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Euronews: March 8

Nokia Corp. (NYSE: NOK), Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT), Orange Business Services and ZTE Corp. (Shenzhen: 000063; Hong Kong: 0763) start the ball rolling in today's roundup of telecom news from the EMEA region.

  • Nokia is to receive around US$1 billion from Microsoft to develop Windows-based handsets, according to a Bloomberg report. The article adds that, for its side of the deal, Nokia will pay the software behemoth a fee for each copy of Windows used on its phones. (See MWC 2011: Microsoft & Nokia Court Carriers , MWC 2011: How Will Nokia Maintain Market Share?, RIP Symbian & MeeGo: Nokia Ties Future to WP7 and Nokia Unveils Major Revamp.)

  • Orange Business Services, Orange (NYSE: FTE)'s enterprise services subsidiary, is to deploy iPass Inc. (Nasdaq: IPAS)'s Open Mobile platform as the mobile services engine in its Business Everywhere offering. OBS is now targeting smaller businesses, having previously used iPass's cloud-based services delivery system as part of its mobility offering for multinationals. (See Orange Business, iPass Team Up , Orange, Cisco, et al. Forge Cloud Alliance and Orange BS Gets Ambitious.)

  • U.K. operator Three UK has bucked the industry trend by launching an all-you-can-eat data plan for its pre-paid customers, at a cost of £15 ($24) a month. At the same time, reports the Financial Times, 3 CEO Kevin Russell is demanding that the regulator brings in new rules that allow the smaller mobile operators a better chance of buying spectrum when the next auction finally comes around.

  • Greek mobile operator Cosmote has turned to Chinese vendor ZTE for what both companies are claiming is the world's fastest 3G dual-carrier HSPA+ USB modem. The MF680 offers downlink speeds of 42 Mbit/s, and 5.76 Mbit/s on the uplink. (See Cosmote Offers ZTE HSPA Modem.)

  • Last year was a good one for Bezeq, The Israel Telecommunications Corp. Ltd. (OTC: BZQIF): Its fourth-quarter and full-year financials reveal full-year revenues are up 4.1 percent year-on-year to 12 billion Israel New Shekels ($3.3 billion) and operating profits are up 26 percent to NIS 3.7 billion ($1.03 billion). (See Bezeq Reports 2010 and Bezeq Builds Subsea Cable With AlcaLu.) — Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

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