UK incumbent BT is getting more grief from Ofcom : Bloomberg reports that, this time, BT is being investigated by the regulator following complaints from Cable & Wireless Worldwide plc (London: CW)-owned alternative operator THUS plc (London: THUS) that it engaged in a "margin squeeze" on its wholesale prices by setting them too high to allow for fair competition. BT, hardly surprsingly, refutes the allegations.
Europe will have better links to the Middle East by the second half of 2011, if a newly announced subsea fiber project goes to plan. A consortium of seven operators, including Turkcell, Etisalat and Jordan Telecom , have signed an agreement on a scheme that will see a high-speed cable run from Fujairah in the United Arab Emirates to Istanbul, via Saudi Arabia, Jordan, and Syria, with links to Europe via access points in Bulgaria. (See Middle East to Get New Subsea Cable.)
Reuters reports that Swedish carrier TeliaSonera and Russian telecom investment company Altimo are appealing against a court ruling blocking a proposed business merger involving their investments in Turkey and Russia.
Swisscom is partnering with utility firm Engergie Wasser Bern on an FTTX network in the Swiss city of Bern. The project will cost about 172 million Swiss francs (US$180.6 million), of which Energie Wasser Bern will bear 40 percent and Swisscom the rest. It is envisaged that 90 percent of buildings in the city will have access to the network by 2017. (See Berne to Get FTTH.)