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Euronews: Juniper Bolsters Deutsche Boerse

Juniper Networks Inc. (NYSE: JNPR), Vodafone UK and Nokia Corp. (NYSE: NOK) loom large in today's charge through the EMEA telecom headlines.

  • Deutsche Boerse Group, a financial trading firm based in Frankfurt, has chosen Juniper Networks to provide the wherewithal for a new trading and market data connectivity service. The service, which requires very low latency connections, will be based on Juniper's QFX3500 switches, which form a part of the vendor's much-vaunted QFabric offering. (See Juniper Wins Deutsche Boerse Deal and Juniper's QFabric Is Ready.)

  • Vodafone UK is looking to end the misery of mobile "notspots" for folks in rural areas as it prepares to launch a trial in 12 communities to bring mobile broadband coverage to underserved areas using femtocells. The operator will take the tiny base stations, supplied by Alcatel-Lucent (NYSE: ALU), to the great outdoors and use facilities and backhaul from BT Group plc (NYSE: BT; London: BTA) as well for the project. The operator and its peers might also want to address the many "notspots" in U.K. urban and suburban areas too... (See Vodafone Trials Femtos for Rural Coverage.)

  • A double dose of Nokia news: The Finnish handset vendor has chosen ST-Ericsson as a supplier for future Windows Phone devices, with a focus on the latter's Novathor platform; and, in central London, Nokia has teamed up with Spectrum Interactive to offer free Wi-Fi from 26 street hotspots for a trial that runs from now until the end of the year. (See Nokia Uses ST-Ericsson for Windows Phones, Nokia Pilots Free Wi-Fi in London and Nokia Ships First Windows Phone to Europe .)

  • U.K. regulator Ofcom has issued a meaty report that seeks to offer an overview of the country's digital coverage. One of the headline findings is that 7.7 million U.K. premises (equivalent to 27 percent of all premises) do not have a choice of all five 3G mobile networks. (See Ofcom Reports on UK's Digital Coverage.)

  • Neelie Kroes, the European Commission 's ever-busy vice president for the Digital Agenda, has been singing the praises of lastminute.com founder Martha Lane Fox as a "digital champion" for the U.K., reports the BBC. Kroes reckons every EU member state should have a Martha. (See Steely Neelie Cracks Spectrum Whip .)

    — Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

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