Alcatel-Lucent announced a framework agreement with Telefónica that will see the Spanish giant deploy the vendor's indoor residential and enterprise femtocells in Europe and Latin America. No details were given about the potential size of the contract or Telefónica's deployment plans for the little base stations. However, the deal expands on an existing contract AlcaLu had for supplying femtos to Telefónica in Spain. The Spanish operator has also checked out the vendor's lightRadio small cells in a trial that was showcased earlier this year at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. (See Telefonica Picks AlcaLu Femtos, Telefonica Sees the Light(Radio) and AlcaLu lightRadios Go Live at MWC .)
Speculation is mounting that Telecom Italia (TIM) may spin off its fixed-line network to CDP, a government-backed finance body, says this Reuters report. Shares in the Italian incumbent rose 7 percent on Tuesday on the back of the rumors, though both Telecom Italia and CDP denied there was any truth in them.
ZTE Corp. (Shenzhen: 000063; Hong Kong: 0763) has chosen Turkey for the global premiere of its 3G ZTE Grand X dual-core smartphone. The handset combines an Nvidia Corp. (Nasdaq: NVDA) Tegra 2 dual-core chipset, Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich), and a 4.3-inch screen. An LTE version of the phone will be launched at CommunicAsia. (See ZTE Launches LTE Smartphone.)