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Euronews: Huawei Lands du Deal

Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. , Nokia Corp. (NYSE: NOK) and Fujitsu Ltd. (Tokyo: 6702; London: FUJ; OTC: FJTSY) help start the week in today's dose of EMEA telecom headlines.

  • Following last week's news that it was close to business wins with two other Middle Eastern operators, Huawei has landed a five-year managed services deal with Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Co. (du) . The value of the contract was not revealed. The Chinese vendor has previously worked with du on 3G network upgrades, in collaboration with Qualcomm Inc. (Nasdaq: QCOM). (See Huawei Wins Major Services Deal, Euronews: Huawei Nears Managed Services Coup and du Cranks Its 3G to 42Mbit/s.)

  • In what could be construed as further evidence that its Windows Phone strategy is going less than swimmingly, Nokia has halved the price of its flagship Lumia 900 handset in the U.S. to $49.99 (when part of a two-year service contract), reports Reuters. The Lumia 900 was launched with AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) in the U.S. in April. (See AT&T's Nokia Lumia Drops LTE to $100 and Euronews: Nokia Hit by Lumia 900 Glitch.)

  • euNetworks Group Ltd. has switched on an 8.8-Terabyte link between Dublin to London, thus serving the growing number of multinationals that have set up data-center operations in and around the Irish capital. The connection runs over the CeltixConnect subsea network that links Ireland to the U.K. (See euNetworks Deploys Dublin-London Link.)

  • Fujitsu has lit additional 100Gbit/s capacity on the U.K. fiber network it uses to offer managed services to British enterprises. The IT services and network infrastructure specialist uses ADVA Optical Networking 's Agile Core platform to offer its Managed Wavelength Service. (See Fujitsu UK Adds More 100G and ADVA in for the Long Haul With 100G.)

  • The Sultanate of Oman has its first 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) network, courtesy of Oman Telecommunications Co. (Omantel) , which handed out related contracts to Huawei and Ericsson AB (Nasdaq: ERIC) last year. (See Omantel Launches 4G.)

    — Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

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