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Euronews: ST-Ericsson Appoints New CEO

ST-Ericsson , Skype Ltd. and High Tech Computer Corp. (HTC) (Taiwan: 2498) start the week in today's trot through the EMEA telecom headlines.

  • ST-Ericsson, the mobile chip joint venture which reported a net operating loss of US$224 million in its most recent set of quarterly results, has bitten the bullet and replaced its president and CEO. Out goes Gilles Delfassy and in comes Didier Lamouche, who is currently chief operating officer of STMicroelectronics. (See ST-Ericsson Appoints New CEO, Nokia Uses ST-Ericsson for Windows Phones, ST-Ericsson Reports Q3, Euronews: ST-Ericsson Cuts, Huawei Eyes a Buy and ST-Ericsson to Cut More Cost.)

  • Skype, the Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT)-owned VoIP pioneer, is growing increasingly impatient with U.K. mobile operators for their policy on Internet-based calls, reports Bloomberg. Whereas major U.S. mobile operators don't block Skype, Vodafone UK restricts access to Web-based calls and EE -- the joint venture between Orange UK and T-Mobile (UK) -- bans them altogether, says the report. Just last week regulator Ofcom called for greater transparency regarding the use of traffic management techniques by U.K. service providers. (See Ofcom Acts on Traffic Management, Euronews: Telefonica Goes After Skype, Euronews: EC Is Cool With Microsoft/Skype Deal, Facebook Likes Skype and Why Mobile Operators Like Skype .)

  • HTC, Taiwan's fast-growing handset maker, could face a ban on the sale of its products in the sizable German market during the crucial pre-Christmas period, reports The Guardian. The potential ban stems from a patent claim won by German firm IPCom in February 2009. (See HTC Shuns Cheap Phones, HTC Reports $19B Q3 Profit and HTC Buys a Patent Power Play.)

  • Hutchison 3G Austria GmbH has put in a €1.4 billion ($1.87 billion) bid for rival Orange Austria Telecommunication GmbH. , reports Reuters, citing the Kurier newspaper. If the deal goes through, Hutchison would become the third-largest player in the Austrian mobile market. Orange (NYSE: FTE) currently owns a 35 percent stake in Orange Austria. (See MWC 2011: 3G Austria Dumps NSN for ZTE and Euronews: France Telecom to Sell Euro Assets.)

  • Telekom Austria AG (NYSE: TKA; Vienna: TKA) has announced that more than 15 percent of its stock is now owned by one investor, RPR Privatstiftung, with Bloomberg estimating that the stake is worth around $760 million. Telekom Austria recently announced a 4.1 percent year-on-year dip in its revenues for the first nine months of 2011. (See Telekom Austria 9-Month Revenue Drops 4.1%.)

  • In mad-for-mobile West Africa, tower-builder IHS is looking to raise an additional $200 million to more than double the size of its operations in the region, increasing the number of towers it owns to around 2,000.

  • Datwyler, the Swiss fiber infrastructure firm, has completed a fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) project in Zurich, linking 1,400 residential units to a super-fast network on behalf electricity supplier EWZ. (See Datwyler Completes Zurich FTTH Pilot.)

    — Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

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