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Telecom Italia SpA will probably exclude Nokia Oyj from a mobile network upgrade and award the business to Ericsson AB and Huawei Technologies Co Telecom Italia is seeking tenders for a three-year project that may be worth about 600 million euros (5 million), and will decide on the award as
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(Bloomberg) -- Telecom Italia SpA will probably exclude Nokia Oyj from a mobile network upgrade and award the business to Ericsson AB and Huawei Technologies Co., according to people familiar with the matter.
Managers at Italy’s biggest phone carrier recently told Nokia they’re concerned the equipment maker is lagging behind rivals on 5G, and that it will likely reduce its mobile network suppliers to two from three, said the people, who asked not to be named because the discussions are private.
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Vodafone is testing technology in Europe that could break the stranglehold on telecom equipment enjoyed by Ericsson, Nokia and Huawei. © Simon Dawson/Bloomberg/Getty Images Visitors walk past 5G branding during the launch of Vodafone Group Plc's 5G wireless network in London, U.K., on Wednesday, July 3, 2019. Vodafone switched on the U.K.'s second 5G wireless network on Wednesday, kicking off a commercial battle with dominant rival EE that could shape a decade of sales.
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Telecom Italia is seeking tenders for a three-year project that may be worth about 600 million euros ($665 million), and will decide on the award as soon as this month, the people said. No final decision has been made, and Nokia could still play a role as a mobile network supplier to Telecom Italia, alongside Ericsson and Huawei, the people said.
A spokesman for Telecom Italia declined to comment. A spokeswoman for Nokia declined to comment on commercial negotiations with customers, and said the company continues to see solid momentum in its 5G business. It has 48 commercial contracts and 15 live networks for the technology, including some of the world’s largest networks, she said.
Nokia's share price had one of its worst days ever on 5G woes
Scale, captive customers, minimal competition—it should be a recipe for profits galore. But a profit warning pushed Nokia's shares down by 25% at one point today.At the time of writing, Nokia’s shares were down 20% on the day, hitting a six-year low.
Telecom network equipment maker Nokia is planning to cut thousands of jobs globally, including 1,400 in Germany and 1,300 in its native Finland, as part of a cost- cutting programme following the acquisition of Alcatel-Lucent earlier this year. In France, Nokia said on Wednesday it will cut only 400
Nokia has announced a collaboration with Telecom Italia to accelerate the adoption of new Internet services on mobile . Ovi, the gateway to Nokia 's Internet services, will be enabled on Nokia handsets offered by TIM. The agreement will make it easy for people to find and enjoy best-in-class Internet
Losing the business from Telecom Italia would be a setback for Nokia, which now supplies about 30% of the carrier’s wireless gear and employs about 1,400 workers in the country. The Finnish company is struggling to keep pace with its main rivals on 5G and last month cut its profit expectations andto boost research and development on the technology.
While the loss may be another sign that Nokia is stumbling on 5G, the symbolic significance of the loss may outweigh the direct financial hit -- the contract is small relative to the Finnish company’s 11.3 billion euros of overall mobile equipment and service sales in 2018.
The tender is for work to improve Telecom Italia’s 15,000 radio access sites, including a buildout of 5G services at about 5,000 sites, the people said. Ericsson currently supplies about 40% of the carrier’s mobile equipment, and Huawei accounts for about 25%, they said.
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Telecom Italia Chief Executive Officer Luigi Gubitosi expects the move will help the company save money by enabling it to extract lower prices from its two suppliers, the people said. This can help it tackle its 29 billion-euro debt pile, one of the biggest in the European telecommunications industry.
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Latest negotiations between Vivendi and Rome on Telecom Italia and Mediaset
Business is getting worse for Vivendi in Italy. The company, which had previously folded without breaking the pressure of the transalpine authorities after its double raid on Telecom Italia and Mediaset, will have to give ground. It is rumored that it could finally recognize exercising control over the transalpine telecommunications operator, of which it owns 24%. On Friday, she reportedly notified her detention to the Italian state, which has clearly threatened to use its special power over companies considered strategic. The stakes are high: not only could the Vivendi group be fined around 300 million euros, but it would lose some of its influence since Rome would have a say in management and a right to veto on certain decisions.
Boats against networks
By playing appeasement, the group of Vincent Bolloré deviate from his line of defense. So far, he has always maintained that he does not share the Italian analysis that he exercises de facto control over Telecom Italia. The authorities have scheduled to meet next Monday, September 25, to rule on the Vivendi case. Until then, other announcements are still possible. 'Il Sole 24 Ore' has for example this weekend brought up to date a rumor circulating for some time already: a project of split Telecom Italia is on the table. A part called TIM Rete would host the so-called strategic assets, mainly the wired network and the Sparkle wholesale division, while a second, TIM Servizi, would oversee broadband and mobile. The French would hold nearly 24% of each of the entities, the Transalpine Credit Union has an option to take control of TIM Rete under certain conditions. But Telecom Italia has denied over the weekend a project of division of its activities.
Italy is showing great firmness in this dossier, which is considered to be symbolic. Rome has trouble digesting that the French pick shamelessly in national assets while the reverse flow is much more modest, even blocked as in the case of STX yards. Both cases could be partly related. If the two countries agree to Fincantieri taking over the shipyard by the deadline of 27 September, the Italian position vis-à-vis Vivendi would certainly be more flexible. This is at least the message that some negotiators have been trying to get through lately.
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Telenor says Huawei will still play role in 5G rolloutStill, on Friday, the head of Telenor Norway, Petter-Boerre Furberg, told Reuters that the operator would gradually phase out the use of Huawei network components in Norway over a 4-5 year modernization period.