European Union regulators have turned up the heat on Hutchison Whampoa's agreed €1.3 billion takeover of Orange Austria and will launch a full investigation into the deal. Such a probe is likely to lead to greater concessions from Hutchison to seal the deal's approval.
The three versions of Apple's iPhone 5, which support different combinations of LTE bands, are more likely to please operators in North America and Asia than their counterparts in Europe, according to analysts. The new iPhone's European LTE bands are only supported by a handful of operators.
The UK government is working hard behind the scenes to stave off litigation that might delay the upcoming auction and launch of LTE spectrum, according to a recent Financial Times report, which cited unnamed sources. The talks between government and operators are focused on how to ensure 800 MHz digital dividend spectrumgets cleared more quickly for LTE use, and an industry told FierceWireless:Europe that the role of EE, formerly known as Everything Everywhere, is the "main sticking point."
Nokia Siemens Networks has started talks with employees in Finland to cut 400 jobs there. The number is nevertheless small compared with the 17,000 that will lose their jobs globally as part of NSN's enormous restructuring program announced in November 2011.