Euronews: Sweden Gets Dual-Mode LTE

Hi3G Access AB , ZTE Corp. (Shenzhen: 000063; Hong Kong: 0763), Liberty Global Inc. (Nasdaq: LBTY) and BT Group plc (NYSE: BT; London: BTA) take us into the weekend in today's helping of EMEA telecom news headlines.

  • Swedish operator Hi3G has turned on its dual-mode LTE network (FDD and TDD) in Stockholm, Gothenburg and Malmo. The operator and its network equipment supplier ZTE are claiming this is a world first. Bra jort! The operator's plans to build a dual-mode were announced earlier this year. (See ZTE Scores LTE TDD/FDD Deal and LTE's Kissin' Cousins .)

  • Germany's competition authority has given the go-ahead to Liberty Global for its proposed takeover of Kabel BW GmbH & Co. , the third-largest operator in what is Europe's largest cable market. Liberty Global has also announced a new US$1 billion stock repurchase program. (See Liberty Closes Kabel BW Buy.)

  • U.K. incumbent BT has formed BT Advise, a sort of rebranded managed services unit comprising 4,500 advisors. A BT Advise Academy will be part of the new set-up, promising a "rigorous approach to professional accreditation." (See BT Creates Advise Services Unit, Euronews: BT Profits Up 36% in Q2 and BT Gets Bullish.)

  • Deutsche Telekom AG (NYSE: DT) has extended the contract of board member and T-Systems International GmbH CEO Reinhard Clemens by five years and handed him responsibility for all IT matters at the German giant. According to this Business Week report, DT is hoping to save €1 billion ($1.3 billion) from the consolidation of IT resources. (See DT Gives Clemens More Clout.)

  • Norwegian operator Telenor Group (Nasdaq: TELN) has landed another services contract, and this one's with the country's largest company, Statoil. The deal, worth around 400 million Norwegian Krone ($66.8 million), will run over four years and cover both mobile and fixed-line matters. (See Telenor Lands Statoil Deal and Euro Carriers Get Cozy With Network Sharing .)

  • A study by Eurostat has uncovered what it says is clear evidence of an online divide in Europe between the prosperous Web-lovin' north and the poorer, Web-indifferent south and east, reports the BBC. In Romania, more than half of the population have never ventured onto the Web. More important things to worry about, probably...

    — Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

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