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Euronews: FT Commits to 4,000 New French Jobs

Orange (NYSE: FTE), Aptilo Networks AB and Google (Nasdaq: GOOG) proffer something for the weekend in today's jog through the EMEA headlines.

  • France Telecom has sought to allay concerns about its future stability by committing to recruiting 4,000 employees in permanent positions in France over the next three years. The emergence of a strong fourth operator -- that'll be Free Mobile then -- is cited by the incumbent as one of the main factors behind France's "depressed operational environment." (See Euronews: FT's Q1 Suffers Free Fall, Euronews: Iliad Gets the All-Clear on Free Mobile and Iliad Disrupts the French Mobile Scene .)

  • Swedish wireless access and policy management specialist Aptilo has landed a significant Wi-Fi access equipment deal with TIM Brasil . The operator is preparing for the data deluge that will come when Brazil hosts the FIFA World Cup in 2014 and Olympic Games in 2016 by deploying thousands of public Wi-Fi access points that can be used for mobile data offload as well as wireless Internet access in areas under-served by fixed lines. (See TIM Brasil Offloads With Aptilo.)

  • The respective CEOs of Vodafone Group plc (NYSE: VOD) and KPN Telecom NV (NYSE: KPN) have criticized the stance of European antitrust regulators, saying they are standing in the way of much-needed consolidation in the regional telecom sector. Speaking at the European Telecommunications Network Operators' Association (ETNO) conference in Brussels reported on by Reuters earlier this week, Vittorio Colao and Eelco Blok accused EU Competition Commissioner Joaquin Almunia of being obstructive to growth through his handling of the attempted acquisition of Orange Austria Telecommunication GmbH. by Hutchison 3G Austria GmbH . (See EC Looks Again at Orange Austria Takeover.)

  • Google is close to a deal on a new U.K. headquarters at London's King's Cross, reports the Daily Telegraph. The search giant currently has two London offices, one in Soho and the other in Victoria, but hopes to be out of those and into the new 700,000 sq. ft. HQ in 2015.

    — Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

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