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Euronews: March 29

Paul Rainford
3/29/2011

Nokia Corp. (NYSE: NOK), Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL), Hi3G Access AB , ZTE Corp. (Shenzhen: 000063; Hong Kong: 0763) and VimpelCom Ltd. (NYSE: VIP) get the party started in today's Euro telecom news digest.

  • Nokia has filed further patent infringement proceedings against Apple, alleging that the iPad firm infringes the Finnish giant's patents in "virtually all of its mobile phones, portable music players, tablets and computers." (See Nokia Files Against Apple -- Again!.)

  • Scandinavian operator and 3 Group subsidiary Hi3G, which plans to build what it says are the world's first Long Term Evolution Time Division Duplex (LTE TDD)/FDD dual-mode networks in Sweden and Denmark, has turned to Chinese vendor ZTE for the requisite kit. Included in the deal are base stations based on ZTE’s Uni-RAN SDR (Software Defined Radio) technology. (See ZTE Scores LTE TDD/FDD Deal and Europe's LTE TDD Creep.)

  • Russian giant VimpelCom has released its fourth-quarter and full-year financials, which see its full-year net operating revenues increasing by 20.8 percent year-on-year to US$10.5 billion and its net income up 49.2 percent to $1.7 billion. It will be interesting to see what the recently approved takeover of Wind Telecomunicazioni SpA does to its results for 2011 and beyond. (See VimpelCom Reports Q4 and Euronews: March 17.)

  • Another Russian big boy, Rostelecom , is worrying some analysts with its expansion plans, reports Reuters. The state-controlled operator is about to complete a merger with seven regional operators, but investors are concerned that it will still lack clout in the mobile department, says the report, despite its LTE plans. (See Russian Ops to Share LTE Network.)

  • Swisscom AG (NYSE: SCM) is going down what sounds like a potentially dangerous route with its latest wheeze: The launch of an "ideas area" on its website, where all and sundry can chip in with their suggestions for how the operator can better address customer requirements. The carrier should expect to see "Could you move that mountain please -- it's playing havoc with my reception" and other jolly japes amid the more helpful contributions. (See Swisscom Taps Customers' Brains.)

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    — Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

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