Euronews: Ericsson Camps on NSN's Turf

Ericsson AB (Nasdaq: ERIC), Orange France and Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. set out their wares on today's trestle table of EMEA headlines.

  • Ericsson is setting up an R&D center in Oulu, Finland, right at the back door of rival Nokia Networks , which has a mobile networks manufacturing facility in the town, reports Helsingin Sanomat. Ericsson confirmed the move to Light Reading, but noted that while it expects to have 200 staff at the new facility, it won't be recruiting 200 people locally. So, all you radio access network engineers in Oulu, don't dust off your CVs just yet…

  • Arcep , the French regulator, has awarded its first batch of 4G spectrum to: Orange France, which paid €287 million (US$388 million) for a 20MHz block; SFR , €150 million ($202 million) for a 15MHz block; Bouygues Telecom , €228 million ($308 million) for a 15MHz block; and Free , €271 million ($366 million) for a 20MHz block. Orange, Bouygues and Free Mobile all made a commitment to host MVNOs on their networks, though SFR did not. (See Arcep Awards 4G Spectrum and Arcep Takes Applications for 4G Spectrum.)

  • Fewer details here, but Reuters reports that Italy has closed the 800MHz section of its 4G spectrum auction, with Vodafone Italy , Telecom Italia (TIM) and Wind Telecomunicazioni SpA getting two blocks each. (See Telecom Italia Gets Ready for LTE .)

  • Huawei has extended its tentacles further into Europe with the announcement of a telepresence partnership with Orange Business Services . Under the terms of the deal, OBS and its subsidiary EGT will sell the Chinese vendor's standard and high-definition room systems to enterprise customers. (See Huawei, OBS Team on Telepresence, Euronews: Huawei Homes In on Enterprise Deals, Euronews: Huawei Plans Euro Support Center and Huawei Unveils MediaPad Tablet.)

  • German telcos are facing complaints from various civil rights groups and data protection organizations over the way they deal with customers' personal data, reports Telecompaper. It seems BT Germany, E-Plus Service GmbH & Co. KG , M-net Telekommunikations GmbH , Telefónica Deutschland GmbH , Telekom Deutschland GmbH and Vodafone Germany are all in the firing line.

  • It's just as well SFR has bagged its 4G spectrum as it has been busy conducting Long Term Evolution (LTE) trials in the French city of Marseille with Nokia Siemens Networks. NSN's Single RAN radio access equipment and Evolved Packet Core achieved "near instant" response times, apparently.

  • The latest Ofcom survey of U.K. telecom customer complaints reveals that, once more, TalkTalk comes top (or bottom, depending on which way you look at it) of the pile of shame for landline and fixed broadband. On the mobile front, Three UK brandishes the wooden spoon. (See Ofcom Counts the Complaints, Ofcom Fines TalkTalk £3M and Ofcom Reveals UK's Least Favorite Telcos.)

    — Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

  • Anne Morris 12/5/2012 | 4:52:51 PM
    re: Euronews: Ericsson Camps on NSN's Turf

    France showing the UK how it's done it seems, after putting squabbling operators in their place. (I'm still not happy about the use of 4G here either, but seems the marketeers are winning the battle...)

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