Euronews: Feb. 15

Orange France , Nokia Corp. (NYSE: NOK), Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT) and Nokia Networks take the stage in today's Euro telecom news roundup.

  • Day two of Mobile World Congress 2011 sees the official launch of Orange's entry into the getting-mighty-crowded tablet market. The 7-inch Android device, which offers Android 2.1 and 3G/Edge connectivity, sees the light of day in Spain, Poland, Slovakia and Romania. (See Orange Launches Own Tablet.)

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  • The fallout from last week's Nokia/Microsoft bombshell continues to hang in the air, not least in Nokia's native Finland. Finnish website YLE quotes Antti Rinne, chairman of the white-collar union Ammattiliitto Pro, as saying that 5,000 jobs are under threat "if the worst-case scenario comes true." The same website also hears from Olli Hietanen, a researcher at Turku University’s Finland Futures Research Centre, who says that the deal is a "passive strategy" for two trailing companies trying to stay afloat, and that Nokia should be looking more closely at mobile applications such as healthcare and construction rather than focusing on the handsets themselves. (See Nokia to Cut Jobs, Stay in Finland and Nokia Unveils Major Revamp.)

  • Tough times in Croatia means sliding numbers at the Balkan nation's biggest operator, T-Hrvatski Telekom . Reuters reports that net profits for 2010 at the company -- which is owned by Deutsche Telekom AG (NYSE: DT) -- fell 9.5 percent year-on-year to 1.83 billion kuna (US$334.6 million).

  • Mobile money is hot to trot: Nokia Siemens Networks joins a growing list of companies getting in on the act with the announcement of a tie-up with transaction-platform firm MoreMagic Solutions. The jointly developed Mobile Payment Solution enables the delivery of a range of services including money transfer, mobile banking, mobile payments and near-field communication (NFC) proximity payments. (See Google, Apple Fight Carriers for Mobile Money.)

    — Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

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