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Eurobites: Nokia Promises R&D Jobs for France

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Google defends Android; GSMA calls for flexibility on use of UHF spectrum; Ericsson connects solar-powered car.

  • Aftershocks from the announcement that Nokia Corp. (NYSE: NOK) plans to take over Alcatel-Lucent (NYSE: ALU) are still shaking Euroland this morning. Nokia has given an undertaking to French President Francois Hollande that it will create 500 new R&D jobs in France as part of the deal, reports Reuters. President Hollande says he set two conditions for his blessing of the deal, the first being that French jobs are kept safe and the second that research work in France is increased. (See Nokia Makes €15.6B Bid for Alcatel-Lucent, AlcaLu + Nokia: The New Uber-Vendor and Nokia & Alcatel-Lucent: What's Going On?.)

  • Google (Nasdaq: GOOG) has issued its riposte to the announcement by the European Commission that it has opened formal proceedings against the search giant over alleged anticompetitive shenanigans relating to its Android mobile operating system. Google argues that the introduction of Android has in fact helped spur innovation in the mobile industry, and says it "looks forward to discussing these issues in more detail with the European Commission over the months ahead."

  • The GSM Association (GSMA) has called for the European Commission to "keep all options open" when it comes to the potential use of UHF (sub-700MHz) spectrum for mobile broadband and broadcasting, calling the UHF band the "single most promising frequency range for extending good value, high-quality mobile broadband across the continent." It does acknowledge, however, that some free-to-air "traditional" broadcast delivery needs to be protected.

  • Ericsson AB (Nasdaq: ERIC) is getting involved with the race to develop a commercial solar-powered car, announcing a development partnership with Solar Team Eindhoven, a multidisciplinary team of 21 students from Eindhoven University of Technology in the Netherlands. Ericsson's initial contribution will be an application based on the Connected Traffic Cloud, which it launched at this year's Mobile World Congress.

    Sunroof Optional
    Solar Team Eindhoven's winning entry in the inaugural  
Cruiser Class of the World Solar Challenge in 2013.
    Solar Team Eindhoven's winning entry in the inaugural
    Cruiser Class of the World Solar Challenge in 2013.

  • Russia's VimpelCom Ltd. (NYSE: VIP) has turned to Ireland-based OpenMind Networks for help with managing SMS traffic. OpenMind's Traffic Control messaging platform will be deployed in Moscow and central Russia.

    — Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

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