Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: SFR upgrades with AlcaLu; more Huawei-related security rumblings in the UK; Vodafone's FTSE boost.
Alcatel-Lucent (NYSE: ALU) is reportedly back in talks with a number of potential buyers regarding the sale of its enterprise unit, according to unnamed sources cited by Bloomberg. Chief among the potential suitors, says the report, is Unify, the joint venture between German industrial giant Siemens AG (NYSE: SI; Frankfurt: SIE) and private equity firm The Gores Group. The unit is one of a number up for sale as the vendor slims down its portfolio and cuts costs. AlcaLu previously tried to sell all its enterprise-related assets in 2011 but only managed to offload its Genesys customer relationship management unit. (See Alcatel-Lucent Builds Future Around IP, Euronews: AlcaLu Confirms $1.5B Asset Sale and AlcaLu's Spare Limb.)
In other Alcatel-Lucent news: French operator SFR is upgrading its network with the deployment of AlcaLu's 1830 Photonic Service Switch converged Packet/Optical platform in combination with its 5620 Service Aware Manager (SAM); and France's industry minister has been leaning on AlcaLu in an attempt to get it to reduce the number of job cuts it will implement as part of its Shift Plan, reports Reuters. (See Alcatel-Lucent to Cut 10,000 Jobs.)
Telekom Austria AG (NYSE: TKA; Vienna: TKA) is having a bit of a reshuffle in the Balkans, moving Dejan Turk from Slovenian subsidiary Si.mobil d.d. to Serbian unit Vip Mobile, where he will be CEO and CMO as from March 1. Vip Mobile is the third-largest mobile operator in Serbia.
Light Reading founder Steve Saunders talks with VMware's Shekar Ayyar, who explains why cloud architectures are becoming more distributed, what that means for workloads, and why telcos can still be significant cloud services players.
A CSP's digital transformation involves so much more than technology. Crucial and often most challenging is the cultural transformation that goes along with it. As Sigma's Chief Technology Officer, Catherine Michel has extensive experience with technology as she leads the company's entire product portfolio and strategy. But she's also no stranger to merging technology and culture, having taken a company Tribold from inception to acquisition (by Sigma in 2013), and she continues to advise service providers on how to drive their own transformations. This impressive female leader and vocal advocate for other women in the industry will join Women in Comms for a live radio show to discuss all things digital transformation, including the cultural transformation that goes along with it.