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Euronews: Ericsson to Manage German Network

Ericsson AB (Nasdaq: ERIC), Telekom Austria AG (NYSE: TKA; Vienna: TKA) and TDC A/S (Copenhagen: TDC) are in pole position for today's Euro telecom news run-through.

  • Ericsson has landed a five-year managed services deal with Versatel AG that will see 95 staff from the alternative operator join the Swedish giant's Global Services division. Services -- including network rollout services, professional services and managed services -- accounted for nearly 33 percent of Ericsson's first-quarter revenues. (See Ericsson Wins German Managed Services Deal and Mobile Data Fuels Ericsson's Q1 .)

  • The one-off cost implications of a new "social plan" agreed between Telekom Austria and its employees hit the operator's first-quarter figures, contributing to a net loss of €79.2 million (US$113.9 million) -- and this despite a healthy growth in fixed-line broadband customers and a strong demand for smartphones. (See Telekom Austria Reports Q1, Telekom Austria Probes Huawei Deals and Eurosqueeze?)

  • Danish incumbent TDC has agreed to buy Onfone, a domestic mobile operator, for a price in the range 288-313 million Danish Kroner ($55.5-$60.4 million). Onfone was founded in 2006 and by the end of last month had 170,000 active mobile customers. (See TDC Acquires Onfone and Euronews: May 4.)

  • The European Commission has ruled that the manner in which the French government awarded the country's fourth 3G license, to Iliad (Euronext: ILD), did not constitute illegal state aid. The three existing license-holders -- Orange France , SFR and Bouygues Telecom -- had complained that the fee demanded for the license was not high enough. (See EC Dismisses French 3G Operator Complaints and 3G Déjà Vu in France .)

  • Stockholm, London and Paris feature in the Networked Society City Index Top 10 revealed today by Ericsson and Arthur D. Little . Singapore topped the rankings. (See Networked Society City Index Revealed.)

  • T-Mobile (UK) 's got the back-office blues after a glitch in its billing system mistakenly charged 4 percent of its customers for a call-forwarding service they didn’t actually use, a debacle first reported by the BitterWallet consumer news website. T-Mobile says it has fixed the problem and that it will refund the affected subscribers. That's big of them...

    — Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

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