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Euronews: Sept. 16

Vodafone Group plc (NYSE: VOD), Orange (NYSE: FTE), and Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. (Korea: SEC) are some of the names in today's roundup of European telecom news snippets.

  • Samsung has bagged two national WiMax network deals in Eastern Europe, proving that the mobile broadband sector is not just about HSPA and Long Term Evolution (LTE). (Well, not quite yet, anyway.) (See Samsung Breathes Life Into Euro WiMax Market.)

  • There's trouble brewing in Greece as the regulator, the Hellenic Telecommunications & Post Commission (EETT), has declared that the country's GSM licenses might not be automatically renewed for their current holders in 2012, but might instead be put up for open auction, reports Cellular-News. Ailing operator Wind Hellas Telecommunications S.A. and Vodafone Greece could stand to lose out from the decision.

  • Wind and Vodafone's sister companies, Wind Telecomunicazioni SpA and Vodafone Italy , are causing ructions in Italy, where, together with broadband provider Fastweb SpA (Milan: FWB), they have pulled out of the next-generation network (NGN) committee, reports Global Telecoms Business. The NGN group was supposed to be preparing the ground for Italy's bright fiber access future.

  • France Telecom's Polish subsidiary, Telekomunikacja Polska SA , is refusing to pay Danish firm DPTG, a subsidiary of TDC A/S (Copenhagen: TDC), the €396 million (US$518 million) fine slapped on it by an arbitration tribunal, reports Reuters. The missing millions at issue relate to a bill for fiber optic installation work completed by DPTG in the 1990s. (See TPSA to Contest Court Ruling.)

  • The Moscow Times, citing Kommersant, reports that the former boss of Russian telco Svyazinvest , Evgeniy Yurchenko, is claiming it was interference and "shadow management" of the company by investment fund Marshall Capital Partners and its co-owner Konstantin Malofeyev that caused him to quit last week. (See Euronews: Sept. 13.)

  • The BBC reports that the UK's coalition government will ask regulator Ofcom to review News Corp. (NYSE: NWS)'s likely bid for satellite broadcaster Sky once a formal offer has been put forward. Many are worried that News Corp.'s boss, Rupert Murdoch, would have too much UK media control if the deal went ahead. As if...

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    — Paul Rainford, freelance editor, special to Light Reading

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