France’s stock market regulatory body said Monday that Finnish telecom group Nokia’s all-share offer for French-American rival Alcatel-Lucent had been successful.
Nokia now holds around 76 percent of shares and voting rights in Alcatel, the French financial market authority, AMF, said in a provisional report.
It said the “minimal condition” for Nokia to control at least 50 percent of shares and voting rights had been “satisfied”.
“The offer therefore is proceeding positively,” the French regulator said, adding that its final report was due Tuesday at the latest.
Once the world’s top mobile phone maker, Nokia hopes the merger will help it become the world’s number one network equipment and service provider.
The acquisition will allow Nokia to expand from telecoms networks to Internet networks and “cloud” services to better compete with its global rivals, the Swedish group Ericsson and Huawei of China.
The merged group eyes a combined revenue of nearly EUR 25 billion ($27.3 billion or roughly Rs. 18,15,80 crores).
Nokia’s shareholders gave their consent in early December to the offer which has sparked fears of job cuts among staff both in Finland and France.
Under the public exchange offer, Nokia offered 0.55 Nokia shares for each Alcatel-Lucent share.
Ericsson has announced the launch of a research exchange project between industry partners which aims to advance the development of 5G technology and create a unified European infrastructure market.
The 5G Exchange (5GEx) project is described as a Phase 1 5G infrastructure Public Private Partnership (5G PPP) and integrates multiple operators and various technologies. 5G PPP was initiated by the EU Commission to ensure the necessary solutions, architectures, technologies, and standards for the next-generation communications standard are delivered.
Sara Mazur, Head of Ericsson Research, says: “A unified European 5G infrastructure service market will be a strong enabler for feature-rich services that can have a positive impact on people, business and society.”
She continues: “As a leader in the development of 5G and a partner in several industry collaboration initiatives, we are excited to lead the 5GEx project and contribute to realizing the full benefits of 5G.”
The project is set to run from October 2015 to March 2018, with 5G expected to debut before the end of the decade.
Current key objectives of 5GEx include;
Ericsson already contributes to other 5G research initiatives such as 5G for Europe and METIS II. It’s good to see the vendor willing to share its research to advance the industry and ensure compatibility between different network functions virtualization (NFV) and software-defined networking (SDN) technologies.
Other partners in the 5GEx project include; Atos, Athens University of Economics and Business, Berlin Institute for Software Defined Networks, Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Carlos III University of Madrid, Deutsche Telekom, European Center for Information and Communication Technologies, Hewlett-Packard Enterprise, Huawei, Orange, RedZinc, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Telecom Italia, Telefónica I+D, Telenor and University College London.
A notable vendor in the partnership is Chinese giant Huawei who knocked Ericsson into second place as the world’s largest telecoms vendor back in 2012. Huawei is another pioneer of 5G research who just earlier this month performed a field test of its own 5G technology with Japan’s largest Mobile Network Operator, NTT DOCOMO.
In the large-scale, non-lab field trial of 5G, Huawei and NTT DOCOMO reached an impressive peak speed of 3.6Gbps. The vendor used sub-6 GHz microwaves which means the wavelengths are small in comparison to current mobile phone and broadcast frequencies, and can become blocked easily.
Ericsson, Huawei, and the other partners in the 5GEx project will hopefully come up with practical methods of circumventing such limitations now they’re sharing research to benefit the entire industry. “A unified European 5G infrastructure service market will be a strong enabler for feature-rich services that can have a positive impact on people, business and society,” said Sara Mazur, Head of Ericsson Research.
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The Huawei Mate 8 flagship phablet will go on sale in China from Wednesday. The handset is priced at CNY 2,999 (roughly Rs. 31,200) for the 3GB RAM and 32GB inbuilt storage option, while the 4GB RAM and 64GB storage model is priced at CNY 3,699 (roughly Rs. 38,500), and the 4GB RAM and 128GB storage model is priced at CNY 4,399 (roughly Rs. 45,800) respectively. The Mate 8 Champagne Edition will cost CNY 6,888 (roughly Rs. 71,700).
The pricing and availability announcement came from the head of Huawei’s smartphone division, He Gang, as cited by MyDrivers. The global availability and pricing details of the Huawei Mate 8 will be announced during CES 2016 in January.
To recall, the Huawei Mate 8 was unveiled in China last month. The phablet is a metal-clad dual-SIM (Nano-SIM cards) supporting device that runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow skinned with the company’s Emotion UI. The second SIM slot also doubles as the microSD card slot. It features a 6-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) resolution IPS LCD display with a calculated pixel density of 367.2 ppi. Under the hood, the phablet houses an octa-core HiSilicon Kirin 950 processor (four Cortex-A53 cores clocked at 1.8GHz + four Cortex-A72 cores clocked at 2.4GHz), clubbed with Mali-T880MP4 GPU clocked at 900MHz.
