Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Orange appeal against Bouygues' spectrum refarming rejected; ZTE sticks it to Vringo; UK fracas over Freeview's future.
Shares in BT Group plc (NYSE: BT; London: BTA) were up 2.3% Thursday morning following pronouncements from UK regulator Ofcom on how BT prices its "superfast" broadband, reports Reuters. Ofcomrejected a complaint from broadband rival TalkTalk , which had claimed that there was too small a gap between the wholesale price BT charged other operators and the retail price it charged customers. Ofcom has also proposed a new set of requirements that it hopes will address the broadband pricing issue in the future. The rules, if implemented, would mean that BT has to maintain a "sufficient margin" between its wholesale and retail broadband price, but they stop short of imposing a price cap on BT, which is what the likes of TalkTalk were after.
Zain Group 's Kuwait unit has turned to Nokia Corp. (NYSE: NOK) for help with its OSS travails. Under the terms of the contract, Nokia will provide its NetAct Advanced Monitor fault management platform along with associated offerings to provide a more centralized approach to OSS for the operator.
UK broadcasters BBC and ITV are on a collision course with Arqiva , the company responsible for Britain's terrestrial TV masts, reports the Daily Telegraph. The broadcasters apparently want to adopt technology developed by Freesat, the free-to-air satellite TV service, for Freeview Connect, the planned Internet-connected successor to digital TV platform Freeview. Arqiva is thought to be resisting the plan because it is not a shareholder in Freesat and fears being squeezed out of the action.
Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. has signed a deal with trade credit insurance firm Euler Hermes to cover its European mobile business against payment default. Huawei says its consumer mobile business contributed nearly a quarter of its overall global revenue in 2013.
Light Reading founder Steve Saunders talks with VMware's Shekar Ayyar, who explains why cloud architectures are becoming more distributed, what that means for workloads, and why telcos can still be significant cloud services players.
A CSP's digital transformation involves so much more than technology. Crucial – and often most challenging – is the cultural transformation that goes along with it. As Sigma's Chief Technology Officer, Catherine Michel has extensive experience with technology as she leads the company's entire product portfolio and strategy. But she's also no stranger to merging technology and culture, having taken a company — Tribold — from inception to acquisition (by Sigma in 2013), and she continues to advise service providers on how to drive their own transformations. This impressive female leader and vocal advocate for other women in the industry will join Women in Comms for a live radio show to discuss all things digital transformation, including the cultural transformation that goes along with it.