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Euronews: MeeGo Is Reborn

Finnish startup Jolla Ltd., Orange France and Euskaltel are among the names making the EMEA headlines this Monday.

  • Jolla, a Finnish company formed by a group of former Nokia Corp. (NYSE: NOK) developers, is developing smartphones based on the MeeGo operating system, which Nokia ditched last year in favor of the Windows Phone OS. The Jolla team, which hopes to launch its first product before the end of this year, announced its news on Twitter over the weekend. (See MWC 2011: Adios, MeeGo and RIP Symbian & MeeGo: Nokia Ties Future to WP7.)

  • The prospect of an EC probe into alleged government subsidies for Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. and ZTE Corp. (Shenzhen: 000063; Hong Kong: 0763) has prompted the threat of potential retaliation from the Chinese authorities, reports the Financial Times (subscription required). (See Euronews: EC Sharpens Knives Over Huawei, ZTE.)

  • Orange France suffered a nine-hour mobile service outage that began Friday afternoon and lasted into the early hours of Saturday, reports Reuters. The operator blamed a software glitch and said it would compensate its customers.

  • Several private equity firms are expected to bid for a stake in Spanish cable operator Euskaltel, according to The Wall Street Journal.

  • A joint mobile payments platform (codenamed Project Oscar) proposed by the U.K.'s three main operators is on the verge of regulatory approval despite opposition from rivals, according to the Financial Times (subscription required). (See UK Operators Form Mobile Money JV.)

  • While other communications companies watch their credit ratings slide and cost of borrowing rise, Etisalat says it has "maintained one of the highest credit ratings in the telecom sector" following evaluations by Standard & Poor’s , Fitch Ratings Ltd. and Moody's Investors Service . The operator now claims to be the fourth highest rated telecoms company in the world.

  • Sweden's Tilgin AB has unveiled a Gigabit home gateway that, the company claims, can "deliver the yet unknown, new services for years to come." It's not known if crystal balls were used in the R&D process.

  • Video equipment vendor Ateme SA is to supply its TITAN platform, which supports OTT video as well as IPTV and VoD services, to Saudi content aggregator Intigral, a joint venture between Saudi Telecom Co. (STC) and All Asia Networks (ASTRO).

    — Ray Le Maistre, International Managing Editor, Light Reading

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