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.)
that The Independent claims 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