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March 21, 2014
Also in today's EMEA roundup: Turkey blocks Twitter; roaming milestone; chickens from hell!
Just when we thought it was all done and dusted, the SFR bidding war has been reignited with a fresh offer from Bouygues Telecom , adding another €1.85 billion (US$2.55 billion) in cash to its previous bid, reports Reuters. SFR's owner, Vivendi , had begun exclusive negotiations with Numericable-SFR earlier in the week, but this latest bid, which has the backing of the French government through the state CDC fund, will no doubt put the cat among the pigeons [Editor's note: Surely the chat parmi les pigeons?] (See Euronews: Iliad Shares Soar in Wake of Bouygues Pact.)
The Turkish government is trying to block Twitter, according to this BBC report. The Turkish prime minister, Tayyip Erdogan, had it in for the microblogging platform after users had posted documents to the site reportedly showing evidence of government corruption.
The European Parliament has moved another step closer to ending roaming charges in the European Union, with a vote in favor of the plan for a telecom single market by the Parliament's Industry, Research and Energy Committee.
Which?, the influential UK consumer rights organization, has conducted fresh research that reveals the not altogether surprising news that most British consumers are still not getting the broadband speeds or levels of service that they had been led to believe they were paying for. The research found that 63% of them experienced problems with their broadband, and 45% specifically suffering from slow download speeds. Which? has started an online petition in a surely doomed attempt to put matters right. See this press release for more details.
And finally… there's been a lot of talk this week about prehistoric "chickens from hell," the remains of which have been found in North and South Dakota. Okay, it's got absolutely nothing to do with telecoms (though they might have tweeted) or the EMEA region for that matter, but we'd just like to set the record straight. Get with the program, dino-boffins: Giant, hair-raising chickens aren't just bones in the Dakota dust -- they are still very much walking among us. And they should not be approached… Figure 1: A chicken from hell.
— Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading
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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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