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Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Transmode profits plummet; Kabel Deutschland on the up; BT's home-lovin' smartphone.

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Paul Rainford
2/5/2014
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Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Transmode profits plummet; Kabel Deutschland on the up; BT's home-lovin' smartphone.

  • Acronyms a-go-go! Géant , the pan-European research and education network, has announced the 21 beneficiary projects of its first ever Open Call, a €3.3 million (US$4.4 million) European Commission funded initiative that is intended to bring in fresh ideas and support new uses for the network. Seventy proposals were received in total, from universities, research institutes, and companies large and small across Europe. The four themes being tackled are software-defined networking (SDN); applications and tools; authentication; and network architecture/optical projects. Projects start in October and run through to March 2015. (See Géant Awards EC Funds to Networking Innovators .)

  • Following a warning in January that all had not been rosy in its fourth quarter, Swedish packet-optical vendor Transmode Systems AB has announced its financials for the period, revealing sales down 11.1% year-on-year to 223.3 million Swedish kronor ($34.1 million) and net profits down by close to 70% at SEK10.9 million ($1.6 million). According to the statement accompanying the results, the fourth quarter was affected by late orders that Transmode was unable to deliver in time to be recognized as revenue in 2013. For the fuller picture, see ,this press release.

  • UK mobile operator 3 has signed a five-year deal with Virgin Media Business Ltd. for upgraded optical transport connections between its 15 aggregation nodes and its three core datacenters.

  • Kabel Deutschland GmbH , the cable operator that was acquired by Vodafone Group plc (NYSE: VOD) in October, posted a 3.7% increase in its fiscal third-quarter revenues, reports Reuters.(See Euronews: Rivals Set for Cable Asset Battle.)

  • BT Group plc (NYSE: BT; London: BTA) is having a busy week: CEO Gavin Patterson has been outlining the operator's plans to deliver TV content in so-called "4K," reports the Daily Telegraph; it's launched a "buy to keep" movies service, allowing BT TV customers to watch streamed movies as many times as they like after the initial payment; and, in a move that suggests BT feels it might be missing out on all this sexy mobile stuff, it is offering what it calls a "home smartphone," which is basically a touchscreen cordless phone that can access the Internet via WiFi. Crazy times. (See BT Unveils a Home Smartphone .)

  • Manx Telecom Ltd. , the operator that serves the Isle of Man, is expecting to raise £156.3 million ($254.3 million) by floating on the junior AIM market on February 10, reports the Financial Times (subscription required). Manx Telecom is currently majority owned by private equity groups HgCapital and CPS Partners.

  • Saudi Telecom Co. (STC) , which has a presence in 10 MENA countries, has renewed its managed services contract with Nokia Networks . The contract covers the GSM, 3G, and LTE networks that fall within NSN's footprint.

  • Consumer organizations in the UK are getting pretty hacked off at the way the legal firepower of the major operators is stopping regulator Ofcom from getting on with its job, reports The Guardian. Culture Secretary Maria Miller is considering a revamp of the whole Ofcom appeals process, making it harder for companies to object to the regulator's decision on what the consumer groups see as "technicalities."

    — Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

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