Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: AT&T/Vodafone rumor returns; Swisscom offers WiFi option for mobile; Huawei's small cells in Iceland.
Transmode Systems AB , the Swedish optical and Carrier Ethernet vendor, has announced a cost-cutting program that could see the loss of up to 30 jobs. The vendor is hoping to shave 40 million Swedish kroner (US$5.7 million) off its cost base over the course of the year, though it estimates that it will cost SEK10 million ($1.4 million) to implement the program. Last month, Transmode posted second-quarter profits that had more than halved year-on-year to SEK19.1 million ($2.8 million) on sales that were down 14.8% to SEK250 million ($36.6 million).
The summer rumor mill is grinding away nicely, with the Seeking Alpha website passing on word that AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T)'s advisers are hard at work on preparing a new bid for Vodafone Group plc (NYSE: VOD) that values the UK-based mobile giant at around $130 billion. The six-month prohibition on the US carrier bidding for Vodafone expired last month, prompting renewed speculation. In January AT&T responded to speculation by saying it had no immediate plans to buy Vodafone. (See Euronews: AT&T Nixes Vodafone Bid Plan .)
The battle to offer enhanced indoor connectivity continues... Swisscom AG (NYSE: SCM) is pushing a technology it calls "WLAN Interworking," which allows its mobile customers to automatically switch to their home WiFi for a voice connection if that offers better reception than a cellular connection. The operator says the first smartphones supporting the new technology will be launched during the coming months. (See Swisscom Intros WLAN Interworking.)
Icelandic mobile operator NOVA has chosen Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. to deploy what the vendor says is the first instance of its LampSite small cell solution in a stadium setting. LampSite, which supports supports multi-band, multimode, carrier aggregation and MIMO technologies, was switched on at the Korinn Stadium, near Reykjavik, for a concert by teen heart-throb warbler Justin Timberlake. (See Huawei's LampSite Deployed in Iceland.)
Nokia Networks has completed its acquisition of SAC Wireless, the Schaumburg, Illinois-based indoor wireless specialist. (See Nokia Closes on SAC Buy.)
Gemalto , the Dutch digital security vendor, has landed an NFC (near-field communications) deal with Japan's NTT DoCoMo Inc. (NYSE: DCM), covering such areas as mobile payments, loyalty programs, e-ticketing and access control. Japan, apparently, has the world's largest contactless infrastructure.
Norway has postponed indefinitely a spectrum auction that was supposed to have taken place in January 2015, reports Reuters. Telia Company 's proposed acquisition of Tele2 AB (Nasdaq: TLTO)'s Norwegian arm has been cited as the reason for the decision.
South Africa's MTN Group Ltd. is planning to lay off around 850 managerial staff, according to a Reuters report. The operator has been facing fierce competition domestically from the likes of Vodacom Pty. Ltd. and Cell C .
— Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading