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Euronews: BT Preps 300Mbit/s FTTP Offer

BT Group plc (NYSE: BT; London: BTA), Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) and Samsung Corp. jostle for position in today's roundup of EMEA telecom tidbits.

  • BT's Openreach division is launching a fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) service to the U.K.'s retail ISPs on Oct. 31 that peaks at 110 Mbit/s downstream and plans to boost that speed by 300 Mbit/s during the first half of 2012. Steely Neelie Kroes will be pleased… (See BT's Openreach Launches FTTP and Euronews: Kroes Plan Is Krazy, Say Telcos.)

  • It might not be the device that rocked the world, but Apple's newly launched iPhone 4S has prompted Samsung to escalate its patents battle with the Californian company by seeking a ban on the sale of the new handset in France and Italy, reports Bloomberg. Samsung has filed suits with courts in Paris and Milan, citing two patent infringements. (See Photos: Apple's iPhone 4S Unveiling , iPhone 4S: What's in a Name?, Apple's Latest Is a Faster 3G 'Worldphone', Samsung Hears From T-Mobile & Steve Jobs and Euronews: Samsung/Apple Circus Hits The Hague.)

  • The Independent claims that Vodafone Group plc (NYSE: VOD)'s 1.14 percent share price slide on Tuesday was partly a result of a rumor that it was considering putting in a bid for BlackBerry , the struggling Canadian BlackBerry maker. As rumors go, that one sounds rather far-fetched...

  • UAE mobile operator Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Co. (du) is planning to roll out a new LTE network by the end of the year, a move that will put it on an equal footing with its rival Etisalat , which completed its LTE rollout in September, reports Reuters. (See Etisalat Switches On LTE-FDD in UAE.)

  • Belgian incumbent Belgacom SA (Euronext: BELG) has chosen Alcatel-Lucent (NYSE: ALU)'s Digital Media Store to power its multi-screen entertainment offering. (See Belgacom Builds Content Store and Belgacom Launches TV Everywhere.)

    — Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

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