Yes, we're talkin' about you! Karel De Gucht, the EU trade commissioner, has upped the ante on the Chinese subsidy saga by actually citing Huawei and ZTE as violators of Europe's anti-dumping and anti-subsidy guidelines, reports Reuters. De Gucht said that he was now prepared to launch a formal investigation into the behavior of the two companies, a move that would not be popular with Europe's telecom vendors as it could provoke reprisals. (See Euronews: EU Threatens China Probe and Euronews: Chinese Bristle at EU Proposal.)
Growing data usage across Africa is good news for South African operator Vodacom, which saw full-year earnings increase by 23 percent year-on-year, reports Reuters. Vodacom, which is a subsidiary of Vodafone Group plc, has operations in South Africa, Lesotho, Mozambique, Tanzania and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Dutch incumbent KPN Telecom NV has raised €4 billion (US$5.1 billion), about three quarters of which has come from a new rights issue and the remainder from a bond issue, to help support its "Challenger" strategy in Germany and Belgium, reports Telecompaper.
Nokia Siemens Networks is pitching an advanced video optimization solution for smartphones and tablets called Flexi Content Optimizer, which it claims delivers a high-quality video experience while simultaneously reducing radio network loading by up to 25 percent. Video content is adjusted and video streaming re-scaled to suit the smartphone screen size, says NSN.
— Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading