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Euronews: Finns to Bear Brunt of NSN Cuts?

Paul Rainford
1/30/2012

Nokia Networks , eir and ADVA Optical Networking (Frankfurt: ADV) start the week in today's trot through the EMEA telecom headlines.

  • Nokia Siemens Networks' massive restructuring program is going to hit its home turf hard, according to a report on 4-Traders, citing Finnish newspaper Helsingin Sanomat. Up to 1,300 jobs could go in Finland, as part of the 17,000 jobs cuts worldwide, says the report. (See NSN Suffers in Q4, 2011 Top Ten: NSN's Amazing Year, NSN Unveils Its Kill List and NSN to Cut 17,000 Staff.)

  • Eircom, the debt-ridden Irish incumbent, has set a final deadline of March 12 to find a buyer, according to a Bloomberg report. The operator owes €3.75 billion (US$4.92 billion). (See Lenders to Lean on Eircom.)

  • Optical-equipment firm ADVA has teamed up with Openreach , BT Group plc (NYSE: BT; London: BTA)'s infrastructure access unit, to launch a new Optical Spectrum Access service for the U.K.'s enterprise community. The new service is based on ADVA's FSP (Fiber Service Platform) 3000 Wavelength Division Multiplexing (WDM) system. Openreach first unveiled its new optical service plans in October 2011. (See BT Launches Optical Service With ADVA and BT Makes Waves in Its Access Net.)

  • French regulator Arcep is to carry out an inspection of Iliad (Euronext: ILD)'s mobile network following complaints by rivals that the operator's infrastructure was less than fully functional, Reuters reports. Iliad's entry into the French mobile market has put the cat amongst the pigeons, its low tariffs sparking off something of a price war. (See Iliad Disrupts the French Mobile Scene and Iliad Gets French 3G License.)

  • African giant MTN Group Ltd. has extended its managed services agreement with Ericsson AB (Nasdaq: ERIC) for its Ghana operations. The contract has already been running since 2009. MTN holds a 49 percent share of the Ghanaian market. (See MTN Extends Services Deal With Ericsson.)

  • T-Mobile (UK) plans to launch the U.K.'s first truly unlimited data, text and voice plan when its "The Full Monty" package is made available on Feb. 1. Unlike most other so-called "unlimited" plans, no "fair usage" restrictions will apply and tethering will be allowed. The unlimited tiers start at £41 ($64) a month. (See T-Mobile UK Goes Full Monty.)

  • A legal battle between Econet Wireless Nigeria Ltd. and Bharti Airtel Nigeria has reached its conclusion, with the Nigerian court ruling in favor of Econet. The dispute centered the unauthorized cancellation of Econet's 5 percent shareholding in the company back in 2003. (See Econet Wins Nigeria Court Battle.)

  • Ah, diddums ... a study by Intersperience has discovered that 49 percent of under-12s would be "sad" if they had to live without an Internet connection, while around 20 percent of them would feel "lonely" if unplugged. Can't they just go and climb a tree or something else equally healthy and potentially risky? (See Unplugged UK Kids Can't Cope.)

    — Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

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