Euronews: Nov. 15

Tele2 AB (Nasdaq: TLTO), Telenor Group (Nasdaq: TELN), Google (Nasdaq: GOOG), and Three UK provide that Monday morning feeling in today's roundup of Euro telecom news nuggets.

  • Scandinavia is fast becoming a hotbed for Long Term Evolution (LTE), and today Swedish operators Tele2 and Telenor join the fray with the launch of their services in the cities of Stockholm, Gothenburg, Malmö, and Karlskrona. Speeds of up to 80 Mbit/s are being confidently predicted. (See Tele2 Launches LTE in Sweden, Euronews: Nov. 12, and TDC Picks Ericsson for LTE .)

  • Also on the LTE front, Moscow News reports -- citing Vedomosti -- that RZD, the company that runs Russia's railways, has revealed it may bid for an LTE license. According to the report, RZD thinks that having its own LTE network would help it fight terrorism.

  • Poland is the latest European nation to become decidedly disgruntled with Google's Street View mapping/world domination program, reports Warsaw Business Journal. The Website, citing daily newspaper Dziennik Gazeta Prawna, says that Poland's Inspector General for Personal Data Protection is demanding that the search giant destroys its source photographs immediately after they are uploaded to the Internet. (See Google's Apology, Remixed, Euronews: Oct. 25, and Euronews: Sept. 22.)

  • Mobile operator 3 is removing a couple of bricks from the paywall that Rupert Murdoch recently constructed around his UK broadsheet newspapers, The Times and The Sunday Times, by offering new customers three months' free access to the online content. After that time, however, the bricks go back in and access will cost £2 (US$3.20) per week. (See 3 Teams With The Times.)

    — Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

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