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Euronews: TeliaSonera Revamps Top Team

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Vodafone sued in Greece; Ericsson does 4G in Slovakia; BT Sport launch balls-up prompts wave of complaints.

  • Telia Company has revamped its management team and organizational structure in the wake of its Eurasia transaction scandal. From April 1, 2014, the operator will have a new operating model that allows for greater local accountability, with each of its three main geographic focus areas -- Sweden, Europe, and Eurasia -- having their own executive vice president. For more details see this press release and to see which executives are included in the top team see this announcement.

  • Vodafone Group plc (NYSE: VOD) is on the receiving end of a €250 million (US$344.5 million) lawsuit from Greek telecom retailer MTS, according to a report in the Financial Times (subscription required). MTS claims that Vodafone has hampered its ability to operate following the cancellation of a loan restructuring deal and the termination of a co-operation agreement. Vodafone dismissed the claims as "completely fanciful."

  • Slovak Telekom has launched 4G LTE services in five cities in Slovakia, using Ericsson AB (Nasdaq: ERIC)'s multi-standard RBS 6000 basestation to create a network with theoretical downlink speeds of 73 Mbit/s. Circuit-switched fallback (CSFB) has also been deployed to allow voice calls and text messages to be delivered to LTE devices via Slovak Telecom's existing 2G/3G network. More 4G locations are planned for 2014. (See Slovak Telekom Launches 4G With Ericsson.)

  • BT Group plc (NYSE: BT; London: BTA)'s massively bankrolled launch of its premium sports content pay-TV channel, BT Sport, has consolidated its unwanted lead in the latest customer complaints rankings compiled by UK regulator Ofcom . According to Ofcom, almost half of all complaints BT received about its pay-TV service in August of this year related to BT Sport. (BT launched the service on August 1.) Sky , which BT was primarily taking on with its sports offer, received the lowest number of complaints about its pay-TV services during the same period. (See BT's Got Balls.)

  • Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. is to supply Orange Polska with second-generation E-band microwave products over the next two years to bolster the operator's backhaul. Huawei's RTN 380, the specific product that the vendor cites in its announcement, provides 2.5Gbit/s bandwidth. (See Orange Polska Strikes Microwave Deal With Huawei.)

  • Ireland's Silicon & Software Systems Ltd. (S3) , which sells software that helps operators improve the delivery of video services, saw its 2013 revenues leap 25% year-on-year to an unspecified total, signing new contracts with BSkyB and Tele Columbus AG , amongst others. (See S3 Group Boasts Stellar 2013.)

  • Com Hem AB , Sweden's largest cable operator, has chosen Tilgin AB 's tGem TR-069 Auto Configuration Server offering as a base for the remote management of its "connected home" customer devices. (See Com Hem Deploys Tilgin for TR-069.)

    — Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

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