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Euronews: Ericsson Bags Backhaul Deals

Paul Rainford

Ericsson AB (Nasdaq: ERIC), ARM Ltd. and PacketFront AB head the list on today's smorgasbord of EMEA telecom tidbits.

  • Ericsson has notched up a brace of mobile backhaul wins, both of them for subsidiaries of Dutch incumbent KPN Telecom NV (NYSE: KPN). One is for E-Plus Service GmbH & Co. KG in Germany and the other for KPN Group Belgium, and together the deal will see more than 15,000 of Ericsson's Mini-Link transmission nodes being installed. (See Ericsson Wins KPN Backhaul Deals, Ericsson Suffers Margin Crunch, Analyst Acclaims New Ericsson CTO and KPN Lowers 2012 Profit Outlook.)

  • British chipmaker ARM has cause to feel pleased with itself: Fourth-quarter profits (before tax and one-time charges) are up 45 percent year-on-year to £69 million (US$109 million), while full-year earnings are up 37 percent year-on-year to £229.7 million ($362 million) -- a reflection of the soaraway success of the iPhone, which is powered by ARM chips. Overall, ARM shipped 1.2 billion chips into mobile phones and laptops/tablets, up 10 percent year-on-year (See ARM Posts £69M Profit in Q4 and ARM Unveils Energy-Saving Chip.)

  • PacketFront, the Swedish access equipment vendor, made a profit in 2011 -- but only just. A statement puts its operating profit at "approximately" 1 million Swedish kronor ($148,000), which its CEO admits "ideally should have been higher." Restructuring costs are fingered as a significant negative factor on the balance sheet. (See PacketFront Boasts Profit in 2011 and PacketFront Creates SPIT Unit.)

  • Sky , the U.K. triple-play provider, posted half-year operating profits up 16 percent year-on-year at £601 million ($948 million). But as it becomes harder to add new customers, BSkyB is launching an Internet-based video-on-demand service aimed at those people who don't want a full-on subscription to Sky, but might be tempted to pay on a one-off basis for, say, a particular soccer match or movie. (See Sky Puts Movies on Mobiles, Tablets.)

  • Swisscom AG (NYSE: SCM) has launched HD voice calls on its UMTS network: if both callers use HD voice enabled mobiles on the network, the call will automatically be in HD quality at no extra cost. Yodel-ay-ee-oooo! (See Swisscom Offers HD Voice and FastWeb Impairment Hits Swisscom Net Income.)

    — Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

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