Euronews: Oct. 11

Nokia Networks , the ludicrously named EE , and VimpelCom Ltd. (NYSE: VIP), take center stage in today's Euronews drama.
  • Powerwatch, a UK-based independent group that looks at the safety of mobile phones, is recommending that the potential radiation-linked dangers of using mobiles should be made much clearer to customers, rather than being hidden away in the small print at the back of the manual, reports The Daily Telegraph.

  • The spirit of Europe spreads into the EMEA region, part 94: Israel’s Bezeq, The Israel Telecommunications Corp. Ltd. (OTC: BZQIF), is to deploy high-speed VDSL gear from Nokia Siemens Networks as part of its next generation broadband access network that will offer downstream speeds of up to 200 Mbit/s. (See Bezeq Uses NSN for VDSL.)

  • Everything Everywhere, the UK joint venture between T-Mobile (UK) and Orange UK , has launched a £4 million (US$6.3 million) advertising campaign, letting its 27 million customers know that they now have access to the networks of both brands, reports City AM. Less of a PR triumph is the news of how the joint venture's staff were told about imminent redundancies, using a novel "traffic light" approach: Those who were likely to get the push were shown a red light, those who would have to re-apply for their jobs were show an amber, and so on. Read the full excruciating details in The Daily Telegraph.

  • Mobile money is to receive a boost in the Czech Republic as three of the operators there -- Telefónica O2 Czech Republic , T-Mobile Czech Republic a.s. , and Vodafone Czech Republic a.s. are collaborating on a "Plat mobilem"-branded joint platform to promote mobile payments, reports Cellular News.

  • The proposed merger between Russia's VimpelCom and Egypt's Orascom Telecom is by no means in the bag, as Algeria's government is maintaining that it still wants to nationalize Orascom's Djezzy GSM unit, reports Reuters, citing newspaper El Watan. Under the terms of the deal, Djezzy was included as part of the Orascom package. (See VimpelCom Gets Wind.)

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    — Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

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