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Euronews: August 3

9:35 AM -- BT Group plc (NYSE: BT; London: BTA), Orange (NYSE: FTE), and Alcatel-Lucent (NYSE: ALU) are among those entering the fray in today's roundup of European telecom news.

  • BT, the UK's fixed-line giant, has hinted that it might be tempted to put in a bid for 4G spectrum in Ofcom 's late 2011 auction, reports ISP Review, citing Dow Jones. Choosing his words carefully, BT's chief executive, Ian Livingston, told the Dow Jones: "We'll have a look, but again it's not high on the agenda. I would think it's low down on the list of likely things. Of course you'd want to have a look at the terms and conditions of these things." Just run that past me again, Ian... (See Missing Mobile.)

  • The giant on the other side of the English Channel, France Telecom, has admitted it is interested in the Moroccan telecom market but is refusing to comment on reports that it is likely to acquire a 40 percent share in Moroccan operator Médi Télécom S.A. (Méditel) , writes FrenchTribune.com, citing Dow Jones.

  • Still in France, it's another good win for Alcatel-Lucent, which has been selected by Russian cable TV operator Mostelecom to expand its network -- a deal that's all the more pleasing for AlcaLu as cable operators are not the French vendor's traditional happy hunting ground. (See Mostelecom Picks AlcaLu.)

  • Belgian cable operator Telenet should be smiling too: It's reported an 8 percent rise in first-half profits, helped by growth in triple-play bundles, reveals Reuters.

  • Another cable operator, the UK's Virgin Media Inc. (Nasdaq: VMED), isn't so happy -- it's lodged a complaint with regulator Ofcom about the BBC's Project Canvas, the state broadcaster's venture to bring video on demand to Freeview and Freesat digital TV services, reports The Guardian. Virgin believes Canvas is anti-competitive and just plain unfair.

  • Infineon Technologies AG (NYSE/Frankfurt: IFX), Europe's second-largest chipmaker, is in talks about the possible sale of its wireless business, Wireless Solutions. According to Bloomberg, it is hoping to garner around €1.5 billion (US$1.98 billion) from the deal. (See Infineon in Talks to Sell Wireless Biz, Chipping Away at LTE, and Challengers Shake Up LTE Chips .)

    — Paul Rainford, freelance editor, special to Light Reading

  • Michelle Donegan 12/5/2012 | 4:28:08 PM
    re: Euronews: August 3

    The rumor mill still says that Intel is the favorite to buy Infineon's wireless business, but Samsung and Broadcom are also said to be interested. 

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