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Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Ericsson wins smart meters deal in Finland; Fon targets SMEs; Huawei cozies up to SAP.

Eurobites: Orange Plans Spanish Antennas Sell-Off

Paul Rainford
8/14/2014
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Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Ericsson wins smart meters deal in Finland; Fon targets SMEs; Huawei cozies up to SAP.

  • Orange (NYSE: FTE) is planning to sell more than 9,000 mobile antennas in Spain, according to a Reuters report citing unnamed sources. It is thought the deal could be worth around €885 million (US$1.2 billion) to Orange, which is looking to cut costs in Spain.

  • Ericsson AB (Nasdaq: ERIC) has landed a smart metering deal in Finland with energy management firm Landis + Gyr. As from October 1, Ericsson will provide smart meter reading as a service for more than 700,000 household meters, and 12 Landis + Gyr employees will join the Swedish vendor as part of the agreement.

  • Fon Wireless Ltd. , the Madrid-based WiFi specialist, has introduced a WiFi service specifically for small and midsized enterprises such as restaurants, coffee shops and dental clinics. Businesses wanting to use it need to buy a special Fon-supplied router which plugs into an existing DSL or cable modem, and the business owner can configure the amount of free access time for its customers, appearance of landing pages, and so on.

  • Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. has opened another research center, this time at the SAP AG (NYSE/Frankfurt: SAP) headquarters in Walldorf, Germany. The center is intended to support the joint customers of Huawei and SAP globally, though with a focus on Europe in general and Germany in particular. Huawei and SAP have been working together since 2012 in areas such as cloud computing and data center technology.

  • Daisy Group, which sells telecom services to British SMEs, is in discussions which could lead to it being taken private, reports the Financial Times (subscription required). The bidding consortium, which is led by Daisy CEO Matthew Riley, offered 190p a share for the company, giving the group a value of around ₤470 million ($784 million).

  • And finally… One of the titans of world soccer, Manchester United, has announced it is banning fans from bringing tablets into its Old Trafford ground this season, reports the BBC. The club said it was acting in response to "security intelligence." So the fans will just have to use their smartphones to record wondergoals such as this one.

    — Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

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    Susan Fourtané
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    Susan Fourtané,
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    8/15/2014 | 12:03:26 AM
    Ericsson
    This is quite an important deal for Ericsson; 98% of the households in Finland are connected to smart meters making Finland a leader in Europe in smart residential metering.

    -Susan

     
    PaulERainford
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    PaulERainford,
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    8/14/2014 | 11:24:00 AM
    Re: In Andalusia?
    You can always take Spanish antennas down tomorrow. Get with the program, Dennis.
    SReedy
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    SReedy,
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    8/14/2014 | 10:25:52 AM
    Re: In Andalusia?
    Ohhh I know I've heard this one before...
    mendyk
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    8/14/2014 | 9:07:14 AM
    In Andalusia?
    What's the difference between Spanish antennas and conventional antennas?
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