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Feb 28, 2013

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BARCELONA (Reuters) – A strange phenomenon hit Hong Kong in late 2011.

As the clock hit 10 pm each night a Coca Cola ad aired on television, prompting thousands of viewers to grab their phones and start shaking them frantically to virtually “catch” the falling bottle caps on the screen and win instant prizes.

Dubbed Chok! Chok! Chok! – meaning rapid motion in local slang – the interactive campaign by McCann Worldgroup became a hit, and sent viewers at home, in cinemas and in front of giant outdoor screens into a frenzy. (link.reuters.com/wux36t)

Feb 28, 2013

Chok! Chok! Chok! advert shakes up mobile marketing

BARCELONA, Feb 28 (Reuters) – A strange phenomenon hit Hong
Kong in late 2011.

As the clock hit 10 pm each night a Coca Cola ad aired on
television, prompting thousands of viewers to grab their phones
and start shaking them frantically to virtually “catch” the
falling bottle caps on the screen and win instant prizes.

Feb 27, 2013

Qtel banks on Morocco ties in Maroc Telecom bid: CEO

BARCELONA (Reuters) – Qatar Telecom QTEL.QA, seeking to complete its North Africa footprint and grow via mobile broadband, said the Gulf country’s good rapport with Morocco could give it an edge over other firms bidding for partly state-owned Maroc Telecom (IAM.CS: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz).

Qtel Chief Executive Nasser Marafih told Reuters in an interview the kingdom of Morocco, which owns 30 percent of Maroc Telecom, would play a role in picking the winner.

Feb 26, 2013

Korean operators warn Europe of “curse” of 4G networks

BARCELONA (Reuters) – South Koreans telecom executives have a message for European cousins who have long looked on in envy at the highly connected Asian market: Be careful what you wish for.

South Korea, the world’s most wired country with 30 percent of its 50 million mobile users on superfast networks, has inspired many European operators ahead of their own rollout of networks based on LTE, or fourth-generation technology.

Feb 26, 2013

Europe needs consistent telco regulation -Kroes

BARCELONA, Feb 26 (Reuters) – Europe’s top technology
regulator called for more consistent telecom regulations to help
create a true regional market for mobile and fixed services and
boost investment in much-needed infrastructure.

European Union commissioner Neelie Kroes said the bloc’s 27
member states needed to align their approach on mobile spectrum
and fibre broadband, among other issues, or risk further
weakening telecom operators’ ability to invest in infrastructure
and keep Europe competitive with the United States and Asia.

Feb 26, 2013

Europe needs consistent telco regulation to thrive-Kroes

BARCELONA, Feb 26 (Reuters) – Europe’s top technology
regulator called for more consistent telecom regulations to help
create a true regional market for mobile and fixed services and
boost investment in much-needed infrastructure.

European Union commissioner Neelie Kroes said the bloc’s 27
member states needed to align their approach on mobile spectrum
and fibre broadband, among other issues, or risk further
weakening telecom operators’ ability to invest in infrastructure
and keep Europe competitive with the United States and Asia.

Feb 25, 2013

Vodafone says can invest in Europe without Verizon sale

BARCELONA (Reuters) – British mobile operator Vodafone said it did not need to sell part of its stake in its highly profitable Verizon Wireless joint venture in the United States to bolster its business in Europe.

Chief executive Vittorio Colao told reporters on Monday Vodafone had a healthy balance sheet and could invest when it needed to, adding it could step up its range of services without having to make acquisitions.

Feb 14, 2013

Small firms back Cameron on EU reform to cut red tape

HEDDINGTON, England (Reuters) – For Peggy Robinson, the directives coming from the European Union are now so relentless she hires an extra person just to “wade” through the paperwork at her small family firm.

Gareth Jenkins, a small manufacturer from Wales, relies heavily on his lawyer to understand the many rules, and describes the experience as a snowstorm of new legislation coming from every direction.

Feb 7, 2013

Vodafone sales hit as weakness spreads across Europe

LONDON, Feb 7 (Reuters) – Trading at Vodafone
worsened in the third quarter as customers in previously robust
northern Europe joined those in the south by cutting back from
using their phones, adding impetus to the British group’s
efforts to cut costs.

A worse than expected 2.6 percent drop in organic service
revenue in the three months to Dec. 31 marked an acceleration
from the 1.4 percent fall recorded in the second quarter and
showed the intense pressure on the British group.

Feb 6, 2013

Malone strikes $15.75 billion Virgin Media deal to take on Murdoch

LONDON (Reuters) – John Malone’s Liberty Global struck a deal on Tuesday to buy British cable group Virgin Media for about $15.75 billion in stock and cash, a move that would put the U.S. billionaire up against old rival Rupert Murdoch.

The companies announced the deal in a statement late on Tuesday, after Virgin Media, the second-biggest pay-TV provider in Britain behind Murdoch’s satellite group BSkyB, confirmed Liberty’s approach earlier in the day.

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