Exclusive: EU threatens trade duties against China's Huawei, ZTE - sources

Reuters

The European Commission plans to send a formal warning to China that it is ready to levy trade duties against telecoms equipment makers Huawei Technologies Co Ltd and ZTE Corp over what it says are illegal subsidies, people close to the matter said.

EU trade chief Karel De Gucht is set to win support from the bloc's executive on Wednesday to send the warning letter and show China's new president, Xi Jinping, that Brussels is serious about countering what it says is state support.

Network gear maker Cyan recoups losses in debut

Reuters

Optical network equipment supplier Cyan Inc recovered early losses on its heavily traded market debut as investors look to its ability to reduce dependence on a single customer.

Nearly 3.5 million shares had been traded by 2.00 p.m. ET, making Cyan (Petaluma, CA, USA) the fifth most-traded stock on the New York Stock Exchange on Thursday afternoon.

The Petaluma, California-based company priced 8 million shares in the offering at $11 each, the mid-point of its planned price range, giving it a market valuation of about $490 million.

Intelligent Cities Conference

Date
Start Date: 
Wednesday, June 19, 2013
End Date: 
Wednesday, June 19, 2013

United Kingdom:

Hosted by Leeds with support from 'Leeds and Partners' and 'Leeds City Council' it will address the needs of smarter cities. We will be looking beyond the basic connectivity infrastructure to open data, mobile technologies, innovation, healthcare, medtech, wealth creation, digital inclusion and M2M capabilities. An exhibition and trade show will run alongside the conference. 

Distribution Automation Europe

Date
Start Date: 
Monday, October 14, 2013
End Date: 
Monday, October 14, 2013

London:

SMi's 3rd annual Distribution Automation Europe conference will set out how to accommodate the impact of renewables growth and improve communication system architecture to increase the reliability and efficiency of future networks. 

Telecoms for Smart Grids

Date
Start Date: 
Monday, September 23, 2013
End Date: 
Tuesday, September 24, 2013

London:

SMi’s 3rd annual Telecoms for Smart Grids conference will address pilot projects, results and challenges, along with a view to next steps and conclusions for communications infrastructure development for Smart Metering/Substation Automation/Distribution Network Upgrades.

Smart Grid Customer Education Symposium

Date
Start Date: 
Monday, June 17, 2013
End Date: 
Monday, June 17, 2013

Nashville TN:

The annual Smart Grid Customer Education Symposium brings together utilities, stakeholders, regulators, and solutions providers who have a vested interest in rolling out successful smart grid communications and customer education. 

Verizon to invest $100 million in solar, fuel cell technology

Reuters

Verizon said on Tuesday it plans to invest $100 million in solar power and fuel cells at 19 facilities in seven U.S. states to cut its carbon footprint and make its operations more resilient to storms and other disasters.

The energy project should be complete by next year, with installations at corporate offices, call centers, data centers and central offices of the telecommunications giant in Arizona, California, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York and North Carolina.

China's 4G bonanza to shake up mobile bear vendor market

Reuters

Chinese telecom operators will start awarding contracts for super-fast mobile networks this year, kicking off the third wave of a global investment cycle that is reshaping the competitive landscape among telecom equipment makers.

China, the world's biggest mobile market with 1.1 billion subscribers, is likely to further alter the picture at the expense of European suppliers by giving a huge boost to Huawei (Shenzhen, China) and its smaller Chinese rival ZTE (Shenzhen, China).

Alcatel-Lucent swings to net loss

Telecoms equipment maker Alcatel-Lucent has swung to a net loss of €353 million ($463 million) for the first quarter of 2013, from a net profit of €259 million in the same period last year, when its earnings were boosted by the sale of its Genesys call-center business.

The company reported a narrowing of its operating loss to €202 million, from €290 million a year ago, with revenues creeping up by 0.6%, to €3.23 billion, over the same period.

New Zealand Telecom buys cloud specialist Revera for $82.5 million

New Zealand Telecom is to ramp up its activities in the burgeoning market for cloud services following a $96.5 million ($82.5 million) takeover of infrastructure and data center specialist Revera.

The New Zealand telecoms incumbent said it would fund the acquisition through cash and existing borrowing facilities and expects the deal to close in May.

It will continue to run Revera (Auckland, New Zealand) as a standalone business, providing customers of Gen-i –New Zealand Telecom’s ICT services division – with access to additional cloud capabilities and data center capacity.

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