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Euronews: Huawei Wins Big in UK

Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. , Telefónica UK Ltd. and KPN Telecom NV (NYSE: KPN) start the week in today's run through the EMEA headlines.

  • It was only ever a matter of time... Huawei has won its first managed services contract in Britain in a five-year deal with Telefónica UK, which operates the O2 brand. Under the terms of the agreement, the Chinese vendor will manage the planning and implementation of the operator's mobile core network, and 56 permanent jobs will transfer from Telefónica to Huawei. Huawei claims to have now notched up 240 managed-services contracts with operators in more than 60 countries. (See Huawei Wins UK Managed Services Deal, Huawei Lands First UK Mobile Deal and Huawei Wins Managed Services Deal in Spain.)

  • The largest investor in KPN, The Capital Group, wants the Dutch national operator to sell its German unit E-Plus Service GmbH & Co. KG , according to a report on Reuters citing German newspaper Het Financieele Dagblad. Last week América Móvil S.A. de C.V. , the Latin American operator owned by Carlos "World's Richest Man" Slim, announced its interest in buying up to 28 percent of KPN as a potential stepping stone into Europe. (See Slim's Dutch Drama and Euronews: Slim Picking at KPN.)

  • NTT DoCoMo Inc. (NYSE: DCM) wants to buy Buongiorno SpA , the Milan-based provider of mobile Internet content and apps. It has made an offer of €224 million (US$288 million) to acquire all of Buongiorno's shares. As at the end of 2011 Buongiorno had 848 employees and revenues of €228.6 million ($294.1 million).) (See NTT Docomo Swoops on Buongiorno and Nokia Says Buongiorno.)

  • Telia Carrier has got the thumbs-up from Facebook to provide the social networking giant with managed pan-European optical capacity. The network will provide Facebook with connectivity between Internet exchange points in several European cities and its newest data center, which is located on the edge of the Arctic Circle in Luleå, Sweden. (See TeliaSonera Plays Games in the Cloud.)

  • The powers-that-be in Khabarovsk, a region in Russia's far east bordering China, have chosen to deploy a data center interconnection system based on Transmode Systems AB 's TM-Series Intelligent WDM (iWDM(TM)) optical platform. This will initally provide 10-Gigabit Ethernet and Fibre Channel services for both the back-up and main data centers there. (See Transmode Wins Russian Deal and Transmode Makes Q1 Profit of SEK31.2M.)

    — Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

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