Euronews: Feb. 11

Nokia Corp. (NYSE: NOK), Deutsche Telekom AG (NYSE: DT), Orange (NYSE: FTE), Telefónica SA (NYSE: TEF) and Alcatel-Lucent (NYSE: ALU) cut the mustard in today's telecom headlines from the EMEA region.

  • Nokia CEO Stephen Elop, who joined the Finnish handset giant from Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT) in September 2010, has announced a massive revamp of the company that's based on a deep technical, strategic, development, and marketing collaboration with... Microsoft. (See Nokia Unveils Major Revamp, Nokia to Cut Jobs, Stay in Finland, Nokia, Microsoft Team Up, Nokia Sets Near-Term Targets and Nokia Revamps.)

  • Deutsche Telekom and France Telecom have agreed to explore potential areas of "cooperation for customer benefit," including radio access network sharing in Europe, improving the Wi-Fi user experience while roaming, equipment standardization and machine-to-machine (M2M) standards. M2M and Wi-Fi are the first two areas to receive attention, with a specific cooperation agreement on the former and a joint project on the latter. (See FT, DT Team on Customer Benefit.)

  • Spanish carrier Telefónica has called on Alcatel-Lucent to carry out the deployment of femtocells in Spain to improve its 3G coverage and enable new converged services en la casa. (See AlcaLu Lands Telefonica Femto Deal.)

  • Russian giant VimpelCom Ltd. (NYSE: VIP) has chosen NEC Corp. (Tokyo: 6701)'s iPasolink platform to bolster its wireless backhaul and to boost the capacity of its mobile brand Beeline. The platform will be deployed in the Volga, central and north-west regions of Russia. (See VimpelCom Picks NEC's iPasolink and NEC Updates iPasolink.)

  • On the EMEA front, Vodafone Group plc (NYSE: VOD) has launched the Webbox, a keyboard device (which connects to EDGE and 2.5G mobile networks) that can be plugged into any standard TV to convert the gogglebox into an Internet portal. It has been designed very much with emerging markets in mind, and goes on sale first in South Africa. (See Vodafone Launches Webbox.)

    — Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

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