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Euronews: Huawei to Hire More Brits

Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. , Hutchison Whampoa Ltd. (Hong Kong: 0013; Pink Sheets: HUWHY) and Nokia Corp. (NYSE: NOK) start the week in today's sprint through the EMEA telecom headlines.

  • Huawei has committed to increasing its U.K. workforce by 20 percent, to more than 1,000, by the end of next year. The joyous news was announced just as the livestock-heavy London 2012 Olympics opening ceremony was about to kick off on Friday evening -- a lucky coincidence or a clever bit of media planning? You be the judge. (See Huawei Affirms UK Commitment.)

  • Canning Fok, the managing director of Hutchison Whampoa, has made it clear that the Hong Kong-based group has its sights set on further European expansion, reports Bloomberg. "If there is ever a consolidation to be done, then we are the consolidator, not the consolidated," said Fok, taking no prisoners. Hutchison is currently attempting a takeover of Orange Austria Telecommunication GmbH. (See EC Looks Again at Orange Austria Takeover.)

  • Nokia has completed talks with union representatives over the closure of its Salo plant in Finland, reports Reuters. The closure, which was announced in June, sees the loss of 780 jobs and means the end of mobile phone manufacturing in Western Europe. (See Euronews: You're on Your Own, Govt Tells Nokia, Nokia Cuts 10,000 Jobs, Restructures and Euronews: Nokia Confirms Salo Job Cuts.)

  • Iliad (Euronext: ILD), the French operator that set the cat amongst the pigeons with the launch of its cut-price Free Mobile brand, is to have its mobile termination rates trimmed by order of the domestic regulator, reports Reuters. Free Mobile was allowed to set its termination rates higher than those of its more established rivals as a way of compensating for its lack of scale. (See Euronews: Iliad Gets the All-Clear on Free Mobile, Euronews: Iliad's Clogging Our Network, Says FT and Iliad Disrupts the French Mobile Scene .)

  • Dubai-based Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Co. (du) posted second-quarter profits up 57.1 percent year-on-year to AED651 million (US$177 million). The growth of mobile data played a large part in this rise -- second-quarter mobile data revenue increased 84.8 percent year-on-year to AED278 million ($75 million). (See Du Reports Q2 Profit of AED651M.)

  • Google (Nasdaq: GOOG) is in trouble with the U.K.'s Information Commissioner's Office for failing to fulfill its promise to delete Wi-Fi data illegally collected by its StreetView program, reports the Daily Telegraph. (See Making Google Less Creepy and Euronews: Sept. 22.)

  • Richard Branson has decided that Poland will be home to his next mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) venture. He has teamed up with a group of telecom investors as well as former Virgin Mobile and Lebara B.V. executives, to form Virgin Mobile Central and Eastern Europe (VMCEE) to target the Polish market. (See Virgin Mobile Plans Polish MVNO.)

    — Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

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