Euronews: Vodafone Guns for UK Govt Deals

Vodafone Group plc (NYSE: VOD), Samsung Corp. and Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) start the week in today's nosegay of EMEA telecom headlines.

  • Vodafone is setting up a dedicated unit to bid for U.K. government contracts under the Public Services Network (PSN) scheme, reports The Independent. The PSN program is supposed to help save the government millions of pounds on procurement of voice and data services. (See BT Strikes UK Govnt Deal , C&W Worldwide Eyes Govnt Deal and Virgin Media Gets PSN Green Light.)

  • Samsung and Apple have both been quizzed by the European Commission over their use of smartphone patents, reports Bloomberg. The companies have issued dozens of lawsuits relating to perceived smartphone and tablet patent infringements against each other in ten countries. (See Euronews: Samsung/Apple Circus Hits The Hague, Making Sense of the Handset Patent Plays and Samsung Tries to Block Apple Sales in the US.)

  • Reuters Africa reports that South African mobile operator Vodacom Pty. Ltd. posted a 6 percent year-on-year rise in first-half profits on the back of demand for mobile data but warned that things might get tougher in the second half of the year for the Vodafone-owned unit.

  • The independent directors of beleaguered Irish incumbent eir have set a Nov. 18 deadline for debt restructuring proposals, reports Reuters, citing unnamed sources. (See Lenders to Lean on Eircom.)

  • U.K. incumbent BT Group plc (NYSE: BT; London: BTA) has a new weapon in its battle to speed fiber rollout: a super-sharp spade. According to the Daily Telegraph, BT claims that this miracle of modern engineering can "cut through tarmac," and will more than halve the time it takes to install fiber. Could do with one of those for the Euronews veg patch...

    — Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

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