Euronews: Telecom Italia Gets Closer to Huawei

Telecom Italia (TIM) , Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. , Vodafone Group plc (NYSE: VOD) and Nokia Corp. (NYSE: NOK) start the week in today's EMEA regional roundup.

  • Telecom Italia has signed a five-year research agreement with Chinese vendor Huawei, the latest move in an ongoing collaboration between the two companies that has already seen them combine on the planning of a national broadband network. (See Telecom Italia, Huawei Team on R&D, Axe Falls Again at Telecom Italia and Huawei, Telecom Italia Test LTE.)

  • Writing in the Financial Times over the weekend (subscription required), Vodafone CEO Vittorio Colao argues that the likes of Google (Nasdaq: GOOG) and Facebook should be subject to the same rules and regulations as the carriers when it comes privacy issues or the requirement to block access to illegal services. (See Vodafone CEO Talks Up Data Caps and MWC 2010: Vodafone CEO Calls for Policy Review on Search.)

  • Beleaguered Nokia probably won't be thanking Bloomberg for claiming that the handset giant would be worth almost half as much again if it was split up into separate bits. Nokia was once valued at nearly US$300 million; it is currently worth less than $26 billion. (See Nokia Lowers Outlook, Shares Slump and MWC 2011: How Will Nokia Maintain Market Share?)

  • Nokia Networks has won the contract to help Inoventica , a new Russian infrastructure service provider, provide cloud services to enterprises via a DWDM optical transport network. The network will be capable of delivering speeds of 40 Gbit/s to 83 Russian regions, says the vendor. (See NSN Takes Inoventica Into the Cloud and NSN Unveils New 40G Platform.)

  • EE , the U.K. mobile joint venture between Orange UK and T-Mobile (UK) , isn't happy with regulator Ofcom 's current plans for spectrum sell-off, reports the Daily Telegraph. The operator believes that the auction, scheduled for 2012, could leave rivals Vodafone and O2 with disproportionately large shares of the spectrum.

  • Vodafone Egypt found itself in hot water following the emergence of a video which seemed to credit the mobile operator with partly inspiring Egypt's anti-government uprising, reports The Guardian. Pro-change activists were understandably not impressed, but Vodafone denied responsibility for the video. (See Egypt Unplugs From the Internet.)

    — Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

  • digits 12/5/2012 | 5:03:16 PM
    re: Euronews: Telecom Italia Gets Closer to Huawei

    The relationship between T Italia and Huawei is clearly very deep now in terms of fixed broadband developments, and if we rewind to about 20 months ago, the Italian operator was keen on WDM PON as a NG PON tech -- this looks like an interesting development for the rest of W Europe to watch!!


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    sanjay_ 12/5/2012 | 5:03:07 PM
    re: Euronews: Telecom Italia Gets Closer to Huawei

    When Chinese companies were trying to selll their products to Indian network operators, there was a concern regarding the security of the network. hence regulatory authority had decided that if these companies intend to sell their products to indian operators, then they have to get secruity of the network and equipment provided to be validated/scrutinized by an independent entity.

    How telecom italia is making sure of the their data security !!!!

    bollocks187 12/5/2012 | 5:03:03 PM
    re: Euronews: Telecom Italia Gets Closer to Huawei

    Italians great cuisine, Chines great food

    C'mon they are very happy since in Italy nothing is ever secret there are no worries.


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