U.K. giant BT will no doubt be celebrating today after the Competition Appeal Tribunal ruled that it could charge higher termination rates to "non-geographic" numbers, reports the Financial Times (subscription requred). Ofcom , the U.K. regulator, had previously decreed that BT could not increase the termination rates, following complaints from T-Mobile (UK) about BT charging mobile operators for connecting calls to these numbers, some of which are free or cheap to call from a BT landline.
Research from U.K. cable operator Virgin Media
suggests that one in four users of its TiVo-driven TV service are going beyond the traditonal Electronic Programme Guide (EPG) and using the TiVo search feature and related apps to find their favorite programs. Judging by the search results, however, they still end up watching garbage. (See Virgin Presses 'Play' on TiVo.)
Despite all the ongoing political upheavals, there's still good telecom money to be made in the Middle East: Wataniya Telecom , Kuwait's second-largest mobile operator, posted second-quarter earnings up 18.7 percent year-on-year, reports Reuters.