Euronews: August 23

8:00 AM -- ZTE Corp. (Shenzhen: 000063; Hong Kong: 0763), Deutsche Telekom AG (NYSE: DT), and Google (Nasdaq: GOOG) are all namechecked in today's roundup of European telecom news snippets.

  • ZTE's successful march into Europe continues with the news that it has been chosen by Telenor Hungary Zrt. to build and maintain an "LTE-ready" network. More than 6,000 base stations will be deployed across the country. (See Telenor Hungary Picks ZTE for LTE and ZTE's US Push Pays Off .)

  • In other world-domination news, The Guardian reports that Google is to hire 200 more people as the search giant expands its European HQ in Dublin with a new operations center that will be home to developers working on some of its location-based products.

  • German pay-TV broadcaster Sky Deutschland Fernsehen GmbH & Co. KG is talking to the country's cable-TV operators to see if it can find a way of countering Deutsche Telekom's entry into the pay-TV market, reports Reuters, citing Handelsblatt. DT has notched up 1.3 million subscribers for its IPTV pay-TV package. (See DT Revamp Puts FTTH in Focus.)

  • TeleGeography reports that Telefónica O2 Czech Republic a.s. intends to extend its 3G network to 37 more Czech towns and cities, with the population's demand for fast mobile Internet being the main driving force behind the plan. (See Pyramid: Mobile Data Drives Czech Revival.)

    — Paul Rainford, freelance editor, special to Light Reading

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