Euronews: March 16

Nokia Networks , Orange (NYSE: FTE) and YouTube Inc. fill their boots in today's roundup of telecom news from the EMEA region.

  • Nokia Siemens Networks has signed a letter of intent with microwave research and production company Micran, state-owned Russian Corporation of Nanotechnologies (Rusnano) and the regional authorities of Tomsk to develop Long Term Evolution (LTE) manufacturing facilities in Russia. The news follows the announcement that local broadband wireless operator Yota is to build an extensive LTE network that will be shared by Russia's main mobile operators. (See Russian Ops to Share LTE Network and Yota Moves Forward With LTE.)

  • France Telecom has denied press reports that it wants to buy private equity firm Mid Europa Partners ' 65 percent stake in Orange Austria Telecommunication GmbH. , according to Reuters. Wirtschaftsblatt, an Austrian newspaper, had cited unnnamed sources claiming a deal would be done later this year.

  • In what it claims is the first deal of its kind, Nokia Siemens Networks has won the contract to both manage Vodacom Tanzania Ltd. 's mobile network and improve its energy efficiency. The five-year managed services contract sees NSN taking responsibility for the existing network management center and operations across the radio, transmission and core networks, as well as implementing remote management of the operator's energy use with its "green energy control service," which is intended to ensure optimal use of field resources. (See Vodacom Tanzania Outsources Network to NSN , Signs of Growth at NSN and Telecom Market Spotlight: Africa.)

  • Boot-iful plumage! Irish video-technology firm Green Parrot has been acquired by the mighty YouTube, which hopes to use its footage-sharpening know-how to make some of those "entertaining" yet wonky amateur videos a little less wonky. Doesn't seem quite in the spirit, somehow...

    — Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

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