Euronews: NSN Has Huawei in Its Sights

Nokia Networks , EE and Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. slug it out from the baseline in today's Murraymania souvenir edition of EMEA news.

  • Nokia Siemens Networks is feeling bullish about its mobile infrastructure prospects in 2013, reports Reuters, with Kenneth Wirth, the company's head of customer operations for the Americas, predicting that NSN will leapfrog Huawei to take the number two spot in the mobile network equipment market, behind market leader Ericsson. (See Who's Going to Buy NSN?, NSN Sticks It to Huawei and NSN CEO: We've Got Our Mojo Back.)

  • Now that the U.K. has its own tennis Grand Slam champion, after a wait of just 76 years, what could be better? The imminent launch of 4G services, of course. Everything Everywhere -- the U.K. joint venture between Orange UK and T-Mobile (UK) and the country's largest mobile operator with about 27 million subscribers -- has announced plans to launch LTE services before the end of the year in 16 cities, covering about 33 percent of the population. And to go with the new network and services, the company (thankfully!) unveiled a new brand too -- EE. Rumors of a subsidiary brand for northern England, EE bah gum, have yet to be confirmed. (See Brits Braced for 4G , EE to Launch 4G in UK, Euronews: Orange/T-Mob JV Given 4G Head Start and Ofcom Allows EE to Go Early on 4G.)

  • Huawei is to invest £1.2 billion (US$1.92 billion) and create 700 jobs in the U.K. over the next five years, according to a report in the Daily Telegraph. Exactly how much of this announcement represents new, previously unheralded investment, however, is unclear. The newspaper notes that half of that investment is "direct," while half is "through the supply chain," which means that's how much it will spend on buying all sorts of supplies from other companies based in the U.K. (See Huawei Unveils UK Investment Plan, Euronews: Huawei to Hire More Brits and Huawei Affirms UK Commitment.)

  • GTS Central Europe has launched retail and wholesale Carrier Ethernet access services in the Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia, Romania and Poland using Ethernet-over-copper equipment from Overture Networks Inc. GTS CE has deployed Overture's gear in about 130 central offices and is offering services of up to 10 GigE. (See GTS CE Offers Carrier Ethernet Access.)

  • Telefónica Digital has continued its spending spree with an investment of €3 million ($3.8 million) in AddFleet, a startup behind an M2M-based application that uses mobile devices to connect vehicles to taxi dispatch centers and users. Taxi drivers can download the application to a smartphone, which will then allow them to connect to the dispatch centre and pinpoint the location of the customers closest to them. (See Telefónica Digital Invests in M2M Startup, Telefónica: A New Breed of Telco, Telefónica: Digital Dreamer? and Telefónica to Hatch Startups .)

  • French mobile operator SFR has joined forces with Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE: VZ), Vodafone Group plc (NYSE: VOD), Etisalat , Maroc Telecom and Tata Communications Ltd. to form an alliance called Network Team (see this press release, in French). The aim of the alliance is to help provide private network services and other goodies to major French companies that have offices scattered around the world.

  • Swisscom AG (NYSE: SCM) looks set to acquire 75 percent of Telecom Liechtenstein, for an undisclosed amount. The cable activities of Telecom Liechtenstein and the Swiss subsidiary Deep AG will not be included in the takeover, however. For those wondering about the scale of this deal, the Principality of Liechtenstein is a land-locked European country (the sixth smallest in the world) that is home to about 35,000 people. Find out more, here. (See Swisscom to Acquire Telecom Liechtenstein.)

  • Japanese vendor Oki Electric Industry Co. Ltd. has announced that, following an investigation into allegations of fraud at its Spanish subsidiary Oki Systems Ibérica S.A.U.(OSIB), the company has sacked the managing director of OSIB and has informed investors that the six years of "improper accounting" at the subsidiary will negatively impact the company's reported net income during that period to the tune of ¥30.8 billion ($395 million). An investigation into the fraud was launched in early August. (See Euronews: Summer Scandal Special.)

    — Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

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