Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Orange looks to make a change in Africa; TeliaSonera's sub-Arctic fiber; storms hit eircom profits; Iliad under scrutiny from regulator.
You can't fault their ambition: Swisscom AG (NYSE: SCM) has formed a partnership with media firm Tamedia to create what it hopes will be a "strong Swiss alternative to Google." The new venture will combine search companies local.ch and search.ch in a joint subsidiary, with Swisscom holding 69% and Tamedia the remainder. Confusingly, both Swisscom and Tamedia have recenntly launched takeover bids for PubliGroupe SA, another media firm.
Orange (NYSE: FTE) has launched its third African incubator partnership and extended its "Data for Development" (D4D) program. The incubator, designed to spur new SMB startups in "future-oriented sectors," is based in Niger and follows similar efforts in Senegal and Mauritius. The D4D initiative is a competition open to teams of researchers that rewards the best suggested projects making use of anonymized data sets from Orange Senegal's mobile network. The aim of the competition is to tackle issues relating to the wellbeing of the local population, such as healthcare and agriculture.
TeliaSonera AB (Nasdaq: TLSN) plans to lay more than 1,000km of new fiber to serve the cluster of data centers in and around the city of Luleå, just south of the Arctic Circle. The new fiber section, Skanova Backbone North, forms part of the operator's long-haul network and will be built by its subsidiary, Skanova. (See TeliaSonera Lays Fiber to Subarctic Data Centers .)
The cost of repairs to damage wreaked by Ireland's winter storms dented eircom 's third-quarter profits, with EBITDA (earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization) down 8% compared with the previous year at €119 million (US$161 million). Revenues were also down, slipping by 5% to €315 million ($428 million). The operator said that the extreme weather in January and February caused €10 million ($13.6 million) worth of damage to its network.
The European response to the Court of Justice's "right to be forgotten" ruling continues: Bloomberg reports that the German government is considering the setting up of arbitration courts to pronounce upon what information people can legitimately force Google (Nasdaq: GOOG) and its rivals to delete from search results. The interior ministry believes that automatic deletion of data would put public information at risk. (See The Right Not to Be Forgotten.)
Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. 's chairwoman of the board, Sun Yafang, met up with the UK government's Secretary of State for Business, Vince Cable, at the company's headquarters in Shenzhen, China. In the words of our esteemed Asia-Pacific specialist, Robert Clark, "Huawei will be sure to tap this Cable connection." You get a better class of gag in Eurobites.
Technology industry veteran Martin Lund joins Metaswitch Networks this week as the company's new CEO. In this interview, Lund discusses his new role and the industry's progress with Light Reading CEO Steve Saunders. Lund believes that the industry disruption caused by SDN and NFV is creating opportunities for companies like Metaswitch – network software providers ...
Nominum CEO Gary Messiana talks about the challenges service providers face in competing for a much more sophisticated customer, a customer that has heightened expectations for more personalized and compelling digital experiences. Providers are focusing their efforts on delivering higher value subscriber services, retaining their existing customers and increasing ...
Equinix CTO Ihab Tarazi talks to Light Reading founder and CEO Steve Saunders about the dramatic changes in the data center, cloud and interconnect markets and discusses the impact of SDN and NFV in the coming years.
Andrew Coward discusses what the New IP means to end users or enterprise customers. He explains compelling reasons, including how every customer can get their own network, from the transformation to the New IP.
Mukund Srigopal provides an explanation of what network visibility is and how it is essential as service providers transition to the New IP. In addition, the importance of the network packet broker is discussed.
Ali Kafel from Stratus Technologies addresses high-availability concerns within the telco industry with a solution that enables telcos to provide high-availability and stateful fault-tolerance using a software-based approach.
Intel's Bev Crair and IBM's Eric Herzog discuss how IBM's V9000 Flash Storage System has helped customers around the world. Featuring real-time compression powered by Intel QuickAssist Technology, the V9000 is a next-gen flash storage solution.
Saran Phaloprakarn, Senior VP of Fixed Broadband Business Management of Thailand's AIS, was a keynote speaker at the first Asia-Pacific Ultra Broadband Summit in Bangkok. In this video, he talks to Heavy Reading about transforming into an FMC (FBB+MBB+Content) operator.
Technology industry veteran Martin Lund joins Metaswitch Networks this week as the company's new CEO. In this interview, Lund discusses his new role and the industry's progress with Light Reading CEO Steve Saunders. Lund believes that the industry disruption caused by SDN and NFV is creating opportunities for companies like Metaswitch – network software providers with the agility to embrace new technologies quickly and the ability to deliver on substantial projects for global network operators.