Euronews: Nov. 16

Vivendi , Iliad (Euronext: ILD), and Cable & Wireless Worldwide plc (London: CW) are in the leading pack of today's tour de Euro telecoms news.

  • There's a French tinge in today's Euronews, with a certain amount of joie de vivre at conglomerate Vivendi, reports The Wall Street Journal. Its third-quarter report revealed that strong growth at its Brazilian fixed-line subsidiary GVT offset problems at its domestic operator, SFR , to help produce a higher-than-expected adjusted profit.

  • Not such bonnes nouvelles at French triple play operator Iliad, though, which revealed in its third-quarter results that it has struggled to maintain market share in the face of competition from the likes of Orange (NYSE: FTE) and, indeed, Vivendi, reports Reuters.

  • Across the English Channel, Cable & Wireless Worldwide has landed two juicy contracts for data center and telephony services, one with the banking arm of supermarket behemoth Tesco, and the other with Boots, a major drugstore chain. (See C&W Worldwide Lands New Deals.)

  • It may have had its knuckles rapped recently for billing customers for services they didn't receive, but does it care? UK broadband provider TalkTalk revealed that its EBITDA (earnings before interest, tax, depreciation, and amortization) for the first half of its fiscal year was up 17.5 percent year-on-year to £121 million (US$193.7 million). (See TalkTalk Reports H1 and Ofcom Warns TalkTalk, Tiscali.)

  • Village-dwellers across Britain have been downing their agricultural implements, moving their oxen out of the study, and casting their online votes in a bid to get their local telephone exchanges upgraded to fiber-based super-fast broadband, courtesy of BT's madcap "Race to Infinity" scheme. Basically, the communities that register the most votes get the fiber, and Caxton in Cambridgeshire and Malvern in Worcestershire have just become the first places to top 1,000 votes. And Light Reading didn't even think they had electricity in Cambridgeshire…

    — Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

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