& cplSiteName &

Eurobites: Telecom Italia Eyes Brazil Merger

Paul Rainford
8/15/2014
50%
50%

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: EE causes a stir with queue-jumping service; Huawei and Rostelecom box clever; soccer bosses clamp down on bootleg goal videos.

  • Telecom Italia SpA (NYSE: TI) is considering proposing an "industrial combination" with Vivendi 's Brazilian operation, GVT, that would see the integration of the two group's businesses in Brazil. Telefónica SA (NYSE: TEF) has already tabled a €6.7 billion (US$8.9 billion) bid for GVT. (See Eurobites: Gemalto Buys Data Protection Specialist.)

  • UK mobile operator EE has ruffled a few feathers with the launch of a service that allows its customers to jump the service call queue -- provided they pay for the privilege. The BBC reports that EE's Priority Answer service, which is available to customers on SIM-only contracts, greets callers with an automated message asking them if they want to pay 50 pence (just short of a dollar) to be put straight through to a customer service representative. If they don't, they must wait with all the other poor saps listening to Mantovani, or whatever. As a customer experience exercise, this probably needs work.

  • Russian operator Rostelecom is co-operating with Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. on the development of Floor Distribution Boxes (FDBs), which, says the vendor, are deployed as the interface between the outside plant and the inside plant for FTTH installations. For more details on the development of the FDBs, see this Huawei press release.

  • Following on from yesterday's news that Manchester United was banning tablets from its ground, the Premier League, which runs the top flight of English soccer, has said that it is clamping down on fans posting their self-made videos of goals online. As the BBC reports, last season thousands of fans used the Vine app to post goals they had just recorded off live TV on social media, thereby undermining the efforts of Sky (NYSE, London: SKY) and BT Group plc (NYSE: BT; London: BTA), which had both paid hundreds of millions of pounds for the rights to Premier League live content. The Premier League kicks off this weekend. (See Eurobites: Soccer Surge for BT's Fiscal Q4.)

    — Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

    (1)  | 
    Comment  | 
    Print  | 
  • Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View        ADD A COMMENT
    smkinoshita
    50%
    50%
    smkinoshita,
    User Rank: Light Sabre
    8/15/2014 | 11:10:08 AM
    Yikes
    EE certainly gets the biggest facepalm.  Nothing really says what your company thinks of its customers like making them pay for the privilage of getting their issues addressed as fast as possible.

    Premier League gets the second-biggest.  Trying to clamp down on fans isn't quite biting the hand that feeds you, but it's nipping at the fingertips for sure.
    Educational Resources
    sponsor supplied content
    Educational Resources Archive
    Light Reading’s Upskill U is a FREE, interactive, online educational resource that delivers must-have education on themes that relate to the overall business transformation taking place in the communications industry.
    NEXT COURSE
    Wednesday, September 28, 1:00PM EDT
    Gigabit 101
    Will Barkis, Senior Technology Analyst, Orange
    UPCOMING COURSE SCHEDULE
    Friday, September 30, 1:00PM EDT
    Gigabit & the Great Migration
    Robert Howald, Vice President, Network Architecture, Comcast
    Wednesday, October 5, 1:00PM EDT
    Gigabit & Smart Cities
    Joe Kochan, COO & Co-Founder, US Ignite
    Friday, October 7, 1:00PM EDT
    Gigabit & DOCSIS 3.1
    Ty Pearman, Director, Access Architecture, Comcast
    in association with:
    From The Founder
    Light Reading today starts a new voyage as part of a larger Enterprise.
    Flash Poll
    Live Streaming Video
    Charting the CSP's Future
    Six different communications service providers join to debate their visions of the future CSP, following a landmark presentation from AT&T on its massive virtualization efforts and a look back on where the telecom industry has been and where it's going from two industry veterans.
    LRTV Custom TV
    Introducing IoT World News

    9|27|16   |   01:43   |   (0) comments


    Self-driving cars, medical sensors, smart cities... and refrigerators. In order to address the huge scope of IoT, KNect365 has created a unique online community that will help businesses to understand and monetize the opportunities that live within the IoT market. We look forward to welcoming you to IoT World News -- your gateway to a better connected future.
    LRTV Interviews
    AT&T: Re-usable Functions Next NFV Key

    9|27|16   |   06:03   |   (0) comments


    The next generation of NFV has to break functions down into re-usable software chunks, making everything much more cloud-like.
    LRTV Interviews
    Masergy on Security: Attackers Gaining Upper Hand

