Euronews: AlcaLu Rules Out NSN-Style Cuts

Alcatel-Lucent (NYSE: ALU), T-Mobile Hungary , Telefónica SA (NYSE: TEF) and KPN Telecom NV (NYSE: KPN) help shake us out of our post-holiday grogginess in today's roundup of EMEA telecom tidbits.

  • Alcatel-Lucent CEO Ben Verwaayen has ruled out Nokia Networks -style job cuts, according to a Reuters report that cites Les Echos, a French newspaper. In November NSN announced the axing of nearly a quarter of its global workforce. (See AlcaLu Could Restructure Even More, AlcaLu Chairman: We Back Ben!, AlcaLu CFO: We're 'P*ssed' and NSN Could Lose More Than 17,000 Staff.)

  • T-Mobile Hungary has become the first operator to launch a Long Term Evolution (LTE) service in the country, with 10 districts in the capital city of Budapest being at the front of the queue to feel the benefit. (See T-Mobile Hungary Launches LTE.)

  • Spanish giant Telefónica has conducted 400-Gbit/s tests between Granada and Jaen using Ericsson AB (Nasdaq: ERIC) DWDM equipment (the MHL 3000), reports El Mundo (in Spanish).

  • The CFO of Dutch incumbent KPN has resigned. Carla Smits-Nusteling told the operator's supervisory board that she does not agree with the way internal governance is to be carried out following a recent restructuring at the company. (See KPN CFO Resigns and Euronews: KPN's Slide Continues.)

  • Orange France has announced it will launch LTE services commercially in 2013, making it the first operator to do so on French soil, according to Telecompaper (subscription required), citing a report in Le Figaro. Last week Orange France, along with rivals SFR and Bouygues Telecom , received an 800MHz license from French regulator Arcep for the rollout of LTE services. (See French Award More LTE Spectrum .)

    — Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

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