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Euronews: Ericsson Wins Big in IraqEuronews: Ericsson Wins Big in Iraq

In today's EMEA roundup: Zain outsources its network operations in Iraq; Orange does mobile money; Ofcom reads Riot Act to throttlers

Paul Rainford

November 24, 2011

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Euronews: Ericsson Wins Big in Iraq

Ericsson AB (Nasdaq: ERIC), Zain Group and Orange France nudge up against the force-fed turkey and uninspiring vegetables in today's groaning Thanksgiving table of EMEA telecom news.

  • Ericsson has struck a US$650 million, five-year managed-services agreement with Kuwait-based Zain, which will see the Swedish giant optimize, modernize and generally look after Zain's IT operations and mobile network in Iraq and the northern region of neighboring Kurdistan. (See Ericsson Lands $650M Iraq Deal and Zain Reports H1.)

  • Orange France has joined forces with bank BNP Paribas to launch what they claim is metropolitan France's first mobile banking service. Users will be able to manage their online banking with their mobile phones, while contactless payment will be available in the first half of 2012, initially in the southern city of Marseille. At the same time, the French giant has announced that its Orange Money mobile payments service is now being used by more than 3 million people in eight countries in Africa. (See Orange: NFC Won’t Make Us Rich and Nice Move for NFC.)

  • U.K. regulator Ofcom is telling the country's Internet service providers (ISPs) they need to be more transparent about the way they manage traffic on their networks. ISPs, says Ofcom, need to provide three things: average speed information that accurately indicates the level of service consumers can expect to receive; information about the impact of any traffic management used; and information on any specific services that are blocked. (See Ofcom Acts on Traffic Management, Ofcom Reveals Real UK Broadband Speeds and BBC Hits Out at BT.)

  • Poland's four mobile operators -- two of them local units of Deutsche Telekom AG (NYSE: DT) and Orange (NYSE: FTE) respectively -- have been fined a total of 113 million zlotys ($34 million) by the country's regulator for what have been deemed anti-competitive practices in the mobile TV market, reports Reuters. Three of the four accused have said they will appeal against the fines.

  • Ailing U.K. music retailer HMV is taking on the likes of Netflix Inc. (Nasdaq: NFLX) and LOVEFiLM International Ltd. with the launch of an online movie rental service, reports the Daily Telegraph. HMV had to do something -- its last set of full-year results saw its pre-tax profits slump from £67.3 million ($104.4 million) to £2.6 million ($4.03 million) as CD sales collapse in the face of online competition. (See Netflix Sets Sights on Europe .)

    — Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

About the Author(s)

Paul Rainford

Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

Paul is based on the Isle of Wight, a rocky outcrop off the English coast that is home only to a colony of technology journalists and several thousand puffins.

He has worked as a writer and copy editor since the age of William Caxton, covering the design industry, D-list celebs, tourism and much, much more.

During the noughties Paul took time out from his page proofs and marker pens to run a small hotel with his other half in the wilds of Exmoor. There he developed a range of skills including carrying cooked breakfasts, lying to unwanted guests and stopping leaks with old towels.

Now back, slightly befuddled, in the world of online journalism, Paul is thoroughly engaged with the modern world, regularly firing up his VHS video recorder and accidentally sending text messages to strangers using a chipped Nokia feature phone.

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