Euronews: Samsung Sets Up in Nokia's Backyard

Samsung Corp., TeliaSonera International Carrier (TIC), Alcatel-Lucent and Numericable are the big fish being fried in today's haul of EMEA headlines.

  • Talk about rubbing salt in the wounds … Samsung is opening a new R&D center today in Espoo, the Finnish town synonymous with struggling rival Nokia Corp., reports Reuters. Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. and Intel Corp. have also recently opened research facilities in Finland. (See Euronews: Nokia Considers Espoo HQ Sale.)

  • The bad news continues for Orange CEO Stephane Richard: After being held for 48 hours as part of the investigation into his role as a government aide at the time businessman Bernard Tapie received a state-sponsored US$373 million payout, Richard now has to listen to Fleur Pellerin, the French digital economy minister, cast doubt on his future at Orange, reports Reuters. The minister told a radio station that it's an "open question" whether Richard -- now placed under "formal" investigation -- could stay in post, and that it was something the executive board would have to decide in the next few days.

  • TeliaSonera International Carrier (TIC) has expanded its relationship with optical transport vendor Infinera Corp. by deploying its DTN-X platform in Europe. The operator is experiencing significant demand for additional capacity from its customers and decided it was time to add a second supplier to its pan-European network, giving incumbent Coriant something to think about. (See On Your Toes, Coriant!)

  • Russian carrier Avelacom planning to build a 100G link from Moscow to London using Alcatel-Lucent equipment. The project will see the deployment of AlcaLu's 100G DWDM technology on its 1830 Photonic Service Switch platform.

  • French cable operator Numericable is in line for an initial public offering (IPO) later this year, reports Reuters. The report suggests that the IPO could value Numericable at up to €5 billion ($6.6 billion). (See Euronews: SFR, Numericable Discuss Merger.)

  • The Body of European Regulators for Electronic Communications (BEREC), which represents 27 European national telecom regulators, has rejected the European Commission's plan to set a fixed price band for access to copper networks across the EU. This will be a blow to Neelie Kroes, the European Commission 's vice president for the Digital Agenda, who is championing the "single market" approach to European telecom. (See Euronews: 'Single Market' Plan Rolls Into Action)

  • Israel's RAD Data Communications Ltd. has landed a 3G and LTE backhaul gig with a "major Tier 1 European service provider." RAD's Service Assured Access offering will be pressed into action, backhauling 3G and LTE over the same Ethernet infrastructure.

    — Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

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