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Euronews: Libya's Internet Battle

Renesys Corp. , Alcatel-Lucent (NYSE: ALU) and Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO) peer over the parapet in today's take on the EMEA telecom headlines.

  • As the fighting in Libya appears to be reaching its conclusion, Renesys CTO Jim Cowie, writing in the Huffington Post, has been trying to track what's been happening to the country's Internet connection in the midst of the chaos. The latest is: It's back on. (See Egypt Unplugs From the Internet.)

  • French Internet service providers are planning to drop the all-you-can-eat approach to data pricing, according to a report on Reuters, citing Le Parisien. It is hoped the move will address the country's "data-hog" problem -- currently, just 5 percent of consumers use around 80 percent of bandwidth, says the newspaper.

  • Alcatel-Lucent is trumpeting its role in an EU-funded project to widen Internet access in eastern Poland. Working with Telekomunikacja Polska SA and HAWE SA , AlcaLu intends to play its part in the design, construction and operation of networks that will address the needs of the regional governments. (See AlcaLu Plays Part in Polish Project.)

  • Further out east, in the wide open spaces of Siberia, Cisco is deploying its CRS-3 Carrier Routing System on behalf of Mobile TeleSystems OJSC (MTS) (NYSE: MBT) to help address the shortage of IPv4 addresses. The vendor's Network Address Translation offering makes it possible to share one address among several subscribers. (See MTS Deploys Cisco's CRS-3 in Siberia.)

  • The U.K. government has summoned all the major social networks to a meeting on Thursday for a post-riots summit, reports the BBC. At the time of writing, only Facebook has accepted the invitation. Social networking sites -- and in particular BlackBerry messaging -- played a significant role in the coordination of the recent unrest in British cities. (See Euronews: RIM Acts in Wake of UK Riots .)

  • And while we're on the subject: All-conquering Facebook has been criticized by David Jones, chief executive of leading U.K advertising group Havas, for failing to make enough money out of its gazillions of devotees. Interviewed in the Daily Telegraph, Jones says that Facebook should be looking more at things like location-based advertising rather than "traditional" models. Don't suppose Mr. Zuckerberg will lose too much sleep over the comments.

    — Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

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