Optical components

Euronews: August 10

8:20 AM -- Orange (NYSE: FTE), Vodafone Portugal , and KPN Telecom NV (NYSE: KPN) are all mentioned in dispatches in today's roundup of European telecom news.

  • After last week's fevered speculation on the subject, Reuters reports that France Telecom has finally confirmed it's in talks to buy a sizeable stake in Médi Télécom S.A. (Méditel) , Morocco's second-largest operator. (See Euronews: August 3.)

  • Not to be confused with the retro tipple favored by swingers of a certain age everywhere, Biancho is the name that has been given to a new Europe-wide consortium made up of five organizations whose avowed mission it is to reduce the power consumption of optical network components, reports Semiconductor Today. Promote that, George.

  • There's drama in Greece, reports TeleGeography, as operator OTE S.A. has been forced by the country's regulator, EETT, to withdraw six fixed-line/mobile/broadband discount bundles following complaints from crybaby rivals Hellas Online, ForthNet, and Wind Hellas.

  • Vodafone Portugal has employed the knowhow of OSS vendor eGain Communications Corp. , which has been working hard to position itself as a player in the telecom customer experience management sector. Its eGain Service Suite solution will provide what is racily termed a "unified multichannel service experience" for Voodoo Portugal's subscribers. (See Vodafone Portugal Deploys eGain and SPIT Week Focus: Customer Experience Management.)

  • Too clever for their own good, these smartphones. That's the conclusion readers with Luddite leanings might draw from the British Broadcasting Corp. (BBC) 's investigation into apps that can steal all sorts of valuable data from your sexy mobile device of choice. Is it too late for a revival of the humble pager? Answer: Yes.

  • Dutch operator KPN is to roll out a CDMA450 network specifically aimed at M2M services, reports Telecompaper, following its takeover of Nozema Services in 2005, which gave KPN the necessary frequencies.

    — Paul Rainford, freelance editor, special to Light Reading

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