Euronews: Nokia, Apple Kiss & Make Up

Nokia Corp. (NYSE: NOK), Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL), Telia Company and Telenor Group (Nasdaq: TELN) kick things off in today's regional roundup.

  • Stop press! Some good news for Nokia! Nokia and Apple have signed a patent licensing agreement that brings to a close a long-running series of legal actions the Finnish handset maker has been pursuing against the maker of the iPhone. Under the terms of the agreement, a one-off payment will be made by Apple, and ongoing royalties will also be paid to Nokia for an agreed period. The most recent patent infringement proceeding referred specifically to "areas of multi-tasking operating systems, data synchronization, positioning, call quality and the use of Bluetooth accessories." Could Android phones be next in Nokia's sights? (See Apple, Nokia Settle Patent Dispute , Nokia, Apple Settle Litigation, Nokia Files Against Apple -- Again! and Nokia Fires Volley at Apple's iPhone .)

  • European operators account for seven of The Top 20 Bridge Builders in a new special feature published by Light Reading today. (See The Top 20 Bridge Builders.)

  • TeliaSonera's Danish subsidiary (simply called Telia) has formed a network-sharing agreement with the Telenor's Danish operation to create what the pair hope will be Denmark's best mobile network. The agreement involves the 2G, 3G and LTE networks, and sees the two companies giving each other access to existing towers in areas where they would otherwise have had to build their own. (See Telia, Telenor Team Up in Denmark , NSN Rolls Out LTE for TeliaSonera in Denmark, Happy Birthday, LTE! and TeliaSonera Launches LTE in Denmark.)

  • BT Group plc (NYSE: BT; London: BTA)'s Openreach unit has headed to the Isle of Bute, a wind-blown lump of land off the west coast of Scotland, to trial wireless broadband that uses "white spaces" in the the Ultra High Frequency (UHF) TV spectrum. The trial is being carried out with several partners, including the University of Strathclyde and BBC Research. (See Openreach Trials 'White Space' Broadband.)

  • German transport equipment vendor ADVA Optical Networking boasts that it has retained its number one position in the Ethernet Access Device (EAD) market for the fifth consecutive year, based on figures from Infonetics Research Inc. (See ADVA Boasts Ethernet Access Lead , Ethernet Europe: Busting the Backhaul Bottleneck and ADVA in for the Long Haul With 100G.)

  • Polish Service Provider Information Technology (SPIT) vendor Comarch SA has won a contract to supply OSS software to Russian carrier Mobile TeleSystems OJSC (MTS) (NYSE: MBT) for the management of its fixed and mobile networks. SPIT, Polish ... there's a joke in there somewhere. (See Comarch Wins MTS Russia Deal and SPIT Watch: Comarch Eyes Expansion.)

  • Lars Nyberg, president and CEO of TeliaSonera, is using the company's investor day to sound off about potential new business models and long-term strategy. Tiered tariffs, Eurasian growth and an ambition to be either first or second in each market in which the carrier has a presence are all on the Nyberg agenda. (See TeliaSonera Needs New Models, Euronews: Feb. 4 and TeliaSonera Develops New Mobile Data Model.)

  • Alcatel-Lucent (NYSE: ALU) has appointed Christel Heydemann as vice president, Human Resources and Transformation, succeeding Pierre Barnabé, who after 13 years is leaving AlcaLu to join French alternative operator SFR . "Alcatel-Lucent is back, the market is in growth, and the retention, development and attraction of talent has never been more important," says Heydemann, modestly. (See AlcaLu Appoints New HR Chief .)

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    — Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

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