Alcatel-Lucent and Rostechnologii are extending their partnership in Russia with an R&D agreement that is intended to accelerate the deployment of Long Term Evolution (LTE) services, drawing on AlcaLu's lightRadio technology. The deal includes the setting up of an R&D center in Moscow that will employ several hundred engineers drawn from both companies. (See AlcaLu, Rostechnologii in LTE Pact, Looking for lightRadio.)
Danish operator TDC A/S (Copenhagen: TDC) has successfully bid for four out of the five frequency blocks in the 800MHz band in the Danish 4G spectrum auctions. It will have to pay around $105 million. Telia , through its TT-Netvaerket joint venture with Telenor Group (Nasdaq: TELN), got its hands on the remaining block.
A report from price-comparison website billmonitor.com concludes that mobile subscribers in the U.K. are wasting £6 billion ($9.3 billion) a year between them by being on inappropriate tariffs. Of this group, most are on tariffs that offer more than they need in terms of voice minutes or data allowance.
Orange France has teamed up with tap-to-pay specialist Gemalto to roll out NFC-capable SIM cards which, says the operator, offer the same security level as chip-based payment or smart cards. Participating service providers will be offered a "secure space" on the SIM card, where they can manage their customers’ personal data. (See Nice Move for NFC and Gemalto, Orange Team on NFC.)And finally, it's time to say "au revoir" to Minitel, the French precursor of the Internet, reports the BBC. On Saturday the plugs will be pulled on the chunky beige monitors for the very last time. C'est la vie. And any other random but undeniably French expressions that Euronews can muster.