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Euronews: April 28

Technicolor (Euronext Paris: TCH; NYSE: TCH), EE , Swisscom AG (NYSE: SCM) and Sky kick things off in today's roundup of Euro telecom headlines.

  • French video technology specialist Technicolor has a couple of reasons to feel bullish: Its first-quarter revenues are up by more than 15 percent year-on-year at €812 million (US$1.2 billion), and it has appointed former AlcaLu man Michel Rahier as executive vice president, operations services & transformation. (See Technicolor Reports Q1, Rahier Joins Technicolor, Color Flows Back Into Technicolor's Cheeks and AlcaLu Exit Door Swings Again.)

  • Everything Everywhere, the absurdly named U.K. joint venture between Orange UK and T-Mobile (UK) , reveals in its first-quarter results that it has added 160,000 new post-paid customers in the period, bring the total customer base to 27.7 million. Mobile service revenue, meanwhile, inched up 1.6 percent year-on-year. (See UK Mobile Giant Flexes Its Muscle and Orange, T-Mobile Do Everything Everywhere .)

  • Swisscom has launched a new fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) service aimed at small businesses, offering either 50 Mbit/s or 30Mbit/s downlink speeds, depending on whether the business pays 160 Swiss Francs ($183) or CHF140 ($160) each month. For that, the operator rashly promises that any problems with the service will be rectified within 24 hours of being reported. (See Swisscom Targets SMEs With FTTP and Euronews: Feb. 17.)

  • U.K. pay-TV firm BSkyB has enjoyed a strong third quarter, with operating profits in the nine months to March 31 up 13 percent year-on-year to £752 million ($1.25 billion). The news has prompted speculation that News Corp. owner Rupert Murdoch might have to up his much-discussed offer for the bit of BSkyB that he doesn't already own. (See Euronews: Nov. 4.)

  • Regulatory price caps have hit the profits of Mobistar SA , Belgium's second-largest mobile operator, reports Reuters. Earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) fell by 9.3 percent to €125.2 million ($183.7 million) at the operator, which is majority owned by France Telecom.

  • In the spirit of a forward-thinking, meritocratic New Europe, Euronews will be taking a short break to celebrate Britain's Royal Wedding, and will return on Tuesday, May 3. Personally, we prefer The Princess Bride, but that's just us...

    — Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

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