Euronews: BT Back on Track

BT Group plc (NYSE: BT; London: BTA), Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. , ZTE Corp. (Shenzhen: 000063; Hong Kong: 0763) and Deutsche Telekom AG (NYSE: DT) are the frisky bedfellows in today's roundup of Euro telecom news.

  • BT didn't disappoint with its full-year financial results, reporting a 71 percent increase in pre-tax profits, a 46 percent rise in earnings per share and cuts to its net debt and pension deficit. (See BT Reports Q4, Full Year.)

  • A German courtroom is the latest setting for a heavyweight legal scrap between Chinese rivals Huawei and ZTE, with the former landing the first blow by gaining a preliminary injunction. The injunction relates to an alleged trademark infringement and prohibits ZTE from distributing certain USB modem sticks. (See Huawei Granted Injunction Against ZTE and Huawei vs. ZTE – FIGHT!!.)

  • The Financial Times reports that Deutsche Telekom CEO René Obermann has ruled out any more major acquisitions in the forseeable future, even if the carrier's sale of T-Mobile US Inc. to AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) all goes to plan. (See How Much Will AT&T Divest for T-Mobile?.)

  • Nordic operator Telia Company has decided to unite all its disparate operations under one recognizable brand by extending its purple-swirly-thing logo beyond Eurasia to the Nordic and Baltic countries. (Euronews' crack graphics department thinks it looks like a purple heart wrapped in string -- what do you reckon? Suggestions please.) At the same time the operator has reduced the price of mobile data roaming in the Nordic and Baltic markets by 90 percent. (See TeliaSonera Unveils New Group Brand , TeliaSonera v. Tele2 and New LTE Network Test Results Revealed .)

  • Telenor Connexion, the machine-to-machine (M2M) unit of Norway-based carrier Telenor Group (Nasdaq: TELN), has teamed up with SIM Services of the Netherlands for an M2M project. Under the terms of the partnership, Telenor Connexion will provide SIM Services with a wireless connectivity offering, including SIM-card management tools. (See Telenor, SIM Services Team on M2M and Ericsson to Buy Telenor's M2M Platform .)

    — Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

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