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Euronews: Sept. 28

Paul Rainford
9/28/2010

Signs of Web services strain at Vodafone Group plc (NYSE: VOD), while Britain's largest mobile operator EE grows its subs base but not its revenues.

  • Pieter Knook, who was headhunted from Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT) in 2008 to head up the Vodafone 360 Web services strategy, is leaving the mobile giant, reports The Financial Times. The newspaper suggests Knook is leaving because the operator has killed key developments of the 360 service, which was launched in September 2009. (See Vodafone Live! Is Dead! and Vodafone Does 360 for Android.)

  • Here's a trend that all mobile operators in mature markets know well: The UK's largest mobile service provider, joint venture EE , says its customer base grew 3.4 percent to 27.9 million by the end of the second quarter, but revenues fell 4.8 percent to £1.72 billion (US$2.7 billion). The operator was formed earlier this year by the merger of Orange UK and T-Mobile (UK) . (See Orange, T-Mobile Do Everything Everywhere .)

  • Listen up, movie buffs! Garfield's Pet Force 3D will soon be available to Virgin Media Inc. (Nasdaq: VMED) customers in the UK, as the cable company has launched its 3D Movies On Demand service. Like Virgin's existing VoD service, it runs on the FilmFlex platform. (See Virgin Media Launches 3D VoD.)

  • The Copenhagen Post Online reports that Denmarks's nationwide Long Term Evolution (LTE)network is set to be completed in 2015 at a cost of more than one billion Danish kroner ($180 million). (See TDC Eyes June LTE Rollout.)

  • Handset maker Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications is not planning to launch any more smartphones based on Nokia Corp. (NYSE: NOK)'s Symbian OS, reports Mobile Business Briefing, citing Swedish newspaper Ny Teknik.

  • Reuters reports that the Kosovo government has received five bids for its state-owned telco, Kosovo Telecom. The bids are from: Deutsche Telekom AG (NYSE: DT), Türk Telekomunikasyon A.S. , Calik Group, Telekom Austria AG (NYSE: TKA; Vienna: TKA), and Yemeni mobile operator Sabafon .

  • That'll teach 'em! Mobile operator 3 Ireland has paid a frankly titchy fine of €1,500 ($2,000) to the regulator Commission for Communications Regulation (ComReg) for overstating its subscriber numbers, reports The Irish Times.

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    — Paul Rainford, freelance editor, special to Light Reading

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