Light Reading
Also in today's regional roundup: BT enters the 4G fray with enterprise service offering; Etisalat unit mulls IPO; Arris gets some action in Poland.

Eurobites: AT&T Linked to Irish Acquisition

Ray Le Maistre
8/4/2014
50%
50%

Also in today's regional roundup: BT enters the 4G fray with enterprise service offering; Etisalat unit mulls IPO; Arris gets some action in Poland.

  • AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) has been in talks with Irish national operator eircom about a potential acquisition, according to a report in Ireland's Sunday Business Post (subscription only). Referencing the report, the Irish Times notes that AT&T officials are considering the acquisition as a "low-tax route into Europe." AT&T has long been linked to potential acquisitions in Europe, though with bigger targets such as Vodafone Group plc (NYSE: VOD) in mind. Eircom, which has about 2 million retail customers and annual revenues of around €1.3 billion (US$1.74 billion), has been struggling in recent years, but has been cutting costs aggressively, restructuring its debts, and investing in its broadband infrastructure. The operator, which is owned by a consortium of lenders, announced in May that it is "exploring a number of strategic options": An IPO was believed to be one of those options, but now a trade sale looks like an alternative option, with a price tag in the region of about €3 billion ($4 billion) likely. (See Euronews: AT&T Nixes Vodafone Bid Plan , Eurobites: Eircom Joins Vectoring Club and Eircom Reports Fiscal Q2 .)

  • BT Group plc (NYSE: BT; London: BTA) has entered the LTE market with the launch of 4G services, plus unlimited WiFi access to the operator's national network of 5 million 802.11 access points, for all new BT Business Mobile customers. The service is offered over the national network of BT's new MVNO partner EE . Existing BT Business Mobile customers will be offered the 4G service if they re-sign. The UK operator recently launched its One Phone service, an integrated fixed-mobile offering that marked its first major push into the UK mobile services market in more than a decade. BT is expected to announce its plans for a consumer 4G service later this year. (See BT Embraces Small Cells for Mobile Push and Euronews: BT Signs 4G MVNO Deal.)

  • Still with the UK mobile sector… Regulator Ofcom has revised its planned changes to the annual 900 MHz and 1800 MHz spectrum license fees applied to the UK's mobile operators, but the changes still aren't to the operators' liking. While Ofcom has scaled back its planned increases, the operators still face a massive hike compared with the 2G and 3G spectrum fees currently paid. The regulator is now seeking further feedback from the industry in the form of a new "consultation." For more details, see this announcement from Ofcom.

  • Etisalat Misr , the Egyptian unit of Middle East giant Etisalat , is planning a US$500 million IPO on the country's stock exchange, according to this Bloomberg report.

  • Polish cable operator Multimedia Polska is to deploy the E6000 Converged Edge Router (CER) from Arris Group Inc. (Nasdaq: ARRS) as part of a network upgrade that will boost its "channel density and readiness for deploying converged services." Arris regards its E6000 as "the industry's leading CCAP [Converged Cable Access Platform] solution." (See Arris Rides Capex Wave Again.)

    — Ray Le Maistre, Circle me on Google+ Follow me on TwitterVisit my LinkedIn profile, Editor-in-Chief, Light Reading

    (3)  | 
    Comment  | 
    Print  | 
  • Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
    DOShea
    50%
    50%
    DOShea,
    User Rank: Blogger
    8/4/2014 | 9:56:38 AM
    Re: Interesting angle....
    The timing also is interesting in that European Commission will soon have a chief who has suggested treating consolidation in Europe with a light touch, so maybe the first of many deals for AT&T if that regime plays out.

