Euronews: Nokia Windows Phone Details Leaked
Nokia Corp. (NYSE: NOK), Netflix Inc. (Nasdaq: NFLX) and Vodacom Pty. Ltd.
set the pace in today's jog through the EMEA telecom headlines.
Details have emerged of Nokia's much anticipated Windows phones, which the company plans to launch at this week's Nokia World in London. that three new Windows handsets, called the Nokia 800, the Ace and the Sabre, respectively, will be on show on Wednesday and in the shops in time for Christmas. One of them apparently looks like an iPhone -- who would have thought it? (See The Guardian reports Nokia Shells Out for Windows Phone Development , Nokia Unveils Major Revamp, Price Is Right for Nokia's Windows Phone and Nokia Puts Microsoft Strategy Into Action .)
Netflix Inc. (Nasdaq: NFLX), the U.S.-based movie streaming and DVD rental service, is making its first foray into Europe with an "early 2012" launch of its wares in Ireland and the U.K. (where its main rival will be LOVEFiLM International Ltd. ). (See Netflix Heads for UK & Ireland in 2012, Netflix Sets Sights on Europe , Netflix Kills Qwikster and Netflix Sinks to a New Low .)
The European Commission has given the green light to the French government's plan to dole out €750 million (US$1 billion) in state aid to support the rollout of 100Mbit/s broadband to France's many and varied rural regions. (See EC Approves French Fiber Plan.)
Vodacom, the Vodafone Group plc (NYSE: VOD)-owned pan-African operator, is facing a legal challenge to its plan to sell its share of its mobile joint venture in the Democratic Republic of Congo to MTN Group Ltd. , reports Reuters.
U.K. mobile operator Telefónica UK Ltd. (which uses the O2 brand) is trying to harness early-adopter power by offering a "1st Edition" range of products and services, which it will trial with "interested customers" who will in turn, it is hoped, provide useful feedback prior to a "proper" launch (or total abandonment). (See O2 Goes for Suck-It-&-See Approach, VoIP's Not the Devil, Says O2 UK Chief and Euronews: Telefonica Goes After Skype.)
— Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading