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Euronews: NSN Lands £250M Antenna Deal With EE

Paul Rainford
2/24/2014
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Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Anti-capitalist protest hits MWC attendees; Telefónica goes loco on NFV; Deutsche Telekom launches encryption app.

  • It's the first day of Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, and hordes of would-be attendees are reportedly unable to make it to the showground because of an anti-capitalism protest in the city center. So that's a good start. The team from Nokia Networks is there, however, and it's using the MWC stage to announce a £250 million (US$416 million) multi-year antenna and network security contract with EE for the next stage of the UK operator's 4G rollout, reports the Financial Times (subscription required). NSN is also upgrading EE's 2G network, partly to improve its energy efficiency.

  • Also in Barcelona, Telefónica SA (NYSE: TEF) has been announcing collaborations with Alcatel-Lucent (NYSE: ALU) and Ericsson AB (Nasdaq: ERIC) aimed at driving forward the adoption of network functions virtualization (NFV). The AlcaLu collaboration will use the vendor's CloudBand NFV platform to help identify which elements of the operator's network are ripe for the NFV treatment, while Ericsson is presenting the coupling as a joint R&D program to understand the challenges and opportunities raised by NFV. (See Vendors Catch NFV Fever and Telefónica Unveils Aggressive NFV Plans.)

  • Deutsche Telekom AG (NYSE: DT) is looking to benefit from the post-Snowden data security anxiety/paranoia (delete where applicable) by launching an app that encrypts voice and text messages, reports Reuters. The app will initially only be available on Android, but an iOS version will follow. Deutsche Telekom has been quite a vocal proponent of a more circumscribed version of the Internet, as has been the German chancellor, Angela Merkel. (See Euronews: Merkel Moots US Data Bypass.)

  • Orange (NYSE: FTE) is planning to launch the new Nokia X range of "affordable" smartphones -- which can run Android apps -- across the EMEA region, kicking off in Romania, Poland, and Egypt. For more details, see this Orange press release.

  • A top accountancy firm, EY (formerly Ernst & Young International ), has warned that the European telecom industry will continue to lag behind the US in terms of M&A action due to the "confusing regulatory framework" of the region, reports the Daily Telegraph.

  • UK electronics retailer Dixons is in merger talks with leading independent phone seller Carphone Warehouse Group plc (London: CPW), in a deal that would bring together two companies with a combined market value of around £3.6 billion ($6 billion), reports Bloomberg.

    — Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

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