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Euronews: Feb. 21

Deutsche Telekom AG (NYSE: DT), Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT), Vodafone Group plc (NYSE: VOD) and Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. flex their muscles in today's parade of news headlines from the EMEA region.

  • Deutsche Telekom subsidiary T-Systems International GmbH is teaming up with Microsoft on a hosted applications deal for Shell, the oil giant. The five-year contract will allow Shell employees worldwide to use Microsoft SharePoint collaboration services by accessing a private cloud service developed by T-Systems. (See T-Systems, Microsoft Team for Shell.)

  • Vodafone's Global Enterprise unit adds a bit of glamor to its managed-services client list in the shape of Italy's Luxottica Group, which owns various fancy-dan brands, with Ray-Ban sunglasses among them. Under the terms of the 30-month deal, Vodafone will manage Luxottica's mobile voice and data services in 24 countries around the world. (See Ray-Ban Firm Turns to Vodafone and Vodafone Updates Strategy, Profit Outlook.)

  • Huawei is going down the Tube -- in a manner of speaking: The Chinese network equipment giant is close to agreeing a deal with London Underground (known to Londoners as The Tube) to get a mobile network down in its dark and dingy depths in time for the Olympic Games in 2012, reports the Financial Times. Euronews would be happy if they just got some air-conditioning down there.

  • The protracted proposed takeover of Kuwait-based Zain Group by UAE's Etisalat looks like it now may not happen following Zain's rejection of a third bid for its Saudi arm, reports Reuters. Expansion-hungry Etisalat had offered to buy a majority 46 percent stake in Zain last September from the Kharafi Group. (See Euronews: Feb 14 and Scrambling for Africa, M&A-Style.)

  • First it was Egypt, then Bahrain, and now it's Libya's turn to switch off the Internet following widespread and bloody unrest. ZDNet reports that on Friday night, shortly before the first brutal clampdown by Libyan soldiers, the authorities cut the North African country off from the Internet in what has proved to be a vain bid to stem the tide of opposition to the Gadhafi regime. (See Egypt Unplugs From the Internet and Euronews: Feb. 18.)

  • Swedish Service Provider Information Technology (SPIT) vendor DigitalRoute AB has landed an impressive deal at one of the world’s most innovative telecom operators. KT Corp. , South Korea’s largest landline operator and mobile service provider, has chosen DitigalRoute's MediationZone product as part of its ongoing SPIT transformation project. (See DigitalRoute Lands SPIT Deal at KT.)

    — Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

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