Euronews: Dec. 13

Telecom Italia (TIM) , Telia Company , and BT Group plc (NYSE: BT; London: BTA) get down to business in today's roundup of Euro telecom new headlines.
  • This week sees the start of Telecom Italia's trial of its 100Mbit/s service in Turin, the city in northern Italy that put the 'T' into 'Fiat'. The carrier intends to have fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) networks operating in 13 cities by the end of 2012, and 50 percent population coverage by the end of 2018. (See Telecom Italia Trials 100 Mbit/s in Turin, Euronews: Nov. 1 and Telecom Italia Launches 100Mbit/s Trial.)

  • Swedish carrier TeliaSonera has appointed Malin Frenning president of business area broadband services, succeeding Anders Gylder, who is retiring. Frenning has spent more than 10 years in TeliaSonera's senior management team. (See TeliaSonera Appoints Broadband Exec.)

  • Job news of a different kind at Irish incumbent eir , where there have been two senior management defections in the the past week, reports the Irish Times. Andrew Haire steps down as corporate affairs director, while Conor Carmody, director of eMobile, the MVNO launched in September by Eircom, has also left the building.

  • The Daily Telegraph reports that Openreach , the network access division of UK giant BT, is having to hire in extra people to enable it to meet its connection commitments for rival operators such as TalkTalk and Sky following massive job cuts over the past three years.

  • Also spotted in the Telegraph: UK prime minister David Cameron has apparently joined forces with London's comedy mayor, Boris Johnson, in an attempt to persuade Twitter Inc. to choose the English capital for its European HQ. How could they possibly resist? Well...

    — Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

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