Euronews: Dec. 23

BT Group plc (NYSE: BT; London: BTA), Deutsche Telekom AG (NYSE: DT), and Vodafone España S.A. are on the crumpled Christmas list of today's Euro telecom news headlines.

  • Executives from BT and Deutsche Telekom are sharpening up their oratory skills in advance of their keynote addresses at the forthcoming Service Provider Information Technology (SPIT) one-day conference, Subscriber-Centric 4G & Advanced Services: Using OSS/BSS to Drive Revenue in 2011, in London on Jan. 25, 2011. (See BT, DT Prep SPIT Keynotes.)

  • European VoIP fans looking to make a Skype Ltd. call this morning might have found themselves with little pre-Christmas cheer after the service suffered a major global outage. (See Downtime Hits Skype.)

  • The authorities in Belgium are hoping to pep up the mobile market there with the sale of a fourth 3G license next year, reports Reuters. According to the excellently named Vincent Van Quickenborne, Belgium's minister for economy and administrative simplification, the market is simply "not working properly" as things stand.

  • Vodafone Spain has got itself a new chief executive, in the shape of Shameel Joosub, reports Reuters. Joosub was previously managing director of South Africa's Vodacom Pty. Ltd. , in which Vodafone has a 65 percent stake.

  • Polish operator Polkomtel SA has been fined 11.7 million zloty (US$3.8 million) by the country's consumer rights watchdog for unfair practices, reports Warsaw Business Journal. It was the subscribers of Plus, Polkomtel's mobile network, who were deemed to have been treated shoddily in some cases.

  • Telecom Italia (TIM) will be delivering the Pope for Christmas -- not as a fridge magnet or novelty hat chip keepsake we hasten to add, but over the Internet, using its CDN platform and what it calls "Smooth Streaming" video technology. — Paul 'Ringo' Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

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