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US Court Partially Overturns Net Neutrality Regulations

The USA’s Court of Appeals has partially overturned a regulatory ruling that imposed so-called net neutrality rules on internet services in the country. Click here for more.


Telenor must continue JV to stay in India, rules court

Telenor has been told that it may only bid for spectrum in India as part of its Uninor JV

A court in India has ruled that Norwegian operator group Telenor may only bid for spectrum in the country’s upcoming 2G auction if it does so as part of its joint venture with Indian real estate firm Unitech. The auction is now set to be held in January 2013, after the Supreme Court of India granted the government another deadline extension.

The operator has sought to cut ties with its Indian partner, after losing the 2G licences it won in the country’s 2008 spectrum auction.

However, the District Court of Gurgaon, has now upheld an injunction from Unitech to prevent Telenor from “participating, negotiating, engaging in or financially being interested in the auction processes conducted by the government/government agencies for fresh allotment of licenses/spectrum, other than through respondent no.1 (Unitech Wireless)”.

Tor Odland, VP for group communications at Telenor, told that the operator is appealing the decision.

“There’s a hearing set for September and we aim to continue arguing our case,” he said.

“Our objective remains to potentially bid with a new company, and as such, we deem the partnership with Unitech to be over. We are currently scanning the market for potential partners.”

Telenor had already invited interested parties to bid for assets owned by the JV, called Uninor, of which the operator owns 67 per cent, but Odland said that it is awaiting a final decision from the courts as to whether it will be able to.

“There has been no decision on that – it’s a matter that has been challenged by Unitech.” – telecoms industry news, analysis and opinion

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UK court orders Apple to advertise that Samsung did not infringe patents

Not as cool

As the long-running patent war rages on between Apple and Samsung, a UK judge has ordered Apple to publish a notice on its website and in British newspapers stating that its Korean rival did not copy the iPad design for its tablets.

Judge Colin Birss had already said in his initial ruling that Samsung’s tablets are “not as cool” as Apple’s iPad, so consumers will not mistake the two. A

ccording to Bloomberg, Birss has ordered Apple to advertise that Samsung’s Galaxy tablets don’t infringe Apple’s registered design for six months, to remove any doubt from consumers’ minds. – telecoms industry news, analysis and opinion

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