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Euronews: Arab Operators Mull Anti-OTT Alliance

Paul Rainford
9/27/2012

Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Co. (du) , Nokia Corp. (NYSE: NOK), Vodafone Group plc (NYSE: VOD) and Nokia Networks are under the spotlight in today's review of the EMEA headlines.

  • Arab operators are contemplating a challenge to OTT services that make money from their networks without, they claim, compensating the operators, reports Reuters. According to Osman Sultan, chief executive of U.A.E. operator du, the creation of a pan-Arab online social media platform has been under discussion for several months. Should Facebook , with its 45 million users in the Arab world, be worried?

  • Nokia is close to naming European carrier and retailer sales partners for its new Lumia 920 and 820 handsets, according to Bloomberg. The business news agency also carries a report on how investors are bracing themselves for Nokia cancelling dividends for the first time in decades. (See Analyst Labels Latest Lumia Launch as 'Tepid', Nokia Lights Up Windows Phone 8 Devices and Euronews: Nokia Cash Burn Freaks Analysts.)

  • Vodafone has unveiled its plans for the full integration of Cable & Wireless Worldwide plc (London: CW), which it acquired earlier this year for £1.044 billion (US$1.7 billion). The process is going to take years and cost a lot of money but, as Vodafone has been explaining to investors and analysts, it's going to be worth it. (See M&A Realities.)

  • Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN) is preparing to unveil a set of network infrastructure and Service Provider Information Technology (SPIT) product announcements during October that, the vendor claims, will be a major step towards mobile operators being able to "profitably provide a gigabyte of personalized data per day for every user by 2020." The announcements are linked to NSN's Liquid Net infrastructure development program and its focus on customer experience management (CEM) capabilities. (See NSN Lines Up Portfolio Update, NSN Hangs Its Future on the Liquid Net, NSN's Rajeev Suri: Carrier Capex & Customer Experience and Analysts: NSN Focus Makes Sense.)

  • Following a TV investigation into Telia Company 's purchase of a 3G license in Uzbekistan that aired in the operator's native Sweden last week, the Swedish prosecution authority has launched its own probe into the matter, reports Reuters. (See Euronews: TeliaSonera Denies Bribery.)

  • Imagination Technologies Group plc , the U.K.-based chip design firm, appears to have suffered collateral damage from Texas Instruments Inc. (NYSE: TXN)'s decision to pull out of producing chips for smartphones and tablets, reports the Daily Telegraph. Texas Instruments is one of Imagination's biggest customers, and shares in Imagination slumped by about 11 percent Wednesday on the news.

    — Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

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