T-Mobile accuses Telekom Austria of 'deceptive packaging'

T-Mobile, the mobile subsidiary of German group Deutsche Telekom, lodged a complaint against Austrian carrier Telekom Austria in connection with the latter's plans to launch a new discount brand, a Financial Times report said.

Austria's largest telecom operator is hoping to compete with Telering, an Austrian low-cost mobile phone company that T-Mobile recently acquired for 1.3 billion euros, according to the report.

Telekom Austria is now only just ahead of T-Mobile on the Austrian market, and the German company is aiming to become the market leader by the end of the year.

T-Mobile alleged that Telekom Austria, through its "Bob" brand, was using "deceptive packaging" for the wireless services, the report said.

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ntl:Telewest selects Ericsson as technology partner

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Ericsson had been selected by the British cable operator ntl:Telewest as a technology and services partner to help with developments to its telephone network using VoIP technology, a company statement said. \n

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The companies have signed a five-year agreement, the statement also said.

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The initial phase of the agreement is to help build a residential VoIP service utilizing Ericsson\'s IMS platform which has been installed and is undergoing testing ahead of launch. \n

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Under the agreement Ericsson will also be involved with upgrading ntl:Telewest\'s voice network from circuit-switched technology to IP using Ericsson\'s IP-based telephony softswitch solution. \n

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No financial information was provided.

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Broadband

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US-based Internet phone firm unveils global calling plan ',1]);//-->The new brand, which was selling its services via supermarkets, post offices and petrol stations, was hoping to gain tens of thousands of customers, the report further said.

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