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Euronews: Oct. 12

Long Term Evolution (LTE), smartphones, and Carrier Ethernet are the technologies propelling Telia Company , Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT), and CENX Inc. into today's roundup of European news snippets.

  • Despite the significant connection speeds its LTE customers are experiencing, Scandinavian giant TeliaSonera is still using policy control techniques to clamp down on peer-to-peer traffic on its new mobile network. (See TeliaSonera Limits P2P Over LTE .)

  • Microsoft has put its full weight behind the Windows Phone 7 operating system, which has been launched on a range of handsets that will be marketed around Europe by carrier heavyweights such as Deutsche Telekom AG (NYSE: DT), Telefónica Europe plc (O2) , Orange (NYSE: FTE) (Orange), SFR , and Vodafone Group plc (NYSE: VOD), to name just a few. CCS Insight analyst Ben Wood, who knows what's what when it comes to mobile device stuff, told The Daily Telegraph this is "make or break" for Microsoft. We can almost smell the tension... (See Orange Delivers Windows 7 Trio, DT, Microsoft Plug Windows Phone 7, and Windows 7 Portfolio Unveiled.)

  • Carrier Ethernet exchange operator CENX has opened its doors for business in Europe, with facilities in Germany and the UK. (See CENX Extends Ethernet Exchange Reach.)

  • Mobile operators Telefónica UK Ltd. and Vodafone Group plc (NYSE: VOD) have lost an appeal against a ruling by UK regulator Ofcom that refused them permission to use their 2G wireless spectrum for 3G smartphones. Ofcom, reports Global Telecoms Business, had the support of UK mobile rivals EE and Three UK .

  • It's caused more disputes than organized religion: Yes, the old chestnut of number portability has reared its ugly head again, this time in Bulgaria, reports Novinite.com. [Ed note: Strictly speaking, do chestnuts have heads?] The two largest mobile operators, MobilTel (M-Tel) and GloBul , have become embroiled in a spat over number portability issues and how they relate to corporate clients.

  • Sir Philip Green, the controversial yet well upholstered retail tycoon charged with pinpointing areas of wasteful spending in British government, has come down hard on telecom extravagance, claiming that as much as £700 million ($1.1 billion) could be saved by centralized procurement and an end to a "Blackberrys for all" approach to employees' mobile phones.

    Elsewhere in Europe:

    — Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

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