Euronews: Jan. 6

Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. , Orange (NYSE: FTE), Vodafone Germany and Belgacom SA (Euronext: BELG) are today's Eurozone headline-grabbers.

  • Huawei Marine Networks Co. Ltd. , the giant Chinese vendor's submarine joint venture, is bankrolling a new transatlantic subsea build by Hibernia Atlantic to the tune of US$250 million, it was revealed Wednesday. (See Hibernia Atlantic Gets Vendor Financing, Huawei Launches Subsea JV and Huawei Goes Underwater.)

  • France Telecom is closing in on acquisition deals in Iraq, Cambodia and Algeria, as it looks to boost its presence in developing markets, reports Bloomberg. (See FT Unveils New Action Plan.)

  • Vodafone Germany and power giant RWE have signed a letter of intent to build fiber access networks in three German municipalities and a business park in Rhineland-Palatinate. The partners have already developed a pilot project in Calenberg (Höxter). For full details, see this RWE press release (in German only).

  • Belgacom has participated in the US$5 million series B funding round of Israeli video software specialist Jinni, which develops semantic video content guides for IPTV and other entertainment service providers. Belgacom uses Jinni's enticingly named Taste Engine to help its IPTV customers make movie selections. Yum! (See Belgacom Gets Taste of Jinni and Jinni Puts Cable Guys in the Mood .)

  • The majority of mobile users living in "broadband households" are interested in the concept of femtocells, according to new research conducted in Asia/Pacific (China, Japan), Europe (Germany, Spain, the U.K.), and the U.S. by Parks Associates . Of the 6,100 people questioned, almost 60 percent said they were interested in the tiny household base stations, with better indoor voice coverage the main attraction. The research was commissioned by the Femto Forum Ltd. … just sayin'!!

    — Ray Le Maistre, International Managing Editor, Light Reading

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