Light Reading
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Liberty Global close to green light on Ziggo deal; BT accused of 'football tax'; Isle of Wight latest.

Eurobites: Qualcomm May Face EU Antitrust Probe

Paul Rainford
8/27/2014
50%
50%

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Liberty Global close to green light on Ziggo deal; BT accused of "football tax"; Isle of Wight latest.

  • US chipmaker Qualcomm Inc. (Nasdaq: QCOM) may be subjected to an investigation by the European antitrust authorities in the fall following a complaint by Nvidia Corp. (Nasdaq: NVDA) subsidiary Icera Inc. , reports Reuters. Icera first made its complaint to the European Commission back in June 2010, alleging anti-competitive behavior on Qualcomm's part. The chip giant has been battling with antitrust authorities in China too. (See Qualcomm Looks to Soften China Antitrust Blow .)

  • Liberty Global Inc. (Nasdaq: LBTY) is set to get the nod from the European Commission for its planned acquisition of Dutch cable operator Ziggo B.V. , according to Bloomberg. Liberty Global agreed to a number of concessions to ease the passage of the deal, including the sale of its Film 1 channel and a pledge to maintain access for OTT operators such as Netflix Inc. (Nasdaq: NFLX).

  • BT Group plc (NYSE: BT; London: BTA)'s latest round of price increases have been described by many as a "football tax," according to The Guardian. From December 1, BT's prices for its home phone and broadband customers will increase by more than 6%, well beyond the current rate of inflation in the UK. In 2012 BT paid ₤738 million (US$1.2 billion) for the rights to show 38 live Premiership soccer matches over three years, and has since agreed a ₤1 billion ($1.6 billion) deal to show Champions League matches. (See Confirmed: BT's Got Euroballs.)

  • Telefónica SA (NYSE: TEF) is poised to make an improved offer for GVT, Vivendi 's Brazilian broadband unit, reports Reuters. The Spanish giant had offered €6.7 billion ($8.9 billion) earlier this month, but this was trumped by a surprise €7 billion ($9.2 billion) bid from Telecom Italia SpA (NYSE: TI). According to Reuters' unnamed source, Telefónica's new offer won't go beyond €8 billion ($10.5 billion).

  • Italian IoT specialist Wi-Next has turned to Germany's Axiros GmbH for the development of cloud-based applications. (See Wi-Next Uses Axiros to Support IoT Plans.)

  • The Isle of Wight, known chiefly for its caravans and for being the spiritual home of Eurobites, has switched on the first tranche of its "superfast" fiber broadband network in the sleepy village of Shorwell. According to BT, which installed new infrastructure as part of the government-backed Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) program, the Shorwell fiber will benefit "more than 240" residents and businesses. Sadly, Eurobites Towers is situated on the other side of the island. We're just happy to have Ceefax.

    FTTP (Fiber-to-the-Pub)
    The Crown Inn, Shorwell, Isle of Wight: serving up fine ales and,  coming soon, a sparkling new broadband connection to power its WiFi.
    The Crown Inn, Shorwell, Isle of Wight: serving up fine ales and,
    coming soon, a sparkling new broadband connection to power its WiFi.

    — Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

    (0)  | 
    Comment  | 
    Print  | 
  • Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
    Flash Poll
    LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
    Sales Director of INIT on Plug & Play Switch Devices

    9|19|14   |   3:21   |   (0) comments


    INIT Italy uses both the Huawei S5700 and S7700 series switches for the campus LAN environment. Sales Director Andrea Curti says their company chose these Huawei devices over others because of their performance, flexible scalability and plug-and-play features.
    LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
    Saudi Arabia Upgrades Vocational Training System

    9|19|14   |   3:31   |   (0) comments


    The Technical and Vocational Training Corporation (TVTC) has 100,000 students, 150 government-owned institutions and oversees 1000 private institutes. The CIO of TVTC explains that Huawei devices have allowed them to manage multiple datacenters using just one software program, scientifically tracking the progress of students and teachers, saving them millions.
    LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
    Huawei's Media Solutions Are Here to Stay

