Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: AT&T/Vodafone rumor returns; Swisscom offers WiFi option for mobile; Huawei's small cells in Iceland.
Transmode Systems AB , the Swedish optical and Carrier Ethernet vendor, has announced a cost-cutting program that could see the loss of up to 30 jobs. The vendor is hoping to shave 40 million Swedish kroner (US$5.7 million) off its cost base over the course of the year, though it estimates that it will cost SEK10 million ($1.4 million) to implement the program. Last month, Transmode posted second-quarter profits that had more than halved year-on-year to SEK19.1 million ($2.8 million) on sales that were down 14.8% to SEK250 million ($36.6 million).
The summer rumor mill is grinding away nicely, with the Seeking Alpha website passing on word that AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T)'s advisers are hard at work on preparing a new bid for Vodafone Group plc (NYSE: VOD) that values the UK-based mobile giant at around $130 billion. The six-month prohibition on the US carrier bidding for Vodafone expired last month, prompting renewed speculation. In January AT&T responded to speculation by saying it had no immediate plans to buy Vodafone. (See Euronews: AT&T Nixes Vodafone Bid Plan .)
The battle to offer enhanced indoor connectivity continues... Swisscom AG (NYSE: SCM) is pushing a technology it calls "WLAN Interworking," which allows its mobile customers to automatically switch to their home WiFi for a voice connection if that offers better reception than a cellular connection. The operator says the first smartphones supporting the new technology will be launched during the coming months. (See Swisscom Intros WLAN Interworking.)
Icelandic mobile operator NOVA has chosen Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. to deploy what the vendor says is the first instance of its LampSite small cell solution in a stadium setting. LampSite, which supports supports multi-band, multimode, carrier aggregation and MIMO technologies, was switched on at the Korinn Stadium, near Reykjavik, for a concert by teen heart-throb warbler Justin Timberlake. (See Huawei's LampSite Deployed in Iceland.)
Gemalto , the Dutch digital security vendor, has landed an NFC (near-field communications) deal with Japan's NTT DoCoMo Inc. (NYSE: DCM), covering such areas as mobile payments, loyalty programs, e-ticketing and access control. Japan, apparently, has the world's largest contactless infrastructure.
Norway has postponed indefinitely a spectrum auction that was supposed to have taken place in January 2015, reports Reuters. TeliaSonera AB (Nasdaq: TLSN)'s proposed acquisition of Tele2 AB (Nasdaq: TLTO)'s Norwegian arm has been cited as the reason for the decision.
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.