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Euronews: DT Unit Eases Shell Into the Cloud

T-Systems International GmbH , Lebanon and TalkTalk take us into the weekend on what is so far a quiet day for EMEA telecom.

  • Deutsche Telekom AG (NYSE: DT)'s T-Systems unit has won a five-year (at least) extension to its (US$1.2 billion) data-center management contract with oil giant Shell, reports Bloomberg. Under the terms of the contract renewal, T-Systems will be shifting more of Shell's data into "the cloud," according to one of the unnamed insiders with knowledge of the matter.

  • Lebanon was continuing to suffer an Internet blackout Thursday following a break in the subsea IMEWE cable, reports the country's Daily Star. Other countries in the region were also affected by the outage. (See France Telecom-Orange Lights IMEWE .)

  • U.K. broadband provider TalkTalk saw its shares fall 2.6 percent following the public demonstration of the new, BBC-backed YouView IPTV service. Along with BT Group plc (NYSE: BT; London: BTA), TalkTalk is planning to offer the service -- which requires a dedicated set-top box that costs £299 ($464) if bought separately -- as part of a broadband bundle. (See Euronews: Dec. 9.)

    — Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

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