Euronews: Oct. 8

BT Group plc (NYSE: BT; London: BTA), Vodafone Group plc (NYSE: VOD), and Tiscali SpA hog the limelight in today's roundup of Euro telecom news.

  • British regulator Ofcom has clarified the levels of access rival service providers can get to BT’s fiber-based broadband access infrastructure, including the carrier’s fiber ducts. The news prompted The Financial Times to suggest that cable operator Virgin Media Inc. (Nasdaq: VMED) might seek to gain access to BT’s passive infrastructure. The newspaper also reported this week that UK broadband service provider TalkTalk plans to strike a wholesale deal that will allow it to offer BT’s next generation broadband services to its customers. (See BT Relaxed on FTTX Unbundling and Euronews: Oct 7.)

  • The Global Enterprise unit of mobile giant Vodafone, which looks after the telecom needs of multinationals, has acquired two telecom expense management (TEM) companies, Quickcomm (for US$6.9 million) and TnT Expense Management ($2.8 million). (See Vodafone Buys TEM Specialists.)

  • Tiscali, the Sardinia-based independent operator, is staying close to its roots in its latest project -- to bring fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) superfast broadband to this vacation-friendly Italian island, in partnership with ZTE Corp. (Shenzhen: 000063; Hong Kong: 0763). You know it's an important deal when bandana-loving Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi -- who generously devotes a lot of time to his nation's young people, particularly those of the female gender -- takes time out to oversee the signing of the contract. (See Tiscali Plans FTTH in Sardinia.)

  • Turkcell Iletisim Hizmetleri A.S. (NYSE: TKC) has spotted an overseas opportunity in the already highly competitive German mobile market. The Turkish giant plans to launch its own branded 3G services in Germany in early 2011, having struck a wholesale deal with Deutsche Telekom AG (NYSE: DT). Germany has a large Turkish population. (See Turkcell Heads to Germany.)

    — Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

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