Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: ARM sees Q4 revenues rise; AlcaLu's Libyan subsea project; Irish takeover bid prompts EC concerns.
Fierce competition in the mobile sector is taking its toll on Dutch incumbent KPN Telecom NV (NYSE: KPN), which used its fourth-quarter results statement to announce up to 2,000 job cuts in the Netherlands, reports Bloomberg. EBITDA (earnings before interest, tax, depreciation, and amortization) fell 29% year-on-year to €581 million (US$785 million), though there were several one-off items. Shares slumped by as much as 5.7% following the results announcement. (See Euronews: Slim Abandons KPN Bid.)
ARM Holdings plc (Nasdaq: ARMHY; London: ARM), the UK-based comms chip designer that has its technology in many top-end smartphones, has posted a 15% rise in fourth-quarter revenues to £189.1 million ($308.7 million), despite a slowdown in the market for such devices, reports the Daily Telegraph. The vendor has been looking to widen its traditional customer base by designing chips to be used in medical devices and "smart home" gadgets.
Alcatel-Lucent (NYSE: ALU) is to deploy a new 1,000 km subsea cable system for the Libyan International Telecommunication Company, connecting the capital, Tripoli, to Benghazi. It is hoped that when -- in 2015 -- this new 100G-based infrastructure is complete, it will help revive Libya's economy, which is struggling in the face of continuing insecurity following the downfall of Muammar Gaddafi in 2011.
UK triple-play provider TalkTalk has done a deal with Sky (NYSE, London: SKY) to bring the latter's sports content to its pay-TV customers. As well as linear offerings, TalkTalk is also offering catchup content from certain Sky channels. More details can be found in this press release.
The UK's Civil Aviation Authority, which oversees safety matters in the aerospace industry, has sounded a warning about the proliferation of lithium batteries on aeroplanes and the increasing fire risk that represents. According to a BBC report, the growing number of people touting mobile devices on flights, and the trend for consumers to source their batteries from less than reputable online sources, means that the likelihood of devices going up in flames -- and threatening the safety of the entire aircraft -- is increasing.
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.