The third-quarter financials of Dutch incumbent KPN make for gloomy reading, with revenues down 3.4 percent and EBITDA (earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization) down 12 percent in the face of increased competition and reduced termination rates, among other things. (See KPN Reports Q3 and KPN Preps 500Mbit/s FTTH.)
How does Deutsche Telekom's Developer Garden grow? With a new software development kit (SDK) for developers to design mobile apps for iPhones and iPads based on DT's own application programming interfaces (APIs). The SDK is intended to make it easier for developers to integrate Deutsche Telekom's services into iOS-based apps. In another mobile apps development, DT said that customers can now pay for Android Market apps on their phone bill. (See Deutsche Telekom Adds SDK for iPhone Apps.)
Italian operator Italtel SpA has climbed aboard the smart-grid bandwagon with the creation of an energy service center at its branch in Carini, Palermo. This will offer monitoring, benchmarking and energy efficiency services in SaaS (software-as-a-service) mode to utility firms and other organizations with a vested interest in such matters.
ZTE continues its push into Europe with the signing of a fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) deal with little-known outfit Gigaclear, which will see the pair bringing "ultrafast" broadband to selected rural communities in the U.K. ZTE will provide Gigaclear with M6000 Series carrier-grade core routers among other fiber-related gubbins. (See Gigaclear Picks ZTE Core for UK FTTH Rollout and ZTE Ramps Global Device Shipments.)
It must be nearly time for another silly survey from U.K. regulator Ofcom ... oh, here's one: Apparently, British teenagers would, for the first time, miss their mobile more than they would miss their television set, should the unthinkable happen and it be taken away from them. Truly, a watershed moment. (See Teens Go Cold Turkey for Mobiles.)
A group of U.K. MPs has slated the mobile operators for what it considers their exploitative treatment of people who have had their phones stolen, reports the Daily Telegraph. The cross-party group of MPs produced an Early Day Motion proposing that operators should charge customers only the wholesale rate for calls made after their phones were stolen.