Also in today's regional news roundup: Mobile tower integration in Spain; M&A talk swirls around Vodafone; Vdio hits stop button; and more.
KPN Telecom NV (NYSE: KPN) has taken control of FTTH (fiber-to-the-home) operator Reggefiber BV by increasing its stake to 60%, the Dutch incumbent announced Thursday. KPN already held a 51% stake, but has now exercised an option to increase that holding by a further 9%, a move that will cost it up to €161 million (US$220 million). The move is in line with the FTTH strategy outlined by KPN in 2011. (See KPN Focuses on FTTH.)
Spanish passive infrastructure specialist Abertis Telecom, through its Abertis Tower operation, has completed the first stage of a mobile site integration project that involves the purchase of 1,741 towers from Telefónica SA (NYSE: TEF) and Yoigo for €171 million ($233 million). "After this transaction, equipment owned by Telefonica and Yoigo will be co-hosted in these infrastructures. Both operators will be clients of this set of towers in the next years, and said towers will be available to any operator that may be interested," notes Abertis in this document.
OTT video hopeful Vdio, which was set up in late 2011 by one of Skype's founders, Janus Friis, ceased operations on December 27, 2013. The company noted that it was "not able to deliver the differentiated customer experience we had hoped for." (Se Skype Founders to Target Netflix, LoveFilm.)
Telefónica is reportedly working on a deal with its main Brazilian mobile rivals to acquire TIM Brasil and then split it up, according to this Reuters report.
Sticking with its strategy KPN is sticking with its fiber-based fixed broadband push, unlike other European incumbents that are investing more in its copper plant in the meantime. Competition is intense from cable and specilist ISPs in the Dutch market, so that is no doubt a driver.
Technology industry veteran Martin Lund joins Metaswitch Networks this week as the company's new CEO. In this interview, Lund discusses his new role and the industry's progress with Light Reading CEO Steve Saunders. Lund believes that the industry disruption caused by SDN and NFV is creating opportunities for companies like Metaswitch – network software providers ...
Nominum CEO Gary Messiana talks about the challenges service providers face in competing for a much more sophisticated customer, a customer that has heightened expectations for more personalized and compelling digital experiences. Providers are focusing their efforts on delivering higher value subscriber services, retaining their existing customers and increasing ...
Equinix CTO Ihab Tarazi talks to Light Reading founder and CEO Steve Saunders about the dramatic changes in the data center, cloud and interconnect markets and discusses the impact of SDN and NFV in the coming years.
Andrew Coward discusses what the New IP means to end users or enterprise customers. He explains compelling reasons, including how every customer can get their own network, from the transformation to the New IP.
Mukund Srigopal provides an explanation of what network visibility is and how it is essential as service providers transition to the New IP. In addition, the importance of the network packet broker is discussed.
Ali Kafel from Stratus Technologies addresses high-availability concerns within the telco industry with a solution that enables telcos to provide high-availability and stateful fault-tolerance using a software-based approach.
Intel's Bev Crair and IBM's Eric Herzog discuss how IBM's V9000 Flash Storage System has helped customers around the world. Featuring real-time compression powered by Intel QuickAssist Technology, the V9000 is a next-gen flash storage solution.
Saran Phaloprakarn, Senior VP of Fixed Broadband Business Management of Thailand's AIS, was a keynote speaker at the first Asia-Pacific Ultra Broadband Summit in Bangkok. In this video, he talks to Heavy Reading about transforming into an FMC (FBB+MBB+Content) operator.
Technology industry veteran Martin Lund joins Metaswitch Networks this week as the company's new CEO. In this interview, Lund discusses his new role and the industry's progress with Light Reading CEO Steve Saunders. Lund believes that the industry disruption caused by SDN and NFV is creating opportunities for companies like Metaswitch – network software providers with the agility to embrace new technologies quickly and the ability to deliver on substantial projects for global network operators.