THE WRAP: Huawei dances in US; Bharti capacity push
Huawei dominated the headlines this week after walking away from its purchase of 3Leaf, blocking the sale of Motorola’s wireless assets to NSN in the US and winning a major contract to strip out Vodafone Australia’s entire network.
The Chinese vendor executed a swift about turn over the 3Leaf acquisition, abandoning its $2 million (€1.4 million) buyout of the US server firm following a probe by the US Committee of Foreign Investment (Cfius).
Huawei walked away just a week after vowing to take its fight over the May 2010 acquisition all the way to President Obama, however the BBC speculates it could be eyeing a UK firm instead.
Bharti Airtel and 16 carrier partners opened a new $700 million (€506 million) cable linking Mumbai to London for business. The 15,000 km Europe-India Gateway (EIG) offers capacity of 3.84 terabits per second, and has landing points in the Middle East and Africa.
Analysys Mason predicted the global telecom software market will be worth $29.5 billion by 2014 (€21.3 billion), with 7% CAGR over the period.
AT&T is reportedly mulling a return to India, following suggestions the country will see commercial LTE services before Europe.
Vodafone Australia announced a complete overhaul of its network, contracting Huawei to replace all 2G and 3G base station kit. The carrier has been heavily criticized for poor network coverage and customer service.
Nokia Siemens Networks’ acquisition of Motorola’s wireless infrastructure business hit the skids, after a court backed Huawei’s assertion that confidential information held by Motorola under prior agreements are trade secrets.
China Telecom agreed to share network access, products, technology and other resources with Taiwanese carrier Chungwha Telecom.
Leading carriers from Asia Pacific, Europe and Latin America committed to launching NFC services in select markets by 2012, after the GSM Association pledged to develop certification and testing procedures for the technology.
France Telecom declared it is on track to generate organic cash flow of €8 billion in 2011, after growing profits nearly €2 billion in 2010, and confirmed chief Stephane Richard as its next Chairman.
Lufthansa passengers typically download 2.35 GB of data on aircraft equipped with a Deutsche-Telekom Wi-Fi connection.
And security firm Kaspersky said shopping and gaming websites are now at greater risk of cyber attack, with malware concealed on one in 3,000 websites.