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Euronews: Dec. 7

BT Group plc (NYSE: BT; London: BTA), Deutsche Telekom AG (NYSE: DT), and the European Commission go to work in today's roundup of Euro telecom news headlines.

  • The European Commission is consulting on the introduction of a single, Europe-wide business dialling code that would allow firms to have the same number in each of the 27 EU countries, reports The Press Association. Interested parties have until the end of February to submit their views on the matter.

  • The UK's Ofcom is to impose wholesale broadband price controls and access obligations on incumbent BT in certain areas of the market, according to Computing. The recommendations are outlined in a new Ofcom report, "Review of the Wholesale Broadband Access Markets."

  • Another report, this one from the Centre for Economics and Business Research (CEBR), has declared that cloud computing could boost the EU's top five economies by €763 billion (US$1.01 trillion) over five years and create 2.4 million jobs in the process. The report, reveals the BBC, was commissioned by data storage firm EMC Corp. (NYSE: EMC).

  • Deutsche Telekom unit Slovak Telekom has won its appeal against a €29.4 million ($39.45 million) fine imposed by Slovakia's Anti-Monopoly Office, reports Reuters.
  • And finally, just to confirm that we are, indeed, all going to hell in a handcart: Mobile operator Telefónica UK Ltd. has launched its hunt for the world's favorite Angry Bird ahead of Angry Birds Day, which, apparently, is on Dec. 10. It's something to do with mobile gaming, m'lud. Visit www.o2.co.uk/angrybirds, if you really must.

    — Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

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