Telefónica backs Windows Phone 8; Warid Telecom reportedly up for sale

> Alcatel-Lucent starts sale of €550 million ($719 million) of convertible bonds as part of its effort to reduce financing costs. Article

> Telefónica said it will promote and foster Windows Phone 8 sales across Europe in an "enhanced" marketing deal with Microsoft. Article

> Telefónica Czech Republic says the regulator's plan to reserve spectrum for a new entrant as part of auction terms is unfair. Article

> China Mobile and Etisalat are considering bids for Pakistan's Warid Telecom, which reports say has been put up for sale by its Abu Dhabi owners. Article

> Leading European telecoms executives have  reportedly called for a complete rethink of proposed market reforms and are advocating for greater deregulation. Article (sub. req.)

> Virgin Mobile won one of three MVNO licences awarded in Saudi Arabia. Article

> Turkcell again failed to hold an annual general meeting due to a long-running dispute between major shareholders. Article

And finally…British Airways will become the first European airline to let passengers switch on their mobile phones and other devices just after landing. Article

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