    9|19|14   |   4:35   |   (0) comments


    The current media revolution requires rapid upgrades in technology. New formats (HD, 3D, 4K etc.) and the subsequent explosion of file sizes demand sophisticated network and storage architecture. Social media and the multiple distribution channels require a robust asset management system. Gartner analyst Venecia Liu speaks about the current technological trends in ...
    LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
    Microgenesis on Huawei's Switches

    9|19|14   |   3:57   |   (0) comments


    Microgenesis is a solutions and system integrator company in the Philippines whose areas of expertise include data centers, networking and security products. In this video, Executive Director Jeffrey Choa talks to us about his customers needs and they benefit from using Huawei switches.
    LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
    Network Solutions Help the Philippines Jump Ahead

    9|17|14   |   2:59   |   (0) comments


    In the past, the Philippines has under-invested in technology. Now, the CEO of Softshell talks about how Huawei products help the Philippines jump ahead as the economy improves.
    LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
    VCS Observation for Safer Cities in the Netherlands

    9|17|14   |   5:20   |   (0) comments


    Holland's VCS Observation has been operating for 22 years. Its main goal is to get cities safer. CEO Wim van Deijzen tells us some of the challenges his company faces and how Huawei is helping to overcome these challenges.
    LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
    A Conversation With Serbia's Ministry of Interior

    9|17|14   |   4:38   |   (0) comments


    At HCC 2014, the Assistant Minister of the Ministry of Interior of the Republic of Serbia talks to us about his projects and corporation with Huawei. Solutions like Safe City and E-Government and services like cloud computing are just some of the areas his department is interested in.
    LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
    IHS Analyst Discusses eLTE at CCW 2014

    9|10|14   |   7:09   |   (0) comments


    Thomas Lynch, associate director of critical communications at IHS Technology, talks about broadband in critical communications.
    LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
    TCAA on Huawei eLTE: A Broadband Solution for Mission-Critical Communications

    9|10|14   |   2:29   |   (0) comments


    At CCW2014 in Singapore, the TCCA's Phil Kidner talks about the importance of broadband data for critical communications.
    LRTV Custom TV
    Spotlight on Cisco: SDN for Optical Networks

    9|8|14   |   9:27   |   (0) comments


    Cisco's Greg Nehib talks OpenFlow and more on the 'Software-Defined Networking for Optical Networks' panel at the Big Telecom Event in June 2014.
    LRTV Custom TV
    Cisco's Evolved Programmable Network (EPN)

    9|8|14   |   4:05   |   (0) comments


    A look at the various demos Cisco showed at Light Reading's Big Telecom Event highlighting Cisco's EPN innovation and how SDN and NFV technologies are enabling a variety of new services.
    LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
    The Future of Ultra-Broadband, With Kevin Kelly (UBBF2014)

    9|5|14   |   1:13   |   (1) comment


    If you think the technological changes we've seen up to now are astounding, just wait until you see what the future has in store. Discuss upcoming breakthroughs with Kevin Kelly, Founding Executive Editor of Wired Magazine, at the Huawei Ultra-Broadband Forum on September 24.
    Upcoming Live Events
    October 29, 2014, New York City
    November 6, 2014, Santa Clara
    November 11, 2014, Atlanta, GA
    December 2, 2014, New York City
    December 3, 2014, New York City
    December 9-10, 2014, Reykjavik, Iceland
    June 9-10, 2015, Chicago, IL
    Infographics
    A survey conducted by Vasona Networks suggests that 72% of mobile users expect good performance all the time, and they'll blame the network operator when it's not up to par.
    Today's Cartoon
    Vacation Special Caption Competition Click Here
    Latest Comment
    Hot Topics
    Photos: Qualcomm Takes Over San Francisco
    Sarah Reedy, Senior Editor, 9/19/2014
    NFV & The Data Center: Top 10 Takeaways
    Sarah Reedy, Senior Editor, 9/18/2014
    New NFV Forum Focused on Interoperability
    Carol Wilson, Editor-at-large, 9/16/2014
    Pics: LR's Women in Telecom Breakfast
    Sarah Reedy, Senior Editor, 9/16/2014
    EMC Mulls Merger With HP or Dell – Reports
    Mitch Wagner, West Coast Bureau Chief, Light Reading, 9/22/2014
    Like Us on Facebook
    Twitter Feed