Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: EU roaming charges voted into dustbin of history; bailiffs knock on Vivendi's door; Vodafone creates new UK jobs.
A former Ericsson AB (Nasdaq: ERIC) employee has alleged that, in 1999, the vendor paid 116 million Swedish kronor ($18 million) to a commercial agent, which was then used to bribe Greek officials into signing a contract with the company, reports Reuters. Liss-Olof Nenzell made the allegations on a Swedish radio station, claiming that "politicians, generals and high-ranking state officials" had been on the receiving end of the loot. Ericsson acknowledges that at the time it was using commercial agents, but stresses that it doesn't do so anymore, adding that it has "zero tolerance" of corruption.
The European Parliament has voted to end mobile roaming charges by Christmas 2015. European Commission Vice President Neelie Kroes, who has been driving force behind the proposed legislation, recorded a short video to celebrate the result, which you can see here. The regulation forms part of a wider commitment to creating a single European market for telecom. (See Euronews: 'Single Market' Plan Rolls Into Action.)
Vodafone Group plc (NYSE: VOD) is set to create 1,400 new jobs in the UK through the opening of 150 new high street stores, reports the BBC. Vodafone is still flush with cash after selling its 45% stake in Verizon Wireless for $130 billion last year.
It's not just any old TV -- it's TV 2.0! At least, that's what Swisscom AG (NYSE: SCM) is calling its new TV offering, which employs cloud-based wizardry to offer seven-day replay on over 250 -- count 'em -- channels. Ah, how things have moved on since Bruce mumbled his way through this. Still nurthin' on, though, pretty much.
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