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Euronews: March 18

Deutsche Telekom AG (NYSE: DT), the IPTV market, Telefónica UK Ltd. and Vodafone UK get jiggy with it in today's helping of Euro telecom news nibbles.

  • Europe is the regional leader in the IPTV subscriber market currently, but Asia/Pacific growth means that's about to change, according to a new Pyramid Research report. (See Europe to Lose Its IPTV Crown.)

  • Deutsche Telekom workers are taking part in a nationwide protest today (Friday) over the carrier's planned site relocations and possible job cuts. The Verdi labor union, which has organised the day of action, issued a statement calling for, among other things, more job security and a greater use of teleworking.

  • The U.K. units of O2 and Vodafone have issued a request for proposal (RFP) to vendors including Ericsson AB (Nasdaq: ERIC) and Nokia Networks for a deal that could involve the provision of managed services as well as network upgrade and maintenance work, reports Mobile Today. The two operators signed a network-sharing agreement in 2009. (See Net Sharing in the Slow Lane.)

  • O2 has also switched on a new 3G network in London, recycling 900MHz spectrum that was previously only used for 2G services. O2 claims to be the first U.K. operator to take advantage of the recent decision by the Ofcom to allow 900MHz spectrum to be re-used in this way. (See UK Operators Brace for Spectrum Struggle, Down on the (Re)Farm and What Ofcom Giveth....)

  • Phones 4u Ltd. , the mobile phone retailer that is a fixture in the U.K.'s high streets, is being bought by BC Partners from fellow private equity firm Providence Equity Partners , the Financial Times reports.

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    — Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

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