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Euronews: BT Drives Into AMEA

Paul Rainford

Also in today's EMEA roundup: Jolla launches first phone; BSkyB goes with Colt; Thanksgiving Turkey news.

  • BT Group plc (NYSE: BT; London: BTA) has announced a major push into the AMEA (Asia-Pacific, Middle East and Africa) region, with plans to hire at least 400 execs focused on growth in these areas. Particular sectors of interest will include logistics, healthcare, packaged goods, and financial services. The operator also hopes to improve infrastructure through five new IP and Ethernet Points of Presence (PoPs) -- starting with India and Turkey -- and deliver field services directly through BT engineers in Singapore, Hong Kong, China, Japan, Turkey, Indonesia, and South Africa.

  • Jolla , the Finnish outfit started by a group of former Nokia employees, officially launched its first smartphone offering at a raucous-looking shindig in Helsinki on Wednesday evening. The phone runs on the Sailfish operating system, which is a Linux-based variant of the MeeGo OS that Nokia Corp. (NYSE: NOK) abandoned when it nailed its colors to the Windows Phone mast. But don't expect to see one on a street near you: Only 450 have initially been made available. (Though more will follow, natch.) (See Euronews: Jolla Claims a Sailfish Sellout , 5 Challengers to Apple & Android, Finland's DNA Teams With Jolla, Startup Jolla Revives MeeGo in China, and One Giant Leap for MeeGo.)

    Jolla phone: Probably not in a store near you -- yet.
    Jolla phone: Probably not in a store near you -- yet.

  • Sky , the UK satellite broadcaster and triple-play provider, has chosen Colt Technology Services Group Ltd as a carrier voice partner for national and international voice traffic. (See Colt Lands BSkyB Voice Deal.)

  • The European Commission has called for action in six areas to "restore trust" in the flow of data between the US and the European Union. The move comes in the wake of the NSA data-spying revelations that are continuing to unfold. One of the recommendations is to improve the working of the Safe Harbour scheme, which was found to be "deficient in several respects." For details of the other proposed "actions," see this press release. (See Another Day, Another Domestic Spying Revelation.)

  • And, as it's Thanksgiving in the US, here's a heartwarming Turkey story: Reuters reports that Turkcell Iletisim Hizmetleri A.S. (NYSE: TKC), the Turkish mobile operator, is suing South Africa's MTN Group Ltd. for $4.2 billion over alleged bribery-related skulduggery that, it says, resulted in it losing a contract in Iran.

  • But, seriously folks, here's some news to really give thanks for: A study by Aalto University in Finland has found that Nokia's "Bridge" program, created to help newly redundant former employees find new jobs, has led to the setting up of around 400 new companies, reports Finnish news website YLE.

    — Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

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    11/29/2013 | 12:25:53 PM
    Re: Turkey
    Certainly not chickenfeed.
    11/29/2013 | 9:57:24 AM
    $4.2 billion? That's a lot of gravy.
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    11/28/2013 | 8:02:04 AM
    Startup a go-go!
    Wow, great to hear that soo many former Nokia folks are starting up by themselves. You've go to hope many will find success and help to add new impetus to the Finnish comms scene.
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