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Euronews: Dec. 16

3 Group , BT Group plc (NYSE: BT; London: BTA), and ZTE Corp. (Shenzhen: 000063; Hong Kong: 0763) play snakes and ladders in today's roundup of Euro telecom news headlines.

  • Mobile operator 3 is looking to buy spectrum from Intel Corp. (Nasdaq: INTC) to enable it to join the Long Term Evolution (LTE) rush in Sweden and Denmark, reports The Wall Street Journal. The operator is after frequencies in the 2.6GHz band, which Intel bought for 159 million Swedish kronor (US$23 million) in a Swedish auction in 2008. (See LTE Showdown in Sweden .)

  • In the UK, meanwhile, 3 has possibly inserted the cat amongst the mobile industry pigeons with the launch of the second incarnation of The One Plan, which sees it offering an "all-you-can-eat" data plan on top of 2,000 any-network minutes, 5,000 3-to-3 minutes, and 5,000 texts for £25 ($39) a month. The current trend in the mobile data world is to move away from the "all-you-can-eat" model, so 3 is swimming against the industry tide with this new promotion. (See 3 Offers All-You-Can-Eat Data Plan.)

  • Ofcom , the UK telecom regulator, has confirmed to incumbent BT that the operator will not be able to raise its wholesale prices to allow for "deficit repair costs" associated with its Emmenthal-cheese-like pension fund. (See Ofcom Rules on BT Pension Costs, Euronews: July 14, and Euronews: Oct. 22.)

  • Chinese vendor ZTE continues its push westwards with the opening of an office in Darmstadt, Germany, a location chosen, it says, with its ongoing partnership with Deutsche Telekom AG (NYSE: DT) very much in mind. (See ZTE Expands in Germany .)

    Elsewhere in Europe:

    — Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

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