Euronews: BT, Orange Team on Telepresence

BT Group plc (NYSE: BT; London: BTA), Orange Business Services and Mobile TeleSystems OJSC (MTS) (NYSE: MBT) take us into the weekend in today's platter of EMEA telecom news nibbles.

  • BT is continuing with its efforts to make its telepresence offering more globally compatible through an agreement with Orange Business Services. The link-up will allow both companies' video exchange customers to participate in telepresence meetings with one another, using Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO) TelePresence kit. (See BT & Orange Business Link TP Services, BT Makes Video Interoperable Via Cloud and AT&T, BT Spur Telepresence Interconnection.)

  • Neelie Kroes, the European Commission 's vice president for the Digital Agenda, will today deliver a warning shot across the bows of telecom companies and IT firms that are considering doing deals with unsavory regimes. A draft of a speech due to be given in The Hague proclaims: "...it is high time for the industry to decide where they stand, and what they are going to do. If not as a moral issue, then as an issue of corporate reputation. Being known for selling despots the tools of their repression is, to say the least, bad PR." Well, yes, it's perhaps not the best USP. (See Should Huawei Do Business in Iran?, Euronews: NSN Counters Human Rights Claims and NSN Has a Bad Day.)

  • Japan's NEC Corp. (Tokyo: 6701) and Russia's MTS have joined forces to build a cloud-based apps store for the latter's business users in Belarus. Apps on offer include accountancy and videoconferencing tools. (See MTS Builds Cloud Apps Store With NEC.)

  • In Uganda, South African mobile operator Mobile Telephone Networks (MTN) has formed a joint venture with U.S. tower company American Tower Corp. (NYSE: AMT). ATC Uganda, as the new entity is called, will buy all existing tower sites from MTN's Uganda unit for US$175 million in a deal that is expected to close in the first half of 2012.

  • Nokia Networks is trumpeting its tie-up with iDirect Technologies , which allows it to take HSPA mobile broadband to remote areas using satellite routers. The combination, says NSN, can deliver downlink speeds of 10 Mbit/s from base stations linked to a core network via satellite. (See NSN Does Satellite Backhaul With iDirect.)

  • Deutsche Telekom AG (NYSE: DT) has struck a deal with German property group Deutsche Annington to supply apartments at 610 locations with a range of free-to-air and pay-TV packages. (See Deutsche Telekom Lands TV Services Contract.)

    — Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

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