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Euronews: Dec. 9

The European Commission , Transmode Systems AB , and eir are in amongst it in today's roundup of Euro telecom news headlines.

  • The European Commission has today launched a public consultation on the EU mobile phone roaming market, seeking the views of all and sundry on just how or even if the goal of effectively abolishing roaming charges by 2015 is achievable. In the face of "bill shock syndrome", EU Roaming Regulation set a cap on roaming charges within the EU, but this piece of legislation has to date failed to have the effect desired by Neelie Kroes and her colleagues at the EC. The consultation runs until Feb. 11. (See EC Consults on Roaming Charges and EU Caps Data Roaming Fees.)

  • Net4Mobility HB , the Swedish network joint venture between carriers Tele2 AB (Nasdaq: TLTO) and Telenor Group (Nasdaq: TELN), has chosen Transmode to supply a good chunk of the hardware behind a nationwide next-generation optical network that will support LTE services. (See Net4Mobility Chooses Transmode for NGN.)

  • Irish incumbent Eircom is getting tough with illegal music downloaders, cutting repeat offenders' broadband for up to a year, reports Silicon Republic. The announcement coincides with the launch of a new "legal" music service, Eircom MusicHub.

  • The Daily Telegraph reports that Anthony Rose has been removed from his role as CTO at YouView TV Ltd. , the BBC-backed IPTV project. An unnamed source close to the action said that it was thought Rose, who played a large part in the development of the iPlayer TV catch-up platform, was lacking in people management skills.

    — Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

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