Light Reading
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Telefonica refinances; KPN faces euro 30 million fine; Ziggo latest; BT invests in urban fiber.

Euronews: Com Hem Edges Towards IPO

Paul Rainford
1/24/2014
50%
50%

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Telefónica refinances; KPN faces €30 million fine; Ziggo latest; BT invests in urban fiber.

  • The management of Sweden's largest cable operator, Com Hem AB , are in talks with its owner, private equity firm BC Partners , about a possible IPO, according to a Bloomberg report. Com Hem made the news earlier this week by announcing that all of its TiVo subscribers could access Netflix, the movie streaming service. (See Com Hem Rolls Out Netflix.)

  • Telefónica SA (NYSE: TEF) is looking to refinance €5 billion (US$6.8 billion) of debt with a view to some potential M&A action in Brazil, according to a Reuters report that cites Expansion. Last year the Spanish giant chipped away at its debt pile by selling a 40% stake in its operations in several Central American countries for $500 million. (See Euronews: Telefónica Raises $500M in Asset Sale.)

  • Dutch incumbent KPN Telecom NV (NYSE: KPN) has been hit with a monster €30 million ($41 million) fine by the domestic regulator for preventing fair competition in a contract tender, reports Reuters. The government contract, worth around €140 million ($191 million), eventually went to Tele2.

  • Still in the Netherlands, Dutch cable operator Ziggo B.V. , which looks likely to fall into Liberty Global Inc. (Nasdaq: LBTY)'s hands before too long, reported fourth-quarter earnings up 2.1% year-on-year to €222.8 million ($305 million). Liberty Global already owns slightly less than 30% of Ziggo.

  • BT Group plc (NYSE: BT; London: BTA) is investing an additional £50 million ($83 million) in its FTTx rollout, focusing on city cabinets that serve multi-dwelling units and laying fiber to new-build sites in cities. The investment will be spread over the next three years, and forms part of the state-aided BDUK program. (See BT Pledges £50M More to FTTx.)

  • CGT, the French labor union that counts many employees of Orange (NYSE: FTE) among its number, has proposed a mass strike on February 6. And remember, nobody does a strike quite like the French, especially when tractors are involved…

  • Nokia Networks , which revealed its fourth-quarter financials this week, has been chosen as the sole 4G network supplier by Finland's Elisa Corp. in a five-year deal. Under the terms of the contract, NSN will upgrade its NetAct network management system to integrate Elisa's LTE network into its existing framework, as well as implementing its Flexi Multiradio 10 basestations. (See NSN Wins 4G Deal at Elisa .)

  • As if we need another virtual currency after the Bitcoin bit some bums… German gaming company Goodgame Studios has teamed up with NTT DoCoMo Inc. (NYSE: DCM) to dish out "dcoins" to gamers after they download "Empire: Four Kingdoms," which, apparently, has become the most downloaded social game in the Japanese App Store.

    — Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

    (5)  | 
    Comment  | 
    Print  | 
  • Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
    kingcharles
    50%
    50%
    kingcharles,
    User Rank: Light Beer
    1/26/2014 | 2:09:14 PM
    Re: Com Hem IPO
    There is a reason for NSN to drop Siemens from the name...

    And by doing so forcing all customers to do the same in their networks :(
    albreznick
    50%
    50%
    albreznick,
    User Rank: Blogger
    1/26/2014 | 1:46:36 PM
    Re: Com Hem IPO
    Wow. Say more. Is the Siemens equipment really that bad? 
    kingcharles
    50%
    50%
    kingcharles,
    User Rank: Light Beer
    1/24/2014 | 3:52:37 PM
    Re: Com Hem IPO
    I guess they need money to replace their Siemens crap...
    albreznick
    50%
    50%
    albreznick,
    User Rank: Blogger
    1/24/2014 | 12:18:17 PM
    Ziggo earnings
    Sounds like a decentearnings report for Ziggo. I wonder if it will help Ziggo improve its bargaining position within the ever-expanding Liberty Global empire once the deal closes.    
    albreznick
    50%
    50%
    albreznick,
    User Rank: Blogger
    1/24/2014 | 12:15:39 PM
    Com Hem IPO
    So another European MSO is looking at going public. Jeez, Paul, is there something in the water on your side of the Atlantic or what? Who's left?  
    Flash Poll
    LRTV Custom TV
    A New Security Paradigm in SDN/NFV

