Deutsche Telekom (Bonn, Germany) and France Telecom (Paris) will explore the potential of cooperation in a number of technology fields, including machine-to-machine communication, the companies announced in a joint press release this morning. Other areas of interest include radio access network sharing in Europe, WiFi roaming QoS, and equipment standardization.
Long-troubled telecom equipment maker Alcatel-Lucent sparked investor hopes it had turned a corner when it kept an ambitious free cash flow target and reassured on its 2011 profitability.
Shares in the Franco-American group shot up more than 13 percent to their highest level since October 2009, making it the French CAC 40 index's biggest gainer on Thursday.
Chief Executive Ben Verwaayen, a Dutchman who formerly led BT Group before taking over Alcatel-Lucent in September 2008, said the results showed that the group was on track to complete his promised three-year turnaround.
Vodafone (London) has named outgoing Philips Chief Executive Gerard Kleisterlee as its new chairman. Kleisterlee, who has spent his entire career at Philips, will take over from John Bond at Vodafone's annual general meeting later this year, 12 months after Bond endured a small rebellion over his role in the firm's strategy.
In a newly released market forecast report by Dell'Oro Group (Redwood City, CA, USA), mobile backhaul market revenues are expected to exceed $8 billion by 2015. The report tracks two market segments: Transport, which includes microwave transmission and optical transport equipment, and Routers and Switches, which includes cell site devices, carrier Ethernet switches, and service provider edge routers used for IP-based mobile backhaul.
Both France Telecom (Paris) and Vodafone Egypt (Cairo) have released statements claiming some services have been restored to their Egyptian customers.
The Vodafone unit and France Telecom (itself a unit of Orange) are the largest carriers in Egypt share the majority of the responsibility for the region’s Internet and mobile blackout last week.
Vodafone posted the following message on its main international website on Friday, which claimed the company was simply following the orders of the Egyptian government:
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Exinda (Andover, MA, USA), a provider of WAN optimization solutions, has signed a distribution agreement with VADition, a U.K.-based distributor of technology solutions for enterprises. The agreement expands Exinda's sales capabilities in the U.K. and enables Exinda's partners to expand their customer base.
Portugal Telecom (Lisbon, Portugal) said today it had signed the necessary contracts to seal the purchase of a 22.38 percent direct and indirect stake in Brazil's main fixed-line phone carrier Oi (Rio de Janeiro) for 8.32 billion reais ($4.98 billion). The deal, drafted last July, effectively means the return of Portugal Telecom as a major player to fast-growing Brazil after it sold its stake in Brazil's top mobile firm Vivo to Spain's Telefonica for 7.5 billion euros last year.
Sunrise Telecom (San Jose, CA, USA) and Calnex Solutions (Linlithgow, West Lothian, UK) announced at this week’s Metro Ethernet Forum Quarterly meeting that they will partner to sell and support Calnex’s "Paragon" family of test solutions for mobile backhaul in Latin America.
Sunrise Telecom will serve as a channel partner to market, sell and support Calnex products to customers in Latin America. Sunrise already carries an established presence in the region, which will help Calnex extend its market reach.
The number of global users of telematics smartphone applications will explode from 3.2 million in 2011 to 129 million in 2016, with North America as the dominant region, according to the latest ABI Research (New York) forecasts.