Euronews: Samsung/Apple Circus Hits The Hague

Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL), Samsung Corp. and Deutsche Telekom AG (NYSE: DT) land starring roles in today's widescreen roundup of EMEA telecom headlines.

  • The latest twist in the Apple/Samsung patents spat sees the South Korean vendor asking a court in The Hague to ban sales of the iPhone and iPad in the Netherlands, reports The Guardian. Samsung's lawyers are arguing that Apple should have secured a UMTS license before it launched the iPhone. (See Verizon Defends Samsung Against Apple , Making Sense of the Handset Patent Plays, Euronews: Galaxy Tab Ban Lifted, for Now and Samsung Tries to Block Apple Sales in the US.)

  • In the face of problems persisting with a large-scale Russian LTE-network-sharing project that was first announced in March, it seems operators Mobile TeleSystems OJSC (MTS) (NYSE: MBT) and VimpelCom Ltd. (NYSE: VIP) are plowing ahead with their own version, according to Reuters. The pair have agreed to jointly develop and then share an LTE network in Russia in a project which is said to be based on a similar agreement between Nordic operators Telenor Group (Nasdaq: TELN) and Tele2 AB (Nasdaq: TLTO). Around 2 billion roubles (US$62.4 million) is to be invested in the scheme. (See Russian Ops to Share LTE Network and Euronews: AlcaLu Lands Key LTE Deal.)

  • German incumbent Deutsche Telekom is sending its SAP offering for the utilities sector into the cloud, enabling energy providers and meter operators to lease appropriate hardware and software at a fixed montly price per meter.

  • It may be of little comfort to those whose loved ones are being mowed down in the streets of Daraa and elsewhere by the security forces, but the European Union has now extended its sanctions against the Syrian government to include mobile operator Syriatel , reports Telecompaper, citing Dow Jones. Syriatel happens to be owned by the first cousin of President Bashar al-Assad.

    And over at Broadband World Forum in Paris:

    — Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

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