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Euronews: Nov. 30

Orange France , Nokia Networks , and Magyar Telekom plc set out their stalls in today's roundup of European telecom news bites.

  • French regulator Arcep has put out to consultation a list of 30 suggestions to make the mobile operators' pricing policies more competitive and transparent, reports The Connexion. In particular, it would like to see shorter contracts become the norm.

  • Still en France, Orange has signed an agreement in principle with newspaper and magazine group GIE E-Presse Premium -- which counts L'Equipe and Le Figaro amongst its number -- for an online news distribution partnership. The joint initiative will lead to the creation of a completely new brand, the no doubt slightly silly name of which will be revealed shortly. (See Orange Signs Online News Deal.)

  • Slovenian operator Tusmobil d.o.o. is drawing on the expertise and equipment of Nokia Siemens Networks to deploy what it claims is the world’s first all-IP HSPA+ network running IPv6 and Direct Tunnel. (See Tusmobil Expands 3G Network With NSN.)

  • The European Investment Bank is to loan Magyar Telekom €150 million (US$195.4 million) to upgrade its mobile and fixed-line networks, reports Europolitics. Hungarian operators in general and Magyar Telekom in particular will be hit hard by the "Robin Hood tax" that is being levied on them by their government. (See Euronews: Oct. 18.)

  • Listen up, Belgian soccer fans (and, yes, I mean both of you): cable operator Telenet will be allowed to bid for the right to broadcast domestic league soccer matches next season, reports Reuters. The country's competition council has revised a condition that it set on Telenet when it merged with pay-TV channel Canal+ Flanders in 2003.

    — Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

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