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Euronews: France Telecom Preps Swiss Sale

Orange (NYSE: FTE), Interoute Communications Ltd. , Turkcell Iletisim Hizmetleri A.S. (NYSE: TKC), Telefónica SA (NYSE: TEF) and ZTE Corp. (Shenzhen: 000063; Hong Kong: 0763) do their thang in today's EMEA roundup.

  • France Telecom has lit the fuse on the sale of its Salt SA mobile unit in Switzerland, reports the Financial Times (subscription required), with details sent to around a dozen potential bidders. (See Euronews: France Telecom to Sell Euro Assets.)

  • Pan-European network operator Interoute plans to expand its enterprise cloud offering with the acquisition of Quantix, a cloud services provider based in Nottingham, U.K. (See Interoute Buys Cloud Services Player and Euronews: Interoute Boasts 20% Growth.)

  • Telefónica's research and development (R&D) unit, Telefónica I+D, has struck a partnership with Dutch augmented reality browser specialist Layar , which will provide visual recognition technology for the Spanish giant's IRIS project. Telefónica's aim is to "develop a service that provides information related to an object just by taking a picture of it." Augmented reality is set to become a significant area of next-generation mobile services development for operators such as Telefónica, which has just created a Digital Services division that incorporates I+D. (See Telefonica Teams With Layar, Telefonica Restructures, Creates New Units, Europe's Digital Duo, 8 Things You Should Have Seen at CTIA 2011 and Intel Funds Augmented Reality.)

  • ZTE is supplying Burundi Backbone Systems Co. with multi-service core routers and access boxes for the construction of the small Central African Republic's first national data transport backbone, which will link with networks in neighboring countries such as Tanzania, Rwanda and Congo, and connect the country to the Eastern Africa Submarine Cable System (EASSy). (See EASSy Cable System Launched and ZTE Unveils Multiservice Router.)

  • Turkish mobile operator Turkcell is about to make a move into the almost-post-Gadhafi Libyan mobile market, according to TeleGeography, which cites a report in Hurriyet Daily News. (See Turkcell Heads to Germany and Turkcell Doubles Up for 3G.)

  • A British software company could be in hot water following allegations that it supplied VoIP spyware to the Egyptian government, which was targeting activists. The BBC says that documents found at the headquarters of Egypt's secret service suggest that the software, which is supplied by Gamma International UK and uses a virus to eavesdrop on VoIP calls and email, was used for a five-month trial period. (See Egypt Unplugs From the Internet.)

  • Also in Africa, fixed and mobile services provider Mobitel Nigeria has deployed a billing and policy control solution from Service Provider Information Technology (SPIT) vendor FTS (London: FTS) to charge, bill and manage network resource allocation for its broadband, VoIP and WiMax services. (See Mobitel Nigeria Uses FTS Express.)

    — Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

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