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Euronews: Humm Resurfaces at Vodafone

Paul Rainford
6/28/2012

Vodafone Group plc (NYSE: VOD), Alcatel-Lucent (NYSE: ALU) and Carlos Slim are at the table for today's helping of EMEA telecom headlines.

  • Only hours after announcing he was quitting his job as CEO at T-Mobile US Inc. , Philipp Humm has revealed that after a nice long summer break he will be starting a new and significant European role (one that is handily located nearer to his family), as CEO of Northern & Central Europe at Vodafone. Surf's up, Phil! (See Humm Joins Vodafone as Regional CEO, Vodafone Appoints Regional CEOs and T-Mobile CEO Humm Is Done .)

  • 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.)

  • He's made it! After steadily upping his stake in KPN Telecom NV (NYSE: KPN) during the past few days, Carlos Slim has finally surpassed the crucial 27.7 percent mark, reports Business Week, effectively giving the billionaire boss of América Móvil S.A. de C.V. control of the Dutch incumbent. (See Euronews: Slim's Stealthy Expansion and Slim's Dutch Drama .)

  • Antitrust experts are, says Reuters, predicting that Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT)'s loss of a long-running legal battle with the European Commission over the software giant's business practices could have give the EU officials more ammunition in their ongoing patent-related wrangles with Google (Nasdaq: GOOG), Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. (Korea: SEC) and Motorola Mobility LLC . (See EC Investigates Moto Mobility, Euronews: EC Probes Samsung on Patents, EC Hints at Smartphone Patent Probe and Euronews: Samsung/Apple Circus Hits The Hague.)

  • 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.

    — Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

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