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Euronews: TeliaSonera Revamps Top Team

Paul Rainford
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Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Vodafone sued in Greece; Ericsson does 4G in Slovakia; BT Sport launch balls-up prompts wave of complaints.

  • TeliaSonera AB (Nasdaq: TLSN) has revamped its management team and organizational structure in the wake of its Eurasia transaction scandal. From April 1, 2014, the operator will have a new operating model that allows for greater local accountability, with each of its three main geographic focus areas -- Sweden, Europe, and Eurasia -- having their own executive vice president. For more details see this press release and to see which executives are included in the top team see this announcement.

  • Vodafone Group plc (NYSE: VOD) is on the receiving end of a €250 million (US$344.5 million) lawsuit from Greek telecom retailer MTS, according to a report in the Financial Times (subscription required). MTS claims that Vodafone has hampered its ability to operate following the cancellation of a loan restructuring deal and the termination of a co-operation agreement. Vodafone dismissed the claims as "completely fanciful."

  • Slovak Telecom has launched 4G LTE services in five cities in Slovakia, using Ericsson AB (Nasdaq: ERIC)'s multi-standard RBS 6000 basestation to create a network with theoretical downlink speeds of 73 Mbit/s. Circuit-switched fallback (CSFB) has also been deployed to allow voice calls and text messages to be delivered to LTE devices via Slovak Telecom's existing 2G/3G network. More 4G locations are planned for 2014. (See Slovak Telekom Launches 4G With Ericsson.)

  • BT Group plc (NYSE: BT; London: BTA)'s massively bankrolled launch of its premium sports content pay-TV channel, BT Sport, has consolidated its unwanted lead in the latest customer complaints rankings compiled by UK regulator Ofcom . According to Ofcom, almost half of all complaints BT received about its pay-TV service in August of this year related to BT Sport. (BT launched the service on August 1.) BSkyB Ltd. (NYSE, London: BSY), which BT was primarily taking on with its sports offer, received the lowest number of complaints about its pay-TV services during the same period. (See BT's Got Balls.)

  • Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. is to supply Orange Polska with second-generation E-band microwave products over the next two years to bolster the operator's backhaul. Huawei's RTN 380, the specific product that the vendor cites in its announcement, provides 2.5Gbit/s bandwidth. (See Orange Polska Strikes Microwave Deal With Huawei.)

  • Ireland's Silicon & Software Systems Ltd. (S3) , which sells software that helps operators improve the delivery of video services, saw its 2013 revenues leap 25% year-on-year to an unspecified total, signing new contracts with BSkyB and Tele Columbus Group , amongst others. (See S3 Group Boasts Stellar 2013.)

  • Com Hem AB , Sweden's largest cable operator, has chosen Tilgin AB 's tGem TR-069 Auto Configuration Server offering as a base for the remote management of its "connected home" customer devices. (See Com Hem Deploys Tilgin for TR-069.)

    — Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

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    User Rank: Light Sabre
    12/17/2013 | 4:19:11 AM
    Re: BT
    The biggest problem with landlines in the UK at the moment is the number of nuisance sales calls being made to them. In our household, we probably get more of these calls than we do 'proper' ones - is it any wonder landlines are being ditched left, right and centre?

    User Rank: Blogger
    12/16/2013 | 9:30:53 PM
    Looks from the Ofcom report like BT landline voice compaints are on the rise, too, not that anyone cares about landline voice anymore...
    User Rank: Blogger
    12/16/2013 | 3:55:34 PM
    Com Hem interesting to watch
    Thanks for the latest European cable item, Paul. Com Hem is one European MSO to watch because they'rte doing some pretty interesting things. Waiting to see what happens with their upcoming rollout of Netflix on TiVo boxes. 
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