Euronews: Does Huawei Have Designs on Nokia?

Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd., Nokia Corp., Alcatel-Lucent and Vodafone Group plc are mixing it in today's trot through the EMEA headlines.

  • Huawei has hinted that it might be interested in buying Nokia, according to a report in the Financial Times (subscription required). Speaking at the launch of the Ascend P6 smartphone, Chairman Richard Yu said: "We are considering these sorts of acquisitions; maybe the combination has some synergies but depends on the willingness of Nokia. We are open-minded." He went on, however, to dismiss Nokia's preferred operating system, Windows Phone, as "weak." And later, a senior Huawei spokesman denied that Huawei was planning to buy the Finnish giant, reported Reuters.

  • Alcatel-Lucent CEO Michel Combes has unveiled the vendor's Shift Plan, which will see the company focus on IP networking and high-speed broadband products. But while that sounds like a tight focus, it actually incorporates the majority of what AlcaLu does today: The main shift is towards profitability, which investors are clearly happy about as AlcaLu's share price increased by almost 6 percent to €1.50 in morning trading on the Paris exchange. (See Alcatel-Lucent Unveils Shift Plan.)

  • Vodafone has upped its offer for German cable operator Kabel Deutschland GmbH in response to Liberty Global Inc.'s rival bid, reports Bloomberg. Vodafone's bid is now thought to stand at around €7.5 billion (US$10 billion), or €85 a share, putting in on a par, analysts believe, with the Liberty Global offer. (See Euronews: Liberty Enters Kabel M&A Fray and Euronews: Vodafone Confirms Kabel Bid.)

  • Orange Spain has apparently got ahead of its own schedule by launching 4G services in six Spanish cities, reports Telecompaper (subscription required). Orange had initially set a July 8 deadline for the launch. Vodafone was the first to launch 4G services in the country.(See Euronews: Vodafone Wins Spain's 4G Race.)

  • Meanwhile, on its home turf, Orange has become the first French mobile operator to offer Joyn, the rich communication suite (RCS) service that will allow its customers to instant message and make file transfers during voice calls, should they want to. Joyn is currently live in nine countries. (See Orange Launches Joyn Services in France and Vodafone Joyns Fight Against OTT Threat.)

  • The Russian government is considering the sale of its 53 percent stake in Rostelecom to the operator's three main domestic rivals, reports Reuters, citing Kommersant.

    — Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

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