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Euronews: Dec. 8

Rostelecom , Samsung Corp. , BT Group plc (NYSE: BT; London: BTA), and Orange France are in the mix for today's roundup of Euro telecom news headlines.

  • Russian group Rostelecom is to remain under state control following its merger with seven regional operators controlled by Svyazinvest , reports Reuters. (See Euronews: Nov. 18.)

  • Still out east, South Korean electronics giant Samsung is hoping to seriously crank up handset production in Poland, according to the Warsaw Business Journal, citing Puls Biznesu. By the end of the first quarter 2011, Samsung plans to have doubled handset production at the factory in Wronki that it took over earlier this year.

  • With the cloud firmly in its sights, UK incumbent BT is getting busy on the data center front, launching a Virtual Data Centre service for the Benelux countries and announcing the expansion of its "green" data center capabilities in the Netherlands with the building of new facilities in Nieuwegein. (See BT Expands Green Data Center .)

  • Mobile operator Orange has launched Orange Partner Connect, a service that allows application developers to submit directly applications to be distributed in the Orange App Shop. From this month developers will be able to submit their Android apps; Java and Blackberry apps will be accepted in the first quarter of 2011. (See Orange Launches App Developer Program .)

  • Another day, another survey from UK's Ofcom . Today it's the turn of the annual Consumer Experience Report, which discovers, among other things, that 26 percent of UK households now take their landline from an alternative operator, and that British consumers are now more likely to own a mobile phone than have a landline at home.

    Elsewhere in Europe:

    — Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

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