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Euronews: Swisscom Ramps Its IPTV User Base

Swisscom AG, VimpelCom Ltd., Bouygues Telecom and Transmode Systems AB are all caught in today's trawl of the EMEA telecom headlines.
  • Swisscom's first-half financials saw a 9.7 percent year-on-year fall in net income to 819 million Swiss Francs (US$882 million) as competition increased and roaming charge reductions took their toll. But it wasn't all doom and gloom: Its IPTV numbers are decidedly perky, with connections to its Swisscom TV service up 30 percent year-on-year to 902,000. That means that more than half of Swisscom's fixed broadband customers are subscribing to the IPTV service. The results statement also said that the operator intended to find a permanent replacement CEO by the end of the year following the recent death of Carsten Schloter. (See Swisscom Reports Profit Dip in Q2, Swisscom CEO Found Dead and Euronews: Swiss Roll Out Free IPTV.)

  • Second-quarter profits at Russia's VimpelCom grew by 17 percent year-on-year to $573 million, with a particularly strong showing in its CIS business unit, which saw double-digit organic growth. (See Vimpelcom Reports Q2 Profit of $573M.)

  • French mobile operators continue their battle royal, with a group that includes Bouygues Telecom now suing Orange and SFR to the tune of €1.44 billion ($1.9 billion) for what they allege is anti-competitive behavior, according to Reuters, which cites L'Expansion.

  • Denmark's TDC A/S reported second-quarter results in line with expectations, though first-half revenues fell by 6.3 percent year-on-year to 12.39 billion crowns ($2.20 billion), as Reuters reports. Once again, regulatory measures took much of the blame for the fall in revenue.

  • Transmode, the Swedish optical equipment vendor, has launched a "pre-staging" network planning service, which it claims can halve on-site time compared to deployments that have not been pre-staged. (See Transmode Offers Network Planning Service.)

  • The European Commission has revealed that there is a 774 percent difference in the cost of mobile phone calls across the European Union, with the cheapest country being Lithuania and the Netherlands the most expensive. It's all grist to the mill for European Commission Vice President Neelie Kroes, who wants to banish such discrepancies and build what would be in effect a single market for European telecom. (Euronews: 'Single Market' Plan Rolls Into Action.)

    — Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

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