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Eurobites: Nokia's HERE Locates Potential Buyers

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Vodafone eyes Altice cast-off; Slovakia hopes for $1.1 billion from IPO; Huawei gets Irish FTTH gig.

  • Nokia Corp. (NYSE: NOK)'s up-for-sale mapping unit, HERE, has attracted the attention of at least four potential buyers, according to a Reuters report, citing German magazine Manager Magazine. Interested parties are said to include Facebook and a consortium of German carmakers. (See Nokia Puts HERE Up for Sale.)

  • Vodafone Group plc (NYSE: VOD) has held talks with France's Altice about buying Cabovisão S.A. , the Portuguese cable operator that Altice had agreed to sell off as a condition of its acquisition of Portugal Telecom from Brazil's Oi, reports the Financial Times (subscription required).

  • The government of Slovakia has announced that it plans to raise up to $1.1 billion through the IPO of its 49% stake in Slovak Telekom . The stake will be listed on the Bratislava and London stock exchanges.

  • Irish incumbent eir has given Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. the nod for the first phase of its FTTH rollout, with the initial contract being worth an estimated €10 million (US$10.7 million). The Chinese vendor will supply optical line terminals and optical network terminals supporting speeds of up to 1 Gbit/s.

  • Swisscom AG (NYSE: SCM), meanwhile, has stayed local for its new network management platform, choosing Switzerland's Albis Technologies Ltd. and its MetroIntegrator offering, which will be used to configure and manage Swisscom's Ethernet services.

  • Swisscom has also launched a new "smart home" system, dubbed SmartLife, which allows subscribers to remotely monitor their properties via their smartphone apps or via the Internet, with monthly subscriptions starting at 9.9 Swiss francs ($10.30).

  • Alcatel-Lucent (NYSE: ALU) has notched up a content delivery win in Italy, providing its Velocix platform to Wind Telecomunicazioni SpA to support the launch of new video and TV services for both fixed-line and mobile subscribers.

    — Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

  • Mitch Wagner 4/22/2015 | 12:25:14 PM
    Facebook & Here Facebook is a reasonable suitor for Here. Facebook is locked in competition with Google, Apple, and Amazon, and Google and Apple both have premier mapping services. 
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