Optical/IP Networks

Euronews: April 15

Alcatel-Lucent (NYSE: ALU), VimpelCom Ltd. (NYSE: VIP) and Orascom Telecom dominate proceedings in today's roundup of the EMEA region's news.

  • Alcatel-Lucent, which is rumored to be trying to sell off its enterprise business unit, has been chosen by Tunisian mobile operator Tunisiana to transform its network to IP, using its High Leverage Network (HLN) architecture. (See AlcaLu Seeks Buyer for Enterprise Biz.)

  • The Bikyamasr website reports that the Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI), an Egyptian human rights organization, is less than happy with Egypt's interim government for its failure, so far, to investigate the telecom blackout that was imposed on the country during the recent unrest that saw the ousting of Hosni Mubarak as president. (See Egypt Unplugs From the Internet.)
  • Naguib Sawiris, the exceedingly rich chairman of Orascom Telecom, does not rate Vimpelcom's chances of reaching an agreement with the Algerian government over the Djezzy GSM element of the proposed Vimpelcom/Orascom deal, according to Reuters. Sawiris said he will seek to bring the matter to international arbitration if it is not resolved. (See Euronews: March 17 and Euronews: Oct. 11.)

    — Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

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