News In Brief: Orange, BT, Vodafone, TeliaSonera, Vimpelcom, NITA

Orange has partnered with the European Economic and Social committee to establish the Arborus Endowment Fund, which it says is the first fund in Europe designed to promote equality in the workplace for women in Europe.
 
BT is reportedly refusing to offer compensation to firms whose internet and phone services were knocked out by a flood at one of its exchanges last month.
 
Applications developers have been given the option to publish applications for Vodafone’s 360 Shop via the Joint Innovation Lab website, the carrier announced yesterday. The firm also launched a dedicated developer website containing technical guidelines for 360 apps.
 
Billionaire Alisher Usmanov has filed a lawsuit seeking to block TeliaSonera and the Alfa Group from combining their holdings in Russian mobile operator OAO MegaFon.
 
Russia's Vimpelcom has announced plans to conduct a 20 billion ruble (€508.8 million) rights issue through its consolidated subsidiary LLC VimpelCom-Invest.
 
US agency National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NITA) has received 867 applications requesting a combined $11 billion (€8.3 billion) in subsidies to fund broadband projects across the US. But NITA has only allocated $2.6 billion for this round of funding.
 
KPN is reportedly offering up to ten high-definition TV channels to IPTV subscribers in areas covered by its VDSL2 network. The network covers 80% of the Netherlands and services cost €10 per month.

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