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Euronews: ZTE to Run E-Plus Network

ZTE Corp., E-Plus Service GmbH & Co. KG, Shazam Entertainment Ltd., América Móvil S.A. de C.V. and Nokia Corp. start the week in today's whip through the EMEA headlines.
  • ZTE has won a five-year deal to operate and maintain the mobile network of E-Plus, KPN Telecom NV's German operation. ZTE is the 3G, 4G and packet core supplier to E-Plus, which is the third-largest mobile operator in Germany with about 24 million customers. The deal is significant for ZTE as it seeks to boost its reputation as a managed services provider and counter the perception that Chinese vendors pose a security risk in Europe and North America. (See ZTE Wins Managed Services Deal at E-Plus, E-Plus to Deploy LTE With ZTE and China Lashes Out at 'Cold War Mentality'.)
  • Shazam, the U.K.-based content tagging specialist, has attracted a US$40 million investment from América Móvil, the Latin American mobile operator owned by famed moneybags Carlos Slim. Shazam, which claims a global user base of around 350 million, says the investment will help it expand further beyond music and TV/video content with its "media engagement" strategy. (See América Móvil Invests in Shazam and App Focus: Premium Shazam Comes to Android.)

  • Standard & Poor's has lowered Nokia's long-term credit rating by one notch to B+ following the news that the Finnish handset giant is to acquire full control of Nokia Siemens Networks for €1.7 billion ($2.2 billion). The influential ratings agency said that the NSN deal will weaken Nokia's balance sheet, stating that it has lowered its estimate of Nokia's net cash to €1.3 billion ($1.67 billion) or more at the end of 2013 from €3 billion ($3.85 billion) or more previously. (See Nokia to Take Full Control of NSN.)

  • BT Group plc is among the group of (mainly) defence and security companies who have clubbed together with the U.K. government to form The The Defence Cyber Protection Partnership (DCPP) in a bid to better deal with the threat posed by cyber attacks.

  • Telekomunikacja Polska SA, the Polish unit of Orange, plans to replace its chief executive in the fall, reports Reuters, citing Polish daily Puls Biznescu. The operator has seen its profits slump this year in the face of increased competition.

  • On a more positive note, Orange has also unveiled its smart cities strategy, comprising a five-point development program that looks at private transport, public transport, smart grids, "urban services," and smart buildings. "Smart pants" can only be a matter of time. (See Orange Unveils Smart Cities Strategy.)

    — Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

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