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Euronews: Feb. 4

Telia Company , Orange (NYSE: FTE) and Vodafone Group plc (NYSE: VOD) are the big three in today's bowlful of Euro telecom news nuggets.

  • Lars Nyberg, CEO of Swedish carrier TeliaSonera, has been expressing his concerns about the smartphone market becoming a virtual duopoly in the hands of Google (Nasdaq: GOOG) and Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL). "As a customer of theirs, I'm interested in having other competitors and not having one or two dominate it," he told the Financial Times. (See TeliaSonera Reports Q4 and TeliaSonera Develops New Mobile Data Model.)
  • France Telecom has formally told the French government what its long-term investment plans are for super-fast broadband. In a nutshell, it intends to offer fiber network coverage to 10 million households by 2015, rising to 15 million (or 60 percent of total households) by 2020. (See France Telecom Commits to FTTH and French Still Slow on FTTH Uptake.)

  • Vodafone has protested to the Egyptian government about its use of the mobile giant's networks to send what it says were unattributed text messages in support of President (for the moment) Mubarak. In a statement on its website, Vodafone said: "Vodafone Group has protested to the authorities that the current situation regarding these messages is unacceptable. We have made clear that all messages should be transparent and clearly attributable to the originator." (See Egypt Unplugs From the Internet and Euronews: Jan. 31.) — Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

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