A new set of European Commission recommendations relating to the cost of access to legacy copper networks could spell bad news for many smaller European operators, reports Reuters. Initially the Commission had planned to cut the cost of network rental, but had a change of heart after protests from some of the major operators. It is now recommending an access charge of between €8 (US$10.4) and €10 ($13) per customer per month, which will effectively mean higher charges in ten European countries for operators wanting to rent network space. (See How Europe Can Hit Its Next-Gen Broadband Targets.)
V3D , the French startup that specializes in customer experience and service quality management software for the mobile industry, has raised €2.2 million in a fundraising round with Iris Capital and Siparex. The money will fund international expansion. (See V3D Raises €2.2M.)
Twenty years ago this very day, British engineer Neil Papworth sent the first ever SMS, wishing a colleague "Merry Christmas,'' reports The Guardian. This, of course, revolutionized the way most of us communicate on a day-to-day basis, and, latterly, opened up a whole new seam of textspeak-related humor. LOL!