Mixed news at operator Swisscom, which revealed an 8.2 percent drop in net income year-on-year in its third-quarter results, largely due to VAT issues at its Italian subsidiary Fastweb SpA (Milan: FWB). On the plus side, however, subscribers to its TV service have almost doubled, to 358,000, since September 2009. (See Swisscom Reports 9M.)
As a gesture to mark what is, apparently, Internet Week Europe, Skype is offering free public WiFi access across the UK until November 12, reports The Daily Telegraph. Those wanting to take up the offer will have to do so through the Skype Access service and be in a WiFi hotspot.