Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Telefónica passes M2M milestone; Vodafone offers small cells to rural folk; XMOS attracts $26.2 million Series D funding.
Netflix Inc. (Nasdaq: NFLX) expects its international losses to soar to US$42 million in the third quarter, from $15.3 million in the second quarter, as it launches its service in Germany, France, Austria, Switzerland, Belgium, and Luxembourg during September. "This launch into markets with over 60 million broadband households will significantly increase our European presence and raise our current international addressable market to over 180 million broadband households, or 2x the number of current U.S. broadband households," said Netflix CEO Reed Hastings in a letter to shareholders as the OTT video giant announced second-quarter revenues of $1.34 billion, up nearly 37% from a year earlier, and a global subscriber base that has topped 50 million (more details in that shareholders' letter). (See Eurobites: Netflix Takes 1Tbit/s in Paris.)
We have seen the future, and it's smart-arse fridges. Telefónica SA (NYSE: TEF) is trumpeting the fact that it now has more than 250 M2M partners in Europe and the US, including device manufacturers, solution providers, and distributors. One of the particular areas of M2M focus for Telefonica is the connected car, and earlier this year it signed an agreement with carmaker Tesla to bring connectivity to its Model S in Europe. (See Telefónica Boasts More Than 250 M2M Partners and Telefónica: Safety Is Top Connected Car 'App'.)
Vodafone Group plc (NYSE: VOD) has launched a rural femtocell program in the UK, calling on poorly connected communities to apply for 3G access via Vodafone's Open Sure Signal technology. A trial of the technology has seen the connection of 12 rural communities across the UK, from the Shetland Islands in the north to Devon in the south.
A study by Swiss mobile network interconnection services specialist Starhome MACH has found that the recent reduction in European roaming charges has had little effect on whether users choose to turn on their services when roaming. According to data gathered over the past year from its Unity real-time analytics service, 58% of roamers in the European Union are still "silent," while 68% of global roamers are silent too. Funnily enough, Starhome has introduced a Silent Roamers solution that it says will help operators "identify and awaken their roamers." (See Starhome Mach Analyzes Roaming Stats.)
EE , the UK mobile joint venture, annoyed the hell out of some of its subscribers over the weekend, bombarding them with marketing texts as the result of a technical hitch, reports the BBC. One woman got texted 40 times in three days telling her she could add a "magic number" -- that's serious customer experience mismanagement. On a more positive note, The Drum reports that EE has created a bundle specifically aimed at so-called "pop-up" retailers, offering an instant 4G connection for 30 days and other potentially useful products such as the iZettle payment card reader. (For the uninitiated, pop-up retailers open temporary outlets that take advantage of a particular opportunity, then disappear into the night.)
Whither the landline? UK regulator Ofcom 's latest research found that only 12% of 16- to 24-year-olds considered a landline essential. Conversely, 53% of this demographic thought that Internet access via a smartphone was essential, while NO-ONE aged 75 and over agreed. Surely there was one hipster silver surfer out there in love with Facebook access via his/her mobile?
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.