Eurobites: Vodafone UK Ditches Line Rental Charge for Broadband Newbies & Upgraders

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Facebook defends itself in Germany; Belgian MVNE wins private equity funding; apps will keep banks in check, says UK watchdog.

  • Vodafone UK is removing line rental charges for new and upgrading fiber home broadband customers, tapping into the resentment many British consumers feel about have to pay these charges when they barely use their landlines for anything but broadband. In its announcement of the new offer, Vodafone cites a study by UK regulator Ofcom , which found that 45% of those asked said that Internet access was the most important reason for having a landline. The typical cost of line rental is around £18 (US$23) a month.

  • Facebook has been defending itself in the face of allegations from the German authorities that the social network was dragging its feet in response to requests for data in the wake of last month's terrorist-inspired attacks in the Bavarian cities of Munich, Würzburg and Ansbach. As Reuters reports, Facebook maintains that it has provided "round the clock assistance" to the authorities, adding that many of the requests it received for user data were badly formulated.

  • Effortel SA , the Belgium-based mobile virtual network enabler (MVNE), has received financial backing from private equity fund Saffelberg Investments to help drive its global expansion plans forward. Effortel provides "telecom enablement services" to a range of big-name corporations, including Carrefour, Total and Equity Bank (Kenya). (See Is Hue an MVNE Trendsetter?)

  • Smartphone-based banking is being promoted as the way to increase competition among Britain's big banks, with the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) declaring that new phone-based apps should be introduced by 2018, the BBC reports. The idea is that such apps would be able to help customers compare banking costs and services more easily by sharing their data with banks and relevant websites in a new "open banking revolution." What could possibly go wrong?

    — Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

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