Google has filed suits in the U.S. and the U.K. against BT, alleging that the British incumbent has infringed patents relating to the transfer of files within a network. The move is being viewed as an act of retaliation for the lawsuit BT issued against the search giant in December 2011, reports CNET. (See It's BT's Turn to Sue Google.)
Ericsson has landed a five-year managed services contract to run VimpelCom Ltd.'s fixed and mobile networks in Russia's Siberia and Urals regions. The deal, which will see 400 VimpelCom staff transfer to Ericsson and which is the vendor's first managed services deal in Russia, covers more than 10,000 kilometers of optical transport connections and more than 10,000 mobile base stations.
The president of Telefónica SA's Spanish unit has been telling anyone who will listen that the operator enjoyed a surprisingly good fourth quarter, reports Reuters. "The last quarter was one of the best in our history in terms of commercial activity and also in terms of better margins," said Luis Miguel Gilperez. Official fourth-quarter results are due later this month.
Fourth-quarter sales at Nordic optical gear vendor Transmode Systems AB edged up 1.9 percent year-on-year to 251.2 million Swedish kroner (US$39.5 million), while net profits were up a million kroner at SEK35.2 million ($5.5 million).
Still in the Nordics, and still in the optical gear sector, Net Insight AB reports a "weak quarter ending a challenging year," with sales down 14.9 percent year-on-year at SEK68.3 million ($10.7 million), translating into operating earnings of just SEK0.8 million ($0.12 million). Project delays in Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa were fingered as part of the problem for the vendor, which specializes in transport platforms designed for video and other media traffic.