& cplSiteName &

Eurobites: Netflix to Take Euro Hit in Q3

Paul Rainford
7/22/2014
50%
50%

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.

  • UK chipmaker XMOS Ltd. has completed a $26.2 million Series D funding round, attracting investment from Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. and Xilinx Inc. (Nasdaq: XLNX), among others. (See Huawei, Xilinx Invest in XMOS.)

  • 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?

    — Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

    (2)  | 
    Comment  | 
    Print  | 
  • Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View        ADD A COMMENT
    jasonmeyers
    50%
    50%
    jasonmeyers,
    User Rank: Blogger
    7/22/2014 | 10:14:18 AM
    Re: pictures please.....
    Here's one of James Joyce's refrigerator. I think it's connected to the Internet of Intangible Things.  

     

     
    Ray@LR
    50%
    50%
    Ray@LR,
    User Rank: Blogger
    7/22/2014 | 9:01:09 AM
    pictures please.....
    If anyone actually has a picture of a "smart-arse fridge" then please do share...
    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
    Eurobites: Telefónica Taps Juniper for Network Security
    Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, 9/26/2016
    WiCipedia: The Women Helping Women Edition
    Eryn Leavens, Special Features & Copy Editor, 9/23/2016
    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.