Bahrain Telecommunications Co. (Batelco) has chosen Ericsson AB (Nasdaq: ERIC) as the sole supplier for its LTE and WCDMA expansion plans. The Swedish vendor will install LTE base stations in new, as yet uncovered, areas and upgrade Batelco's Evolved Packet Core (EPC).
Batelco is one of three operators who have been awarded spectrum in Bahrain's 4G auction, the other two being Zain Bahrain and Saudi Telecom Co. (STC) 's Viva Bahrain. As Reuters reports, the regulator scrapped an earlier auction that could have allowed new players to enter the market.
Orange Business Services has launched its NFC Service Center, which it describes as a "virtualization solution" for French banks, companies, and public sector organizations that wish to exploit NFC technology to accept mobile-based payments. See this press release for more details.
KB Beats Hasty Retreat So KB is beating a hasty retreat from its acquisition ambitions, eh? Guess we won't see the German cable market consolidate so quickly after all. Deutsche Telekom must be happy anout that.
Re: The power of a global mobile operator You need to take into account tha fact that AT&T has historically had significant ownership presence in S.A. so it'snot like they'd be total novices, plus any pan-european acquisition would enhance that historical AT&T knowledge with the local knowledge on dealing with the EU wide and individual country complexities.
I wonder how they and their acquisitions would be treated by the EU and it's members who wouldnt welcome an American invasion especially after the discovery of AT&T's deep involvement with the NSA
Re: The power of a global mobile operator If AT&T did acquire in Europe, they'd face a much different regulatory and competitive environment too. I think a lot of their pricing ploys wouldn't fly over there.