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Vodafone Germany has signed a deal with Deutsche Telekom to allow the mobile operator to use the German carrier's VDSL network for the launch of new high-speed broadband and IPTV services. The deal with Deutsche Telekom also caused a fall in the share price of Germany's largest cable operator, Kabel Deutschland, because Vodafone Germany will have less need to buy cable assets.
The European Union's digital agenda commissioner, Neelie Kroes, said the creation of a single market for the European telecoms industry is a major priority for the rest of her mandate, and said she is not retiring until she has achieved her goal.
Telefónica Digital has announced a deal with Samsung Electronics in a move that many are hailing as the most significant carrier billing agreement to date as it unites one of the world's largest operators with the world's biggest handset maker.
Plans provided by operators to allow users to share large data buckets among several mobile devices are seen as an important customer retention and revenue-generating tactic. However, a new report says such plans are still thin on the ground, particularly in Europe.
UK mobile operator 3 UK has discussed the option of pooling its 800 MHz spectrum with that of rival operator EE, and also suggested it could launch commercial LTE services ahead of schedule this year.
China has threatened to retaliate if the European Union opens an investigation into Chinese equipment manufacturers over alleged anti-competitive behaviour.
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Google took the opportunity at its annual developer conference to push its next royalty-free video codec, VP9, CNET reported. Work on the technology is expected to be finished next month, at which point Google's Chrome and YouTube will begin using it, according to a recent update to a WebM discussion group.