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Euronews: AlcaLu Struggles to Sell Enterprise Biz

Alcatel-Lucent (NYSE: ALU), Virgin Media Business Ltd. and Telecom Italia (TIM) start the week in today's roundup of EMEA telecom headlines.

  • Alcatel-Lucent is said to be in talks with Permira , a London-based private equity firm, over the sale of its Genesys Telecommunications Laboratories Inc. Service Provider Information Technology (SPIT) business, reports Bloomberg. Permira has apparently decided against buying AlcLu's entire enterprise division, which the vendor has been trying to offload for some months. (See Euronews: AlcaLu Nears $1.3B Unit Sale, AlcaLu Grows But Pressures Weigh and AlcaLu Reports Q2.)

  • Mobile Broadband Network Ltd. (MBNL), the networks joint venture between U.K. operators EE and Three UK , has signed an eight-year backhaul capacity deal with Virgin Media Business Ltd. worth more than £100 million, the two parties revealed today. The agreement is good news for Swedish transport equipment vendor Transmode Systems AB . (See UK Operators Opt for SyncE Backhaul, MBNL Backhauls With Virgin Media and Transmode Wins Virgin Media Deal .)

  • Marco Patuano, CEO of Telecom Italia, has promised that his company will bid at least €1 billion (US$1.4 billion) for the 4G mobile spectrum that the Italian government has put up for auction, reports Fox Business. The carrier is bidding against Vodafone Italy , Wind Telecomunicazioni SpA , VimpelCom Ltd. (NYSE: VIP) and 3 Italia , amongst others. (See Telecom Italia Reports H1 and Telecom Italia Gets Ready for LTE .)

  • Didier Bellens, CEO of Belgacom SA (Euronext: BELG), has acknowledged that a merger with Dutch incumbent KPN Telecom NV (NYSE: KPN) might make sense for both companies, reports Reuters. Bessel Kok, a former Belgacom CEO, had floated the idea in a Belgian newspaper last month. (See Belgacom Reports H1 and KPN Reports Q2.)

  • Fixed-line giant China Telecom is said to be in talks with U.K. mobile operators about leasing sufficient network capacity to allow it start selling its own mobile services in Britain ahead of the 2012 London Olympics, reports Bloomberg. EE and Vodafone Group plc (NYSE: VOD) are thought to be among those doing the talking. (See China Telecom Still Talking Euro M&A .)

  • U.K. mobile operator 3 is worried that Britain's 4G mobile spectrum auctions, scheduled for 2012, could be delayed. CEO David Dyson told the Financial Times that he feared his rivals would be doing their utmost to delay the auction and that the U.K. government needed to take steps to ensure that this did not happen. (See UK Operators Opt for SyncE Backhaul.)

  • Another Galaxy Tab tablet has run into trouble in Europe, reports the BBC. On Friday Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) was granted an injunction against Samsung Corp. selling the Galaxy Tab 7.7 in Germany, so the Korean firm has decided to withdraw the tablet from the IFA consumer electronics show in Berlin. This is just the latest episode in the long-running patents battle between the two vendors, which has already seen the Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet withdrawn from sale in some parts of Europe. (See Euronews: Apple Blocks Galaxy Tab in EU and Euronews: Galaxy Tab Ban Lifted, for Now.)

    — Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

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