Euronews: Dec. 3

Skype Ltd. , Yahoo Inc. (Nasdaq: YHOO), and Telia Company make the cut in today's round of Euro telecom news headlines.

  • Neelie 'The Enforcer' Kroes, the European Commission 's vice-president for Digital Agenda, will today urge the EU's Council of Telecoms Ministers to agree to the Commission's proposals to make spectrum available for mobile broadband by 2013. (See EC Moves on Spectrum and Europe's Broadband Challenge.)

  • A group of interested parties -- Skype, Yahoo, and eBay Inc. (Nasdaq: EBAY) among them -- have written an open letter to the UK government's communications minister, Ed Vaizey, calling on him and his coalition colleagues to commit to the principles of net neutrality, reports The Guardian. Comments from Vaizey at last month's FT World Telecoms conference gave some the impression that he was in favor of a "two-tier" Internet. (See Euronews: Nov. 17 and Net Neutrality: EU vs. US.)

  • Latvia is planning to privatize Lattelecom Group , the Baltic state's largest telco, and Latvijas Mobilais Telefons SIA , the leading mobile operator, according to the Monster and Critics Website, citing the Baltic News Service. They could be put up for sale in early 2011, says the report.

  • Lars Nyberg, who has been credited with masterminding a remarkable turnaround in the fortunes of Scandinavian carrier TeliaSonera, is to stay on as CEO for two more years rather than retiring at the end of 2011, reports Reuters. (See TeliaSonera Develops New Mobile Data Model.)

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    — Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

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