Light Reading
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: new exec line-up at TeliaSonera; BT's man in sub-Saharan Africa; BSkyB does deal with Paramount.

Eurobites: Telefónica Sweetens E-Plus Deal

Paul Rainford
5/2/2014
50%
50%

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: new exec line-up at TeliaSonera; BT's man in sub-Saharan Africa; BSkyB does deal with Paramount.

  • Telefónica Deutschland GmbH has submitted a modified package of concessions to the European Commission in a bid to win approval for its planned takeover of KPN Telecom NV (NYSE: KPN)'s German unit, E-Plus Service GmbH & Co. KG , reports Reuters. Interested parties now have until May 5 to respond to the revised measures, which are intended to allay concerns about the reduced level of competition in the German mobile market should the €8.6 billion (US$11.9 billion) deal go through. If it does get the nod from Brussels, the combined business would become Germany's largest mobile operator by subscribers, with around 43 million customers (first-quarter 2013 numbers) and a 38% market share. (See Euronews: EC to Thwart Telefónica's German M&A Plan? and Euronews: KPN to Sell E-Plus for €8.1B.)

  • A few months on from replacing its CFO following financial shenanigans at its Eurasian unit, Nordic operator TeliaSonera AB (Nasdaq: TLSN) is making more executive changes. Henriette Wendt, currently at Swisscom AG (NYSE: SCM), has been appointed to the new position of head of group corporate development, and will slide her feet under the desk in August. Meanwhile, Ingrid Stenmark becomes head of the CEO Office, which is responsible for, among other things, TeliaSonera affiliates MegaFon and Turkcell Iletisim Hizmetleri A.S. (NYSE: TKC). (See More Exec Changes at TeliaSonera and Euronews: TeliaSonera Fires Four After Eurasia Probe.)

  • South African IT industry veteran Oliver Fortuin is heading to BT Group plc (NYSE: BT; London: BTA), taking charge of its operations in sub-Saharan Africa. Fortuin has previously been the South African country manager for both IBM Corp. (NYSE: IBM) and Hewlett-Packard Co. (NYSE: HPQ), reports website IT Online. He replaces Keith Matthews, who had been in the role for eight years.

  • BSkyB Ltd. (NYSE, London: BSY) has struck a multi-year licensing deal with Paramount Pictures, offering Sky Movies customers access to box office hits such as Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues and Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit. So any movie with a colon in the title, basically.

    Monday sees yet another UK public holiday, so Eurobites will return on Tuesday, May 6.

    This is pretty much what the Eurobites team will be doing on Monday.
    This is pretty much what the Eurobites team will be doing on Monday.

    — Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

    (5)  | 
    Comment  | 
    Print  | 
  • Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
    FakeMitchWagner
    50%
    50%
    FakeMitchWagner,
    User Rank: Lightning
    5/2/2014 | 4:01:25 PM
    Re: Holidaze
    The green vest and hose really make the outfit. Hardly ever see anybody wearing matching green vests and hose anymore. 
    PaulERainford
    50%
    50%
    PaulERainford,
    User Rank: Light Sabre
    5/2/2014 | 12:43:16 PM
    Re: Holidaze
    Those maypoles won't dance round themselves.
    SarahReedy
    50%
    50%
    SarahReedy,
    User Rank: Blogger
    5/2/2014 | 12:41:37 PM
    Re: Holidaze
    Wait, Europe gets off work for Cinco de Mayo?! That doesn't make sense...
    PaulERainford
    50%
    50%
    PaulERainford,
    User Rank: Light Sabre
    5/2/2014 | 9:58:34 AM
    Re: Holidaze
    Thanks Dennis, much appreciated. Now pass me that tankard of mead, Ray.
    mendyk
    50%
    50%
    mendyk,
    User Rank: Light Sabre
    5/2/2014 | 8:50:43 AM
    Holidaze
    All these bank holidays must get a little tiresome after a while. Don't worry, though -- we'll manage to keep the world economy lumbering forward as you merrily dance around the Bank Holiday Maypole.
    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