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Euronews: July 30

8:20 AM -- Alcatel-Lucent (NYSE: ALU), Nokia Corp. (NYSE: NOK), Telefónica O2 Germany GmbH & Co. OHG , and Sky are among those holding court in today's roundup of European telecom news snippets.
  • AlcaLu's second-quarter results suggest that the French giant has turned the corner -- though hold the bubbly, as it's still losing money and dogged by parts shortages. (See AlcaLu in Recovery Mode and AlcaLu Reports Q2.)

  • Nokia’s share of the global mobile handset market dipped slightly in the second quarter, according to Strategy Analytics Inc. The Finnish firm is still the leader, with a 36.1 percent share of the worldwide market in the three months to the end of June, but that’s down from 37.8 percent a year earlier. Samsung Corp. is in second place with a second-quarter 2010 market share of 20.7 percent, up from 19.1 percent a year ago.

  • Germany likes to do things in fours -- just ask the English and Argentine soccer teams -- and now Telefónica O2 Germany has four LTE pilot projects in the offing, two of the networks operating on 2.6GHz in the urban settings of Munich and Halle, and the others running at 800MHz in the suburbs of those two cities. (See O2 Germany Preps LTE Pilots.)

  • They made some decent records in the 80s and now they're launching themselves on the mobile world. TalkTalk (OK, so it's maybe not the same TalkTalk...) has signed a deal with Vodafone UK to launch a mobile voice and data service under its own brand from this autumn, reports Reuters.

  • There will soon be more talk -- and fewer blokes kicking balls around perhaps -- on UK satellite broadcaster BSkyB, which has bought the rights to all HBO dramas for the next five years, reports The Daily Telegraph. Martin Scorsese's new prohibition drama, Boardwalk Empire, will be amongst the fare on offer.

  • Further east, Croatia's top telecom operator, T-Hrvatski Telekom , says its half-year results were hit by recession and a frankly unhelpful tax on mobile services, Reuters reports. Revenue in the first six months was down 3.9 percent to 4.04 billion kuna (US$729.6 million).

  • And, even further east, Russia's appealingly named VimpelCom Ltd. (NYSE: VIP) has bought fixed-line provider Foratek (also Russian) for 1.4 billion rubles ($46.43 million), reports Reuters.

    — Paul Rainford, freelance editor, special to Light Reading

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