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Ericsson eyes Volvo man, TP expects a windfall and T-Mobile UK slashes its monthly data allowance in today's Euro telecom news digest

Paul Rainford

January 12, 2011

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Euronews: Jan. 12

Ericsson AB (Nasdaq: ERIC), Telekomunikacja Polska SA and T-Mobile (UK) are the straws in the wind of today's Euro telecom news update.

  • Leif Johansson, currently the chief executive of Volvo, is being tipped to become the new chairman of Ericsson when he steps down from his role at the car maker later this year, according to The Financial Times. The networks giant is looking for someone to fill the shoes of Michael Treschow, who plans to retire in 2011.

  • Polish operator Telekomunikacja Polska (TP), which is owned by Orange (NYSE: FTE), could be in line to receive 1.5 billion zloty (US$509 million) from the sale of Emitel, its terrestrial radio and TV infrastructure unit, reports Warsaw Business Journal, citing Rzeczpospolita.

  • According to the EU Observer, Neelie Kroes, the European Commission 's vice-president for the Digital Agenda, has added her voice to the chorus of disapproval surrounding Hungary's new media law. Among other things, the law requires official registration of all blogs and online forums, which would seem to fly in the face of the whole Internet free-speech-within-reason thang.

  • UK mobile operator T-Mobile has halved the monthly data allowance, from 1 Gbyte to 500 Mbyte, offered to most of its subscribers, reports the BBC. Expect much disgruntlement on British blogs.

    — Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

About the Author(s)

Paul Rainford

Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

Paul is based on the Isle of Wight, a rocky outcrop off the English coast that is home only to a colony of technology journalists and several thousand puffins.

He has worked as a writer and copy editor since the age of William Caxton, covering the design industry, D-list celebs, tourism and much, much more.

During the noughties Paul took time out from his page proofs and marker pens to run a small hotel with his other half in the wilds of Exmoor. There he developed a range of skills including carrying cooked breakfasts, lying to unwanted guests and stopping leaks with old towels.

Now back, slightly befuddled, in the world of online journalism, Paul is thoroughly engaged with the modern world, regularly firing up his VHS video recorder and accidentally sending text messages to strangers using a chipped Nokia feature phone.

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