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Euronews: Huawei Thinks Big on Russia

Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. , Orange (NYSE: FTE), Deutsche Telekom AG (NYSE: DT) and Nokia Corp. (NYSE: NOK) are on the grid for today's race around the EMEA telecom headlines.

  • Huawei CEO Ren Zhengfei has hinted at further investment in Russia, waxing lyrical at an international economic forum in St. Petersburg about the need for data pipes that have "a diameter wider than the Volga River, even wider than the Pacific Ocean, to make communication and data transmission smooth." Better start digging... (See Huawei to Boost Investment in Russia and Euronews: Russia's Ready for LTE.)

  • Good news for French enterprises, not such good news for France Telecom division Orange Business Services : The French business communications services sector just got a whole lot more competitive. Domestic giant SFR has teamed up with Verizon Enterprise Solutions to offer MPLS-based VPNs to French companies and companies doing business in France, with SFR handling the domestic operations and Verizon providing the international reach. In addition, Level 3 Communications Inc. (NYSE: LVLT) has expanded its physical and human resources assets in France and has broadened its portfolio in the country to include managed security, VPNs and CDN (content delivery network) services, among other offerings. Colt Technology Services Group Ltd , meanwhile, has significantly boosted its data center capacity at its facility just south of Paris. (See SFR, Verizon Team Up in France, Level 3 Targets France and Colt Bolsters Paris Data Center.)

  • Deutsche Telekom, Telecom Italia (TIM) , Belgacom SA (Euronext: BELG) and Telefónica SA (NYSE: TEF) are among the signatories to a letter from the European Telecommunications Network Operators' Association (ETNO) sent to European Union leaders asking them to lighten the regulatory load on telcos at their summit that takes place later this week, reports the 4-Traders website. "Political commitment is needed to reduce regulatory pressure in the telecoms sector to reassure investors that their business case will not be undermined," write the CEOs. (See Regulators Reshape Europe's Roaming Market and Euronews: EC's Kroes on the Warpath (Again).)

  • Reuters carries an affecting report on the mood at Nokia's Salo plant in Finland, where the workers have recently been informed that, contrary to previous indications, their facility is to close. "The government and unions should react and put pressure on Nokia ... What the hell are they doing?" asks one angry local politician. (See Euronews: You're on Your Own, Govt Tells Nokia and Nokia Cuts 10,000 Jobs, Restructures.)

  • ZTE Corp. (Shenzhen: 000063; Hong Kong: 0763) has been providing some details of a field trial it has been conducting with an unnamed network operator in eight German cities. A joint team of engineers completed the field test on a trial network, at data rates of 100 Gbit/s, 400 Gbit/s and 1 Tbit/s, claims the vendor. Coherent detection and QPSK/16QAM modulation were among the technologies deployed. (See ZTE Claims 1TB Trial in Europe.)

  • BT Group plc (NYSE: BT; London: BTA)'s efforts to get its competitors to help reduce its pension fund deficit by factoring the deficit-reduction into the price it sets for wholesale access have been dealt a blow by the U.K.'s Competition Commission, reports the Financial Times (subscription required). The Commission ruled that regulator Ofcom 's decision to stop BT including the deficit-reduction charge into its prices was the right one. (See Ofcom Rules on BT Pension Costs.)

  • Sony Corp. (NYSE: SNE) and Google (Nasdaq: GOOG) have joined forces to launch the NSZ-GS7, an Internet browser set-top box that comes loaded with the Google TV platform, in the U.K (and other parts of Europe later). The U.K. price has been set at £200 (US$310). (See Google TV 2.0 Tees Up CE Partners .)

  • Greek national operator OTE S.A. is to sell GloBul , its Bulgarian unit, as part of a plan to help refinance $4.3 billion worth of debt, reports Reuters. — Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

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