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Eurobites: Telefónica Teams With Akamai

Paul Rainford
3/25/2014
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Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: cable overtakes DSL for Dutch broadband; BT partners with EE; MasterCard gives Monitise a leg up.

  • Telefónica SA (NYSE: TEF) has struck a partnership with Akamai Technologies Inc. (Nasdaq: AKAM), the content delivery specialist, under the terms of which Telefónica will combine Akamai's CDN technology with its own global IP network to offer its enterprise customers CDN services. Spain and Latin America will be the initial focus markets for the alliance. Akamai did a similar deal with Orange (NYSE: FTE) in 2012. (See Orange, Akamai Form CDN Alliance.)

  • In the Netherlands, it seems, cable is king. According to figures from research company Telecompaper, the number of subscribers accessing broadband via cable connections surpassed those on DSL during the fourth quarter of 2013, with cable numbers rising 1.3% to 3.09 million and the number of DSL users falling by 0.8% to 3.05 million. KPN is by far the largest broadband provider in the Netherlands, holding a 40.5% market share.

  • UK incumbent BT Group plc (NYSE: BT; London: BTA) has confirmed that it has replaced its previous MVNO partner, Vodafone Group plc (NYSE: VOD), with joint venture EE . BT provides a range of mobile services to large enterprises, SMEs, and the public sector, and is also keen to sell mobile services as part of a broader package to its consumer customers. (See Euronews: BT Signs 4G MVNO Deal.)

  • Monitise plc , the mobile payment specialist, has teamed up with MasterCard to help accelerate its expansion as part of a new growth strategy. It has also raised more than £110 million (US$181 million) on the Alternative Investment Market (AIM) from the placement of 160.6 million new shares, a move that the company hopes will help it increase its number of registered users from 28 million today to 200 million by 2018. (See Monitise, Telefónica Forge Partnership.)

  • Copenhagen Airport, which is the busiest in Scandinavia, is having its mobile service capabilitiess upgraded by TE Connectivity (NYSE: TEL). TE will implement its distributed antenna system (DAS) to enable 2G, 3G and 4G LTE services, which will be offered by several network operators.

    Folk travel light at Copenhagen Airport. (Source: BusinessWire)
    Folk travel light at Copenhagen Airport. (Source: BusinessWire)

  • Sweden's Transmode Systems AB has launched a range of 10G High Density Design Hex transponder units that each contain six independent transponder functions in a single slot. The company believes it has a real story to tell in terms of space and power consumption, as the new units, which are targeted at data center operators, have up to 192 ports/96 transponders in a single 11u chassis and boast power consumption as low as 5 watts per 10G transponder function (including optics), according to Transmode. (See Transmode Unveils Low-Power High-Density 10G Gear.)

  • Cameroon's Camtel has renewed and expanded its BSS deal with FTS (London: FTS). Camtel first deployed FTS's Leap billing system in 2007. (See Camtel Expands BSS Deal with FTS .)

  • Finland's Elisa Corp. has been told it is not allowed to charge its customers extra for paper bills, on pain of a €100,000 ($138,000) fine, reports YLE. The country's consumer ombudsman took Elisa to court over its decision to charge its customers €1.90 for the privilege of being sent a paper bill.

    — Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

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