Euronews: Huawei Plans Euro Support Center

Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. , Deutsche Telekom AG (NYSE: DT), Transmode Systems AB , Telekom Austria AG (NYSE: TKA; Vienna: TKA) and Telefónica SA (NYSE: TEF) form today's Euronews lineup.

  • Huawei is building its fourth global support center in Romania and will be hiring local employees to staff the center, according to Balkans.com. By 2014, Huawei is expected to have about 1,500 staff in Romania, about 80 percent of whom will be local employees.

  • A German government spokesman has denied reports that Chancellor Angela Merkel spoke to U.S. President Barack Obama in March to support Deutsche Telekom AG (NYSE: DT)'s sale of T-Mobile US Inc. to AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T), reports Bloomberg. But reportedly there are those within the German operator who wish she would now pick up the phone and have that chat after all. It's good to talk!

  • Transmode has joined the coherent 100Gbit/s club with plans for a platform built around PM-QPSK (polarization multiplexed quadrature phase-shift keying) optics and designed for metro and regional network deployments. The Swedish transport equipment vendor is aiming for commercial launch in 2012.

  • Telekom Austria has established a new subsidiary for developing and marketing machine-to-machine (M2M) services, called (surprisingly) Telekom Austria Group M2M GmbH. The new company will work on M2M services and support for the operator’s international corporate customers in the areas of automotive; consumer electronics; health care; logistics and transportation; retail and payments, security and surveillance; industrial and smart business; and energy and utilities. The news comes hot on the heels of Telefónica's latest M2M move. (See Telefonica, Masternaut Team on M2M.)

  • Telefónica has appointed Luis Miguel Gilpérez as "top executive manager" of its Spanish business, following the operator’s corporate restructuring announced last week. Gilpérez will return to Spain after heading up Telefônica Brasil . He will report to the new CEO of Telefónica Europe, José María Álvarez-Pallete. (See Telefonica Restructures, Creates New Units and Telefonica Takes $3.8B Hit .)

    — Ray Le Maistre, International Managing Editor, and Michelle Donegan, European Editor, Light Reading

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