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Euronews: Sept. 14

Ericsson AB (Nasdaq: ERIC), Nokia Corp. (NYSE: NOK), Deutsche Telekom AG (NYSE: DT), and BT Global Services are among the runners'n'riders in today's European telecom news gallop.

  • Ericsson has landed a significant IMS (IP Multimedia Subsystem) deal with Norway’s Telenor Group (Nasdaq: TELN), which is upgrading its fixed-line telephony network to an all-IP infrastructure. The new network will also be used to support the carrier’s Long Term Evolution (LTE) voice services. (See Telenor Uses Ericsson's IMS.)

  • The revolving door at Nokia's HQ might have been seeing some service this week, with the departure of two rather large cheeses and the arrival of another, but that hasn't halted the Nokia World show, which opened in London today. The handset maker is hoping its range of new Symbian devices will help with "the fightback." The fun continues tomorrow if you're tempted to pop along. (See Nokia Unveils New Smartphones, Nokia's 'Fightback' Man Quits , and Nokia Dumps CEO, Hires Elop.)

  • Mobile marketing and advertising firm Blyk has bagged €17 million (US$21.8 million) in venture capital as it looks to set up strategic partnerships worldwide. (See Blyk Banks €17M.)

  • The European Commission is expected to recommend the widespread unbundling of FTTx networks in a broadband regulatory framework document to be published next week, reports The Financial Times (subscription required, unfortunately).
  • Deutsche Telekom chief executive René Obermann isn't happy: He's issued a statement describing as "baseless" the allegations that he knew about supposed bribery at Magyar Telekom plc , the German giant's Hungarian unit, reports The Financial Times (subscription required -- yawn). The shenanigans at issue are alleged to have taken place five years ago.

  • Mind those guy ropes! They've been queueing up to stick the knife into the BBC-backed Project Canvas, and now it's the turn of the UK's Open Source Consortium , reports IT Website thinq.co.uk. The group has filed an official complaint about the collaborative IPTV initiative to Ofcom , the media regulator, describing it as anti-competitive. (See Euronews: August 3, Euronews: August 19.)

  • BT has headhunted a senior AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) executive to join its Global Services division. Tom Regent, currently AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T)'s head of EMEA (Europe, Middle East, and Africa), will join BT from November 1, where he will be President of Global Sales & Marketing. (See BT Global Hires New Exec and AT&T Appoints EMEA Chief.)

    In other European news:

    — Paul Rainford, freelance editor, special to Light Reading

  • digits 12/5/2012 | 4:23:51 PM
    re: Euronews: Sept. 14

    Ericsson's deal with Telenor is further evidence that IMS -- well, certain elements of the original blueprint at least -- is becoming a fixture in carrier networks, in this case with plans to support both fixed line and LTE voice.

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