Also in today's EMEA roundup: Slim backs Telefónica bid for E-Plus; Saudi operator gets 400G core; Swiss fiber partnership.
There's been talk of a Nokia Corp. (NYSE: NOK) tablet in the past and here's some more: According to The Verge, the handset vendor is preparing to launch a 10.1-inch tablet in late September, based on the Windows RT variant of Windows 8 and codenamed "Sirius." The Verge's sources say that the tablet will be thinner than the iPad, cost about the same as an iPad, and will closely resemble one of Nokia's top-end Lumia handsets. (See Euronews: Nokia Working on 'Stand Out' Tablet.)
Carlos Slim, the billionaire boss of América Móvil S.A. de C.V. who holds a 30 percent stake in KPN Telecom NV (NYSE: KPN), has lent his support to Telefónica SA (NYSE: TEF)'s bid for the KPN's German mobile unit, E-Plus Service GmbH & Co. KG , reports Bloomberg. Slim himself has made a separate €7.2 billion (US$9.6 billion) bid for the whole of KPN. (See Euronews: KPN to Sell E-Plus for €8.1B, Euronews: Slim Says KPN Cash Is in Place, Euronews: Slim Makes Move on KPN, and Euronews: Does Slim Want All of KPN?)
Etihad Etisalat Co. (Mobily) , the Saudi mobile operator, is claiming a world first with the activation of its 400G IP core network, which was supplied by Huawei.
Swisscom AG (NYSE: SCM) has signed a partnership agreement with Danet Oberwallis for the construction, operation, and maintenance of a fiber network in the the Upper Valais region of Switzerland. The pair plan to rent out their network to other service providers operating in the area.
— Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading