Euronews: QTel Wants All of Kuwaiti Operator

Qatar Telecom QSC (Qtel) , Nokia Networks and Nokia Corp. (NYSE: NOK) proffer something for the weekend in today's trip through the corridors of EMEA telecom power.

  • Qatar's QTel, the former state monopoly, has offered US$2.2 billion to buy the 47.5 percent stake it does not already own in Kuwait's Wataniya Telecom , reports the Arab Times. The QTel Group claims a customer base of around 83 million.

  • The head of a Russian rocket-maker has resigned, presumably before he was, erm, fired, following the costly loss of two telecom satellites, reports Reuters. Vladimir Nesterov is leaving the Khrunichev State Research and Production Space Center after Indonesia's Telkom-3 and Russia's Express-MD2 fell victim to a botched launch operation.

  • Nokia Siemens Networks has put a big tick in the box marked "corporate integrity" by producing its Sustainability Report for 2011. Halo-buffing tidbits include: claimed energy-efficiency savings of 9,450 MWh and the rolling out of its first off-grid base station in Germany with zero operating emissions; the training of 76 suppliers on sustainability through workshops in five "high-risk countries"; and -- no sniggering at the back, please -- the initiation of "a joint dialog with operators and vendors to develop common principles on privacy and freedom of expression."

  • Meanwhile, in the less rarefied air of the real world, Nokia has struck a deal with games developer Zynga Inc. to bring a couple of the company's big hits -- Draw Something and Zynga Poker -- to Nokia Asha Touch devices in the third quarter of 2012.

  • At last, a serious piece of research that Euronews can really get its teeth into: A survey by Intel Corp. (Nasdaq: INTC), chewed over by the Daily Telegraph, has found that Brits are preoccupied with looking good on their Facebook pages (other social media networks are available), while those in the Middle East and the rest of Europe are more concerned with appearing intelligent. Intelligent? Get real, folks, this is Facebook you're on, remember...

    — Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

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