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Euronews: Feb. 28

Google (Nasdaq: GOOG), Skype Ltd. and BT Group plc (NYSE: BT; London: BTA) are some of the big telecom boys making a noise in the EMEA region.

  • Google is denying New York Post-fueled rumors circulating last week that it plans to launch a YouTube Inc. video-on-demand service in Europe, reports PaidContent.
  • He probably has more pressing things on his mind at the moment, but Oman's ruler, Sultan Qaboos, has issued a decree giving MVNO Sama Telecommunications L.L.C the Gulf State's third telecom licence, reports Reuters.
  • Skype could find itself in trouble again with Arcep , the French regulator, according to The Connexion, citing L'Express magazine. The report says that despite offering computer-to-phone calls Skype has consistently refused to be classed as a telephone operator or conform to the laws that relate specifically to operators, such as allowing calls to be intercepted for security purposes and allowing calls to the emergency services.

  • U.K. incumbent BT has signed a deal with Kuoni, the travel firm, to provide it with a Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS) network connecting 51 locations across the world. (See BT Connects Kuoni.)

  • Deutsche Welle reports that the German authorities have approved the use of a wiki-type software tool called Adhocracy, which will in theory give the general public a better chance of influencing government policy through "online discourse." Sounds dangerous...

    Elsewhere in the EMEA region:

    — Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

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