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Euronews: RIM Acts in Wake of UK Riots

BlackBerry , Etisalat and Salt SA loom large in today's sweep of EMEA headlines.

  • As a frenzy of rioting and looting swept through several U.K. cities for a third night, much of it apparently co-ordinated using the encrypted BlackBerry Messenger service, BlackBerry maker Research in Motion has announced it will co-operate with the police trying to track down the main perpetrators, reports The Guardian.

  • Arabian Business reports that Etisalat, the largest operator in the United Arab Emirates, is planning a management shake-up that could involve the creation of a new group CEO position. (See Telefonica Teams Up With Etisalat.)

  • Orange Switzerland, which parent company Orange (NYSE: FTE) recently announced it was putting up for sale, has attracted the interest of several private equity firms, reports Reuters. Apax Partners , EQT and Providence Equity Partners are among those sniffing around the Swiss unit, which France Telecom is keen to offload as it looks to concentrate on gaining a toehold in more emerging markets. (See FT Looks to Sell Swiss Biz.)

  • Croatia's largest operator, T-Hrvatski Telekom , which is majority owned by Deutsche Telekom AG (NYSE: DT), has chosen 100 consumer and business users to try out its Long Term Evolution (LTE) network for free in the cities of Zagreb, Rijeka and Split. The operator said it plans to launch commercial LTE services in 2012.

    — Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

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