Euronews: 'Single Market' Plan Rolls Into Action
News Analysis Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe 3/15/2013
The European Commission, Telefónica SA, Nokia Siemens Networks and Bouygues Telecom proffer something for the weekend in Friday's run through the EMEA headlines.
EU leaders are expected to give a "cautious welcome" to proposals for a single European telecom market today, according to a Reuters report. The European Commission will be asked to draw up a detailed plan by October, says the report. In a EurActiv video interview at Mobile World Congress last month, Neelie Kroes, the European Commission's vice president for the Digital Agenda, expressed her frustration at the lack of cross-border consistency in the European telecom market. (See Euronews: Telcos Should Eat Each Other.)
Telefónica I+D, the research and development arm of the Spanish giant, has completed lab tests of Nokia Siemens Networks' FlexiGrid transport architecture, claiming that the tests showed that generalized multi-protocol label switching (GMPLS)-based FlexiGrid networks are "technically feasible." That'll be something that Coriant, the new optical company comprising NSN's optical business and the remains of Sycamore, will be able to shout about once NSN completes the sale of its optical business. (See NSN to Sell Optical Business and Sycamore + NSN Optical = Coriant.)
French mobile operator Bouygues Telecom has been granted permission by regulator ARCEP to re-use its existing voice spectrum for 4G, reports Reuters. It can start offering 4G services from Oct. 1. Everything Everywhere Ltd. (EE), the joint venture between France Télécom – Orange and T-Mobile (UK), did a similar thing in the U.K., thereby stealing a march on its rivals.
An organization dedicated to help households address the problem of their TVs experiencing interference from 4G signals has been launched in the U.K., reports the BBC. On Monday, at800, as the organization has been christened, will begin live trials in the West Midlands region, temporarily activating some 4G masts to see how many households are affected.
MTN Group Ltd. is off the hook in Uganda, reports Reuters, as the courts there have thrown out a tax fraud case which implicated the unit's CEO and a dozen other officials on charges of tax evasion and conspiracy.
And finally, a U.S. report has found that European drivers are less likely to be talking on, or fiddling with, their mobile phones than their American counterparts. They're also less likely to have a bumper sticker declaring "Jesus is my airbag," but that's another story.
— Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading
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