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In today's EMEA roundup: Bankers reckon Deutsche Telekom could quit UK; Panasonic tries again in Europe; ruling lets ISPs off copyright hook

Paul Rainford

November 25, 2011

2 Min Read
Euronews: T-Mobile Sale Focus Switches to UK

Deutsche Telekom AG (NYSE: DT), AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) and Panasonic Corp. (NYSE: PC) forego the shopping mall to make some telecom news noise in Black Friday's EMEA roundup.

  • Senior investment bankers in the telecom sphere have told Reuters U.S. that Deutsche Telekom may have to sell its T-Mobile (UK) operation if its stalled deal with AT&T in the U.S. eventually collapses. T-Mobile forms half of the EE joint venture with Orange UK . (See AT&T Withdraws T-Mobile Merger Application , FCC Requests Hearing on AT&T/T-Mobile Merger and Govt Blocks AT&T/T-Mobile Deal.)

    • Panasonic, the Japanese consumer electronics giant, is to have another crack at selling mobile phones in Europe, reports Reuters, citing Nikkei business daily. The firm, which pulled out of the European market in 2005, is in talks with an unnamed major European operator, and plans to sell Android devices in the region.

      • A European Court of Justice ruling on Thursday will have been music to the ears of Internet service providers (ISPs) across the region, reports the EU Observer. In a precedent-setting case involving Sabam, the Belgian royalties-collecting organization, the court ruled that Netherlands-based ISP Scarlet B.V. could not be forced to filter Internet traffic or block users from illegally sharing copyrighted music or other files. (See EC Reports on Net Neutrality.)

        • Elsewhere in the Euro corridors of power, the European Commission has been threatening member states that are dragging their feet on implementing new EU telecom rules with possible financial penalties. It's not the first time they've been nagged -- a similar letter went out back in July. (See EC Acts Against Rulebreakers.)

          • U.K. incumbent BT has signed a €50 million (US$66 million) managed-services deal with energy firm FCC. The contract runs for five years, and will cover WAN/LAN services, fixed voice, videoconferencing and remote access for around 12,000 users located in 850 sites worldwide. (See BT Wins €50M Managed Services Deal and Euronews: BT Profits Up 36% in Q2.)

            • U.K. mobile operator Telefónica UK Ltd. (O2) has launched a "telehealth" service which enables medical staff to use their office computers to link up electronically and conduct remote patient-clinician consultations. Called "Side by Side" and already trialled in the draughty Western Isles of Scotland, the service combines video, audio and instant messaging features. (See O2 Launches Telehealth Service.)

              — Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

About the Author(s)

Paul Rainford

Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

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

During the nougthies he 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 sending text messages to strangers using a chipped Nokia feature phone.

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