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Euronews: Sept. 3

Fastweb SpA (Milan: FWB), Vodafone Group plc (NYSE: VOD), and Guinness feature in today's saloon bar of European telecom news nuggets.

  • In Italy, competitive operator Fastweb is making incumbent Telecom Italia (TIM) sit up and take notice with the imminent launch of a 100-Mbit/s FTTH service in seven cities. (See Fastweb Hits 100Mbit/s.)

  • Vodafone is expanding its IPTV empire, with Vodafone Germany set to launch a service via hybrid set-top boxes and Vodafone España S.A. planning an ADSL-based service in Spain by the end of the year, reports Digital TV Europe. The carrier giant launched an IPTV service in Portugal earlier this year. (See Vodafone Launches IPTV in Portugal.)

  • More German IPTV news: Incumbent Deutsche Telekom AG (NYSE: DT)'s Entertain TV service is hooking up with Videoload, the online video store, to offer its subscribers "round-the-clock" access to 3D movies, just in case they get a craving for Clash of the Titans in the wee small hours. (See Deutsche Telekom Does 3D VoD.)

  • Vodafone Germany has also unveiled further details about its Long Term Evolution (LTE) rollout plans at the IFA 2010 consumer electronics trade show in Berlin, reports LTE World. (See German Operators Get Busy With LTE .)

  • Time to pack away the sun cream and dig out the hot water bottles: TM Forum 's Management World, the annual shindig for Service Provider Information Technology (SPIT) providers and potential purchasers, is moving from Nice, in the south of France, to Dublin, the Irish capital and hen party mecca. There could be grumblings afoot... (See Dublin, Not Nice.) In other European news:

    — Paul Rainford, freelance editor, special to Light Reading

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