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Euronews: Dec. 2

French competitive operator Iliad (Euronext: ILD), Genband Inc. , and UK regulator Ofcom are the unlikely threesome in today's Euro telecom news roundup.

  • UK regulator Ofcom has published its fifth International Communications Market report which finds, among other things, that while UK consumers tend to be early adopters of new telecom technology, they have not yet really warmed to VoIP, with only five in every 100 households opting for it, compared with 26 in France and 20 in the Netherlands. Smartphones, however, they can't get enough of, with a 70 percent rise in subscriber numbers being recorded between January 2009 and January 2010, compared to an 11 percent rise in Italy. (See Ofcom Offers Market Overview.)

  • More than 100 much needed new jobs are to be created in Galway, Ireland, thanks to the arrival of Genband Inc. , the IP infrastructure firm that began life in Texas. Ireland's low corporate tax rate of 12.5 percent continues to attract many hi-tech companies, Google (Nasdaq: GOOG) among them, to the economically beleaguered country.

  • French broadband provider Iliad, which plans to launch mobile services in 2012, has still not been able to forge a data roaming agreement with any of the existing mobile players, reports Dow Jones. Orange (NYSE: FTE), SFR , and Bouygues Telecom have all been reluctant, so far, to play ball, so Iliad is considering its options.

  • Richard Branson, the hirsute founder of Virgin and the man to blame for this aural attack, has launched what he claims is the first "truly digital" magazine for Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL)'s iPad, reports the BBC. Called "Project", the style and culture magazine (usual translation: "pictures of handbags you don't want and can't afford") will be sold through Apple's app store.

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    — Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

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