European telecom operator Tele2 says its CEO, Harri Koponen, announced is leaving "due to irreconcilable differences over leadership". Chief Financial Officer Lars Nilsson has been appointed as the interim CEO, replacing Mr Koponen who joined Tele2 in August 2008.
Stockholm-based Tele2 has 27 million customers in 10 countries through its mobile, fixed-line, data, cable TV and broadband content services.
In today's podcast Mark and James take a look at yesterday's big events from Mobile World Congress. There's talk of applications, network capacity, the HTC Sense, mobile money and NTT DoCoMo's eye-controlled headphones.
In addition, Mary Carol Harris – Head of Mobile at Visa Europe – discusses her company's current mobile payment activities (including its NFC handset trial in Barcelona this week) and its plans for the future.
James Rosewell and Mark Bridge have another report from Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. They interview Mary Carol Harris fom Visa Europe about mobile money and they discuss the event's other big news, from applications and product launches to NTT DoCoMo's eye-controlled headphones.
Sony Ericsson has been censured by the Advertising Standards Authority after the TV ad for its Satio mobile phone suggested the handset was available with a Facebook application. However, the existing Facebook app was neither pre-installed nor compatible with the phone. Sony Ericsson admitted that a software problem had meant the Facebook application had initially not been available for the phone, although this problem has now been resolved.
A complaint against T-Mobile...
One of the highlights of this week's Mobile World Congress is the GSMA Global Mobile Awards. This year they were presented in a two-part ceremony by Stephen Fry, who hosted both the afternoon and evening events.
Best Mobile Connected Device (non-handsets): Novatel Wireless – MiFi Intelligent Mobile Hotspot
GSMA Chairman's Award: Carl-Henric Svanberg, Former CEO of Ericsson and currently Chairman of BP
Mobile Industry Personality of the Year: Steve Jobs, Co-Founder and CEO Apple