Callahan sets DT timetable

German giant planning to hand over management of cable outlets

BERLIN — Talks between U.S. company Callahan Associates and German telecommunications giant Deutsche Telekom for the latter’s regional cable franchise in the state of Baden-Wurttemberg should be wrapped up by early May.

Callahan European chief David Colley told Teutonic newspaper Welt am Sonntag that the company planned to upgrade the network for video-on-demand, Internet and telephony services by mid-2001. He did not provide a purchase price.

The U.S. group bought a 55% stake in Deutsche Telekom’s cable systems in North Rhine-Westphalia earlier this year for an estimated $3 billion.

Telekom head Ron Sommer aims to hand over management of each of the nine franchises in the company’s $15 billion cable empire by the beginning of 2001. Company will retain a 25.1% share in each of the regional systems.

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