Euronews: Dec. 1

Telia Company , Telefónica O2 Germany GmbH & Co. OHG , Salt SA , and BT Group plc (NYSE: BT; London: BTA) are up and running in today's Euro telecom news sprint.

  • More Long Term Evolution (LTE) news than you can shake a stick at today. First up we have TeliaSonera launching the first commercial 4G services in Finland, specifically in the cities of Turku and Helsinki. The network operates in the 2.6GHz band, and potential subscribers will have to find €46 (US$60.20) a month. (See TeliaSonera Launches 4G in Finland.)

  • Some quick-on-their-feet O2 subscribers in Germany will be able to get LTE for free for six months as part of a trial of the technology in Ebersberg, Munich, Teutschenthal, and Halle, reports Engadget Mobile. Download speeds of up to 93 Mbit/s have already been recorded during early trials.

  • Mobile News reports that the Swiss telecom regulator has a set a date of summer 2011 (if you can call that a date) for the LTE spectrum auction. Operators Orange, Sunrise Communications AG , Swisscom AG (NYSE: SCM), and Inphone Ltd. are thought to be forming an orderly queue.

  • UK incumbent BT has signed a five-year deal with satellite operator Avanti Communications Group plc to use the newly launched Hylas 1 as part of its plan to bring super-fast broadband to the outlying English county of Cornwall and beyond. The deal is said to be worth around £1.2 million ($1.87 million). (See Avanti Agrees Satellite Deal With BT, Avanti Launches Broadband Satellite, and BT Preps 'Landmark' FTTC Investment.)

  • Interesting times for Google (Nasdaq: GOOG), as ever: The Daily Telegraph reports that the search giant has admitted it "could have been more transparent" in the way it ranks rivals' entries, following the European Commission 's decision to formally investigate allegations of listings jiggery-pokery from smaller rivals. Google probably doesn't need this when it is on the verge of making its biggest acquisition to date, reports Reuters.

    — Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

  • spc_markl 12/5/2012 | 4:17:06 PM
    re: Euronews: Dec. 1

    I think Google starting out with "a conciliatory approach" is a good strategy.


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