Light Reading
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: AlcaLu's 4G bods on the move; "private" smartphone announced; UK banks back Zapp.

Euronews: Tieto Buys Siemens IMS Assets

Paul Rainford
1/15/2014
50%
50%

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: AlcaLu's 4G bods on the move; "private" smartphone announced; UK banks back Zapp.

  • Finnish Service Provider Information Technology (SPIT) specialist Tieto Corp. is to acquire a range of IMS (IP Multimedia Subsystem), SPIT and mobile assets from a division of Siemens AG (NYSE: SI; Frankfurt: SIE) for an undisclosed sum. Siemens Convergence Creators is selling an unspecified range of Network Directory Server (NDS), IP Multimedia Systems (IMS), Home Location Register (HLR) and Radio Access (RA) businesses to Tieto in a deal that will see 220 staff (based in Austria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, and Slovakia) transfer to Tieto, which says the new assets should deliver additional annual revenues of €15 million (US$20.4 million) and boost profitability. The move signals renewed confidence in the telecom sector for the IT services and R&D specialist, which cut staff in 2013 (about 770 jobs in October) due to a slowdown in its telecom-related activities. Tieto reported revenues of €1.25 billion ($1.7 billion) for the first 9 months of 2013.

  • Alcatel-Lucent (NYSE: ALU) has formed a partnership with Altran, a French engineering consultancy, to create a telecom services center near the city of Nantes. Under the terms of the deal, around 170 4G specialists will transfer from Alcalu's Orvault site to the new center.

  • A new Swiss-based joint venture between startups Silent Circle and Geeksphone has announced its inaugural product, the Blackphone, which its backers claim offers users the ability to do all the things they want to do on a smartphone without compromising their privacy or security. The Blackphone will be unveiled at Barcelona's Mobile World Congress next month. (See Blackphone Unveils Secure Smartphone.)

  • Four of the UK's biggest banks have lent their backing to Zapp, a mobile payments facility that enables customers to pay for goods and services in shops or online without cash or credit card (assuming they've got cash in their bank accounts, of course). As the BBC reports, HSBC, First Direct, Nationwide, and Santander (as well as the smaller Metro Bank) have all said they will add Zapp to their respective banking apps. A company called VocaLink, which is involved in several banking platforms, is behind Zapp.

  • UK satellite broadcaster Sky (NYSE, London: SKY) has launched AdSmart, a "tailored" advertising service that tweaks the lineup of ads shown around its programs according to the "profile" and location of the particular household to which they are being shown. According to the broadcaster, several big brands -- Tesco, American Airlines, and Audi among them -- have already signed up to the service, while others are waiting in the wings.

  • Brendan Ives has been appointed president of TeliaSonera International Carrier (TSIC) . Ives, a Kiwi, has been with the company for 13 years in a variety of roles.

    — Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

    (1)  | 
    Comment  | 
    Print  | 
  • Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
    Ray@LR
    50%
    50%
    Ray@LR,
    User Rank: Blogger
    1/15/2014 | 9:28:14 AM
    Is this Tieto's VoLTE move?
    THis could be Tieto ramping up its capabilities in the mobile packet core and VoLTE -- it's already doing NFV stuff... 
    Flash Poll
    From The Founder
    It's clear to me that the communications industry is divided into two types of people, and only one is living in the real world.
    LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
    Dr. Dong Sun Talks About Carriers' Digital Transformation & Huawei’s Telco OS

    1|29|15   |   6:28   |   (0) comments


    Dr. Dong Sun, Chief Architect of Digital Transformation Solutions at Huawei, discusses how telecom operators can become digital ecosystem enablers and deliver optimal user experiences that are in real-time, on-demand, all-online, DIY and social (ROADS).
    LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
    Huawei's Chief Network Architect Talks about Network Experience & Operators’ Strategies

    1|29|15   |   3:39   |   (0) comments


    In the digital age, network experience has become the primary productivity especially for telecom operators. In this video, Wenshuan Dang, Huawei’s Chief Network Architect, discusses how carriers can tackle the challenge of infrastructure complexity in order to enhance business agility and improve user experience.
    LRTV Documentaries
    The Rise of Virtual CPE

    1|27|15   |   01:38   |   (3) comments


    As NFV strategies evolve from tests and trials to production telco networks, expect to hear a lot about virtual CPE (customer premises equipment) rollouts during 2015.
    LRTV Documentaries
    Optical Is Hot in 2015

    1|23|15   |   01:56   |   (2) comments


    Optical comms technology underpins the whole communications sector and there are some really hot trends set for 2015.
    LRTV Custom TV
    Policy Control in the Fast Lane

