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Eurobites: Telefónica, Huawei Get Closer

Paul Rainford
9/26/2014
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Also in today's EMEA roundup: VoLTE in Poland; Orange's network-sharing complaint rejected; cloud concerns.

  • Telefónica SA (NYSE: TEF) and Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. have signed a collaboration agreement which, they say, "contemplates the joint analysis" of three fundamental areas, namely: the transformation of Telefónica's next-generation networks, with a particular nod to technology for the connected home; the improvement of Telefónica's business processes and its customers' experience; and network virtualization. Experts from the two companies will create working groups where knowledge about these common areas of interest will be shared. (See Telefónica Unveils Aggressive NFV Plans and Huawei & Telefonica Jointly Accomplished the PoC Testing for the UNICA Infrastructure.)

  • Elsewhere on Planet Huawei, the vendor says it has successfully completed a trial of VoLTE with Poland's Polkomtel SA , using Huawei's Ascend P7 smartphone. Users were able to make HD calls and send SMS text messages over the network. (See Huawei Preps for VoLTE Explosion.)

  • The French competition authorities have rejected Orange (NYSE: FTE)'s complaint about the network-sharing agreement formed between Bouygues Telecom and SFR , Reuters reports. Bouygues and SFR are planning a joint venture to operate 11,500 mobile towers, allowing them to eliminate 7,000 towers between them.

  • A study commissioned by BT Group plc (NYSE: BT; London: BTA) has found that half the companies it surveyed are adopting mass-market cloud services rather than services tailored for enterprises, raising concern about data security. Many respondents to the survey felt that cloud offerings for the enterprise were too expensive. For more facts and figures from the study, see this BT press release.

  • A group of Telecom Italia (TIM) investors has told the company that it should not be selling its 22.7% stake in Telecom Argentina (NYSE: TEO) to investment company Fintech, Reuters reports. The deal, agreed last year and worth US$960 million, is still awaiting regulatory approval.

    — Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

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