    7|28|14   |   02:54   |   (0) comments


    Paul Shaneck, Global Director Network Solutions for Symantec, discusses the evolving virtualized network, explaining how Symantec is leading the security discussion as it relates to SDN and NFV, and helping to ensure the network is protected and compliant.
    LRTV Documentaries
    Sprint's Network Evolution

    7|24|14   |   14:59   |   (0) comments


    Sprint's Jay Bluhm gives a keynote speech at the Big Telecom Event (BTE) about Sprint's network and services evolution strategy, including Spark.
    LRTV Documentaries
    BTE Keynote: The Software-Defined Operator

    7|24|14   |   18:43   |   (1) comment


    Deutsche Telekom's Axel Clauberg explains the concept of the software-defined operator to the Big Telecom Event (BTE) crowd.
    Light Reedy
    Numbers Are In: LR's 2014 Salary Survey

    7|24|14   |   1:25   |   (7) comments


    Our fourth annual Salary Survey paints a picture of who's hiring, firing, earning, and yearning for a change in the telecom industry.
    LRTV Custom TV
    Driving the Network Transformation

    7|23|14   |   4:29   |   (0) comments


    Intel's Sandra Rivera discusses network transformation and how Intel technologies, programs, and standards body efforts have helped the industry migration to SDN and NFV.
    LRTV Custom TV
    Distributed NFV-Based Business Services by RAD

    7|18|14   |   5:38   |   (0) comments


    With the ETSI-approved Distributed NFV PoC running in the background, RAD's CEO, Dror Bin, talks about why D-NFV makes compelling sense for service providers, and about the dollars and cents RAD is putting behind D-NFV.
    LRTV Custom TV
    MRV – Accelerating Packet Optical Convergence

    7|15|14   |   6:06   |   (0) comments


    Giving you network insight to make your network smarter.
    LRTV Custom TV
    NFV-Enabled Ethernet for Generating New Revenues

    7|15|14   |   5:49   |   (0) comments


    Cyan's Planet Orchestrate allows service providers and their end-customers to activate software-based capabilities such as firewalls and encryption on top of existing Ethernet services in just minutes.
    LRTV Custom TV
    Symkloud NVF-Ready Video Transcoding, Big Data

    7|9|14   |   3:41   |   (0) comments


    Kontron and ISV partner Vantrix demonstrate high-performance video transcoding and data analytic solutions on same 2U standard platform that is ready for SDN and NFV deployments made by mobile, cable and cloud operators.
    LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
    The Evolving Role of Hybrid Video for Competitive Success

    7|4|14   |   4:09   |   (0) comments


    At Huawei's Global Analysts Summit in Shenzhen, China, Steven C. Hawley from TV Strategies speaks to us about the evolving role of hybrid video for competitive success.
    LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
    How CSPs Leverage Big Data in the Digital Economy

    7|4|14   |   4:48   |   (2) comments


    Justin van der Lande from Analysys Mason shares with us his views on how telecom operators can leverage customer asset monetization with big data. His discusses the current status of big data applications and the challenges and opportunities for telecom operators in the digital economy era.
    LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
    Accelerator for Digital Business – Future Oriented BSS

    7|4|14   |   3:08   |   (0) comments


    Mobile and internet are becoming intertwined; IT and CT are integrating; and leading CSPs have begun to transform to information service and entertainment providers. How should the BSS system evolve to enable this transformation? Karl Whitelock, an analyst at Frost & Sullivan, shares his views.
    Upcoming Live Events!!
    September 16, 2014, Santa Clara, CA
    September 16, 2014, Santa Clara, CA
    October 29, 2014, New York City
    November 6, 2014, Santa Clara
    November 11, 2014, Atlanta, GA
    December 9-10, 2014, Reykjavik, Iceland
    Infographics
    Packet Design asks network professionals how they handle the cloud, SDN, and network management.
    Today's Cartoon
    Vacation Special Caption Competition Click Here
    Latest Comment
    Hot Topics
    Cisco Puts a Fog Over IoT
    Sarah Reedy, Senior Editor, 7/23/2014
    Apple Earnings: Strong iPhone Sales, iPad Sales Slump, $7.8B Profit
    Mitch Wagner, West Coast Bureau Chief, Light Reading, 7/22/2014
    Salary Survey Report 2014
    Sarah Reedy, Senior Editor, 7/23/2014
    Facebook: 30% of Users Are Mobile-Only
    Mitch Wagner, West Coast Bureau Chief, Light Reading, 7/24/2014
    U-verse Growth Slips But Still Strong
    Alan Breznick, Cable/Video Practice Leader, 7/24/2014
    Like Us on Facebook
    Twitter Feed