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Eurobites: Ericsson Lands 5-Country Orange Services Deal

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Deutsche Telekom begins move to New IP; CityFibre plans Edinburgh network; deadline set for Danish merger decision.

  • Ericsson AB (Nasdaq: ERIC) has landed a five-year managed services contract with Orange (NYSE: FTE) subsidiaries in Spain, Belgium, Romania, Slovakia and Moldova. The deal includes network operations, field support and maintenance, as well as a spare parts management service for both fixed-line and mobile access.

  • Deutsche Telekom AG (NYSE: DT) has begun rolling out what it is calling its new European network, connecting Croatia, Hungary and Slovakia to its standardized IP platform. The German giant says it will invest more than €6 billion (US$6.7 billion) in pan-European network expansion over the next four years. (See Deutsche Telekom Turns On Pan-European IP.)

  • Also on the New IP (as all the telecom hipsters are calling it) front, Vodafone Germany has chosen Italtel SpA and Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO) to jointly migrate its fixed network to its virtualized future, in line with Vodafone's NFV/SDN strategy. (See Introducing 'The New IP' .)

  • CityFibre , a challenger to BT Group plc (NYSE: BT; London: BTA)'s dominance of fiber rollouts in the UK, will build a 150km fiber network in the Scottish capital, Edinburgh, in conjunction with local provider Commsworld. CityFibre, which is hoping to profit on the wholesale side from BT's imminent acquisition of mobile operator EE, has already started network builds in the cities of York, Peterborough, Coventry and Aberdeen. But it says the Edinburgh project represents its largest investment to date. (See CityFibre Aims for BT's Wholesale Business.)

  • European Commission antitrust regulators have said they will decide by April 8 whether the planned merger of Telenor Group (Nasdaq: TELN) and Telia Company 's Danish businesses will get the go-ahead, reports Reuters. Should the green light be forthcoming, the resulting company will have a combined mobile subscriber base of around 3.5 million and revenues of more than 9 billion Danish kroner ($1.49 billion). (See Eurobites: TeliaSonera, Telenor to Merge Danish Units.)

    — Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

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