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UK leans on ISPs over illegal downloads

The UK government is to consult on legislation to punish Internet service providers if they fail to take action against the illegal downloading of music, films and TV programmes. The…

AEPOC chief refutes pirate allegations

Davide Rossi, chief of AEPOC, the anti-digital media piracy industry association, has denied allegations in the Italian press that he is implicated in smart card pirate ring. In recent days…

Eutelsat appoints Maine

Eutelsat Communications has appointed former BT and Kingston employee Steve Maine as CEO of their jointly-owned venture offering Mobile Satellite Services (MSS) in S-Band. The Joint Venture, known under the…

BSkyB appeals Competition ruling

BSkyB has confirmed it is to launch a legal challenge against key conclusions of the Competition Commission’s report on its investment in ITV plc and the Secretary of State’s consequent…

SK takeover of Hanaro approved

The Ministry of Information and Communication (MIC) in Korea has approved the acquisition of Hanaro Telecom by SK Telecom. SK won a 1.090 billion KRW bid for the company late…

OmniGlobe buys BTIG

OmniGlobe Networks, specialist in delivering cellular, broadband Internet and VoIP services, has acquired Bandwidth Technologies International Group Limited (BTIG), the UK based international provider of satellite communications systems. OmniGlobe Networks,…

New regulation for broadcast PRS providers

PhonepayPlus (previously known as ICSTIS) has announced that service providers looking to provide premium rate services (PRS) to broadcasters must first seek its permission. Taken alongside tough new rules for…

RTVE and Telefonica in multimedia deal

From David Del Valle in Madrid The Spanish state-owned group, RTVE -that operates the terrestrial TVE 1 and La 2- and the incumbent telco Telefonica have signed a 3-year strategic…

SES falls

SES Global reported profit and turnover down but declared it was still in the market for small add on acquisitions despite its failed offer for Spacecom of Israel. Net profit…

Australia consider 3 strike rule

The Australian Government is considering a three-strikes policy against computer users who download illegally. The Government will examine new legislative proposals being unveiled in Britain this week to target people…