One of Nokia's top-table managers has jumped ship to become president and CEO at Sonera, TeliaSonera's Finnish operation. Robert Andersson, who has held various significant posts at Nokia, including senior vice president of Strategic Alliances and Business Development, will take up his new role on May 14. (See Sonera Gets a New CEO.)
Turkish operator Turkcell Iletisim Hizmetleri A.S. (NYSE: TKC) has sued South Africa's MTN Group Ltd. over an alleged breach of international law in its successful bid for Iran's first private GSM license. Turkcell says it was initially awarded the license in 2004 but that Iran changed its mind following improper advances from MTN. Turkcell's carefully worded statement on the matter says: "Newly received information by Turkcell indicates that the signing of the license agreement with MTN instead of our Company was a consequence of MTN's actions at that time." But Reuters reports that MTN's former CEO, Phuthuma Nhleko, categorically denies that he authorized any bribes to Iranian or South African officials. (See Turkcell Sues MTN.)
MTN's South African rival, Telkom SA Ltd. (NYSE/Johannesburg: TKG), has been forced to halt a US$1.69 billion network overhaul after infrastructure joint venture ZTE Mzansi won a court order halting the project, reports Reuters, citing Business Day. ZTE Mzansi went to the courts after being disqualified from the bidding process relating to the project.