Euronews: NSN Overhauls LTE Offer

As Europe gloats over its dramatic victory over the U.S. in the Ryder Cup and Tiger heads off to practice his putting, Nokia Networks , Nokia Corp. (NYSE: NOK), Magyar Telekom plc and Alcatel-Lucent (NYSE: ALU) tee off for today's round of EMEA headlines.

  • Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN) began its Oktoberfest of product portfolio announcements Monday with planned enhancements to its LTE product line. It will add support for the APT version of 700MHz LTE, which is being adopted across Asia/Pacific and Latin America, to its Flexi Multiradio Base Station starting late next year, when it will also offer carrier aggregation (a method of increasing mobile broadband capacity) for LTE-Advanced rollouts. More immediately, NSN is adding load balancing capabilities to its Liquid Net LTE network management package. (See NSN Enhances Its LTE Capabilities, NSN Lines Up Portfolio Update and Hope for Some 4G Harmony.)

  • Nokia has trimmed the European price of its "old" Lumia models as it prepares for the launch of the latest Lumia incarnations next month, reports Reuters, citing research by CCS Insight . According to the research firm, the price of the Lumia 800 has been dropped by 15 percent and its Lumia 900 by 10 percent. (See Analyst Labels Latest Lumia Launch as 'Tepid' and Nokia's Lumia 920: Will It Support US LTE?)

  • Magyar Telekom, Deutsche Telekom AG (NYSE: DT)'s Hungarian unit, is to lay off 500 employees before the end of the year at a cost of around US$27 million, reports Reuters. Magyar Telekom had earlier stated that is planned to cut workforce costs by 13.8 percent over the 2008-2012 period. (See Magyar Telekom Agrees With Unions.)

  • Alcatel-Lucent has won a deal to help Ghana's Ministry of Communications extend "e-government" services to rural regions through the design and implementation of a 600km fiber backbone that will provide high-speed links between central government functions and more remote locations. AlcaLu will deploy its 1830 Photonic Service Switch (PSS) as part of the contract, the value of which was not disclosed. (See AlcaLu Wins Ghana Optical Deal.)

  • Research conducted by U.K. price-comparison website Broadband Choices and property expert Henry Pryor indicates the speed of a home's broadband line is becoming more important to potential housebuyers than factors such as the availability of off-street parking or -- now this is just taking this Interweb thing too far -- how close it is to a pub.

  • The forthcoming 4G spectrum auction in the U.K. (it's been forthcoming for a while now) looks like becoming a major political football. The Daily Telegraph reports that Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls has used the Labour Party's annual conference to outline his plan to use the 4G cash the government raises from the sale to build 100,000 "affordable" homes. (See Britain Braced for 4G Fight .)

    — Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

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