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Euronews: Jan. 7

The re-use of 2G spectrum for 3G services, broadband and IPTV service penetration, the battle for Draka Holding NV (Amsterdam: DRAK.AS), the future of revenue recognition, and the trial of a new video delivery system all make the cut in today's menu of news snacks.

  • British mobile operator Hutchison 3G UK Ltd. -- or Three UK as it's known to its customers -- believes the decision by regulator Ofcom to allow 2G spectrum to be used ("re-farmed") for 3G services will distort the market, giving the 2G operators an unfair advantage, reports Bloomberg. The operator entered the UK market as a startup 3G operator following the UMTS spectrum auctions in 2000, and doesn't have any 2G spectrum to re-farm, unlike its rivals. (See Ofcom Allows 2G Spectrum Re-farming.)

  • The future use of policy management, charging, and CRM tools in revenue generation and recognition will be among the topics discussed at the upcoming Service Provider Information Technology (SPIT) one-day conference Subscriber-Centric 4G & Advanced Services: Using OSS/BSS to Drive Revenue in 2011 in London on January 25, 2011. The event, which features keynote addresses from BT Group plc (NYSE: BT; London: BTA) and Deutsche Telekom AG (NYSE: DT) executives, is free to attend for employees of operators, enterprises, utilities, educational establishments and government agencies. (See Does Billing Have a Future? and BT, DT Prep SPIT Keynotes.)

  • Prysmian SpA looks to have won the battle to buy cable-maker Draka for €840 million US$1.1 billion), as Chinese conglomerate Tianjin Xinmao S&T Investment Corp. (Xinmao) has dropped its rival €1 billion ($1.3 billion) bid, reports Expatica. (See Draka's In Demand.)

  • Five of the world's top 10 broadband markets are in Europe (Germany, France, Italy, U.K. and Russia), while nearly half (46.3 percent) of the world's 41.9 million IPTV users are located in the region, according to the latest statistics from the Broadband Forum . (See Broadband Subs Pass 508M.)

  • U.K. broadband service provider TalkTalk will trial Technicolor (Euronext Paris: TCH; NYSE: TCH)'s new multi-platform content delivery system, MediaNavi. The software will be loaded onto tablets as part of TalkTalk's ongoing development of multi-screen video services. (See TalkTalk to Trial Technicolor's MediaNavi.)

    — Ray Le Maistre, International Managing Editor, Light Reading

    Interested in learning more on this topic? Then come to Subscriber-Centric 4G & Advanced Services: Using OSS/BSS to Drive Revenue in 2011, the first stop in our Service Provider IT Global Event Series. To be staged in London, Jan. 25, admission is free for attendees meeting our prequalification criteria. For more information, or to register, click here.

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