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Euronews: Oct. 20

T-Mobile Austria , Cable & Wireless Worldwide plc (London: CW), and KPN Telecom NV (NYSE: KPN) are among those active and attractive in today's roundup of telecom Euronews.

  • The hills are alive with the sound of Long Term Evolution (LTE) calls... Telia Company isn’t the only operator in Western Europe with a commercial LTE network now that T-Mobile Austria has just fired up its next-gen mobile network in the city of Innsbruck, Austria. In a press release, issued only in Deutsch, the operator said it will invest €500 million (US$690 million) in the 4G network through 2014, and it aims to cover 25 percent of the Austrian population with the new technology by 2013. At the same time, the operator is also upgrading its 3G network to support HSPA+ speeds up to 21 Mbit/s. (See TeliaSonera on LTE: Just Do It! and TeliaSonera First to Go Live With LTE.)

  • As the UK's coalition government prepares to reveal its full scary program of public spending cuts later today, Cable & Wireless Worldwide has followed in the footsteps of rival BT Group plc (NYSE: BT; London: BTA) by announcing that it has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Cabinet Office, in which it has "has identified ways in which its current contract base could provide savings for the Government." Among other contracts, C&WW provides videoconferencing for the Office for Criminal Justice Reform. (See C&W Worldwide Retains Gov't Deals, Euronews: Oct. 18, and BT Updates on Gov't Contracts.)

  • Dutch incumbent KPN has accelerated the rollout of its high-speed mobile data network in Germany, with a view to offering flat-rate mobile data packages from November 1. (See KPN Ramps 3G in Germany.)

  • As expected, the Hungarian parliament has nodded through the special tax on the telecom, energy, and retail sectors, reports Bloomberg. The cash-strapped authorities hope the new tax will raise 343 billion forint ($1.7 billion) annually for state coffers over the next three years. (See Euronews: Oct. 18.)

  • Reuters reports that Ukraine's anti-monopoly committee has given the official go-ahead for the merger of Telenor Group (Nasdaq: TELN) and Alfa 's local assets into Russian giant VimpelCom Ltd. (NYSE: VIP).

  • According to PC Pro, Openreach , the access network division of UK incumbent BT, will be offering 110-Mbit/s FTTP (fiber-to-the-premises) connections to ISPs from March 2011.

  • ESB Telecoms is building a mobile backhaul wholesale network throughout Ireland, based on the Native Packet Optical network architecture of Swedish vendor Transmode Systems AB . ESB owns and manages more than 300 telecom towers and sites in the Republic. (See Transmode Backhauls in Ireland .)

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    — Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

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