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Euronews: Deutsche Telekom Wields the Axe

Deutsche Telekom AG (NYSE: DT), Orange France and Netgem are making waves in today's roundup of EMEA headlines.

  • German incumbent Deutsche Telekom may cut as many as 400 jobs annually over the next four years at its Bonn headquarters, reports Bloomberg. The carrier has been looking hard at cutting costs in recent times, with a joint procurement agreement with Orange (NYSE: FTE) being just one example of its new, leaner look. (See DT's Cloudy Silver Lining, DT & FT Deepen Ties and Eurosqueeze?)

  • Orange is joining forces with electronics firm Thales SA (Paris: TCFP.PA) and software company Dassault Systeme on a cloud-computing grand projet, reports a skeptical Business Insider, citing an AFP report. The consortium intends to build data centers serving both the French public and private sectors.

  • Monaco Telecom is to deploy Netgem's nCloud multimedia server software for a new service that will enable its customers to view its IPTV video-on-demand offering on wireless-enabled devices such as tablets and smartphones. The nCloud is also integrated with social networking sites, allowing customers specifically to choose a programme being watched by friends. How lovely. (See Monaco Telecom Tests Cloudy IPTV and Monaco gets Next Gen TV.)

  • That's a whole lotta SIM cards: Reuters, citing research group AC&M, reports that Russian mobile subscriber penetration has now reached 153.4 percent, with 222.72 million of them spread across the steppe and beyond. (See Russian Ops to Share LTE Network.)

  • Vodafone Turkey has turned to Service Provider Information Technology (SPIT) vendor LogMeIn to provide the necessary gubbins for a remote fault-diagnosis service for users of smartphones and other devices. LogMeIn Rescue allows Vodafone's helpdesk staff to remotely diagnose and troubleshoot a customer's smartphone anywhere there is mobile network connectivity. (See Vodafone Turkey Uses LogMeIn Rescue.)

  • In what can be seen as the changing face of mobile competition in the Middle East, Arabian Business reports that UAE incumbet Etisalat has decided to drop the 50 Emirati Dirham (US$13.61) renewal charge for its pre-paid customers, belatedly following the lead of number-two operator Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Co. (du) .

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    — Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

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