Euronews: DT Plans FTTH Unit

Deutsche Telekom AG (NYSE: DT), Samsung Corp. and Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) get busy in today's roundup of EMEA telecom headlines.

  • German incumbent Deutsche Telekom is creating a subsidiary specifically dedicated to rolling out FTTH (fiber-to-the-home) across the country, reports Telecompaper, citing Financial Times Deutschland. DT is initially looking for 1,500 employees for the subsidiary. (See BBWF 2010: DT Pushes Out FTTH Timeline and DT Revamp Puts FTTH in Focus.)

  • Fresh from its legal ructions over the Galaxy Tab tablet, Samsung now faces a ban on the sale of three models of its Galaxy smartphones in 10 European countries, following an Apple-prompted injunction from a Dutch court, reports the BBC. The ruling, whch follows a patent-infringement claim by Apple over the way the Galaxy's touch screen displays photographs, prohibits the sale of the handsets by three of Samsung's Dutch subsidiaries to the U.K., France, Germany, Finland, Ireland, Sweden, Switzerland Luxembourg, Liechtenstein and Monaco. (See Euronews: Galaxy Tab Ban Lifted, for Now, Euronews: Apple Blocks Galaxy Tab in EU and Smartphone Marketing 101: Keep It Simple.)

  • The resignation of Apple frontman Steve Jobs has predictably caused ripples on this side of the pond, with shares falling 6.6 percent in pre-market trading on the Frankfurt exchange on Thursday morning, reports Bloomberg. Shares in Apple fell up to 7 percent in extended trading in the U.S. on Wednesday on the news of The Polo-Necked One's decision to step down. (See Steve Jobs Resigns as Apple CEO.)

  • Nokia Corp. (NYSE: NOK) remains the most popular brand of mobile phone in Austria -- but the iPhone registers the most amount of customer satisfaction amongst those who have one. These are just two of the findings of a "Social Impact Study" by A1, Telekom Austria AG (NYSE: TKA; Vienna: TKA)'s domestic subsidiary. Amid a welter of statistics, the finding that almost a fifth of those surveyed cited a phone's operating system as the main factor influencing the decision to purchase it (or not) is perhaps one of the more surprising revelations. (See Telekom Austria Gets Trendy.)

  • Chellomedia, the video content subsidiary of Liberty Global Inc. (Nasdaq: LBTY), has acquired a 40 percent stake in OBN, a free-to-air broadcast network in the Balkan states of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Chellomedia already has extensive operations in central Europe, including 13 channels and an advertising sales business. (See Chellomedia Buys Into Bosnian TV.)

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    — Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

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