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Euronews: Iliad's Clogging Our Network, Says FT

Orange (NYSE: FTE), Iliad (Euronext: ILD) and Nokia Networks are on their marks for today's sprint through the EMEA telecom headlines.

  • France Telecom has accused new mobile entrant Iliad of clogging up its network, reports Reuters. Iliad, which operates the Free brand, has not yet fully built out its own network, so relies on FT to fill in the gaps under the terms of a still-to-be-finalized roaming agreement. (See Iliad Disrupts the French Mobile Scene .)

  • The U.K.'s Competition Appeals Tribunal has doled out some bad news for the country's mobile operators, reports The Guardian: It has opted for even greater cuts in mobile termination rates than those recommended by telecom regulator Ofcom . The upshot of all this is that the wholesale cost of calling a mobile from a landline will, as of April 2015, drop by 85 percent, from 4.18 pence to 0.65 pence per minute. (See Ofcom Proposes Lower Termination Rates and EC Acts on Termination Rates.)

  • Nokia Siemens Networks has been chosen to facilitate network sharing by T-Mobile Poland and Orange Polska , the separate networks of which are currently operated by Polska Telefonia Cyfrowa Sp. z.o.o. (PTC) and Centertel , respectively. The shared entity will be managed by a joint venture called, somewhat giddily, NetWorkS!, and NSN will provide its Single RAN (radio access network) platform and related services. Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. is also supplying equipment for the project, with Ericsson AB (Nasdaq: ERIC) losing out on the deal. (See NSN Upgrades Shared Network in Poland, Huawei, NSN Land Euro Network Share Deal and Ericsson Ousted From Shared Network .)

  • The 2011 financial year was not a great one for Swisscom AG (NYSE: SCM), which saw its net revenues decline 4.3 percent year-on-year to 11.4 billion Swiss francs (US$12.4 billion) and its operating income fall 0.3 percent to CHF4.5 billion ($4.9 billion). Even discounting the impairment charge on Fastweb SpA (Milan: FWB), its Italian fixed-line subsidiary, net revenues were still down 1.1 percent. (See Swisscom Full-Year Income Down 0.3%, FastWeb Impairment Hits Swisscom Net Income and Fastweb Approves Swisscom Offer.)

  • The Daily Telegraph asserts that the (still relatively new) CEO of Cable & Wireless Worldwide plc (London: CW), Gavin Darby, looks set to make more than £600,000 ($942,000) after less than three months' work if the mooted sale of CWW to Vodafone Group plc (NYSE: VOD) goes ahead. A helpful clause in his contract means that he can collect the equivalent of his base annual salary even if he doesn't get a new job at the company. Darby left Vodafone after a falling-out with its CEO Vittorio Colao. (See C&W Worldwide Names New CEO, C&WW Provides H1 Update, Pluthero Back in C&W Hot Seat and C&W Does the Splits.)

    — Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

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