Euronews: FTTX Players Need Incentives

Alcatel-Lucent (NYSE: ALU), Deutsche Telekom AG (NYSE: DT), Vivendi and Telefónica SA (NYSE: TEF) loom large in today's heap of Euro headlines.

  • As expected, the report presented to 'Steely' Neelie Kroes, the European Commission Vice-President for the Digital Agenda, by AlcaLu CEO Ben Verwaayen and his report co-authors from DT and Vivendi focuses on the incentives needed for telcos to invest billions in next-generation broadband networks. Those incentives, as this MarketWatch report indicates, include the requirement to charge over-the-top (OTT) players for the transport and delivery of their services. (See EC Updates on Broadband Initiative and Euronews: Big Three Take Swipe at Net Neutrality.)

  • The Financial Times (subscription required) reports dissent in the air at BT Group plc (NYSE: BT; London: BTA)'s annual general meeting, held on Wednesday, as the company's share incentive scheme came under fire from disgruntled shareholders, who described it in a pre-meeting report as "a blank cheque." This follows similar rumblings last year regarding the size of CEO Ian Livingston's pay package. (See BT Reports Q4, Full Year and Fat Cat Furor.)

  • Nice one for the corporate brochure: Telefónica Germany has won the corporate communications contract for Daimler, the frankly posh car company. All Daimler employees will switch to Telefónica's O2 network for their voice and mobile Internet requirements, in what is described as one of the biggest contracts of its kind in Germany. (See Daimler Picks Telefonica.)

  • Hey! Wanna free salad with your Pizza Hut excuse for a pizza? Then what you need is 'Priority Moments,' a new located-based offers service from Telefónica UK, better known under its O2 brand. Priority Moments is being made available as a free app to download for O2's iPhone and Android customers, though any O2 customer with a WAP-enabled device can access the service via a mobile website. (See O2 Launches Location-Based Offers in UK.)

  • Sky has issued a measured response to the news that Rupert Murdoch has abandoned his plan for News Corp. (NYSE: NWS) to take over the U.K. pay-TV company. "We are delivering on our clear, consistent strategy and are building a larger, more profitable business for the long term ... I would like to commend all our employees for their unrelenting focus throughout the offer period and thank them for their continuing support," says BSkyB's CEO Jeremy Darroch, in the statement. (See BSkyB Reports Interims, Buys The Cloud.)

    — Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

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