The phablet features a 16-megapixel rear camera powered by Sony IMX298 sensor with OIS, f/2.0 aperture, phase-detection auto-focus (PDAF) and 1.12um pixel size, alongside an 8-megapixel front-facing camera with Sony IMX179 sensor and f/2.4 aperture. The Huawei Mate 8 is backed by a 4000mAh battery and offers Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Micro-USB 2.0, GPS, DLNA, Bluetooth, 4G, and NFC connectivity options. A circular fingerprint sensor is placed below the rear camera of the Mate 8.
Telecom operators have suffered some Rs 300 crore of losses amid the unprecedented rainfall in Chennai and its surrounding areas, a natural calamity that has also compelled Finnish network gear maker Nokia to stop production of 3G and 4G gear at its nearby factory. China’s biggest telecoms gear maker Huawei also said the “flood situation had affected its Chennai factory”, which purely caters to export markets such as China, Asia Pacific and the Middle East.
Out of the Rs 300 crore losses estimated by Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI), Rs 100 crore is on account of network restoration and Rs 200 crore on account of revenue losses over the past seven days,” Rajan Mathews, director general of the GSM industry lobby body, said.
Chennai continues to reel under the worst rains in over a century with the death toll from flooding in the southern Indian city reportedly mounting to nearly 270. This has prompted the Global network vendors such as Nokia and Huawei, who have a large manufacturing presence near Chennai, have been hit hard by the floods.
Nokia said it had been compelled “to temporarily stop production at its factory” in Chennai’s outskirts over the past couple of days to “prioritise safety of its employees and equipment”. Some 1300 people work in Nokia’s Chennai factory. Nokia’s Chennai works, which is amongst its key factories globally, meets the 3G and 4G network gear requirements of the India and as many as 26 export markets across continents.
A senior industry executive aware of the devastation said Nokia is closely working with its global factories in China and Finland to balance production volumes and bridge the Chennai production shortfall for meeting global customer requirements. Since Nokia follows a global supply chain, Nokia India is also changing inbound and outbound shipping points to Bangalore instead of Chennai,” and taking steps to “organise alternate shipments of raw material to ensure minimal disruption to production in times of crisis like this,” said a company spokesman in a written response to ET’s queries.
Huawei, in turn, said the company had “established emergency support teams to ensure staff safety, equipment safety, network and services safety, as well as to communicate with Huawei has an existing SEZ in Chennai where it manufactures optical network transmission systems purely for export markets like China, APAC and the Middle East.
China’s leading telecom gear maker did not confirm if production at its Chennai unit had come to a standstill, but said “the factory has been affected by the flood situation”, in response to The deadly floods have severely damaged telecoms infrastructure and impacted networks across all operators in a huge way. So much so, Bharti AirtelBSE 0.48 %, Idea Cellular BSE -1.03 % and Vodafone India have been struggling to keep their services going amid the incessant downpour and floods in the vicinity.
Unavailability of grid power, water-logging resulting in submerged sites and unavailability of diesel in the absence of transportation have been listed as major roadblocks in network operations in affected areas. All telcos are also facing problems in certain areas while restoring operations because of inaccessibility to the affected sites.
Nokia shareholders have overwhelmingly approved the acquisition of ailing French telecom Alcatel-Lucent, removing one of the last hurdles to the EUR 15.6 billion (roughly Rs. 1,10,240 crores) deal that will make the Finnish company a market leader in networks.
The authorization for the Nokia board to finalise the takeover came at an extraordinary general meeting Tuesday following last month’s launch of a public exchange offer for all outstanding Alcatel shares. In October, Nokia said it would pay EUR 4 billion to shareholders as the company raised its outlook for the year.
CEO Rajeev Suri said he was delighted by shareholders recognizing the “long-term value creation opportunity” of the deal, expected to close during the first quarter of 2016.
After the approval, the last remaining step for the Finnish group is to conclude its public exchange offer, under which it has asked Alcatel-Lucent’s shareholders to swap their stakes, offering 0.55 Nokia shares for each Alcatel-Lucent share.
The acquisition will allow Nokia to expand from telecom networks to Internet networks and ‘cloud’ services to better compete with its global rivals, the Swedish group Ericsson and Huawei of China.
“The combined company would lead in key geographies like North America and China… Our innovation capabilities will be massive, with an annual spending of EUR 4.7 billion ($5 billion or roughly Rs. 3,352 crores),” Nokia chief executive Rajeev Suri said in mid-November.
“In our opinion it makes sense. Of course every transaction has its difficulties and it won’t be easy but clearly it will bring the benefits of size,” Nordea’s Tammela said.
Nokia hopes to close the deal in the first quarter of 2016.
China’s Huawei Technologies wants to play an important role in helping India build Information and Communications Technology (ICT) infrastructure for the development of smart cities, a senior company executive said here today.
