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Also in today's EMEA roundup: The trouble with Brussels; Vodafone's big deal with BAE; France Telecom wants out of Portugal

Euronews: AlcaLu Boasts Core Router Deal

Paul Rainford
2/18/2013
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Alcatel-Lucent, Belgacom SA, Vodafone Group plc and France Télécom – Orange are among the runners and riders in today's race through the EMEA headlines.

  • Belgacom should be better placed to deal with the welter of data being spewed out by the folks in the European Commission HQ in Brussels once it deploys 7950 XRS core router technology from Alcatel-Lucent. The vendor claims (perhaps contentiously) that the box is the "world's most powerful" Internet core router, and last year it won the coveted, nay drooled-over, prize of Best New Product (Telecom) in the Light Reading Leading Lights Awards.
  • Belgacom is also one of a group of Belgian operators unhappy with rules issued by Brussels authorities governing the amount of radiation that can be emitted within the city's limits, reports Reuters. The operators claim that the rules are hampering their efforts to install 4G networks in the Belgian capital.
  • Vodafone has formed what it calls a "strategic security and mobile partnership" with U.K. defense manufacturer BAE Systems. The twosome will aim to offer enterprises a range of communications security products and services, initially focusing on smartphones and tablets. Not surprisingly, it will start by providing such services to BAE's 35,000 U.K. employees.
  • Away from the big scary weapons, in Tanzania, Vodafone has a much more cuddly tale to tell: It is planning to launch portable mobile phone chargers that can be powered by bicycle dynamo or solar panel, reports the Daily Telegraph.
  • France Telecom is to dispose of its 20 percent stake in Portuguese operator Sonaecom, with a price tag just shy of €99 million (US$132 million).
  • Russia's VimpelCom Ltd. has entered into an agreement with Microsoft Corp. that will allow the operator to implement a spot of carrier billing action for subscribers wanting to avail themselves of apps, games and music from the Windows Phone Store.
  • BT Group plc is continuing its incursion into BSkyB Ltd. territory as it holds talks with sports broadcaster ESPN over the acquisition of rights to certain high-profile soccer games in the U.K. and Europe, reports the Financial Times. It remains to be seen whether BT's focus on expensive sports content will prove to be a commercial own goal. — Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

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