Euronews: Orange/T-Mob JV Given 4G Head Start

EE , Alcatel-Lucent (NYSE: ALU) and Vivendi lead the way in today's parade of EMEA telecom headlines.

  • Orange UK /T-Mobile (UK) joint venture Everything Everywhere has been given the green light from U.K. regulator Ofcom for its plan to use its existing 1800MHz spectrum to deliver LTE services well ahead of its rivals, and possibly by the end of 2012. The U.K.'s main LTE auction, which will offer additional spectrum in the 800MHz and 2.6GHz bands, does not take place until early 2013, with the license-winners unlikely to start 4G services until deep into next year. Expect some agitated responses to the decision from the likes of Telefónica UK Ltd. (O2), Vodafone UK and Three UK over the next day or two. (See Ofcom Allows EE to Go Early on 4G, Britain's Bloomin' LTE , Britain Braced for 4G Fight and UK's 4G Auction Set for 2013 .)

  • Analysts are predicting that struggling Alcatel-Lucent is about to be replaced in France's CAC 40 index of blue-chip companies by specialty chemicals group Arkema, reports Reuters. AlcaLu's stock has dropped 93 percent from its 2006 high. (See Euronews: S&P Downgrades AlcaLu, Euronews: Moody's Has a Downer on AlcaLu and Alcatel-Lucent: Too Little, Too Late?)

  • Vivendi, the French conglomerate that has been going through various personnel ructions of late, has made Jean-Yves Charlier senior executive vice president in charge of telecom operations, with effect from October. Charlier is currently a member of Vivendi's supervisory board and chairman of its Strategic Committee. (See Vivendi Appoints New Exec VP for Telecom and Euronews: All Change at Vivendi.)

  • It's party time, sort of, in Berlin, though it doesn't sound like the kind of party that puts carpets in peril. Telefónica Deutschland GmbH and Nokia Networks are the hosts of what they are calling the "first ever pan-European Campus Party," a week-long event intended to show off their LTE capabilities to more than 7,000, ahem, "campuseros" bent on gaming and video streaming to their hearts' desire.

  • Barnes & Noble Inc. is to launch its Nook e-reader device in the U.K. this fall, in what represents the U.S. bookseller's first venture beyond its home turf. But with the Kindle already well established in Britain, the question has to be asked: Will there be a niche for the Nook? (See Microsoft Fights Fire With Nook Investment.)

    — Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

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