Speaking of which … Russian giant VimpelCom has struck a deal with Google that will allow the mobile operator's customers to purchase Google Play content using their prepaid credit or monthly bill. (See Vimpelcom, Google in Charging Pact.)
U.K. regulator Ofcom is proposing a range of controls of the prices that BT charges for its leased lines. The recommended price caps are linked to inflation, as measured by the U.K.'s Retail Price Index (RPI), and will apply to both BT's legacy leased lines using what Ofcom calls TI (traditional interface) technology and newer Ethernet lines.
The frankly dull merry-go-round of telecom patent battles has lurched into action again, with High Tech Computer Corp. (HTC) (Taiwan: 2498) notching up a victory against Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) in the U.K. courts, reports The Guardian. This particular scrap centered on whether HTC's "slide to unlock" feature infringed an Apple patent. Do you ever feel that vendors' energies are being misdirected?
Vodacom Pty. Ltd. , South Africa's number one mobile operator, is having a change of CEO, replacing Pieter Uys with Shameel Joosub. Joosub is currently CEO of Vodafone España S.A. , though he has previously been managing director at Vodacom.
Today London sees the official opening of The Shard, the tallest building in Western Europe (for the time being at least). It's a big pointy glass thing close to London Bridge -- you can't miss it. Oh, and the telecom angle? Cable firm Prysmian SpA has supplied 350 km of its fire-resistant wares (albeit for power rather than data distribution) to the project. Now we need to just find our Higgs boson story…