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Also in today's EMEA roundup: 4G for Paris; Portugal Telecom has 'no plans' for Brazil's Oi; lobby group criticizes operators over human rights inertia

Euronews: DT Considers FON Stake

Paul Rainford
1/28/2013
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Deutsche Telekom AG, FON Wireless Ltd., France Télécom – Orange and Portugal Telecom SGPS SA start the week in today's trip down through the EMEA news thickets.

  • Deutsche Telekom is seriously considering taking a stake in Wi-Fi service provider FON, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal. Last week Dutch incumbent KPN announced a partnership with FON, which claims to have the world's largest Wi-Fi network. (See KPN Teams With FON for Wi-Fi and Smartphone Revolution Helps FON Find Acceptance.)
  • France Telecom – Orange is launching 4G services in the Opera district of Paris in what it says is the first stage of its plan to cover the entire city with 4G by the end of the year. Fifteen other French cities, including Bordeaux, La Rochelle, Chartres and Orleans, will also get the 4G treatment this year, says the operator.
  • Portugal Telecom has scotched rumors that it is planning to attempt to take control of Brazilian operator Telemar Norte Leste S.A. (Oi). In a statement, PT said that it had "no plans" for such a deal. The statement follows a report in a Portuguese newspaper which said a merger between PT and Oi was being considered by both parties.
  • Vodafone Group plc, Telefónica SA and France Télécom are among those being criticized by Access, a New York-based lobby group, for their tardiness in producing promised proposals for standards for operating in politically sensitive countries without violating human rights. The Daily Telegraph reports that, in the wake of criticism of how Vodafone conducted itself during the Egypt uprising and other issues, the operators in question formed The Industry Dialogue on Freedom of Expression and Privacy with a view to setting out guidelines on future operator behavior in such circumstances by the end of 2012. However, no such guidelines have yet emerged. (See Euronews: Feb. 4, Egypt Unplugs From the Internet and Euronews: Jan. 31.) — Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

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    Ray Le Maistre
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    Ray Le Maistre,
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    3/4/2013 | 2:05:40 PM
    re: Euronews: DT Considers FON Stake
    FON is really gaining momentum now (a tie-up with KPN was announced only recently), most likely a sign that its technology is widely trusted and that telcos now realize how important a role Wi-Fi can play in their services strategies.
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