While reducing its headcount is a major part of NSN's restructuring process, selling non-strategic business lines is another downsizing tactic being used by the vendor giant. Its latest divestment deal is with Adtran, which has agreed to buy NSN's fixed-broadband access business for an undisclosed sum. As part of that deal, about 400 NSN staff will transfer to the U.S. access technology specialist, which is intent on building an international presence to add to its existing North American business. (See Adtran to Buy NSN Broadband Biz, Adtran Reports Q3, Adtran Doubles FTTH System Capacity and Adtran Expands Carrier Ethernet Portfolio.)
Telefónica UK Ltd. , which trades under the O2 mobile brand, is offering what it says is the first smartphone leasing service in the U.K. Under the terms of the scheme, the iPhone 4S is available -- with no upfront fee -- for £55 (US$86) a month, a sum that includes insurance, 750 voice minutes, unlimited SMS messages and 500MB of data. However, it being a lease, the handset has to be relinquished at the end of the 12-month contract.
Happy New Year! Orange UK is to hike its monthly charges by 4.3 percent in January for all those customers who signed their contracts before mid-September, reports The Guardian. Orange blames inflation for the move.