Euronews: Dec. 10

Telia Company , Elisa Corp. , and Nokia Networks kick off proceedings in today's roundup of Euro telecom news headlines.

  • Swedish carrier TeliaSonera has launched what it says are the first commercial FauxG services in Denmark, with customers in the cities of Copenhagen, Aarhus, Odense, and Aalborg being the first to be offered the chance to sample the power of Long Term Evolution (LTE). The carrier hopes to have 75 percent of the Danish population covered, LTE-wise, by the end of 2011. (See TeliaSonera Launches LTE in Denmark.)

  • Still in Scandinavia, and still on the FauxG front, Finnish operator Elisa has opened the country's first corporate LTE network. Nokia Siemens Networks, which worked with Elisa on the testing of the network earlier this year, will be the first to give it a go, at its Karaportti campus in Espoo. (See Elisa Launches Business LTE Service.)

  • Greek mobile marketing solutions specialist Internetq joined London’s Alternative Investment Market (AIM) today with an IPO that raised £6.8 million (US$10.7 million) and valued the company at £31 million ($49 million). (See Euronews: Nov. 8.)

  • Dutch economic affairs minister Maxime Verhagen has announced that there will be another spectrum auction by early 2012 at the latest, reports Dutch News. The auction will cover existing frequencies owned by KPN Telecom NV (NYSE: KPN), T-Mobile Netherlands , and Vodafone Netherlands , as well as additional ones in the 800MHz bandwidth.

  • Private equity firm BC Partners has submitted a £655 million ($1.03 billion) to £680 million ($1.07 billion) bid for the UK mobile retailer Phones4U, reports The Daily Telegraph. This is some way short of the asking price set by the current owners, Providence Equity Partners.

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    — Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

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