    9|27|16   |   5:10   |   (2) comments


    At Light Reading's NFV & Carrier SDN event in Denver, Ray Watson, vice president of Global Technology at Masergy, says that because of the growth in virtualization, the threat landscape is shifting in favor of the attackers. As a result, service providers need to think beyond just defending the perimeter and take a more holistic approach to security.
    LRTV Interviews
    Verizon Takes Next Step on Biz Virtualization Journey

    9|26|16   |   4:38   |   (2) comments


    At September's NFV & Carrier SDN event in Denver, Light Reading sat down with Victoria Lonker, director of Product and New Business Innovation at Verizon, to chat about where the carrier is with delivering virtualized services to business customers.
    LRTV Interviews
    Global Services: The $40B Face-Off

    9|26|16   |   05:53   |   (1) comment


    More service providers than ever before are battling it out to win a slice of what is now a $40 billion global communications services pie, explains Ovum Principal Analyst David Molony.
    LRTV Documentaries
    MEC Congress: The Key Takeaways

    9|22|16   |   03:25   |   (3) comments


    Three key takeaways from the Mobile Edge Computing (MEC) Congress in Munich, Germany.
    Wagner’s Ring
    Time to Shut Up About 'Dumb Pipes'

    9|22|16   |     |   (12) comments


    Service providers can't compete with OTT players. It just isn't in their DNA. Instead, service providers need to embrace what they're good at -- providing reliable, secure connectivity.
    Wagner’s Ring
    Keeping Your Tech Career Going After 50

    9|21|16   |     |   (13) comments


    How do you keep your career moving forward when you're past the half-century mark?
    LRTV Interviews
    Peering Into the Digital Future

    9|20|16   |   04:25   |   (0) comments


    Nick Thomas, practice leader of digital media at Ovum, talks about how digital transformation in the technology, media and telecom sectors will enable the development of a new range of applications and services for enterprises and consumers and how the upcoming Digital Futures event in London will examine ...
    LRTV Custom TV
    Napatech Tackles NFV's Major Challenge

    9|7|16   |   08:42   |   (0) comments


    One of the main challenges for network operators introducing NFV is to combine performance and flexibility in a cost-effective way, but there is a solution, explains Napatech's Dan Joe Barry.
    LRTV Custom TV
    Huawei Optical Innovation 2016

    9|6|16   |     |   (0) comments


    Highlights of the 2016 Huawei Optical Innovation forum.
    LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
    Are You Ready for Huawei Connect 2016?

    8|31|16   |     |   (0) comments


    Join us for an exclusive sneak peak of Huawei Connect, an integrated conference for the global ICT ecosystem taking place in Shanghai.
    Upcoming Live Events
    November 3, 2016, The Montcalm Marble Arch, London
    November 30, 2016, The Westin Times Square, New York City
    December 1, 2016, The Westin Times Square, New York, NY
    December 6-8, 2016, The Westin Excelsior, Rome
    May 16-17, 2017, Austin Convention Center, Austin, TX
    All Upcoming Live Events
    Infographics
    Hot Topics
    Keeping Your Tech Career Going After 50
    Mitch Wagner, West Coast Bureau Chief, Light Reading, 9/21/2016
    Time to Shut Up About 'Dumb Pipes'
    Mitch Wagner, West Coast Bureau Chief, Light Reading, 9/22/2016
    Verizon CFO: Eat Our (Fixed) 5G Dust!
    Dan Jones, Mobile Editor, 9/22/2016
    WiCipedia: The Women Helping Women Edition
    Eryn Leavens, Special Features & Copy Editor, 9/23/2016
    Eurobites: Telefónica Taps Juniper for Network Security
    Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, 9/26/2016
    Like Us on Facebook
    Twitter Feed
    BETWEEN THE CEOs - Executive Interviews
    Light Reading CEO Steve Saunders and UXP Systems CEO Gemini Waghmare discuss the strategic importance of digital identity for operators in the midst of transformation.
    Join us for an in-depth interview between Steve Saunders of Light Reading and Alexis Black Bjorlin of Intel as they discuss the release of the company's Silicon Photonics platform, its performance, long-term prospects, customer expectations and much more.
    Animals with Phones
    There's Nothing Like Missing a Full Minute of Pokémon Go Click Here
    Live Digital Audio

    A vital part of increasing the number of women in comms is transforming the ways companies can support and empower women. While progressive company policies that support both men and women in achieving work-life balance are a step in the right direction, creating a company culture that supports those policies can at times be more challenging.

    During this show, we'll talk to Lynn Comp, Senior Director of Industry and Sales Enabling (ISE) in the Network Platforms Group at Intel, about why those challenges exist and how companies can overcome them. She'll provide insight into how Intel has worked to create a culture that supports work-life balance, and provide steps and guidance for other companies wishing to do the same. We will also leave plenty of time to get your questions answered live on the air.