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European telcos set up smartphone panel

20 января 2011

European telecommunications companies, concerned at the potential for unfair practices in the smartphone market, have set up a panel to monitor the development of mobile operating systems, according to the Financial Times.

The operators are wary that rapid advances made by Google Inc.'s Android system and Apple Inc.'s iOS iPhone platform could create a duopoly in the segment, the report says. That concern led the chief executives of Vodafone Group PLC, Telefonica SA, France Telecom and Deutsche Telekom to meet in October, when they agreed to send a letter to European digital commissioner Neelie Kroes.

According to the FT report, a person close to the operators said they would like to see greater competition from Nokia Corp.'s Symbian smartphone operating system and Microsoft Corp.'s Windows Mobile 7.

Citing the letter to Kroes, the FT said the CEOs agreed to create an expert group to closely watch "the evolutions of the mobile ecosystem" for potential unfair practices that may limit "openness and the customers' freedom of choice." The report said one person close to the operators confirmed the group had been set up, but no evidence of unfair practice had so far been found.

Источник: Total Telecom

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