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Euronews: Jolla Unveils First Smartphone

Jolla, Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd., ZTE Corp. and Vodacom Pty. Ltd. start the week in today's trawl of the EMEA headlines.
  • Jolla, the Finnish mobile operating system (OS) startup that aims to challenge the dominance of Android and iOS, has unveiled the first smartphone device running its Sailfish OS in a YouTube video. (See Jolla to Take on Apple & Android With OS Launch.)
  • 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

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