THE WRAP: Reding rocks roaming boat

On Monday the EU's Commissioner for telecoms, Viviane Reding, sent a shiver through the mobile industry when she promised to take action if the roaming charges for SMS and other data usage didn't fall substantially and immediately.

 

On Tuesday, the Commission seemed intent on proving it wasn't against operators per se, confirming that it would not prevent mobile carriers for charging users for receiving calls in their own countries.

 

China Development Bank is to stump up €640 million and Huawei pledged to upgrade infrastructure as part of £1.1 billion investment in Play, Poland's fourth biggest mobile operator. It was launched 16 months ago and has 1.4 million customers.

 

In traffic going the other way, Alcatel-Lucent won a €643 million deal from China Mobile, which prompted Ericsson to point out it had not wanted the contract anyway.

 

And as for playing in other people's back yards, Korea's Samsung took delight in pointing out it has a growing market share in Finland, home of the might Nokia.

 

BT too has decided to play away from home, offering its new converged mobile offering for enterprises in Asia. After so many failed attempts in its home market, it's touching that BT hasn't given up. In an echo of previous products, the new service is called Corporate Fusion - will that become Confusion‾

 

Meanwhile Sweden's Parliament approved a law that gives authorities sweeping powers to eavesdrop on all email and telephone traffic that crosses the Nordic nation's borders.

 

In a week that saw an outbreak of discount deals on the new iPhone, Funambol announced free, open source email for the device while AT&T and Apple settled their legal differences over their iPhone agreement.

 

And finally, Australian regulator has struck a blow for eBay users all over the world by saying that the online auction house cannot compel all purchases to be made via PayPal (also owned by eBay), as it will restrict competition. It was widely believed that the Australian market model would be rolled out around the world in due course, so this is a considerable blow down-under for eBay.

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