    Re: the R&D talent, there could be something to that as well, and if AT&T becomes committed to a stronger presence in Europe, Ireland could be a good place to establish one of its Foundry innovation centers.
    DOShea
    50%
    50%
    DOShea,
    User Rank: Blogger
    8/4/2014 | 9:52:08 AM
    Re: Interesting angle....
    Re: affinity between Ireland and the US being strong, if this deal somehow results in the ability to download a Guinness from St. James Gate via 100G submarine cable, fiber and DSL, directly to my desktop whenever I please, then I heartily approve of this deal.
    Ray@LR
    50%
    50%
    Ray@LR,
    User Rank: Blogger
    8/4/2014 | 9:20:02 AM
    Interesting angle....
    I'm sure there are plenty of accounting reasons to buy ion Ireland but it would also be an interesting cultural move too... that affinity between Ireland and the US is strong, right?

    Plus there are plenty of very smart telecom people in uireland if AT&T was to open up a new R&D/innovation lab in Europe...
    Educational Resources
    sponsor supplied content
    Educational Resources Archive
    Flash Poll
    From The Founder
    Is your network built on 'The Old IP,' or are you part of 'The New IP' revolution?
    LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
    Innovating Access Technology With G.fast

    10|1|14   |   3.42   |   (0) comments


    Exploring the potential of G.fast technology from the point of view of the Broadband Forum, Huawei – and an end-user.
    LRTV Documentaries
    A Cultural Shift for an OTT World

    9|26|14   |   01:41   |   (3) comments


    Telcos need to embrace a new approach to partnerships if they are to generate extra revenues quickly and give customers what they want.
    LRTV Documentaries
    New Skills Needed as Telecom, IT Collide

    9|26|14   |   4:07   |   (1) comment


    As telecom and IT collide, new technologies are emerging, new skills are needed and new opportunities for women are arising.
    UBB Forum News
    Do IP Networks Need An Overhaul?

    9|25|14   |   02:01   |   (0) comments


    As traffic levels ramp, do IP networks need new technologies and topologies?
    LRTV Documentaries
    Sprint Wields Its Influence in the Valley

    9|25|14   |   3:09   |   (11) comments


    Anne-Louise Kardas, Sprint's connection to startups in the Valley, explains how telcos can be innovative and find new opportunities with partners.
    LRTV Documentaries
    SDN, NFV & The Future of XO's Network

    9|25|14   |   3:47   |   (1) comment


    XO Communications COO Don MacNeil explains how cloud, SDN and NFV are altering its network requirements as well as changing data centers of the future.
    UBB Forum News
    The OTT Conundrum

    9|24|14   |   01:39   |   (0) comments


    What is holding back prosperous partnerships between telcos and the OTT players?
    LRTV Documentaries
    Putting Broadband to Work

    9|24|14   |   01:26   |   (0) comments


    High-speed broadband network rollout is key to telco strategies, but it's what happens after the network is built that counts.
    Light Reedy
    Light Reading's Women in Telecom Recap

    9|24|14   |   0:55   |   (4) comments


    Our first Women in Telecom breakfast was a huge success, and we hope you'll join us in London for the next event on November 6.
    UBB Forum News
    Monetizing Ultra-Broadband

    9|24|14   |   01:43   |   (2) comments


    Ultra-broadband networks need to be built, with fiber-to-the-premises the ultimate goal, but they need to be monetized, too.
    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.
    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
    Half of the world's population will be connected to the Internet by 2017, but not just by smartphones and desktops.
    Hot Topics
    Facebook Pokes Around LTE Direct
    Sarah Reedy, Senior Editor, 9/25/2014
    Is Redbox Instant Shutting Down?
    Mari Silbey, Independent Technology Editor, 9/30/2014
    Sprint Wields Its Influence in the Valley
    Sarah Reedy, Senior Editor, 9/25/2014
    US Ignite Cultivates Gigabit Apps
    Jason Meyers, Senior Editor, Utility Communications/IoT, 9/25/2014
    SoftBank Eyes a DreamWorks Buy – Report
    Sarah Reedy, Senior Editor, 9/29/2014
    Like Us on Facebook
    Twitter Feed