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Euronews: Telefonica Buys Into the Cloud

Telefónica SA (NYSE: TEF), Nokia Corp. (NYSE: NOK), Orange (NYSE: FTE) and Google (Nasdaq: GOOG) make the news in today's EMEA regional roundup.

  • Telefónica is pushing further into the cloud by acquiring Acens Technologies S.L. , an SME-focused Spanish hosting-services provider that has a client portfolio comprising more than 100,000 companies and two data centers, one in Madrid and the other in Barcelona. Financial details of the deal have not been disclosed. (See Telefonica Acquires Acens, LatAm Saves Telefonica in Q1 and Telefonica Gets Cloudy with fonYou.)

  • More gloom for Nokia: The Financial Times (subscription required) reports that the handset giant's debt status has been downgraded again by credit agency Fitch Ratings Ltd. , taking it to the rung one up from "junk" status. (See Nokia Lowers Outlook, Shares Slump and Euronews: Nokia's Market Share Shrinking.)

  • Bloomberg reports that France Telecom is said to be in talks with Google about actually working together to address data traffic issues through "technological cooperation." (See Net Neutrality: EU vs. US and Telcos Show Their Google Envy.)

  • Get the bunting out! Inflate those balloons! It's officially World IPv6 day, and Cable & Wireless Worldwide plc (London: CW) is taking the opportunity to point out that its AS1273 global network has been enabled to support IPv6 since 2001. So there. (See C&W Worldwide Boasts IPv6 Heritage , IPv6 Day Could Stress-Test Small ISPs and IPv4: DON'T PANIC!!!)

  • One year on from buying most of Zain Group 's African assets, Bharti Airtel Ltd. (Mumbai: BHARTIARTL) says it is still on course to reach US$5 billion in revenue and 100 million subscribers in Africa by March 2013, reports Reuters. — Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

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