Complaints from Apple and Microsoft have prompted the European Commission to open two formal antitrust investigations into whether Motorola Mobility has "abusively" contravened commitments it gave to standard-setting organizations over what are deemed "essential patents" -- that is, patents that are declared essential to produce standard-compliant products on so-called FRAND (fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory) terms. Motorola has sought to block the sale of a number of Apple products in various territories over recent months. (See EC Investigates Moto Mobility, EC Hints at Smartphone Patent Probe and Apple Sues Moto .)
Franco Bernabe, the executive chairman of Telecom Italia (TIM) , is considering spinning off its access network, reports Reuters, citing an interview in the Il Sole 24 Ore business newspaper. The move could raise as much as €4 billion (US$5.34 billion), the newspaper added.
Vodafone Netherlands suffered a major outage this morning as a fire swept through a network center in Rotterdam, reports Bloomberg. Around 700 transmission towers were out of service following the fire.
U.K. regulator Ofcom is proposing that calls from mobiles to 0800 "freephone" numbers should indeed be free, as they are from BT landlines. At the moment the cost of 0800 calls from mobiles varies widely, and can be up to 21 pence (33 US cents) a minute.