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Euronews: Nov. 10

Telekom Austria AG (NYSE: TKA; Vienna: TKA), BT Group plc (NYSE: BT; London: BTA), and Orange France get busy in today's roundup of Euro telecom news nibbles.

  • The European Commission is rolling up its sleeves to deal with the thorny issue of net neutrality. Tomorrow in Brussels, the EC will host a summit on the open Internet and net neutrality to hear the views of industry stakeholders including telecoms operators, equipment suppliers, content providers, regulators, and consumer groups. The meeting follows a public consultation on how net neutrality should be regulated in Europe. The EC expects to publish its position on the troublesome matter by the end of this year. (See EC Reports on Net Neutrality.)

  • It's a good day for Telekom Austria, where third-quarter results show, among other things, that the number of mobile subscribers has increased by 5.4 percent throughout the group over the last nine months, while in Austria itself the loss of fixed lines has been greatly slowed thanks to the success of bundled products. (See Telekom Austria Reports 9M .)

  • Goggles at the ready, Brits! UK incumbent BT has signed an agreement with NBC Universal which gives it video-on-demand rights to all 3D movies produced at the studio over the next 12 months. (See BT Signs 3D VoD Deal With NBC.)

  • Cellular News reports that UK regulator Ofcom has been outlining how the so-called "white space" approach to wireless communications, which uses the "gaps" between TV channels to receive and transmit signals, will work in the real world.

  • Orange has formed a partnership with Equity Bank to launch its Orange Money mobile payment service in Kenya. The service now operates in six African countries, but this will mark its debut in the East Africa region. (See Orange Money Banks on Kenya and Pyramid Predicts Mobile Money Boom in Africa.)

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    — Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

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