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Euronews: August 17

8:20 AM -- Orange (NYSE: FTE), Telekom Srbija a.d. , and the BT Tower are all in the mix for today's roundup of European telecom news snippets.

  • The EU has been ordered by the World Trade Organization to remove import tariffs on a range of electronic goods, including cable set-top boxes, reports The Wall Street Journal, in a move that could represent a huge win for US vendors. The EU had tried to argue that the set-top boxes, flat-screen TVs and all-in-one printer/scanner/photocopiers covered by the tariffs were old hat in technology terms, but the WTO was having none of it.

  • The UK's coalition government has come under fire from network operators for apparently breaking a promise to review the way fiber networks are taxed and thereby putting a brake on the planned next-generation network rollout, reports The Guardian. Ed Vaizey, the extravagantly titled Minister for Culture, Communications, and Creative Industries, announced last week after a meeting with much-loved UK tax overlords HMRC that the review would not now take place. (See Brits Press On With Broadband Plans .)

  • France Telecom and French broadband provider Iliad (Euronext: ILD) have finally settled their long-standing differences, reports La Tribune. Both parties have decided to bury the "hache de guerre" -- that's a hatchet, anglophones -- and have dropped various legal cases against each other.

  • Still in France, Le Figaro reports that Bouygues Telecom is king of the hill in terms of new ADSL subscribers, overcoming rivals SFR , Orange France , and Iliad subsidiary Free by recruiting just over 80,000 customers in the second quarter of 2010.

  • TeleGeography, citing Greek Website Imerisia, reports that the Serb government's proposed sale of a 40 percent stake in fixed-line incumbent Telekom Srbija has attracted bids from Deutsche Telekom AG (NYSE: DT), Orascom Telecom , and Türk Telekomunikasyon A.S.

  • And finally... It's a true telecom icon and arguably one of London's finest cigarette-shaped modernist buildings, but it's been closed to the general public for almost 30 years. However, the BT Tower -- for that's what we're talking about here, architecture fans -- is to open its doors next month for a one-off visitors' day, reports The Register.

    — Paul Rainford, freelance editor, special to Light Reading

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