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Euronews: Huawei Breaks New British Ground

Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. , Nokia Corp. (NYSE: NOK) and Samsung Corp. are three of the big cheeses on the board of today's Euronews roundup.

  • Huawei has won its first major mobile infrastructure contract in the U.K., with EE , the joint venture between Orange UK and T-Mobile (UK) in the future. (See Huawei Lands First UK Mobile Deal and Everything Everywhere Picks Huawei.)

  • Nokia is still the world’s largest supplier of mobile phones, but on its home turf in Western Europe it has been knocked from the top spot by Samsung, according to new first-quarter figures from IDC , as reported by The Guardian. The Finnish phone maker's smartphone market share in Western Europe also slipped during the first quarter as Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) pushed Nokia into second place. Sometimes things have to get worse before they can get better? Nokia CEO Stephen Elop has to believe it. (See Nokia Cuts 4,000 Jobs, Sheds Symbian and Nokia Puts Microsoft Strategy Into Action .)

  • Inmarsat plc (London: ISAT), the U.K.-based provider of global mobile satellite communications services, has revealed first-quarter financials boosted by its tie-up with U.S. network operator LightSquared . Total revenues in the quarter were 15 percent up year-on-year at US$323.9 million. (See Inmarsat Reports Q1 and LightSquared Grabs More Spectrum, Customers.)

  • Charles Dunstone, the founder of U.K mobile retail chain Carphone Warehouse Group plc (London: CPW), has becomes Britain's first "billionaire digital retailer," according to the Daily Telegraph. He started the business in 1989 with just £6,000 ($9,800), the swine.

  • Vodafone Group plc (NYSE: VOD) has joined forces with online donation service JustGiving to make it easier to donate to charity by text, reports The Guardian. Donors will be able to give up to £10 ($16.37) a time to any of the charities registered with the scheme.

    — Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

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