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Euronews: AlcaLu Offloads Genesys

Alcatel-Lucent (NYSE: ALU), Orange France and China Telecom Corp. Ltd. (NYSE: CHA) take center-stage in today's survey of EMEA telecom headlines.

  • Alcatel-Lucent has, as was widely expected, sold its Genesys Telecommunications Laboratories Inc. business to private equity firm Permira for around US$1.5 billion, reports the Financial Times (subscription required). Genesys sells Service Provider Information Technology (SPIT) software for contact centers. (See Euronews: AlcaLu Struggles to Sell Enterprise Biz and AlcaLu Seeks Buyer for Enterprise Biz.)

  • Orange and China Telecom have signed a partnership agreement that they hope will provide reciprocal benefits for the former in Asia and for the latter in Europe and Africa. (See Orange & China Telecom Cozy Up and China Telecom Still Talking Euro M&A .)

  • Fastweb SpA (Milan: FWB), the Italian competitive operator, is about to deploy a 100G-per-channel link between Milan and Rome, courtesy of Nokia Networks . It is envisaged that total data transfer speeds of 4 Tbit/s will be reached. (See Fastweb Deploys 100G With NSN and Fastweb Hits 100Mbit/s.)

  • It's Day 4 of the great BlackBerry blackout and the BBC reports BlackBerry 's claim that services have "improved significantly." It seems that ongoing problems are mainly the result of a backlog of emails sent to Europe from Asia and the Americas. (See RIM's Three-Day Service Disruption Spreads and Euronews: BlackBerry Outage Hits Millions.)

  • The executive cull continues at EE , the joint venture between Orange UK and T-Mobile (UK) . According the The Independent, new-broom CEO Olaf Swantee is waving goodbye to 22 directors and vice-presidents, which represents more than a tenth of those who report directly to the board. (See CEO Quits Everything Everywhere and Orange, T-Mobile Do Everything Everywhere .)

  • Zain KSA (Zain Saudi Arabia) has managed to increase its revenues by 8 percent and reduce its net losses by more than 11 percent year-on-year, according to its third-quarter financials. A rise in the number of voice calls and increasing demand for broadband helped change things for the better. (See Zain Saudi Arabia Reports Q3.)

  • Not such good news at Russian long-distance operator Rostelecom , which posts net profits down 19 percent to $273 million year-on-year in its second-quarter results, reports Ria Novosti. — Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

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