Euronews: August 4

9:00 AM -- Telecom Italia (TIM) , Swisscom AG (NYSE: SCM), and good old BT Group plc (NYSE: BT; London: BTA) all feature in the bullet-pointed goody-bag that is today's European telecom news roundup.
  • Telecom Italia has reached an agreement with the unions over the long-threatened layoffs that form part of the telco's three-year business plan, reports Reuters. According to a union source, the deal sees 3,900 voluntary redundancies and a further 1,550 workers being retrained and transferred to other company posts. (See Axe Falls Again at Telecom Italia.)

  • Mixed news for Swisscom, which saw its second-quarter profits drop by 7.5 percent while at the same time almost doubling its number of IPTV subscribers in the last 12 months. (See Swisscom Posts Q2.)

  • Orange France is looking to do a bit of spectrum recycling, so to speak, as it announced a pilot to test HSPA in the 1800MHz band in the country. Orange will provide the network for the trial, Ericsson AB (Nasdaq: ERIC) the base stations, and Qualcomm Inc. (Nasdaq: QCOM) the rest. (See Orange Preps UMTS 1800 Trial.)

  • A nation mourns as UK giant BT has been forced by minnow broadband provider Rutland Telecom to execute a U-turn over the the way it supplies information about how addresses are linked to its network, reports the BBC. BT will now have to make this information much more widely available.

  • It never rains but it pours... The Guardian reports that BT has also had its knuckles rapped by the UK's Advertising Standards Authority for an ad campaign, now banned, that promised "instant broadband," without providing any proof that this unlikely scenario was actually going to happen.

  • With the help of ZTE Corp. (Shenzhen: 000063; Hong Kong: 0763), Spanish broadband provider Iberbanda is to deploy what is said to be the country's first WiMax 802.16e network in the largely rural and easy-on-the-eye provinces of Galicia and Asturias. (See ZTE Deploys WiMax in Spain and Clearwire Launches on the Costa del Sol.)

  • You just can't keep those groovy fellers at UK regulator Ofcom out of our Euronews roundup: Now they're referring the market for pay-TV movies to the U.K. Competition Commission , reports Reuters, on the suspicion that satellite broadcaster Sky has all the other potential players by the short and curlies.

    — Paul Rainford, freelance editor, special to Light Reading

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