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Euronews: NSN Nabs AlcaLu Exec

Alcatel-Lucent (NYSE: ALU), Nokia Networks , Orange (NYSE: FTE) and SFR feature in the TGIF regional news roundup.

  • Nokia Siemens Networks has appointed Wolfgang Hackenberg to head up its Vodafone Global Customer Business Team effective Jan. 1, 2013, according to an email issued by NSN's human resources department and shared with Light Reading by a happy camper. Hackenberg is joining from Alcatel-Lucent, where he has worked since 2005 and where he is currently vice president of Global Account Vodafone. Prior to Alcatel-Lucent, Hackenberg worked at Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO), Compaq and Siemens AG (NYSE: SI; Frankfurt: SIE). Vodafone is, obviously, a key account for all the major mobile equipment vendors, but perhaps more so now than ever before as the global operator migrates to 4G, designs its network for data and video rather than voice traffic and seeks infrastructure-sharing deals with other major players. (See NSN Boasts LTE Market Share, Vodafone, Telefónica Merge UK Networks and Vodafone's LTE Handover Hitch .)

  • Of course, that's not the only AlcaLu news today, as the vendor has secured a vital credit facility to help fund its restructuring program and shore up its balance sheet. (See Alcatel-Lucent Secures €1.6B Lifeline.)

  • Elsewhere in Alcatel-Lucent's world ... the vendor has lost its video patent battle with Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) and LG Electronics Inc. (London: LGLD; Korea: 6657.KS) , reports Bloomberg.

  • And there's more from the AlcaLu news machine! The company has issued highlights of research from its Bell Labs R&D operation that looks into the impact of video applications on fixed broadband networks. The implications for Service Provider Information Technology (SPIT) developments and deployments are interesting and highlight how much more work there is to do on content management and storage capabilities if users are to have a seamless multimedia experience. See this press release and this AlcaLu article for more.

  • Following an initial complaint in 2006 by Bouygues Telecom , the French competition authority has decided that Orange France and SFR behaved in an anti-competitive fashion and duly fined them a combined total of €183 million (US$240 million), reports Reuters. SFR is considering what to do, while Orange is appealing against "a decision that ignores the realities of the mobile telephone market," a phrase that sounds even better when said in French.

    — Ray Le Maistre, International Managing Editor, Light Reading

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