Euronews: Jan. 12

Ericsson AB (Nasdaq: ERIC), Telekomunikacja Polska SA and T-Mobile (UK) are the straws in the wind of today's Euro telecom news update.

  • Leif Johansson, currently the chief executive of Volvo, is being tipped to become the new chairman of Ericsson when he steps down from his role at the car maker later this year, according to The Financial Times. The networks giant is looking for someone to fill the shoes of Michael Treschow, who plans to retire in 2011.

  • Polish operator Telekomunikacja Polska (TP), which is owned by Orange (NYSE: FTE), could be in line to receive 1.5 billion zloty (US$509 million) from the sale of Emitel, its terrestrial radio and TV infrastructure unit, reports Warsaw Business Journal, citing Rzeczpospolita.
  • According to the EU Observer, Neelie Kroes, the European Commission 's vice-president for the Digital Agenda, has added her voice to the chorus of disapproval surrounding Hungary's new media law. Among other things, the law requires official registration of all blogs and online forums, which would seem to fly in the face of the whole Internet free-speech-within-reason thang.

  • UK mobile operator T-Mobile has halved the monthly data allowance, from 1 Gbyte to 500 Mbyte, offered to most of its subscribers, reports the BBC. Expect much disgruntlement on British blogs.

    — Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

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