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Euronews: AlcaLu Staff Transfer to Huawei

Alcatel-Lucent (NYSE: ALU), Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. , Virgin Media Inc. (Nasdaq: VMED) and Alekstra Corp. proffer something for the weekend in Friday's roundup of EMEA headlines.

  • About 200 Alcatel-Lucent employees are to transfer to Huawei now that the Chinese vendor has taken over the managed services role at Swiss operator Sunrise Communications AG , Huawei tells Light Reading. A further 30 staff will transfer from the operator to Huawei as part of the deal, the value of which Huawei is not revealing. (See Huawei Replaces AlcaLu at Sunrise.)

  • Virgin Media has launched a free Wi-Fi service at four major London Underground (subway) stations, with plans to make the service available at 80 stations by the end of July and 120 by the end of the year. (There are 270 stations in central London and the suburbs in total.) The service is free to anyone for the first few months, but once the Olympic Games and summer are over only Virgin Media customers and people signed up to the cable operator's partners will continue to get free Internet access, while others can opt for a pay-as-you-go service. The public Wi-Fi business model has been a hot topic of debate this year. (See Should Wi-Fi Be a Free-for-All? and Wi-Fi 'Wild West' Challenges Carriers.)

  • Swisscom AG (NYSE: SCM) has teamed up with local energy firms in Meilen and Herrliberg to build a shared fiber broadband access network that will see four fibers laid for every home and business. Swisscom's FTTX strategy, first announced in 2008, includes non-discriminatory access to its fiber-based broadband infrastructure for alternative service providers and has resulted in multiple fiber rollout partnerships around the country, though in some markets the incumbent is working alone. (See Swisscom Expands FTTH, Swisscom Brokers New FTTH Deal, Swisscom Plans New FTTH Nets, Swisscom Expands FTTH in Ticino and Swisscom Plans $2.3B FTTx Rollout.)

  • Finland-based Alekstra is planning to launch a Skype-type global VoIP service for enterprise customers in 2014, according to a report on Reuters. In addition to offering low-cost voice services and starting up MVNO (mobile virtual network operator) businesses, the company has developed Service Provider Information Technology (SPIT) software that can identify if companies are being over-charged for their existing voice services.

    — Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

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