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Euronews: August 31

Paul Rainford
8/31/2010

9:45 AM -- Nokia Networks , Telefónica SA (NYSE: TEF), and eir feature in today's digest of European telecom news snippets.

  • Nokia Siemens Networks, which is believed to be in talks with private equity firms about a possible cash injection, has opened a "Smartphone Experience Lab" at Telefónica's premises in Madrid. (See Nokia Siemens Seeks Cash and NSN Opens Smartphone Lab.)

  • Telefónica might be happy about working with NSN, but it's not so chuffed at how Web services giants such as Google (Nasdaq: GOOG) are using its networks, reports Reuters. The Spanish giant's chief operating officer, Julio Linares, told a conference that explosive growth in data traffic fueled by content providers and users on fixed tariffs is pushing up costs for network operators without raising enough in the way of revenue.

  • Tough times at Eircom, the Irish operator, which reported an 8.5 percent drop in revenue for the fiscal year ended June 30. According to RTE, Eircom is locked in talks with unions in a bid to reduce labor costs by another €90 million (US$114 million) over the next three years.

  • Compare this to the first-half results of French triple-play provider Iliad (Euronext: ILD), which has seen net profits double year-on-year to €171.4 million ($217.3 million). Ooh-la-la indeed! (See Iliad Reports H1.)

  • Colt Technology Services Group Ltd , the UK-based managed services firm, has formed a partnership with VMware to deliver its vCloud data center services, which should bolster the former's overall cloud offering. (See Colt Offers vCloud.)

  • Hands-across-the-water time at the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) , which has renewed its Memorandum of Understanding with South Korea's Telecommunications Technology Association (TTA) to ensure that cooperation on standards relating to various telecom matters -- including M2M and intelligent transport systems -- continues to prosper. (See ETSI, TTA Renew MoU.)

  • Telekom Slovenije has chosen French vendor Netgem to supply set-top boxes for the national operator's IPTV offering. (See Telekom Slovenia Deploys Netgem.)

  • BT Group plc (NYSE: BT; London: BTA) is in bragging mode again, revealing that 15 million UK homes and small businesses now have access to broadband over the company’s network. Of those 15 million, about 5 million are BT retail customers, while the remaining connections are through wholesale agreements. (See BT Trumpets Broadband Milestone.)

  • And finally, fashion fans... The Daily Telegraph reports -- citing technology Website Mashable -- that a new dress, which allows its wearer to make and receive calls via the magic of a SIM card tucked in the label of the sleeve, is about to be foisted onto UK coathangers. It's called the M-Dress. No sniggering at the back or shouting loudly at sleeves in the street, please.

    — Paul Rainford, freelance editor, special to Light Reading

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