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Euronews: Oct. 6

BT Group plc (NYSE: BT; London: BTA), Salt SA , and Nokia Corp. (NYSE: NOK) grab the headlines in today's roundup of Euro telecom news.

  • UK giant BT is in talks with private equity groups regarding the possible sale of its 31 percent stake in Indian software vendor Tech Mahindra Ltd. , according to The Financial Times. BT has been trying to offload this piece of corporate real estate for some time, says the report. Tech Mahindra is a key Service Provider Information Technology (SPIT) partner for BT, which is in the middle of a major systems and process transformation program. (See India Profile: Tech Mahindra and Tech Mahindra Wins BT Deal.)

  • Orange has checked out Europeans’ “Mobile Exposure” -- which has nothing to do with cell phone radiation or this guy -- but rather, how people actually use mobile content and access the mobile Internet. (See Orange Studies Mobile Exposure.)

  • So now that Orange has a better idea about what mobile users are doing with multimedia content, it has developed a new mobile advertising tool -- the Orange Mobile Targeting Monitor -- to help advertisers reach those consumers via their mobiles. (See Orange Launches Mobile Ad Tool.)

  • Nokia's executive exodus is not over yet, apparently, as the Finnish firm’s head of MeeGo devices and operations, Ari Jaaksi, has reportedly resigned. (See NoGo for MeeGo, Nokia Dumps CEO, Hires Elop, Nokia's 'Fightback' Man Quits .)

  • Not so fast, VimpelCom Ltd. (NYSE: VIP)! The Russian group's plan to become a true mobile superpower by, among other things, gaining a controlling stake in Orascom Telecom seem to have hit a snag, reports The Financial Times. The Algerian government has restated its desire to buy back mobile operator Djezzy GSM , which is considered by many the jewel in Orascom's crown and was to have been one of the goodies heading VimpelCom's way in the deal. (See VimpelCom Gets Wind and Euronews: Oct. 4.)

  • Mobile payments platform specialist Boku Inc. has landed a deal with Vodafone UK that will allow the operator's customers to make online purchases using their mobile device. (See Boku's Voodoo Coup .)

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    — Paul Rainford, freelance editor, special to Light Reading

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