Euronews: Facebook Gets a Number

Facebook , fonYou Telecom SL and PCCW Ltd. (NYSE: PCW; Hong Kong: 0008) get a Wednesday workout in today's regional roundup.

  • Spanish cloud mobile telephony services specialist fonYou has launched its Facebook Number application that enables mobile operators to offer voice services that are integrated with their Facebook profiles. (See fonYou Offers Facebook Number and EuroProfile: fonYou.)

  • Arcep , the French telecom regulator, has invited operators to submit their applications for the 4G spectrum up for grabs in both the 800MHz and 2.6GHz frequencies. Spectrum in the 2.6GHz band will be allocated in the fall of 2011, 800MHz in early 2012. (See Arcep Takes Applications for 4G Spectrum.)

  • Hong Kong-based PCCW has been telling the Financial Times (subscription required) that it plans to offer Long Term Evolution (LTE)-based services in the U.K. -- via its British subsidiary, UK Broadband Ltd. -- before any of its better-known rivals get round to it. It should be noted, though, that the LTE services in question would not be the same as those offered by the U.K.'s mobile operators, as PCCW has licenses for fixed-wireless spectrum that's suitable for WiMax and Long Term Evolution Time Division Duplex (LTE TDD) network deployments. (See Euronews: August 18.)

  • Russian carrier Mobile TeleSystems OJSC (MTS) (NYSE: MBT) has chosen Alcatel-Lucent (NYSE: ALU)'s WDM offering to boost backhaul, initially in the cities of Moscow, St. Petersburg, Krasnodar, Rostov and Ufa. (See MTS Picks AlcaLu's WDM Offering.)

  • Want to go over-the-top with IPTV? Don't have the wherewithal to do it? Fear not: Slovakia-based Antik Technology is touting an outsourced OTT IPTV offering called "Juice." (See Antik Offers Outsourced OTT IPTV and Antik Unveils IPTV Headend.)

    — Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

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