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Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Openet and OpenCloud enjoy a conscious coupling; Redknee's on the Swedish railways; Telenor sells Conax.

Eurobites: Orange Reviews Spanish Strategy

Paul Rainford
3/26/2014
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Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Openet and OpenCloud enjoy a conscious coupling; Redknee's on the Swedish railways; Telenor sells Conax.

  • There's plenty happening in Orange (NYSE: FTE)'s world this week. Reuters reports that the operator has hired Bank of America Merrill Lynch to act as an adviser on its strategy in Spain in general and on the question of acquiring rival Jazztel plc in particular. The recent acquisition of Spanish cable operator ONO by Vodafone Group plc (NYSE: VOD) is thought to have influenced the thinking of Orange's top brass. Elsewhere in the French giant's vast operations, Orange Business Services has won a deal to revamp the networks of International SOS, which describes itself as "the world's leading integrated medical, clinical, and security services organization." On a similar theme, Orange Cameroon is launching Orange's first healthcare hotline in the African nation, offering confidential advice -- via text message -- on contraception, HIV/AIDS, sexuality, and STDs.

  • Telenor ASA (Nasdaq: TELN) has sold its Conax AS video distribution subsidiary to the Swiss-based Kudelski Group Group for 1.5 billion Norwegian kroner (US$248 million). Conax posted revenues of NOK 627 million ($103 million) in 2013. (See Telenor Sells Conax to Kudelski.)

  • Openet Telecom Ltd. and OpenCloud Ltd. have joined forces to integrate the former's Evolved Charging solution with the latter's brilliantly named Rhino Sentinel service layer. The combination is intended to help operators migrate from legacy IN service control points (SCPs) to a more up to date and flexible service definition/charging system. And who wouldn't want that? (See Openet, OpenCloud Team on Next-Gen Service Support.)

  • Redknee Inc. (Toronto/London AIM: RKN) has landed a GSM-R deal with Trafikverket, the body that oversees the Swedish railway network. Redknee will help rail operators perform maintenance without overly disrupting regular services, amongst other things. (For those in the UK -- yes, it is actually possible to have rail maintenance without severe disruption. Just not in the UK.) (See Redknee Wins Swedish Rail Deal.)

  • Finland's Teleste Corp. has begun shipments of what it claims is the first DOCSIS 3.1 node on the market. The Teleste ACE8 has one active output node that fully meets the requirements for DOCSIS 3.1 and DVB-C2, according to the vendor. (See Teleste Ships DOCSIS 3.1 Nodes.)

  • Gernot Rasch has been named as the new Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) at Vip operator, the Macedonian subsidiary of the Telekom Austria Group . Rasch is currently responsible for marketing at Telekom Austria's Croatian subsidiary, VIPnet . He will start his new job on April 1.

    — Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

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    Mitch Wagner
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    Mitch Wagner,
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    3/26/2014 | 3:55:39 PM
    Rhino Sentinel
    Presumably Rhino Sentinel is an application for standing watch against rhinos. 
    PaulERainford
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    PaulERainford,
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    3/26/2014 | 10:38:16 AM
    Rasch move
    I guess with Rasch it was just a case of itchy feet. Sorry.
    mendyk
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    mendyk,
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    3/26/2014 | 9:06:27 AM
    Que pasa
    Orange's focus on Spain is a little puzzling -- yes, the country has some positive economic indicators and a somewhat thriving financial sector, but on the whole it doesn't look anything like a growing market, and Telefonica is a formidable presence.
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