BSS (inc. billing, revenue assurance)

Euronews: Sept. 24

It's a day of financial, legal, and employment news, with Intec Telecom Systems plc (London: ITL), Italtel SpA , and Google (Nasdaq: GOOG) making the headlines in Europe.

  • British billing systems specialist Intec Telecom Systems is set to be acquired by CSG Systems International Inc. (Nasdaq: CSGS) in a deal valued at £236.7 million (US$370 million). (See CSG to Buy Intec for £237M and CSG to Buy Intec.)

  • Italian VoIP systems vendor Italtel has named Telecom Italia (TIM) CTO Stefano Pileri as its new CEO. Pileri, a regular speaker on the broadband conference circuit, joins following approval of Italtel's re-financing, which included a €70 million ($93 million) capital increase that was supported by Telecom Italia and long-time investor Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO). (See Italtel Names New CEO, Chairman and BBWF: WDM PON? Bring It On!.)

  • Google has come out on top in the Spanish courts after a copyright case brought by broadcaster Telecinco was thrown out, reports The Guardian. Telecinco had argued that the search giant's YouTube video-sharing site should be held responsible for copyrighted material that has been uploaded onto the YouTube platform.

  • Not on your Neelie... European telecom bosses appear to be none too thrilled by European Commissioner Neelie Kroes's proposals for the regulation of next-generation broadband, reports the Financial Times. The Digital Agenda Commissioner wants the larger operators to offer competitors cheap access to their networks, just as they do over copper. (See Europe's 'Digital Oxygen' and Euronews: Sept. 21.)

  • UK telecom regulator Ofcom looks as if it may be more than a little singed by the British government's threatened "Bonfire of the Quangos." The British Broadcasting Corp. (BBC) reports that a hitlist of the quangos (quasi-autonomous non-governmental organizations) that may either get the chop completely, or be drastically shrunk to help reduced the national debt, indicates that Ofcom will be merged with postal regulator Postcomm and "subject to substantial reform."

  • Nervous times for Polish mobile operators, says Mobile Business Briefing, citing Warsaw Business Journal, as the country's Office of Competition and Consumer Protection, UOKiK, has indicated that Poland's big four -- Orange, Era, Plus, and Play -- could be facing a fine of 2.5 billion Polish zloty ($843 million) between them when UOKiK completes its investigation into alleged price fixing.

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    — Paul Rainford, freelance editor, special to Light Reading

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