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Eurobites: Nokia Embraces AWS to Enhance Cloud Offer

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Telia sales slide in Q3; Tele2's don't; Swisscom brings cloud giants on board; Telekom Austria buys into e-sports.

  • Nokia Corp. (NYSE: NOK) is teaming up with Amazon Web Services Inc. to develop new technologies and applications intended to help service providers migrate to the cloud more easily. In a wide-ranging announcement, Nokia says it will: support service providers in their AWS cloud implementation with a set of migration-related services; work with AWS to generate new 5G and "edge cloud" strategies; improve the user experience for Nuage Networks SD-WAN customers that use AWS; and work with AWS on commercializing IoT use cases.

  • Telia saw net sales slide 8.8% year in the third quarter, to 19.62 billion Swedish kronor (US$2.4 billion), while EBITDA decreased 3.6% to SEK6.60 billion ($809 million), reflecting what has been a tough year for the Nordic operator as it sought to extricate itself from a corruption tangle in Uzbekistan and other troublesome operations in Eurasia. In a statement, President and CEO Johan Dennelind acknowledged that the operator still needed to "push harder on the cost side." (See Eurobites: Telia Coughs Up $965M to Exit Uzbek Nightmare and TeliaSonera to Quit Eurasia, Focus on Europe.)

  • Enjoying a happier time of it in the Nordics is Sweden's Tele2 AB (Nasdaq: TLTO), where third-quarter net sales climbed 13% year-on-year to SEK7.54 billion ($924 million) and EBITDA rose 21.3% to SEK1.84 billion ($225 million). The operator reports particularly strong take-up of new mobile offers in the Baltics, the Netherlands and Kazakhstan.

  • Swisscom AG (NYSE: SCM) is expanding its own cloud presence with offerings from AWS and Microsoft Azure, for those customers who find it reassuring to use a cloud run by one of the big boys but who also want a local partner to hold their hand during the migration process.

  • Telekom Austria AG (NYSE: TKA; Vienna: TKA) has agreed a deal with GINX ESports TV, the world's largest TV channel devoted to so-called e-sports, or competitive video-gaming. The agreement will see GINX ESports TV made available across Europe on Eutelsat 16A. But come on people, that's not really sport: this is sport.

    — Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

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