EU to clamp down on net neutrality abuses

EU commissioner Neelie Kroes has said forthcoming net neutrality legislation will ensure telecoms operator cannot block or throttle competing services while offering a predictable regulatory framework that encourages network investments.

In a speech delivered to the European Parliament in Brussels, Kroes said “failure to take coordinated action on net neutrality would shatter the fragile construction” of a single European telecoms market – something the commissioner believes is necessary if the European industry is to thrive years ahead.

Credit impact of Telecom Italia spinoff depends on regulation: Fitch

The credit impact on Telecom Italia of spinning off its fixed-line network depends on the details of the agreement the Italian incumbent strikes with the country’s regulatory authorities, according to Fitch Ratings.

In a statement published this week, the ratings agency says there would be a strategic advantage in maintaining control of the network, especially as there is no infrastructure-based competition from cable companies in Italy.

Rogers, Videotron extend reach with network-sharing deal

Reuters

Rogers Communications Inc and Quebecor Inc's Videotron wireless arm plan to build and operate a shared high-speed wireless network in and around Québec, a cost-saving arrangement that is expected to stoke competition in the French-speaking Canadian province.

Rogers (Toronto, Canada), the nation's largest wireless provider, now spends far more on its network than its main rivals, Telus Corp (Burnaby, Canada) and BCE Inc's Bell (Montreal, Canada) unit, do on their shared network.

Deutsche Telekom mulling Eastern European acquisitions

Deutsche Telekom is mulling two acquisitions in Eastern Europe as it looks to reinvigorate operations in a region beset by regulatory and economic challenges, according to a report from Dow Jones Newswires.

Citing sources familiar with the matter, Dow Jones claims the German incumbent is pursuing a takeover of GTS Central Europe (Warsaw, Poland), a broadband optical and IP network provider.

Currently owned by a group of financial investors, Deutsche Telekom (Bonn, Germany) is said to be in discussions to pay around €600 million ($775.7 million) for the asset.

SigFox strikes infrastructure deal with TDF

SigFox, which claims to be the first cellular operator dedicated exclusively to M2M, has signed a deal with infrastructure owner TDF that will help it to expand the coverage of its network in France.

Under the arrangements, TDF (Paris, France) – which is Europe’s biggest owner of broadcast and telecoms masts – will deploy, host and maintain a part of SigFox’s French network.

SigFox (Toulouse, France) says it will use a large number of TDF’s towers but aim to maximize radio coverage at each one of them to reduce the network’s economic and environmental footprint.

Google to bankroll, build wireless networks across Africa: WSJ

Reuters

Google Inc intends to finance, build and help operate wireless networks from sub-Saharan Africa to Southeast Asia, hoping to connect a billion or so people in emerging countries to the Internet, the Wall Street Journal reported on Friday.

The Internet search giant - which has for years espoused universal Web access - is employing a patchwork quilt of technologies and holding discussions with regulators from South Africa to Kenya, the WSJ cited people familiar with the strategy as saying.

Huawei's Middle East revenue rose 18% in 2012: executive

Reuters

China's Huawei Technologies Co's Middle East revenue rose 18 percent to $2.08 billion in 2012 and the roll-out of 4G mobile networks and IT outsourcing will be among its main regional growth drivers, the firm said.

The world's second-largest telecom equipment maker also expects Middle East telecom operators to prioritize improving network efficiency, Shi Yaohong, president of Huawei Middle East, told Reuters in an email.

Loco Connect 2013

Date
Start Date: 
Tuesday, November 12, 2013
End Date: 
Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Amsterdam:

LoCo Connect is your chance to engage with and learn from those leading retail businesses, payment systems, mobile technologies, Flash Sales, Daily Deals, Data Expert, Agencies, VCs, Innovators, Publishers, Vendors and Consumers. 

Exclusive: EU cites Chinese telecoms Huawei and ZTE for trade violations

Reuters

Europe's top trade official for the first time late on Friday officially cited Chinese mobile telecommunications equipment makers Huawei and ZTE Corp for violating anti-dumping and anti-subsidy guidelines.

European Union Trade Commissioner Karel De Gucht said he was prepared to launch a formal investigation into anti-competitive behavior by these Chinese companies in order to protect a "strategic" sector of Europe's economy.

3rd Annual Smart Grids And Smart Meters Summit

Date
Start Date: 
Tuesday, September 24, 2013
End Date: 
Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Abu Dhabi:

With a solid background and rich experience in organizing high value Utility Conferences, Fleming Gulf is delighted to announce the 3rd Annual Smart Grids And Smart Meters Summit : Gateway To A Smart Future 

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