Euronews: Vodafone Picks LTE Backhaul Partner

Vodafone Germany , KPN Telecom NV (NYSE: KPN) and Ericsson AB (Nasdaq: ERIC) lead the way in today's EMEA regional roundup.

  • Vodafone Germany has chosen euNetworks Group Ltd. as its backhaul partner to support the rollout of LTE in Frankfurt, Hamburg, Berlin and Munich. euNetworks recently expanded its nationwide fiber network in Germany by acquiring LambdaNet Communications Deutschland AG . (See Vodafone Picks euNetworks for LTE Backhaul, Euronews: euNetworks Bolsters German Presence, euNetworks Buys LambdaNet and Vodafone Beats Deutsche Telekom to LTE Launch.)

  • An over-reliance on its domestic market is proving costly for KPN, the Dutch incumbent, which saw its second-quarter profit down by 11 percent year-on-year to €414 million (US$600 million), reports Bloomberg. The former monopoly gets 70 percent of its revenue from its Dutch operations, which are coming under increasing pressure from "value"-oriented rivals and the likes of Skype Ltd. (See KPN Reports Q2, KPN Makes Blok Head and Mgmt World: KPN Would Like the Lasagna, Please.)

  • Swedish vendor Ericsson has joined forces with Syntel, a Nigerian firm, in an attempt to acquire Nigeria's state-owned and struggling fixed-line incumbent Nigerian Telecommunications Ltd. (Nitel) (and its mobile arm Nigeria Mobile Telecommunicarions Ltd. (M-Tel) ), reports TeleGeography. If the bid is successful, Ericsson will be charged with expanding Nitel's network right across the country. (See AfricaWatch: M&A Frenzy.)

  • In similar territory, NetOne, Zimbabwe's state-owned mobile operator, is proving an attractive proposition, reports Bloomberg, with six foreign investors expressing an interest in acquiring a stake. Bharti Airtel Ltd. (Mumbai: BHARTIARTL) of India and MTN Group Ltd. are among those sniffing around.

  • Chinese giant ZTE Corp. (Shenzhen: 000063; Hong Kong: 0763) has chosen U.K.-based QiComm Ltd. as its preferred systems integration partner in the U.K. market. As well as systems integration expertise, QiComm will also be bringing local knowledge, project management, logistics and its Tutis Point data center to the table. (See ZTE Names UK Partner and ZTE to Develop Innovation Centers.)

  • NTT Communications Corp. (NYSE: NTT)'s Ethernet Virtual Private Line (EVPL) service, Global Virtual Link, has been extended beyond the U.S. to reach most major European countries. The service provides NTT customers with virtual point-to-point connections over the company's open network. (See NTT Com Offers Ethernet VPL Globally.)

  • Et enfin: It's the fin de la rue for Orange (NYSE: FTE)'s Minitel service. The Wall Street Journal reports that the carrier has decided that next year it will pull the plug on the text-heavy information terminals, which were a sort of precursor to the Internet and actually still make money.

    — Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

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