Euronews: Copper Access Row Heats Up

Belgacom SA (Euronext: BELG), Deutsche Telekom AG (NYSE: DT) and fonYou Telecom SL are among those doing the business in today's jog through the EMEA telecom headlines.

  • European Competitive Telecommunications Association (ECTA) , the lobbying group for Europe's alternative operators, has called upon EU regulators to cut the fees that incumbents are allowed to charge for access to their copper networks, reports Reuters. (See Euronews: Steely Neelie's Copper Clampdown, Euronews: Kroes Plan Is Krazy, Say Telcos and ECTA Slams EC's Access Plan.)

  • Belgacom, BUCD, KPN Group Belgium and Mobistar SA all came away from the Belgian 4G auction with a chunk of spectrum, raising a total of €77.9 million (US$104.5 million) for the state coffers, reports Telecompaper (subscription required). A fifth participant, Craig Wireless Systems Ltd. , was left empty-handed.

  • A dispute between Deutsche Telekom and German services provider Drillisch has escalated following an accusation of stock market manipulation, reports Reuters. Drillisch has pointed the finger at DT board member Manfred Balz, saying that his earlier allegations of fraud against Drillisch had caused a slump in Drillisch's share price.

  • XtraLine, the VoIP offering from Spain's cloud telephony pioneer fonYou, is now available from Apple's iTunes App Store as an app for iPhone and Android users, and has also been re-branded by Telefónica SA (NYSE: TEF) as Segunda Línea Movistar. Telefónica is the first operator to deploy the white-label app, says fonYou. (See fonYou Takes Telefonica to the App Store, Telefonica Gets Cloudy with fonYou, fonYou Branches Out and EuroProfile: fonYou.)

  • More Lumia gloom for Nokia Corp. (NYSE: NOK): Research firm IDC is predicting that this year the supposed "saviorphone" Lumia 800 handset will ship only about half of what Nokia's last major smartphone launch, the N8, shipped in the 2010 pre-Christmas period, according to The Guardian. (See Euronews: Crunch Time for Nokia's Lumia and Nokia Ships First Windows Phone to Europe .)

  • Alcatel-Lucent (NYSE: ALU)'s 9900 Wireless Network Guardian software has been chosen by Bulgarian operator GloBul to keep tabs on its mobile broadband network. GloBul, which is wholly owned by Greece's Cosmote , has around 4.2 million subscribers. (See Globul Monitors With AlcaLu, ISPs, MSOs Merge in Bulgaria and Eastern Europe Set for Broadband Surge.)

  • PacketFront AB has won a fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) network access contract with Dala Energi, a Swedish utility company. PacketFront, also from Sweden, will supply its ASR5000 Access Router and BECS control and provisioning system. (See PacketFront Wins FTTH Deal, PacketFront Creates SPIT Unit and PacketFront Takes On AlcaLu, Cisco.)

  • Sky has added a movies-on-demand service to its Sky Go mobile app for Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL)'s iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch just in time for all those Christmas, er, delights. (See Sky Puts Movies on Mobiles, Tablets.)

  • NTT Europe has linked its Europe-Asia network to the Europe-Africa network run by Internet Solutions, a subsidiary of Dimension Data . This network-to-network interface (NNI) will connect 31 cities across 12 countries in Africa. NTT acquired Dimension Data in 2010 for £2.1 billion (US$3.23 billion). (See NTT Europe Reaches Into Africa, Leading Lights Finalists: Deal Maker and NTT Splashes $3.2B on DiData.)

    — Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

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