Also in today's regional roundup: M&A action in Russia; Telecom Italia denies asset sale rumors; 4G roaming prospects improve for Italians heading to Brazil.
Nokia Networks (NSN) and Juniper Networks Inc. (NYSE: JNPR) have unveiled a set of "jointly-developed solutions" for "secure IP connectivity" aimed at 4G LTE mobile network operators. Backhaul and mobile network security feature strongly in the joint proposition. (See NSN, Juniper Unveil Joint Solutions.)
NSN has also expanded its customer experience management (CEM) offering with a monitoring tool for OTT traffic, a database engine designed to expedite analytics tasks and a Service Suite that helps mobile operators introduce CEM operations that best suit their specific requirements. The vendor has also been reminding the market of its managed services offerings. (See NSN Unveils CEM Service Suite.)
The state-backed Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) and Deutsche Bank are buying a small stake (about 2.7 percent) in Rostelecom for about US$239 million. For more details, see this Rostelecom press release. And that's not the only M&A action in Russia…
Russian bank VTB is to sell a 50 percent stake in Tele2 Russia to a consortium of Russian investors in a deal that could be valued at as much as US$2 billion, according to this Reuters report.
Telecom Italia has denied press reports that it is engaged in any "formal or informal process ongoing for the disposal of its 67 percent interest" in TIM Partecipaçoes, otherwise known as TIM Brasil . The Italian incumbent is under increasing financial, political and operational pressure and is expected to offload some assets to help balance its books.
And speaking of Tim Brasil... Telecom Italia Sparkle has enabled 4G roaming between Italy and Brazil for Telecom Italia Mobile (TIM) and TIM Brasil customers, although commercial services to end users will not be launched by the mobile operators until next year (presumably before the FIFA World Cup kicks off in June). (See TI Sparkle Enables Euro/LatAm Roaming.)
— Ray Le Maistre, Editor-in-Chief, Light Reading