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Euronews: Vodafone Offers to Split the Bill

Paul Rainford

Day two of Mobile World Congress 2012 and the big news is that Light Reading's Dan Jones hasn't been pick-pocketed yet, despite being forced to take a hotel room in one of Barcelona's premier tourist "no-go" areas. Stay strong, Dan. But elsewhere at MWC... [Dan's Ed note: Knocking on wood but dammit this is Formica.]

  • Vodafone Group plc (NYSE: VOD) CEO Vittorio Colao has been telling anyone who will listen at MWC that his company is ready and willing to join forces with rivals to share the estimated €30 billion (US$40 billion) cost of rolling out "super-fast" fiber networks across Europe, reports Reuters. Colao has also, adds The Guardian, been venting his displeasure at the ongoing regulation in the telecom industry in Europe, calling for a "moratorium" on the matter as the European Commission prepares to vote on cutting roaming charges today. (See Vodafone Smartens Up for Smartphones and Regulators Reshape Europe's Roaming Market .)

  • Telefónica SA (NYSE: TEF) and Mozilla have agreed to work together on the creation of an Open Web Devices platform, which is being touted by its backers as a way of establishing HTML5 as the next major ecosystem for smartphones. This new architecture will allow all of a device's capabilities to be developed as HTML5 applications and executed via the Firefox Web browser. In other Telefónica news, the Spanish giant's U.K. mobile arm, O2, is trialling a mobile-money application that it hopes will be a rival to Pingit, the service recently launched amid much fanfare by Barclays bank. (See OS Watch: Mozilla Getting WAC?.)

  • Continuing its cloud-related drip-feed of announcements in Barcelona, Ericsson AB (Nasdaq: ERIC) has let it be known that it is joining the OpenStack project, the open-source community that concerns itself with creating cloud software. At MWC the vendor is demonstrating a virtual data center manager offering based on OpenStack. (See Ericsson Unveils Mobile Money Mate and Ericsson Launches a Cloud.)

    — Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

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