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Euronews: August 27

Paul Rainford
8/27/2010

8:10 AM -- Vodafone Group plc (NYSE: VOD), Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications , and Facebook are among the names to conjure with in today's roundup of European telecom news nuggets.

  • UK-based operator Vodafone may be considering selling its assets in Poland and France, according to the Invest in UK Website and Reuters. The firm has apparently acquired a reputation as a "poor transactor" or, in other words, has got involved in things it really shouldn't have.

  • Also on Reuters, Sarah White opines that Orascom Telecom boss and squillionaire Naguib Sawiris will struggle to hang onto Greek mobile operator Wind Hellas Telecommunications S.A. in the face of a likely bondholder revolt following recent miserable results. (See Euronews: August 24.)

  • Enet, the company that runs Ireland's Metropolitan Area Networks (MAN) broadband network project on behalf of the government, has reported its first full-year profit, reports RTE. It recorded a net profit of €1.7 million (US$2.1 million) in the year to April 30.

  • A couple of tidbits for Facebook freaks now: In Germany, the government has put forward a draft bill that would ban employers from profiling job applicants on social networks such as Facebook by, for example, sneakily becoming their "friend" or hacking their account to get sensitive personal information, reports EUObserver.com. However, they will still be able to Google the applicant's name and see what muck they can dredge up that way...

  • ...and, for the real hardcore sad cases, Sony Ericsson has bothered to come up with an app that allows Facebook users to find out which of the handset maker's latest models is best suited to their Facebook profile. Truly, a "eureka" moment. (See Sony Ericsson Launches Handset App.)

  • Meanwhile, in a less fluffy corner of the Ericsson empire, Croatian outpost Ericsson Nikola Tesla has won a €6.9 million ($8.8 million) contract to upgrade the 2G/3G mobile and core networks of Bosnian operator BH Telecom d.d Sarajevo , reports TeleGeography.

  • Lovefilm, one of Europe's biggest movie subscription services, has struck a pay-per-view deal with MGM to show highlights from the studio's 85-year back catalogue on its online player, reports the Daily Telegraph. Classics such as The Graduate, Thelma & Louise, and, erm, Quantum of Solace will be part of the package.

    — Paul Rainford, freelance editor, special to Light Reading

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