Euronews: Nokia Hit by Lumia 900 Glitch

Nokia Corp. (NYSE: NOK), BT Group plc (NYSE: BT; London: BTA) and Telia Company start the news ball rolling in today's roundup of EMEA headlines.

  • As Nokia prepares to release its Lumia 900 Windows Phone handset in Europe, Reuters reports that its U.S. launch, on April 8 through AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T), has been hit by a software bug that can cause the phone to lose its data connection. Nokia has said it hopes to release a software fix by April 16, but there's no denying it's a pothole on the comeback trail that the handset maker could do without. (See Lumia Software Bug Dims Nokia's US Hopes , AT&T Sprouts 4G Markets as It Launches Lumia, AT&T's Nokia Lumia Drops LTE to $100, Nokia Illuminates Its Flagship Windows Phone and Euronews: Crunch Time for Nokia's Lumia.)

  • Mining giant Anglo American has renewed its services contract with BT for another five years in a deal worth around $220 million. Among other things, BT will be deploying its BT Connect range of networking technologies and its One Voice converged communications platfrom to meet Anglo American's needs worldwide. The contract also makes BT Anglo American's supplier of choice for network hardware. (See Anglo American Renews BT Contract.)

  • Nordic operator TeliaSonera has confirmed that it is holding talks with AFT Telecom and Altimo regarding the future ownership structure of Russia's MegaFon . TeliaSonera currently holds 43.8 percent of MegaFon, AF Telecom 31.3 percent and Altimo 25.1 percent. MegaFon is Russia's second-largest mobile operator. (See TeliaSonera in MegaFon Talks and TeliaSonera, Altimo Combine Assets.)

  • Netia Holdings SA , Poland's number two telco, is to lay off almost 20 percent of its workforce, reports Warsaw Business Journal, citing Parkiet. Many of those who remain will see their conditions of employment tightened, adds the report.

    — Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

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