Euronews: Nov. 12

Net neutrality, Telia Company , TDC A/S (Copenhagen: TDC), and Vodafone Group plc (NYSE: VOD) are all on the digital agenda in today's Euronews roundup.

  • The European Commission is not planning to introduce any specific regulations to deal with the issue of net neutrality, stated Neelie Kroes, the EC's vice-president for the Digital Agenda, in a speech given Thursday at a summit on "The Open Internet and Net Neutrality in Europe" in Brussels. She noted that Europe's "healthy competitive environment allows tackling many potential problems at their root, avoiding the emergence of monopolistic gatekeepers which could create serious dangers for net neutrality... This is why the debate is different here than in the United States." She noted that the issue of net neutrality will be closely monitored by the EC, and that future efforts will be aimed at delivering "effective competition, transparency to allow consumer choice, and ease of switching [for users from one service provider to another]."
  • Swedish carrier TeliaSonera is keeping things Nordic by picking Nokia Networks and Ericsson AB (Nasdaq: ERIC) for its Long Term Evolution (LTE) rollout in Finland, reports Reuters.

  • The private equity owners of Danish incumbent TDC are to issue new stock that will be offered to Danish investors and international institutional investors, it was announced today. The private equity firms, though, say they will retain a significant stake in the carrier, at least for now. No financial details were announced, but Reuters reported that the share issue is set to raise US$2.9 billion.

  • Vodafone has won Albania's first 3G license with a bid of €31.4 million ($42.9 million), more than twice the asking price, reports Global Telecoms Business. Vodafone already holds a 2G license in the country, which is one of the poorest in Europe.

  • The chief executive of Telefónica UK Ltd. , Ronan Dunne, has told the Press Association that the UK mobile operator plans to ramp up investment in its networks by around 25 percent in 2011 to help it cope with the much heralded -- and largely smartphone-driven -- data deluge.

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    — Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

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