Euronews: Nov. 23

Draka Holding NV (Amsterdam: DRAK.AS), Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL), TalkTalk , and Alcatel-Lucent (NYSE: ALU) are out in front in today's roundup of European telecom news headlines.

  • Not so fast! Only hours after announcing a deal with Prysmian SpA , fiber maker Draka has received a better offer -- valuing the company at slightly more than €1 billion (US$1.36 billion) -- from Chinese conglomerate Xinmao. (See Draka's In Demand.)

  • According to sources close to The Financial Times, Apple has told European mobile operators that the iPhone 5 will not contain an embedded SIM card. However, the FT's sources believe that the US giant has not given up on the idea, which has made operators think that Apple has designs on ultimately becoming a network provider as well as a purveyor of must-have gadgets and apps.

  • UK broadband provider TalkTalk is being investigated for the second time in a matter of months by regulator Ofcom , reports The Daily Telegraph. This time it's for alleged mis-selling of fixed-line services, or more specifically the "slamming" of people into contracts they never asked for. (See Ofcom Warns TalkTalk, Tiscali.)

  • Ireland may be going through some dark economic times at the moment, but at least things appear rosy for Imagine Communications Group , the Dublin-based WiMax operator. It says that more than 5,000 households per month are signing up to its Dublin service, many of them switching over from incumbent operator eir . (See Imagine Boasts WiMax Uptake.)

  • Over in the Middle East neighborhood of Euronews' EMEA beat, Saudi Telecom Co. (STC) has chosen Alcatel-Lucent to expand its broadband access network. AlcaLu will be deploying its Intelligent Services Access Manager (ISAM) platform, which supports VDSL2 and GPON.

  • Orange (NYSE: FTE) and Deutsche Telekom AG (NYSE: DT) effectively plan to subsidize iPads in the UK and France, reports Reuters. Discounts on the Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) devices will be offered to customers who sign up to network contracts offered by the operators' respective mobile units, Orange and T-Mobile. (See Apple to Sell 28M iPads in 2011.)

  • Firecomms Ltd. , a compound semiconductor company based in Cork, Ireland, has been acquired by China's ZJF Group, reports The Irish Times. The new owners plan to invest €5 million ($6.75 million) in the venture during the next 12 months.

  • In the face of apparent opposition from the EC's vice-president for the Digital Agenda, Neelie Kroes, the Dutch government says it will allow the country's mobile operators to charge by the minute after all, reports Dutch News, citing the Telegraaf newspaper. Operators KPN Telecom NV (NYSE: KPN) and Vodafone Netherlands attracted criticism when they announced they were planning to move to pay-per-minute tariffs and have since changed their minds.

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    — Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

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