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Euronews: Oct. 19

Nokia Networks is making most of the noise in the European sector today, with a bit of help from Qualcomm Inc. (Nasdaq: QCOM), while Wind Hellas Telecommunications S.A. and Ireland’s CommProve both have financial news.

  • Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN) and Qualcomm have teamed up to show how the new 3GPP standardized Release 8 Fast Dormancy feature can be deployed to help extend the battery life of smartphones. (See NSN, Qualcomm Tackle Smartphone Performance.)

  • NSN has also announced a new, low-power ATCA-based packet core server, the Flexi NS, that can act as a SGSN (Serving GPRS Support Node) in 2G and 3G networks, and as a MME (Mobility Management Entity) in Long Term Evolution (LTE) networks. (See NSN Unveils Low-Power Packet Core Server.)

  • Greek mobile operator Wind Hellas has been sold to a group of institutional investors in a move that will wipe out the carrier’s debt. Wind Hellas, which received six takeover bids, is the only part of the Weather Investments group not included in the proposed merger with VimpelCom. (See Wind Hellas Acquired, VimpelCom Gets Wind and Euronews: Sept. 20.)

  • CommProve, an Irish mobile network monitoring software specialist, has raised US$4 million in new funding from its VC investors for "organic and non-organic growth." That suggests the company is looking at acquisitions, though that level of cash suggests any takeovers would be very small and strategic. The Service Provider Information Technology (SPIT) vendor also announced former Aircom International Ltd. CEO Margaret Rice-Jones as a new member of its board.

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    — Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

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