Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: faster uploads in Finland; Altice agrees to buy Portugal Telecom; Swisscom buys IT company.
Telenor Group (Nasdaq: TELN), the Norway-based group that has operations in various parts of Europe and Asia, has signed up Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. to supply its SingleRAN radio access equipment and other services in a five-year deal, extending an existing arrangement. Telenor is looking to modernize its 2G and 3G networks as more and more of its markets look to 4G for a better mobile broadband experience.
In other Telenor news, the group's CEO, Jon Fredrik Baksaas, has stepped down from the supervisory board of Russia's VimpelCom Ltd. (NYSE: VIP) to avoid a conflict of interest as investigations into allegations of corruption relating to VimpelCom's entry into the Uzbekistan market continue. Telenor holds a 33% stake in VimpelCom.
Still on an LTE tilt, Finland's Elisa Corp. has teamed up with Nokia Networks to run what the pair claim were successful tests of the vendor's Centralized RAN technology at a packed Hartwall Arena in Helsinki. Average uplink throughputs improved by more than 2.5 times and extended the battery life of devices of sports fans at the arena uploading their photos and videos, says the vendor.
France's Altice -- which owns cable operator Numericable-SFR -- has ended what was in danger of becoming an M&A soap opera by agreeing to buy Portugal Telecom from Brazil's Oi for €7.4 billion (US$9.1 billion). The deal had at one stage been thrown into doubt by a rival bid from Isabel dos Santos, the daughter of the Angolan president. (See Altice in Exclusive Talks to Buy Portugal Telecom.)
Swisscom AG (NYSE: SCM) is hoping to bolster its enterprise IT credentials with its acquisition of Lausanne-based Veltigroup, which has around 480 employees and a strong presence in the French-speaking part of Switzerland. The value of the deal was not disclosed.
Germany's ADVA Optical Networking has unveiled its new tool for monitoring dark fiber services with real-time data, the FSP 3000 access link monitoring solution. It will, says the vendor, enable operators to sell dark fiber services with stringent service level agreements at little extra cost.
— Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading