Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: BT/EE merger under scrutiny; Rostelecom's fixed-line loss; small is beautiful for UK's ISPs.

Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe

March 16, 2015

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Eurobites: Germany Invests €10B in Better Broadband

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: BT/EE merger under scrutiny; Rostelecom's fixed-line loss; small is beautiful for UK's ISPs.

  • The German government plans to invest more than €10 billion (US$10.6 billion) in high-speed broadband, with €8 billion ($8.4 billion) of that coming from the country's telecom industry, according a Deutsche Welle report citing an interview in the Rheinische Post. According to Alexander Dobrindt, Germany's Transport and Infrastructure Minister, at least €1 billion of the total will be generated by the country's forthcoming mobile spectrum auction.

    • The UK's competition authority has begun scrutinizing BT Group plc (NYSE: BT; London: BTA)'s proposed acquisition of mobile operator EE , reports the Financial Times (subscription required). A letter sent to interested parties and seen by the newspaper pinpoints several areas of potential concern, among them how BT provides backhaul for what will be its mobile rivals, and the provision of quad-play packages. (See BT Locks Down £12.5B EE Takeover Deal.)

    • Naguib Sawiris, the founder of Egypt's Orascom Telecom and the former owner of Italy's Wind Telecomunicazioni SpA , is weighing up an acquisition in Italy's Internet sector and planning a new data center in Milan, reports Reuters, citing Corriere della Sera. Sawiris already controls Italiaonline, an Internet company.

    • Rostelecom is the latest Russian operator to feel the effects of the economic uncertainty engulfing the country, recording a fourth-quarter net loss from its fixed-line business of 2 billion rubles ($32.2 million), reports Reuters. The operator expects overall revenues to be flat in 2015.

    • New research from Which?, the UK's influential consumer rights organization, has revealed that the larger Internet service providers tend to be near the bottom of the pile in terms of customer satisfaction, while smaller providers are winning the plaudits from their subscribers. In its latest broadband satisfaction survey, BT, Sky and TalkTalk all received a customer score of less than 50%.

      — Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

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Paul Rainford

Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

Paul is based on the Isle of Wight, a rocky outcrop off the English coast that is home only to a colony of technology journalists and several thousand puffins.

He has worked as a writer and copy editor since the age of William Caxton, covering the design industry, D-list celebs, tourism and much, much more.

During the noughties Paul took time out from his page proofs and marker pens to run a small hotel with his other half in the wilds of Exmoor. There he developed a range of skills including carrying cooked breakfasts, lying to unwanted guests and stopping leaks with old towels.

Now back, slightly befuddled, in the world of online journalism, Paul is thoroughly engaged with the modern world, regularly firing up his VHS video recorder and accidentally sending text messages to strangers using a chipped Nokia feature phone.

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