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Euronews: August 11

11:25 AM -- NTT Communications Corp. (NYSE: NTT), Rostelecom , Sky , and, er... "glamping" all feature in today's roundup of European telecom news.
  • NTT is adding to its European managed security services capabilities in Europe with the acquisition of a Swedish specialist. The move is part of NTT's global growth strategy and is another example of the integration of telco and IT services capabilities. (See NTT Buys More Euro Smarts.)

  • Bosnia's largest telco, BH Telecom d.d Sarajevo , has announced first-half profits are up 4.5 percent to 66 million Bosnian marka (US$44.7 million), reports Balkans.com, citing Reuters. (See BH Telecom Picks Zhone.)

  • UK-based satellite broadcaster BSkyB, which these days is also a telephony and broadband provider, looks set to spoil VoIP pioneer Skype's IPO party by claiming that the latter's use of the word "sky" in its name represents a trademark infringement, reports Marketing magazine. So, Rupert Murdoch now controls the sky... Truly, he is the Messiah.

  • Over in Spain, bullfighting may be in the doldrums, but mobile phone usage is a runaway success, reports Telecompaper, citing the monthly report by Spanish regulator CMT. Nearly 270,000 new mobile phone lines were added in June, up 2 percent year-on-year, with Movistar (Spain) taking the lion's share of the new additions.

  • Ouch! Sky News reports (thanks, Rupert) that criminals are smuggling 1-million-volt stun-guns, cunningly disguised as Nokia Corp. (NYSE: NOK) mobile phones, into the UK.

  • Russian operator Rostelecom has raised the total capacity of its Siberian backbone network to 267 Gbit/s following a new 1,601km link between Biryusinsk and Chara, and other upgrades, reports TeleGeography. (See Rostelecom Reports Q1.)

  • UK fixed-line operator TalkTalk has followed in the footsteps of BT Group plc (NYSE: BT; London: BTA) by raising its prices, reports The Guardian. Just for starters, line rental increases by 5 percent from £11.49 ($18) to £12.04 ($18.90) a month. Cheers! (See Euronews: July 19.)

  • BT Openzone has revealed that thousands of sad cases who cannot survive for a couple of days without Facebook on holiday are boosting WiFi usage at campsites and caravan parks in the UK. Apparently, indulging in such activities while spending time under the canvas is to be called "glamping" (glamorous camping), but not by us. Light Reading says: Put that freakin' laptop down and sing some campfire songs right now! (See 'Glamping' Boosts UK WiFi Usage.)

  • Google (Nasdaq: GOOG) has announced its fleet of camera-carrying Street View mapping vehicles is set to trundle into 20 of Germany's largest cities before the end of the year, reports the Associated Press. And guess what? The locals aren't happy...

    — Paul Rainford, freelance editor, special to Light Reading

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