers nationwide. Spokesman Bobby Amirshahi said the outage occurred at around 4:30 a.m. EDT (0830 GMT), with services “largely restored” at around 6 a.m. EDT.


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