Top Stories of the Week – June 30, 2012

YouView on again with 'launch event' set for next week

Britain's on-again, off-again YouView IPTV service is apparently on-again, according to several reports. All of which is odd considering many just a few weeks ago had declared it over. Now, according to some sources, YouView's not only kicking off an in-home trial but is "set to reveal the timetable for … launch, presumably timed to coincide with the summer's Olympic coverage."

French IPTV Provider targets content upselling with Motorola Mobility

Bouygues Telecom, France's third largest telecommunications operator, will use Motorola Mobility's Medios Mechandiser solution to pitch special offers for video-on-demand and other content to IPTV subscribers. Bouygues Telecom expects to use the system to expand multiscreen marketing for its IP video initiatives.

"We were looking for a solution to rapidly address new content services for our new IPTV offers, and Motorola's Merchandiser solution is a perfect fit," Thibaut Keraval, head of the telco's service platform department, said in a statement. "With a multitude of ready-to go features, associated with an aggressive product roadmap, Motorola's Merchandiser solution allowed us to reach our commitments in term of date and quality."

Maxis to test IPTV

Maxis Bhd is set to introduce its IPTV service to customers of its Home Fiber Internet service sometime next month. The service, which includes free-to-air channels as well as video-on-demand, is the result of an agreement between Maxis and 14 content providers including LI TV International Ltd, Radio Televisyen Malaysia, All Asia Multimedia Networks FZ-LLC, Media Prima Bhd and Red Bull GmbH, amongst others.

netTALK launches world's first low-cost wireless VoIP telephone device across Canada, Inc, a telecommunications, consumer electronics and cloud technology company, announces that the netTALK DUO WiFi, the world's first lost cost wireless VoIP telephone device, is now available at leading national Canadian retailers; the full list is on the "Where to Buy" page at . The netTALK DUO WiFi works absolutely anywhere you can access a WiFi connection. It does not rely on a computer or a router to function taking it to new heights of convenience and portability.

TeliaSonera to detail plan on VoIP charges in August

Swedish telecommunications firm TeliaSonera AB Tuesday said it will detail its plans to introduce charges for mobile internet calls towards the end of the summer.

Earlier this year, the Swedish operator announced plans to begin charging for web-based telephone calls, or VoIP-calls, through services such as Skype and Google Inc.'s Google Talk.

"We plan to provide more exact details about these plans towards the end of the summer, sometime in August," said Anna Augustson, a spokesperson at TeliaSonera.

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