Euronews: Sept. 2

Telefónica UK Ltd. , Deutsche Telekom AG (NYSE: DT), and Virgin Media Inc. (Nasdaq: VMED) are among the big names featuring in today's roundup of European telecom news nuggets.

  • The BBC reports that UK mobile operator O2 is still looking into complaints from its iPhone users that they are being wrongly charged for data roaming while abroad. Those on the receiving end of the charges have understandably suggested the switch on the iPhone that supposedly deactivates data roaming isn't working.

  • Following the auction in May, Cellular-News reports that Germany's Federal Network Agency has allocated the first two frequency blocks in the 800MHz band to Telefónica O2 Germany GmbH & Co. OHG , the two middle blocks to Vodafone Germany , and the two upper blocks to Deutsche Telekom. (See German Spectrum Auction Ends, Raises €4.4B.)

  • Shares in French industrial conglomerate Bouygues, owner of mobile operator Bouygues Telecom , fell yesterday after second-quarter profits failed to cut the moutarde, reports Bloomberg. Lean times in road construction and property took most of the blame.

  • Following a recent Ofcom survey into over-optimistic broadband speed claims, goody-two-shoes UK cable operator Virgin Media -- which was one of the few broadband providers to come up smelling of roses -- has declared it is to publish the actual broadband speeds its customers received each month. Ooh, get you! (See Virgin Comes Clean on Speeds, 'Up To' No Good.)

  • Beleaguered Irish operator eir is being forced to revamp its financial reporting structure by watchdog Comreg so that its business becomes more transparent, says the Irish Independent. (See Euronews: August 31.)

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    — Paul Rainford, freelance editor, special to Light Reading

  • digits 12/5/2012 | 4:24:52 PM
    re: Euronews: Sept. 2

    Having made the DSL ISPs look rather pathetic in the recent independent broadband tests - see

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    Virgin appears to be making hay while the sun shines? And why not...

    Jeff Baumgartner 12/5/2012 | 4:24:50 PM
    re: Euronews: Sept. 2

    And: Virgin Media CEO Disses DSL...&nbsp;&nbsp; hittin' em when they're down.&nbsp; Adam Ant's a nice touch... haven't heard that one in ages. JB

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