Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Fiber-sharing in Portugal; Algerian gig for Nokia Networks/Juniper; GTS debuts unified comms; BSkyB focuses on content.
Netflix Inc. (Nasdaq: NFLX) has set itself up with 1 Tbit/s of capacity in a Paris Internet exchange in readiness for its service launch in France, according to a post on Twitter by Dave Temkin, Director of Network Architecture and Strategy at the OTT video giant. Temkin tweeted that Netflix will have "1 Terabit of capacity ready for launch" at the France-IX exchange, where Netflix is installing its Open Connect content delivery network (CDN) servers. Netflix is launching its service in a number of European countries during the second half of this year, and the imminent launch in France has provoked an interesting response from incumbent telco Orange (NYSE: FTE). (See Eurobites: Orange Takes On Netflix and Eurobites: Netflix Spreads Its Wings.)
GTS Central Europe , the Deutsche Telekom AG (NYSE: DT)-owned network operator, has launched a new unified communications service that integrates several communication and collaboration tools into a single platform.
Sky (NYSE, London: SKY) has underlined its intention to further invest in content creation by acquiring a 70% stake in Love Productions, an independent British production company. Love Productions is responsible for, among other programs, The Great British Bake-off, a cake-based contest that had millions of Brits strangely hooked for weeks on end. Separately, BSkyB's Sky Sports is to dedicate an entire channel to golf's Ryder Cup in the fall. And British viewers are hoping that a certain curly-topped Ulsterman will have his game face on.
Dutch incumbent KPN Telecom NV (NYSE: KPN) is to carry out a management restructuring in the wake of the sale of its E-Plus Service GmbH & Co. KG unit to Telefónica Deutschland GmbH . Two new positions, chief commercial officer and chief operating officer, are being created, with the latter already earmarked for Joost Farwerck, who is currently managing director of KPN's domestic business. It has also named former Dutch finance minister Jan Kees de Jager as its new chief financial officer, effective November 1. It had previously been announced that board member Thorsten Dirks would step down to become CEO of Telefónica Deutschland. (See Euronews: KPN to Sell E-Plus for €8.1B.)
Nordic operator Tele2 AB (Nasdaq: TLTO) has signed an IPX peering agreement with Aicent Inc. , which will allow the two companies to offer a combined, multi-service IPX to provide, it is hoped, a better roaming experience for LTE subscribers.
Middle Eastern operator Etisalat has announced a 26% rise in second-quarter profits to 2.5 billion dirhams ($680.7 million), reports Reuters, a jump attributable in large part to its recent acquisition of Maroc Telecom.
The CEO of UK broadband and pay-TV provider TalkTalk , Dido Harding, is facing an investor backlash over her proposed annual bonus, reports The Guardian. Investors advisory group Pirc has recommended that TalkTalk shareholders vote against Harding's bonus and incentives package, which amounts to a not inconsiderable 1,255% of base salary.
And finally: Huawei, the "official smartphone partner" of under-achieving UK soccer titan Arsenal FC, has unveiled the "highly anticipated Huawei Ascend P7 Arsenal Edition smartphone," a 4G device that "redefines smartphone excellence with a hat trick of features for the North London club's most loyal fans." The vendor has also promised a "few surprises in the pipeline to make every Arsenal fan's season the best ever." What? You mean they're gonna engineer the departure of this guy?
nasimson, User Rank: Light Sabre 7/22/2014 | 2:57:02 AM
Why France? I am a little curious as to why Netflix chose france as the first destination of their European expansion. Was it based on competitive landscape, population, content preferences or something else?
Nokia and Juniper Wonder if there is an cloud and NFV aspect to this deployment as well. These companies partnered up on mobile IP last year, but have since broadened to integrate Nokia's Liquid Core and Juniper's MetaFabric.
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