The chief executive of the Ofcom , the UK's telecom regulator, has announced that the much-delayed auction of the country's 4G spectrum will take place in spring 2012, reports The Daily Telegraph. The sell-off had been originally planned for 2009, but was delayed by litigation from mobile operators. (See UK OK's 4G Spectrum Auction.)
German giant Deutsche Telekom has said it will pay compensation to those individuals whose privacy it invaded during the "spying scandal" that came to light in 2008, reports Bloomberg. Managers at the telco obtained the phone records of some journalists and supervisory board members in 2005 and 2006 to try to unearth the sources of news leaks.
Telefónica and Nokia have teamed up on what they are billing as the "first fully integrated 'sustainable' offer involving an operator and phone manufacturer." It's basically a combination of two of the more energy-efficient handsets on the market -- the Nokia N8 and C7 -- with some "ecological applications" and a "final recycling offer" for subscribers of Movistar (Spain) , Telefónica's mobile subsidiary. (See Telefónica, Nokia Go Green.)
It's the FT World Telecoms Conference today in London, and the UK's communications minister, Ed Vaizey, is expected to use the event to deliver a kick in the teeth to supporters of net neutrality, reports The Financial Times. Vaizey's take on the matter is that ISPs should be allowed to favor traffic from one content provider over another as long as they let customers know they are doing so. (See Net Neutrality: EU vs. US and EC Reports on Net Neutrality.)