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Euronews: D Telekom Joins Ethernet Exchange

Deutsche Telekom AG (NYSE: DT), Telefónica SA (NYSE: TEF) and Vodafone Group plc (NYSE: VOD) loom large in today's EMEA telecom news roundup.

  • Ethernet Europe 2012 kicks off today in Munich and one of the first announcements to emanate from the event is Deutsche Telekom's decision to join the Equinix Inc. (Nasdaq: EQIX) Ethernet Exchange. The carrier will now have access to Platform Equinix and a 4,000-strong group of networks, enterprises, cloud and content service providers. (See DT Joins Equinix Ethernet Exchange.)

  • Telefónica has struck a deal with EA Mobile, a division of gaming giant Electronic Arts Inc. (Nasdaq: ERTS), allowing the operator's customers to access EA's games from their mobiles. The first country to benefit from the arrangement will be the U.K., through Telefónica's O2 subsidiary. (See Telefónica Strikes Gaming Deal and Telefonica Holds Key to Digital Model.)

  • Vodafone Group plc (NYSE: VOD)'s Dutch subsidiary has issued the Indian government with a Notice of Dispute in what is a first step in a process to get international arbitration of their ongoing tax dispute. The dispute arises from retrospective tax legislation proposed by the Indian government. (See Vodafone Seeks Arbitration in India Tax Row and Vodafone's $554M India Bill.)

  • MTN Group Ltd. 's Nigerian unit is calling for extra protection from the security services for its telecom facilities in the face of bomb threats from the Movement for Emancipation of Niger Delta (MEND), reports Afrique en Ligne.
  • It's Estonia's turn to be on the receiving end of European Commission wrath over the level of its mobile termination rates. The Baltic state's competition authority is the latest oufit to upset Digital Agenda Vice President Neelie Kroes, with its plan to set rates of 3.89 (€) cents per minute in the first half of 2013, and then -- quite sneakily -- to stop telling the Commission about future rates. (See EC Slaps Estonia's Wrists Over MTRs and EC Acts on Termination Rates.)

    — Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

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