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Euronews: Big Three Take Swipe at Net Neutrality

Alcatel-Lucent (NYSE: ALU), Deutsche Telekom AG (NYSE: DT) and Vivendi court controversy in today's romp through the EMEA region's telecom news.

  • It looks like being a case of "knickers to Net neutrality" on Wednesday, reports the Financial Times (subscription required), as the CEOs of Alcatel-Lucent, Deutsche Telekom and Vivendi prepare to present a report basically saying that the idea of charging online content providers for delivering said content -- particularly video -- is not such a bad idea after all. The report is a response to the European Commission 's most recent pronouncements on the subject. (See EC Reports on Net Neutrality.)

  • French mobile operator Bouygues Telecom has joined Telefónica SA (NYSE: TEF)'s Partners Program, a move that will in theory give it improved roaming services, a sniff of corporate accounts and access to the Spanish giant's procurement unit. (See Telefonica, Bouygues Enter Services Pact.)

  • Pyramid Research , Light Reading's sister company, predicts that IPTV is set for a boom in the Ukraine, with the number of subscribers expected to climb 42 percent (in CAGR terms) between 2011 and 2016, to reach 104,000. (See Ukraine: IPTV to Reach 104,000 Subscribers by 2016.)

  • U.K. cable operator Virgin Media Inc. (Nasdaq: VMED) has launched the Virgin Media TV Guide smartphone app to complement its heavily promoted TiVo-powered TV service. The Android app lets customers browse the TV guide and remotely set recordings from their mobiles.

    — Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

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