Euronews: Nov. 8

Ericsson AB (Nasdaq: ERIC), Vodafone Group plc (NYSE: VOD), and Internetq are out in front in today's roundup of Euro telecom news nuggets.

  • Ericsson has won the contract to upgrade Danish operator TDC A/S (Copenhagen: TDC)'s mobile network to Long Term Evolution (LTE). As well as the usual LTE gubbins, such as radio access and core network equipment, the contract also includes a managed services element. (See TDC Picks Ericsson for LTE .)

  • Analysts are predicting that Vodafone boss Vittorio Colao will reveal plans to sharpen the focus on mobile data when he announces the operator's first-half results on Tuesday, reports Bloomberg. (See Vodafone CEO Talks Up Data Caps .)

  • Athens-based mobile advertising firm InternetQ is planning an IPO on London's Alternative Investment Market (AIM), reports The Independent. The company's main hunting ground is Eastern Europe, though it has made forays into Brazil, South Africa, and the Middle East too.

  • The British Broadcasting Corp. (BBC) is planning a global version of its popular online TV catch-up service, iPlayer, reports The Daily Telegraph. If the plan is approved by the BBC Trust, the Corporation will be allowed to either place advertising on the site or charge users on a pay-per-view basis.

  • There's plenty of vertical thrust at UK satellite operator Inmarsat plc (London: ISAT), which has notched up an 18 percent increase in third-quarter earnings, reports Reuters.

  • They have a reputation for not being the jolliest of souls at the best of times, but now quite a few UK farmers have good reason to be grouchy, reports The Daily Telegraph. It seems some mobile phone operators, Vodafone UK and Telefónica UK Ltd. among them, are attempting to slash the rental they pay to farmers and other landowners to have masts and related equipment plonked on their prime pasture. The immortal refrain "Get orff my land" could soon be ringing out louder than ever across the British countryside.

    — Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

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