Light Reading
Also in today's EMEA regional snapshot: Moody's downgrades KPN; hints of Spotify IPO; EE 4G rolls on.

Eurobites: EU Drops Anti-Dumping Probe Into Huawei, ZTE

Paul Rainford
3/28/2014
50%
50%

Also in today's EMEA regional snapshot: Moody's downgrades KPN; hints of Spotify IPO; EE 4G rolls on.

  • The European Commission has decided to soften its stance towards Chinese telecom equipment vendors, dropping its proposed anti-dumping case, reports Reuters. It has, however, not dropped the threat of an investigation into illegal subsidies of the likes of Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. and ZTE Corp. (Shenzhen: 000063; Hong Kong: 0763) by the Chinese state. (See Euronews: EC Pushes for Huawei/ZTE Probe and Euronews: EC Sharpens Knives Over Huawei, ZTE.)

  • Moody's Investors Service has downgraded KPN Telecom NV (NYSE: KPN)'s rating to Baa3 from Baa2. In a statement, Moody's said: "Today's downgrade reflects our expectation that KPN's financial ratios will remain weak in 2014-15 with no prospects of recovery in the short-term." KPN has been facing intense pressure in its domestic market, and last October only just managed to see off a takeover bid from América Móvil S.A. de C.V. 's Carlos Slim. (See Euronews: KPN to Axe up to 2,000 Dutch Jobs and Euronews: Slim Abandons KPN Bid.)

  • Spotify , the Sweden-based music streaming service, may be launching an IPO in the fall, reports The Guardian, citing the Quartz website. The company, which has come under fire from some top artists for paying insufficient royalties, has apparently been talking to a number of investment banks, which is being interpreted by some observers as pre-IPO preparation.

  • Portugal Telecom SGPS SA (NYSE: PT)'s planned merger with Brazil's Grupo Oi has hit a speed-bump, reports Reuters, as Brazil's securities watchdog has suspended the offer of shares in Oi for 30 days following a breach of a mandatory "quiet period" by Oi's CEO.

  • UK joint mobile venture EE has brought 4G to 12 more towns, bringing its location count to 187. Towns in Northern Ireland, Wales, Scotland, and England all feature in the latest crop. One of them was Nuneaton -- so let's hear it for Nuneaton! (See EE Adds to Its 4G Coverage in UK and Euronews: EE Hits 2M Mark With 4G.)

    — Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

    (10)  | 
    Comment  | 
    Print  | 
  • Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
    PaulERainford
    50%
    50%
    PaulERainford,
    User Rank: Light Sabre
    3/31/2014 | 4:20:17 AM
    Re: Spotify Up, iTunes Down
    Hall & Oates? Those poor kids - I feel for them, Dan.
    MarkC73
    50%
    50%
    MarkC73,
    User Rank: Light Sabre
    3/31/2014 | 3:02:25 AM
    Re: Happy record labels
    Depends on your definition of long term.  Nowadays, it seems like it's measured in months not years any more.
    mendyk
    50%
    50%
    mendyk,
    User Rank: Light Sabre
    3/30/2014 | 12:48:33 PM
    Re: Happy record labels
    IPOs generally are one-time lottery cash-ins, as opposed to a sustainable, long-term business. But you probably are right -- long-term investments are for suckers now.
    DOShea
    50%
    50%
    DOShea,
    User Rank: Blogger
    3/30/2014 | 12:11:53 PM
    Happy record labels
    The musicians might be unhappy, but the record labels that have stakes in Spotify must be over-joyed. They must be the ones pushing for an IPO, right?
    DOShea
    50%
    50%
    DOShea,
    User Rank: Blogger
    3/30/2014 | 9:30:33 AM
    Re: Spotify Up, iTunes Down
    I hope you're right - I'm planning to pass along a heck of a lot of Hall & Oates records to my kids.
    MarkC73
    50%
    50%
    MarkC73,
    User Rank: Light Sabre
    3/30/2014 | 9:04:45 AM
    Re: Spotify Up, iTunes Down
    I go out of my way to buy/support the artist's I like.  It all depends whether I'm going to listen/watch it a lot.  If I just want to see a movie once, I'll rent it.  But if there's something that I'm going to use a lot, I'll own it.  I realize for some it comes down to price.  

