And just to add to the fun en France, Reuters reports that Numericable has entered into talks with Virgin Mobile France about a possible acquisition of the MVNO, for €325 million ($446 million). Virgin Mobile France is 45% owned by Richard Branson.
BT Group plc (NYSE: BT; London: BTA) appears to making its presence felt in the UK's soccer-gawping pubs and clubs with its BT Sport pay-TV offer. The operator says that more than 19,000 pubs, clubs, betting shops, hotels and other commercial premises have now signed up to its sports TV service, representing a 24% share of this market and putting it more or less on a par with Sky (NYSE, London: SKY), which had got used to having this sector pretty much by the short and curlies and charging top dollar for its equivalent service. (See Eurobites: Soccer Surge for BT's Fiscal Q4BT's Got Balls, and Confirmed: BT's Got Euroballs.)
Seth is lovin' the BT Sport.
Iliad (Euronext: ILD), the mobile operator that has done so much to trigger the seismic shifts in the French market, has posted an 11% year-on-year increase in first-quarter sales to slightly over €1 billion ($1.37 billion), reports Reuters. The operator also said it had signed an impressive 595,000 new mobile subscribers in the quarter, taking its total to 8.64 million.
Following a ruling by the European Court of Justice that said Google (Nasdaq: GOOG) and other search engines had to delete what were deemed "outdated and irrelevant" search results at the request of members of the public affected by them, those "forget me" requests are already starting to land in Google's inbox, according to this BBC report. No names, no pack drill, but a former politician has asked for links to an article about his behavior (presumably not good) in office to be removed, while on a more serious note, a man convicted of possessing images of child abuse has requested links to media stories about his crime to be deleted. Close your eyes and you can almost hear Google's legal team crunching into gear…
How many EVPs does it take to "align digital initiatives with group strategy"? Three, if you're Telenor ASA (Nasdaq: TELN). The Nordic operator has appointed Henrik Clausen, Katja Christina Nordgaard, and Pål Wien Espen as executive vice presidents and new members of Group Executive Management as part of a restructuring operation that also sees new CEOs appointed to two local units. Interestingly, Nordgaard is currently the Norwegian Ambassador to Thailand and Cambodia. Maybe she was missing those interminable months of ice and snow and darkness… (See Telenor Appoints New Executive VPs, Divisional CEOs.)
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