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Euronews: Jan. 19

Vodafone Group plc (NYSE: VOD), Telefónica SA (NYSE: TEF), Telecom Italia (TIM) , Orange (NYSE: FTE) and Deutsche Telekom AG (NYSE: DT) are huddling together for warmth in today's lightly frosted roundup of Euro telecom news headlines.

  • Five of Europe's biggest carriers have formed an "expert group" to keep an eye on the development of mobile operating systems and possibly report on the matter to the European Commission , reports The Financial Times (subscription required). The collective initiative by Vodafone, Telefónica, Telecom Italia, France Telecom and Deutsche Telekom is being interpreted by some as a defensive measure against the inexorable march of Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL)'s iOS and Google (Nasdaq: GOOG)'s Android, which have established a dominant position in the smart phone market.

  • Apple's strength is also worrying Vincent Van Quickenborne, the fabulously-named Belgian economy minister, reports EurActiv. He wants an antitrust investigation into the U.S. giant's exclusive digital newspaper distribution deals. iSee trouble ahead. (See Apple's Sour Note, Apple to Sell 28M iPads in 2011 and News Corp. Plans Digital Newspaper.)

  • Away from the Apple aggro, T-Mobile Austria is trumpeting the fact it now offers faster and, it claims, more energy-efficient mobile broadband courtesy of an upgrade to HSPA+ from Nokia Networks . Downlink speeds of up to 21 Mbit/s are being touted. (See NSN Revs T-Mobile Austria to HSPA+.)

  • French wholesale and enterprise service provider e-téra has deployed a new long-haul transport network using ZTE Corp. (Shenzhen: 000063; Hong Kong: 0763)'s ZXWDM platform.

    — Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

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