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Euronews: Skype Avoids Russian Regulation

Skype Ltd., Liberty Global Inc. and TeliaSonera AB loom large in today's trawl of the EMEA headlines.

  • The Russian federal communications agency is refusing to license VoIP provider Skype, according to a report on RAPSI, the Russian legal information agency. This is good news for Skype, but bad news for Russian telcos, which want Skype to be regulated as a "normal" communications service provider, so it is subject to the same rules and constraints as they are.

  • Liberty Global boss John Malone has pulled out of the bidding war with Vodafone Group plc over German cable operator Kabel Deutschland GmbH, reports Bloomberg. Malone hinted that he would be focusing his takeover energies on southern Europe from here on in. (See Euronews: Liberty Enters Kabel M&A Fray.)

  • Nordic operator TeliaSonera saw its second-quarter revenues dip 3.9 percent year-on-year to 25.27 billion Swedish kroner (US$3.83 billion) but, according to this Bloomberg report, the corresponding fall in profits was not as pronounced as some analysts predicted, thanks to growth in its Eurasian operations and cost-cutting.

  • Mobile Telephone Networks (MTN)'s South African operation has opted for revenue assurance and traffic management software from CSG Systems International Inc. CSG Route will enable MTN wholesale customers to keep track of trading, routing, and quality variables in MTN's network, while CSG Assure is intended to verify quality of service and detect any instances of fraud in MTN's international voice traffic.

  • And finally … are they taking the p*ss? The BBC reports that scientists at Bristol University in the U.K. claim to have partially recharged a Samsung mobile phone using a combination of microbial fuel cells and, erm, urine. Now wash your hands please...

    — Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

  • Ray Le Maistre 7/17/2013 | 11:43:30 AM
    re: Euronews: Skype Avoids Russian Regulation regarding the BBC report -- I wonder of this is a new approach to voice over I pee?

    And if they develop this through a number of iterations, might the technology achieve I Pee Version Six status?

    OK, I'm stopping now...
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