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Euronews: Telefonica Takes Juniper's Pulse

Telefónica SA (NYSE: TEF), Juniper Networks Inc. (NYSE: JNPR), ECI Telecom Ltd. , BT Group plc (NYSE: BT; London: BTA), Fujitsu Ltd. (Tokyo: 6702; London: FUJ; OTC: FJTSY) and Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. are the names in today's regional news frame.
  • Telefónica's Digital unit plans to launch a mobile security service for its consumer customers in Europe based on Juniper's Pulse Mobile Security Suite. The service will be available in Germany, Spain and the U.K. initially and is likely to be launched in other markets later. The service will include antivirus, anti-spyware, data backup, remote lock-and-wipe, device locate and parental control capabilities. (See Juniper Preaches Smartphone Security Services and Juniper Expands Security Suite.)

  • Israeli optical and broadband equipment vendor ECI Telecom has appointed Darryl Edwards as its new CEO, effective Aug. 1. He will take the reins from chairman Rafi Maor, who has been acting as interim CEO since March following the departure of Shimon Bart, who left after only eight months in the role. Edwards has previously worked in various roles at Nortel and was CEO of Service Provider Information Technology (SPIT) vendor Aircom International Ltd. His finest hour, though, came in 2010 when he predicted that England would win that year's FIFA World Cup. Of course, Spain won. (See 2010 World Cup Predictions, Euronews: ECI Replaces its CEO and ECI's New Flavor of P-OTS.)

  • Spanish regulator CMT has released national telecom service revenue figures for 2011, reinforcing the painful market realty that operators like Telefónica SA (NYSE: TEF), Vodafone España S.A. and Orange Spain know all too well. Overall telecom revenue in Spain fell 4.6 percent year-on-year to €37.95 billion (US$46.6 billion). The only growth came from mobile broadband services. But even though mobile broadband revenues increased by 23.5 percent in 2011, it was not enough to compensate for the declines in revenue from other services, such as fixed telephony, mobile voice and messaging, and fixed broadband. (See Pain in Spain Rains on LTE Fest and Euronews: Vodafone Profits Slip as Europe Suffers.)

  • Fujitsu has decided not to bid for state-supported broadband rollout projects in two U.K. regions, leaving BT as the only option for Cumbria and North Yorkshire and raising questions about the validity of the Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) process, reports The Financial Times. BT and Fujitsu were the only companies chosen to compete for the projects, which are being backed by £530 million ($825 million) of government funds. (See BT Builds FTTX With Govnt Funds, Broadband Delivery UK Formed and British Broadband Cash Survives Cuts.)

  • OpenCloud Ltd. says its Rhino Telecom Application Server is at the heart of a service development project in Poland, where mobile operators Orange Polska , T-Mobile and Polkomtel SA are working with third-party developers and academic institutions to come up with new apps and services to compete with those from over-the-top (OTT) players.

  • Russia's regulator, Roskomnadzor, has accepted all eight applications for LTE spectrum and will open the bids on July 12. The winners will be allocated capacity in the 800MHz, 2.5GHz, 2.6GHz and 700MHz bands. For more details, see this announcement by the regulator (in Russian).

  • Huawei is the sole contractor for a 6 billion Kenyan Shilling (US$71.5 million) inter-city fiber network rollout in Kenya that is being funded by a loan from China, reports Business Daily Africa.

    — Ray Le Maistre, International Managing Editor, Light Reading

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