Sweden's 800MHz spectrum marathon ends, TeliaSonera enables mobile voting, AlcaLu chips away and Inmarsat boosts revenues in today's news roundup

Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe

March 7, 2011

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Euronews: March 7

Telia Company , Alcatel-Lucent (NYSE: ALU) and Inmarsat plc (London: ISAT) are the leading lights in today's roundup of Euro telecom news headlines.

  • Sweden's auction of LTE-friendly 800MHz spectrum has been concluded after five days of bidding. The successful bidders were TeliaSonera, Net4Mobility HB (the joint venture between Telenor Group (Nasdaq: TELN) and Tele2 AB (Nasdaq: TLTO)) and 3 Group 's Hi3G Access AB , which between them shelled out 2.05 billion Swedish Kronor (US$324.3 million) for their prizes. (See Sweden Awards 800MHz Licenses and TeliaSonera Gets 800MHz for LTE.)

  • Away from its home tundra, TeliaSonera has, through its Estonian subsidiary EMT , created what it says is the world's first system for voting by mobile phone -- which is what thousands of Estonian citizens did Sunday in the Baltic country's parliamentary elections.

  • Laboratory for Electronics, Technology, and Instrumentation (LETI) , a global research center dealing in micro- and nanotechnologies, has joined forces with AlcaLu and Thales SA (Paris: TCFP.PA) on the III-V Lab project, which is exploring potential applications for III-V semiconductors and silicon technologies. The III-V Lab has already developed a common platform for dual-use optoelectronic and microelectronic technology. (See CEA-Leti Joins III-V Project and Group Researches Optical Chips.)

  • Inmarsat, the satellite communications firm, reports revenues up 12.9 percent to $1.17 billion year-on-year in its full-year financials, and cites its agreement with LightSquared as a significant new source of income.(See Inmarsat Reports 2010 Prelims, Euronews: Feb. 18 and LightSquared Grabs More Spectrum, Customers.)

  • Deutsche Telekom AG (NYSE: DT) just can't get enough of smart-grid gigs, it seems, and the latest sees it teaming up with utility firm Technische Werke Friedrichshafen (TWF) on the T-City "future-living" project. Under the terms of the five-year contract, the German giant will install the infrastructure, transfer consumption data and process the data for TWF, which is installing the utility meters. (See DT Rolls Out Smart Metering in T-City, Deutsche Telekom Shows Off Smart Metering and Deutsche Telekom Unveils New Units.)

    — Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

About the Author(s)

Paul Rainford

Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

Paul is based on the Isle of Wight, a rocky outcrop off the English coast that is home only to a colony of technology journalists and several thousand puffins.

He has worked as a writer and copy editor since the age of William Caxton, covering the design industry, D-list celebs, tourism and much, much more.

During the noughties Paul took time out from his page proofs and marker pens to run a small hotel with his other half in the wilds of Exmoor. There he developed a range of skills including carrying cooked breakfasts, lying to unwanted guests and stopping leaks with old towels.

Now back, slightly befuddled, in the world of online journalism, Paul is thoroughly engaged with the modern world, regularly firing up his VHS video recorder and accidentally sending text messages to strangers using a chipped Nokia feature phone.

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