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Euronews: NSN Offloads Fixed-Wireless Gear

Nokia Networks , Deutsche Telekom AG (NYSE: DT) and BT Group plc (NYSE: BT; London: BTA) head up today's tilt at the EMEA telecom news headlines.

  • Nokia Siemens Networks has found a buyer for another bit of its business. The vendor announced today that it sold a line of proprietary fixed-wireless access products to privately held Spanish technology company CN Tetragen for an undisclosed sum. The product portfolio is the Expedience range of indoor and outdoor customer premises equipment (CPE), base stations and management technology that operates in the 2.5GHz, 3.3GHz, 3.5GHz and 3.7GHz frequency bands, which NSN had acquired as part of its deal to buy Motorola Solutions in April 2011. The vendor said that about 15,000 Expedience base stations and 700,000 CPEs had been sold to date. Like its WiMax business -- which NSN also acquired from Motorola and is in the process of selling to NewNet -- the unit was not part of NSN's mobile broadband portfolio. (See NSN Sells Fixed-Wireless Biz, NSN to Sell WiMax Biz and NSN Finally Seals $975M Moto Deal.)

  • Separately, NSN appears to have won a five-year managed services deal with Russian giant VimpelCom Ltd. (NYSE: VIP), reports Bloomberg. The deal covers maintenance and support of fixed and mobile networks in central Russia.

  • Deutsche Telekom has been trumpeting its researchers' role in what it claims is the breaking of a data-transmission speed record. T-Labs boffins, in collaboration with Alcatel-Lucent (NYSE: ALU) and Telekom Network Production staff, achieved a 512Gbit/s transmission over a single optical-fiber wavelength channel on signals sent over a distance of 734 km. This, says DT, equates to a usable bit rate of 400 Gbit/s. (See AlcaLu Unveils 400G Chip .)

  • BT has clinched a five-year, £30 million (US$47 million) managed services deal with Standard Life, a U.K. savings and investments firm. The deal covers the delivery and management of a BT Connect Local Area Network (LAN) and Wide Area Network (WAN), as well as VoIP and contact centers, among other areas. Today also sees the launch of BT's new Service Provider Information Technology (SPIT) tools, which form part of the BT Connect portfolio and offer enterprises, says the operator, a better snapshot of how well their network services are performing. (See BT: CIOs Need Smarter Network Tools.)

  • As had been anticipated, Turkcell Iletisim Hizmetleri A.S. (NYSE: TKC) has put in a bid for Bulgaria's Vivacom , reports Telecompaper (subscription required).

  • Smartphones are big news in the Middle East -- and Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Co. (du) , the United Arab Emirates mobile operator, is underlining this fact by announcing plans to spend around $400 million on building faster, data-friendly networks, reports The National. — Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

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