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Eurobites: Google Fiber Eyes UK

Paul Rainford

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Ericsson Q2 margin boost; EE, Huawei trial 4G broadcasting; Orange's new subsea link.

  • Has Google Fiber Inc. got designs on the UK? That's what unnamed sources are telling the Daily Telegraph. According to the report, Google is still talking to people in the UK about the possibility of building out fiber infrastructure, despite ultimately unfruitful partnership discussions with fiber infrastructure challenger CityFibre .

  • Ericsson AB (Nasdaq: ERIC)'s share price leaped by 8% on the Stockholm exchange Friday morning after the Swedish vendor announced further margin and net income improvements during the second quarter. For the full details, see Ericsson Leaps on Q2 Margin Boost .)

  • EE , Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. , Qualcomm Inc. (Nasdaq: QCOM), and the British Broadcasting Corp. (BBC) are to collaborate on a trial of 4G broadcasting to mobile devices, which will be demonstrated at the BBC R&D Future of Broadcasting Showcase, to be held in the Glasgow Science Centre from July 24 to August 3. Live BBC content will be streamed using eMBMS (Evolved Multimedia Broadcast and Multicast Service), and those attending the showcase will be able to watch the footage on their mobile devices via 4G broadcast. (See Huawei Helps Out in BBC, EE 4G Broadcast Trial.)

  • Salt SA is to co-finance the construction of Sea-Me-We 5, a high-speed subsea cable connecting France and Singapore. The link will provide Orange with extra capacity and an alternative route that, says Orange, will guarantee the protection of voice and data traffic passing through the other cables in the area.

  • Jolla , the Finnish smartphone maker that rose from the ashes of Nokia Corp. (NYSE: NOK)'s Meego operating system, has partnered with Indian e-commerce site Snapdeal.com to launch its devices in India. Jolla's smartphone, which runs on the Sailfish OS, will be available exclusively on Snapdeal.com. (See Jolla Strikes Deal With Snapdeal.com and Euronews: Jolla Unveils First Smartphone.)

  • French regulator ARCEP has given its blessing to the introduction of 3G and 4G services on aircraft operating in French airspace at altitudes of more than 3,000 meters.

  • There's predictable anger in Finland at the news of Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT)'s industrial-scale layoffs announced Thursday, reports the Financial Times (subscription required). What has particularly riled the Finns is the impression given by former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer that former Nokia jobs were largely safe in Microsoft's hands. The clunky, jargon-laden memo to staff from former Nokia CEO Stephen Elop, expertly dissected here on NYmag.com (the memo that is, not the man), probably didn't help matters.

  • UK mobile operator 3 has become the latest wholesale partner to do a deal that allows its customers to use Virgin Media Inc. (Nasdaq: VMED)'s WiFi network on London's underground rail system. The agreement means that every major UK mobile operator is now a wholesale partner for the service.

    — Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

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    Susan Fourtané
    Susan Fourtané,
    User Rank: Blogger
    7/21/2014 | 3:07:58 AM
    Re: Fuming Finns

    "I don't think Microsoft understands humanity anymore."

    Both emails have been widely critized, for a reason. They represent Microsoft, as a whole, not just Elop and Nadella. Here is Nadella's memo, to complement the already bad "hello there" memo sent by Elop, and commented by a veteran of the aerospace industry.  

    User Rank: Light Sabre
    7/19/2014 | 12:43:51 PM
    Re: Fuming Finns
    I don't think Microsoft understands humanity anymore.  Its grasp has always been somewhat shakey but now I don't think they can see out of their bubble at all anymore.

    Now as far as Google goes, I'm not sure they'll find it worth the headache trying to work with the U.K.  I've heard that it's a different game entirely in Europe.
    Susan Fourtané
    Susan Fourtané,
    User Rank: Blogger
    7/19/2014 | 1:20:41 AM
    Re: Fuming Finns

    "Is 'Hello there' any way to begin a staff memo effectively telling thousands of former Nokia workers that they're about to get the push?"

    I'm glad you asked this. As soon as I saw it I felt I didn't want to read the memo at all. I gave it a second try later. I think it showed lack of respect. There is no way that "Hello there" can be acceptable is such situation.  


    User Rank: Blogger
    7/18/2014 | 12:19:26 PM
    Re: Fuming Finns
    Not at all. That whole memo and approach was pretty offensive. I hope the people who lost their jobs were already informed by their supervisors before that memo was distributed. 
    User Rank: Light Sabre
    7/18/2014 | 9:17:09 AM
    Fuming Finns
    Is 'Hello there' any way to begin a staff memo effectively telling thousands of former Nokia workers that they're about to get the push? Discuss.
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