“We will be able to help India build ICT infrastructure including wireless systems and the computing platforms for the smart cities,” said Joe So, Chief Technology Officer for Industry Solutions at Huawei in Shenzhen head office.
“We can help build the inter-dependency of the Indian system,” he said, stressing on Huawei’s strength in building ICT infrastructure.
He noted the similarity between India and China, especially based on the huge population in major cities. India’s smart cities should also adopt ICT, he urged.
Citing examples, So pointed out the use of ICT in Chinese cities has helped reduce crime rates significantly. The Indian smart cities could also use ICT for similar use, said So who addressed the Huawei Innovation Day held in Singapore today.
Elaborating, he said India would not be able to use a one standard plan for building 100 smart cities as each major region is different from the other.
Each city must be planned based on its structure and people’s needs such as New Delhi being a government and agencies centre and Mumbai being a commercial hub.
So said he will also be highlighting Huawei’s technologies in a keynote address to the Smart-Safe City conference to be held in Bangaluru on December 19.
He will focus on Huawei’s technologies for India, rated as its second largest market outside China. Huawei employs 6,200 people in India, having set up office in 1999.
German telecoms operator Deutsche Telekom said Friday it is to partner with China’s Huawei to offer public cloud computing services in a bid to rival US behemoth Amazon.
T-Systems, Telekom’s IT division, will run the network and manage cloud storage data in project “Open Telekom Cloud”, using Huawei servers and solutions expertise.
The Chinese firm will not have access to the data, Telekom said in a statement following the inking of a cooperation agreement with its partner Thursday night. The German firm is seeking to consolidate its leading position in the European cloud or online services market.
The Open Telekom Cloud is scheduled for launch at next year’s CeBIT technology fair as Deutsche Telekom focuses on a market segment largely dominated by US firms such as e-commerce giant Amazon’s Amazon Web Services subsidiary.
Shengli Wang, Huawei’s European president and board member, said in a statement on Deutsche Telekom’s website that “with T-Systems as a partner, we are looking forward to further build a strategic cooperation with one of the leading ICT providers in the world”.
For T-Systems IT division director Ferri Abolhassan, “more and more business customers are discovering the advantages of the public cloud, but they want a European alternative.”
He told German business daily Handelsblatt that “we want to attack Amazon.”
Anette Bronder, director of T-Systems’ Digital Division, said the new platform “is designed to be simple, secure, and affordable.”
To date, customers have generally used a specially secured private cloud on a company by company basis on a dedicated server.
Deutsche Telekom says it sets great store by clients’ data security and is stressing that the servers are Germany-based, bringing them under strict local data management regulations.
Amazon itself recently opened two cloud data centres in Germany adding to a first European site in Dublin.
Deutsche Telekom said it aims to double cloud revenues for business customers by the end of 2018.
Mukesh Ambani-owned Reliance Jio, the only pan-India license holder of broadband wireless spectrum, is planning to offer consumers heavily discounted mobile Wi-Fi (Mi-Fi) devices to attract data users,Telegraph India reported.
Jio, which is likely to launch commercial services in coming few months, is aiming to expand the addressable 4G market in the country by promoting Mi-Fi hotspots that allow users to stream data via 4G networks
Mi-fis can connect up to 10 devices at a time and cost around Rs 3,000. Reliance Jio is likely to reduce prices by about 50% to incentivise users to shift to its network, according to telecom analyst Sandip Agarwal.
Agarwal however cautioned that Reliance Jio’s dependence on Mi-fi devices to drive penetration would be detrimental to user experience because of the need to carry an extra device. These devices also need to be charged separately and have a limited battery life.
Sunil Bharti Mittal-led Bharti Airtel has already raced past Jio to expand its 4G services to cover nearly 300 towns to take the first mover advantage, becoming the first telecom company in the country to roll out 4G services pan-India. It already offers its customers Mi-Fi hotspot access.
Reliance Jio inked deals with Chinese handset makers ZTE, Alcatel OneTouch (TCL Communications), Huawei, CK-Telecom and Beijing Tianyu Communication Equipment-owned K-Touch brand, and Indian brand Intex for procurement of smartphones for the company’s consumer electronics brand, Re Connect, which will sell 4G handsets across India.
Devices under the ReConnect brand will be priced between Rs 4,000 and Rs 25,000, they added. Jio has said it would ensure availability of under-Rs 5000 4G smartphones coinciding with its services launch. Jio had promised that if there was any gap between demand and supply of smartphones at a particular price level, it could bridge the gap with its own brand under Reliance Retail.
Under the partnership with Jio, companies like Huawei, ZTE, and Alcatel OneTouch will also provide dongles, Wi-Fi routers or Mi-Fis and other broadband products aimed at homes and small office or home office customers.
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