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In today's EMEA roundup: Handset giant may put bid in for TDMA pioneer while PC sales continue to fall victim to the mighty tablet

Paul Rainford

August 18, 2011

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Euronews: Nokia Eyeing InterDigital?

Nokia Corp. (NYSE: NOK), InterDigital Inc. (Nasdaq: IDCC)and Kabel Deutschland GmbH kick things off in today's romp through the EMEA telecom headlines.

  • Nokia is one of several companies considering a bid for wireless specialist InterDigital, according to Reuters. The auction of InterDigital, which has a market value of around US$3 billion, is expected to happen in September. In other Nokia news: It may be putting its Symbian operating system quietly out to grass in due course, but it is still bothering to release updates -- the latest, out today and dubbed "Anna", offers, says Nokia, a new user interface, virtual QWERTY keyboard in portrait mode and stronger security, amongst other tweaks. (See Symbian 'Anna' Update Released, Nokia Kills Symbian in the States, Analyst: Nokia Faces Low-End Threat, Euronews: Nokia Seals Symbian's Fate and InterDigital Sues Nokia, Huawei, ZTE.)

  • The death of the PC, part 94: A Gartner Inc. study reveals that PC shipments (including laptops as well as desktops) in Western Europe in the second quarter of 2011 fell by 18.9 percent year-on-year. The laptop/notebook sector was hit particularly hard, with notebook shipments down a staggering 53 percent. Economic conditions in the region can't have helped, but the emergence of the tablet as the mainstream show-off device of choice is clearly a massive factor. (See Gartner: Euro PC Sales Slump 19% in Q2, Tablet Wars: iPad 2 vs Android 3.0 and iPad Envy: The Year in Tablets.)

  • Kabel Deutschland, the German cable giant, increased revenues 5.8 percent year-on-year to €412.1 million ($593.5 million) and EBITDA (earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization) by 9.8 percent to €193.4 million ($278.6 million) in its fiscal first quarter. Total RGUs (revenue-generating units) also rose in the quarter, by 596,000 to to 12.8 million. (See Kabel Deutschland Reports Fiscal Q1 and KDG Prices 100-Meg Wideband to Move .)

  • U.K. broadband provider TalkTalk and its subsidiary Tiscali have together been fined £3 million ($4.9 million) by regulator Ofcom for incorrectly billing thousands of customers for services they never received or wanted. It could have been a lot worse for TalkTalk though -- Ofcom has the power to impose a fine equating to 10 percent of turnover.(See Ofcom Fines TalkTalk £3M, Ofcom Reveals UK's Least Favorite Telcos, TalkTalk's Billing Mess Costs It £2.5M and Ofcom Warns TalkTalk, Tiscali.)

  • Now here's a funny thing: The southern English town of Basingstoke, famous for its roundabouts and U.K. base to Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. , ST-Ericsson and Motorola Inc. (NYSE: MOT), has emerged as one of the worst places to be in the country for broadband. According to a study by uSwitch.com, the average download speed there is 1.94 Mbit/s. Blazin'! (See UK's Broadband Blackspots Named.)

    — 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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