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Euronews: Feb. 10

Alcatel-Lucent (NYSE: ALU), Nokia Corp. (NYSE: NOK), Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT) and Ericsson AB (Nasdaq: ERIC) are the heavy hitters in today's jog through the Euro telecom news headlines.

  • Alcatel-Lucent gave its staff, customers, partners and investors some hope for a better 2011 with positive fourth-quarter financials and an upbeat assessment for the coming year. (See AlcaLu Ends 2010 on a High, AlcaLu Reports Q4, Full Year and AlcaLu in Recovery Mode.)

  • Bloomberg reports that beleaguered Nokia is close to forming an alliance with Microsoft that will see Windows 7 appearing on the Finnish handset giant's phones. An unnamed source has revealed that Nokia CEO Stephen "Burning Platform" Elop and Microsoft's top man Steve Ballmer have been "in talks." (See Nokia's 'Burning Platform' Memo and Nokia's History of Change.)

  • Ericsson has unveiled what it calls a "new generation" of IP networking products, first among them a Smart Services Router (SSR), which can form the basis of the new mobile core network needed in 4G/LTE deployments, says the Swedish vendor. (See Ericsson Unveils New IP Gear.)

  • A report from the UK's Public Accounts Committee says that there is still not enough competition in the UK landline market, despite the best efforts of the Ofcom regulatory body, according to the BBC. — Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

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