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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

  • digits 12/5/2012 | 4:59:39 PM
    re: Euronews: Big Three Take Swipe at Net Neutrality

    This should kick off a strong debate in Europe, where, so far, the whole net neutrality debate has been much more muted than in the USA. 

    It's no surprise that the major operators and their suppliers will wnat o see charges for OTT services - let's see what the responses from the rest of the sector, and from Google in particular, are like.

    Michelle Donegan 12/5/2012 | 4:59:38 PM
    re: Euronews: Big Three Take Swipe at Net Neutrality

    I wonder who will make the first move? I mean, if an operator just started charging content providers for different levels of QoS... wouldn't that be the ultimate way to find out where the line is in EU on net neutrality?


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