Euronews: April 19

Ericsson AB (Nasdaq: ERIC), Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications and Telia Company make their presence felt in today's roundup of European telecom headlines.

  • Swedish vendor Ericsson is bolstering its presence in the machine-to-machine (M2M) marketplace by buying Telenor Connexion, Telenor Group (Nasdaq: TELN)'s M2M technology platform. As a result of the deal, 11 employees will be transferred and Telenor Connexion effectively becomes the first customer for Ericsson's Device Connection Platform service, which it launched at Mobile World Congress in February. (See Ericsson's M2M Ambitions, Ericsson to Buy Telenor's M2M Platform and Ericsson Launches M2M Service.)

  • Telefónica O2 Czech Republic A.S. is on the acquisition trail for ISPs, reports Bloomberg, citing Lidove Noviny. According to the newspaper, the operator bought Losan Internet for between 100 million and 130 million koruna (US$5.9 million to $7.6 million). (See Pyramid: Mobile Data Drives Czech Revival.)

  • The European Commission has decreed that the 900MHz and 1800MHz frequency bands should be opened up for 4G wireless broadband in all EU member states by the end of 2011. Technical rules have been agreed that should in theory prevent interference problems with existing GSM and 3G devices, says the Commission. (See EC Opens More Spectrum for 4G, EC Moves on Spectrum and Europe's Broadband Challenge.)

  • Sony Ericsson CEO Bert Nordberg pointed the finger at the Japanese earthquake as a contributory factor to the handset maker's less-than-soaraway first-quarter results. Unit sales slipped year-on-year by 2.4 million, but the firm remained in profit, to the tune of €11 million ($15.7 million). (See Sony Ericsson Stays Profitable Despite Quake, Sony Ericsson Reports Q1 and Japan Efforts Continue, Impact Assessed.)

  • It's been a tough first quarter too for Nordic operator TeliaSonera, which reported disappointing growth in net sales and a 1.6 percent reduction in net income year-on-year. The Eurasian market, however, remains a light in the overall gloom, with a strong showing reported in Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and Nepal. (See TeliaSonera Reports Q1, TeliaSonera v. Tele2, TeliaSonera Launches 3G in Kazakhstan and LTE Showdown in Sweden .)

  • Tellabs, the Illinois-based equipment vendor, has won two mobile backhaul contracts in Russia, one with Mobile TeleSystems OJSC (MTS) (NYSE: MBT) and the other with MegaFon , the latter deal also involving Nokia Networks . (See Tellabs Nabs Russian Backhaul Deals , Tellabs Could Seek Optical Redemption and Tellabs Tanks in Q4.)

    — Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

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