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.
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...