    For companies to stick around a long time they'll need to make a margin, whether sell or renting.  I guess if a subscription based model really does take over the market share, I'm sure Apple will adjust.
    Kruz
    50%
    50%
    Kruz,
    User Rank: Light Sabre
    3/29/2014 | 7:30:27 AM
    Spotify everywhere
    I hope this would help Spotify become globally available as it is an amazing service. It would be nice having it in countries where internet speed is not that fast as it runs smoothly on low speed connexions.
    mendyk
    50%
    50%
    mendyk,
    User Rank: Light Sabre
    3/28/2014 | 4:47:13 PM
    Re: Spotify Up, iTunes Down
    There are tens of millions of people who would disagree with this statement. This is not a binary proposition. Declaring something "dead" because there are other options is kind of silly.
    FakeMitchWagner
    50%
    50%
    FakeMitchWagner,
    User Rank: Lightning
    3/28/2014 | 4:18:02 PM
    Re: Spotify Up, iTunes Down
    The media ownership model is dead for consumers. Consumers don't want to own music or video anymore; they're happy to just subscribe to streaming services or rent what they watch. 
    Jessie Morrow
    50%
    50%
    Jessie Morrow,
    User Rank: Lightning
    3/28/2014 | 2:04:18 PM
    Spotify Up, iTunes Down
    Apple is keeping a close eye on music streaming sites such as Spotify as they see their iTunes download business taking a hit while Spotify surges on with deals for college students here in the US and a foray into  Latin America,

    http://www.billboard.com/biz/articles/news/digital-and-mobile/5944778/apple-mulls-launching-spotify-rival-android-app-as

    Yeah maybe this is a good time for Spot togo public.
    Educational Resources
    sponsor supplied content
    Educational Resources Archive
    Flash Poll
    LRTV Custom TV
    Transitioning CE 2.0 Networks Into the SDN & NFV Era With Telco Systems

    8|19|14   |   5:19   |   (0) comments


    Telco Systems' Ariel Efrati (CEO) and Moshe Shimon (VP of Product Management) discuss virtualization and how the company's new Open Metro Edge solution utilizes the SDN and NFV concepts to accelerate and orchestrate service delivery through its innovative product portfolio and software applications.
    LRTV Custom TV
    NFV Myths: Is NFV Still Several Years Away?

    8|11|14   |   1:13   |   (0) comments


    Some say that NFV (network functions virtualization) is still several years away from being implemented on mobile operator networks. This isn't the case. Operators can get started on their paths to NFV now, as this short video from Skyfire shows.
    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.
    Upcoming Live Events!!
    September 16, 2014, Santa Clara, CA
    September 16, 2014, Santa Clara, CA
    September 23, 2014, Denver, CO
    October 29, 2014, New York City
    November 6, 2014, Santa Clara
    November 11, 2014, Atlanta, GA
    December 9-10, 2014, Reykjavik, Iceland
    June 9-10, 2015, Chicago, IL
    Infographics
    Hot Topics
    Sprint CEO: Price Cuts First, Best Network Next
    Sarah Reedy, Senior Editor, 8/14/2014
    IoT Alert: Samsung Snaps Up SmartThings
    Mari Silbey, Independent Technology Editor, 8/15/2014
    Line-Powered Phone Lines: A Hot Topic Again
    Carol Wilson, Editor-at-large, 8/20/2014
    Analyst: Ericsson, Oracle Top Shrinking SDP World
    Carol Wilson, Editor-at-large, 8/19/2014
    Telefónica Proves Brocade Router Performs for NFV
    Carol Wilson, Editor-at-large, 8/19/2014
    Like Us on Facebook
    Twitter Feed