    1|22|15   |   2:57   |   (0) comments


    What's making policy control strategic in 2015 and beyond? Amdocs talks with Heavy Reading's Graham Finnie about the key factors driving change in the data services landscape. Find out what his policy management research reveals about the road ahead for policy control – and sign up for
    LRTV Documentaries
    Highlights From the 2020 Vision Executive Summit

    1|21|15   |   4:33   |   (2) comments


    In December 2014, Light Reading brought together telecom executives in Reykjavik, Iceland to discuss their vision for high-capacity networks through the end of the decade. The intimate, interactive meeting was set against the backdrop of Iceland's spectacular natural beauty. As one of the event's founding sponsors, Cisco's Doug Webster shared his company's ...
    LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
    Huawei Pay-TV Partner Harmonic, Helping Carriers Accelerate 4K Video Deployment with Huawei

    1|20|15   |   5:42   |   (1) comment


    At IBC, Peter Alexander, Senior Vice President & CMO at Harmonic, speaks about the growing interest in pay-TV service and its branching into multiple devices.
    LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
    Sony Marketing Director Olivier Bovis Discusses the Outlook for 4K and Cooperation With Huawei at IBC 2014

    1|20|15   |   6:50   |   (0) comments


    At IBC, Olivier Bovis, Marketing Director of Sony, speaks about the coming of the 4K era.
    LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
    Huawei Pay-TV Partner Envivio, Helping Carriers Accelerate 4K Video Deployment

    1|20|15   |   2:57   |   (0) comments


    At IBC, Olivier Bovis, Marketing Director of Sony, speaks about the coming of the 4K era.
    LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
    Pay-TV's Networked Future

    1|20|15   |   6:29   |   (0) comments


    At IBC, Jeff Heynen, Principal Analyst at Infonetics, speaks about the future of the pay-TV industry and its transition.
    LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
    Jeff Heynen: Distributed Access Will Help MSOs Compete in the Future

    1|20|15   |   2:26   |   (0) comments


    At IBC, Jeff Heynen, Principal Analyst at Infonetics, speaks about moving to distributed access and the future trend of cable business.
    LRTV Interviews
    Cisco Talks Transformation

    1|20|15   |   13:02   |   (0) comments


    In December 2014, Steve Saunders sat down with Cisco VP of Products & Solutions Marketing Doug Webster at Light Reading's 2020 Vision executive summit in Reykjavik, Iceland. They spoke about Cisco's approach to network virtualization as well as how service providers can begin to monetize high-capacity networks through the end of the decade.
    Upcoming Live Events
    February 5, 2015, Washington, DC
    February 19, 2015, The Fairmont San Jose, San Jose, CA
    March 17, 2015, The Cable Center, Denver, CO
    April 14, 2015, The Westin Times Square, New York City, NY
    May 12, 2015, Grand Hyatt, Denver, CO
    May 13-14, 2015, The Westin Peachtree, Atlanta, GA
    June 8, 2015, Chicago, IL
    June 9-10, 2015, Chicago, IL
    June 9, 2015, Chicago, IL
    September 9-10, 2015, The Westin Galleria Dallas, Dallas, TX
    September 29-30, 2015, The Westin Grand Müchen, Munich, Germany
    November 11-12, 2015, The Westin Peachtree Plaza, Atlanta, GA
    December 1, 2015, The Westin Times Square, New York City
    December 2-3, 2015, The Westin Times Square, New York City
    Infographics
    Hot Topics
    Google Continues Gigabit Expansion
    Jason Meyers, Senior Editor, Gigabit Cities/IoT, 1/27/2015
    Cablevision's New WiFi Try – Freewheeling Enough?
    Mari Silbey, Independent Technology Editor, 1/26/2015
    LightSpeed Looks to Plug the Gigabit Gap
    Jason Meyers, Senior Editor, Gigabit Cities/IoT, 1/23/2015
    Overture Builds on NFV Foundation
    Mitch Wagner, West Coast Bureau Chief, Light Reading, 1/27/2015
    NTT DoCoMo Takes on Retail Broadband
    Robert Clark, 1/29/2015
    Like Us on Facebook
    Twitter Feed
    Webinar Archive
    BETWEEN THE CEOs - Weekly Executive Interview
    Join us live for Light Reading's interview with Jay Samit, the newly appointed CEO of publicly traded SeaChange International Inc. With a resume that includes Sony, EMI, Universal, Intel and Microsoft, Samit brings a reputation as an entrepreneur and a disruptor to his new role at the video solutions company. Hear what he has to say about the opportunities in video, as well as the outlook for cable, telco, OTT and mobile service providers.