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Euronews: KPN to Axe up to 2,000 Dutch Jobs

Paul Rainford

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: ARM sees Q4 revenues rise; AlcaLu's Libyan subsea project; Irish takeover bid prompts EC concerns.

  • Fierce competition in the mobile sector is taking its toll on Dutch incumbent KPN Telecom NV (NYSE: KPN), which used its fourth-quarter results statement to announce up to 2,000 job cuts in the Netherlands, reports Bloomberg. EBITDA (earnings before interest, tax, depreciation, and amortization) fell 29% year-on-year to €581 million (US$785 million), though there were several one-off items. Shares slumped by as much as 5.7% following the results announcement. (See Euronews: Slim Abandons KPN Bid.)

  • ARM Holdings plc (Nasdaq: ARMHY; London: ARM), the UK-based comms chip designer that has its technology in many top-end smartphones, has posted a 15% rise in fourth-quarter revenues to £189.1 million ($308.7 million), despite a slowdown in the market for such devices, reports the Daily Telegraph. The vendor has been looking to widen its traditional customer base by designing chips to be used in medical devices and "smart home" gadgets.

  • Alcatel-Lucent (NYSE: ALU) is to deploy a new 1,000 km subsea cable system for the Libyan International Telecommunication Company, connecting the capital, Tripoli, to Benghazi. It is hoped that when -- in 2015 -- this new 100G-based infrastructure is complete, it will help revive Libya's economy, which is struggling in the face of continuing insecurity following the downfall of Muammar Gaddafi in 2011.

  • Hutchison Whampoa Ltd. (Hong Kong: 0013; Pink Sheets: HUWHY) has admitted it has received a list of concerns from European Commission competition authorities relating to its planned €780 million ($1 billion) takeover of Telefónica SA (NYSE: TEF)'s O2 Ireland , Reuters reports. Hutchison hasn't said what the specific concerns are and remains confident it can allay them.

  • UK triple-play provider TalkTalk has done a deal with Sky (NYSE, London: SKY) to bring the latter's sports content to its pay-TV customers. As well as linear offerings, TalkTalk is also offering catchup content from certain Sky channels. More details can be found in this press release.

  • The UK's Civil Aviation Authority, which oversees safety matters in the aerospace industry, has sounded a warning about the proliferation of lithium batteries on aeroplanes and the increasing fire risk that represents. According to a BBC report, the growing number of people touting mobile devices on flights, and the trend for consumers to source their batteries from less than reputable online sources, means that the likelihood of devices going up in flames -- and threatening the safety of the entire aircraft -- is increasing.

    — Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

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