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Euronews: AlcaLu Shrinks Top Table

Alcatel-Lucent (NYSE: ALU), Nokia Corp. (NYSE: NOK) and EE start the week in today's trawl through the EMEA telecom headlines.

  • Alcatel-Lucent has announced a new focus on core products and a smaller senior management team as part of its cost-cutting Performance Program, but there are few details about how these changes will impact the vendor's product portfolio. (See Alcatel-Lucent Unveils Revamp.)

  • In the wake of last week's ad-faking shenanigans, when footage supposedly shot on a new Lumia 920 was exposed as the work of a "proper" TV cameraman, Bloomberg reports that Nokia has directed an "ethics officer" to conduct a review into why the company published misleading marketing material. This is a long shot but ... could it be that Nokia's marketing aces just thought they would get away with it? (See Euronews: Nokia Fakes Lumia 920 Ad.)

  • Everything Everywhere -- the U.K. joint venture between Orange UK and T-Mobile (UK) and the country's largest mobile operator with more than 27 million customers -- will host a media event Tuesday morning in London called "Brand New," where it will have "exciting information on our new brand and the latest innovation in network technology," according to the invite. Hopefully, this means an end to one of the silliest corporate names in the industry and details about the operator's 4G service launch. According to this BBC report, the announcement could be spiced up with news of four or five smartphones to support the 4G launch, including Nokia's latest Lumias. (See Euronews: Orange/T-Mob JV Given 4G Head Start, Ofcom Allows EE to Go Early on 4G, Nokia Lights Up Windows Phone 8 Devices and Analyst Labels Latest Lumia Launch as 'Tepid'.)

  • The U.K. Department for Culture, Media and Sport is hoping to speed up the rollout of high-speed broadband by dispensing with the need for operators to gain planning permission from local councils when they want to site a street cabinet on public land. But they'd better not stick one here, or there'll be angry cricketers to contend with.

  • Nigerian police are to mount 24-hour surveillance operations on the country's telecom installations following last week's spate of attacks on mobile masts, reports the BBC.

    — Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

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