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Euronews: Vodafone Eyes Greek Merger

Vodafone Greece , Wind Hellas Telecommunications S.A. and Nokia Corp. (NYSE: NOK) kick things off in today's trawl through the EMEA headlines.

  • Mobile giant Vodafone has begun talks with Greek operator Wind Hellas with a view to a possible merger with its local unit. Vodafone Greece and Wind Hellas are Greece's No. 2 and No. 3 respectively in the mobile market, behind market leader Cosmote . Wind Hellas is controlled by Largo, a group of international investors. (See Wind Hellas Acquired.)

  • Nokia has suffered an "SQL Injection attack" on its developers' site. A statement on the site says, rather sheepishly: "Initially we believed that only a small number of these forum member records had been accessed, but further investigation has identified that the number is significantly larger."

  • The BBC reports that U.K. mobile operator Three UK is giving away free 3G dongles and a year's worth of mobile Internet access to 11 rural communities to, it says, demonstrate its commitment to the cause of broadband-for-all. The pleasingly named Gringley-on-the-Hill, a village in Nottinghamshire, is the first place to benefit from 3's largesse.

  • Bharti Airtel Ltd. (Mumbai: BHARTIARTL) is to deploy Dialogic Corp. (Nasdaq: DLGC) media gateways on the microwave and satellite parts of its African GSM network in an effort to increase voice capacity efficiency. (See Airtel Deploys Dialogic in Africa and Bharti Takes Its Smarts to Africa.)

  • Swisscom AG (NYSE: SCM), which saw its revenue fall by more than 3 percent year-on-year in its most recent set of financial results, has announced that Anton Scherrer will step down as chairman on Sept. 1, to be replaced by Hansueli Loosli. (See Swisscom Gets New Chairman and Euronews: Swisscom Feels the Heat in H1.)

    — Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

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