A list of preliminary witnesses that the dissentingnine states and the District of Columbia plans to call to the stand against Microsoft includes executives from two major telecom companies.

Representatives from SBC Communications and Nokia were added to a list of testifying companies that includes Oracle and Sun Microsystems. The news was revealed by Bob Brammer, a spokesman for Iowa State Attorney General Tom Miller, who remains a leading opponent.

Nokia's vice president of government and industry affairs William Plummer is scheduled to testify, as is SBC's Larry Pearson, a product design manager. Finland-based Nokia is the world's number one maker of mobile phones. SBC is one of the largest local phone carriers in the US.

Those named on the witness list also include Peter Ashkin, president of product strategy at America Online Richard Green, vice president and general manager of Sun's Java group, Jim Barksdale, former head of Netscape and Matthew Szulik, chief executive officer at Red Hat.

US District Court judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly, who is heading-up the remedy phase of the case, has scheduled hearings to decide what remedy to impose on the software maker. The judge could force the nine states and the District of Columbia to sign on to a settlement deal forged between Microsoft, the US Department of Justice and nine state attorneys general, or create a separate remedy based on testimony gathered from public comments and these hearings.