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Eurobites: Vodafone Xones Out of Silicon Valley

Paul Rainford
6/3/2014
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Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Telefónica closes pay-TV acquisition; Riedel hooks up to Viatel; Liquid Applications flow in Saudi.

  • Vodafone Group plc (NYSE: VOD) is moving its Xone technology incubator out of Silicon Valley and into London, so it can be closer to its customers in Europe, Africa, and India. The London hub will build and test prototype devices, develop new apps and services, and attempt to shorten time-to-market. Vodafone Ventures, the operator's capital investment arm, will maintain its headquarters in California and continue to work with startups in the US. Vodafone Global Enterprise will also maintain its presence in Silicon Valley. (See Euronews: Vodafone Courts UK Startups.)

  • Telefónica SA (NYSE: TEF) has closed its acquisition of Spanish pay-TV firm Distribuidora de Television Digital (DTS) for €750 million (US$1.02 billion), reports Reuters. DTS was previously in the hands of media group Prisa. (See Eurobites: Telefónica to Buy Pay-TV Player.)

  • Riedel Networks has partnered with Viatel to upgrade and expand Riedel's European MPLS network into Amsterdam. Riedel already uses Viatel's more than 8,500km of fiber network infrastructure to supply services to its customers. (See Riedel Hooks Up to Viatel.)

  • Zain KSA (Zain Saudi Arabia) has demonstrated mobile broadband services powered by Nokia Corp. (NYSE: NOK)'s Liquid Applications technology, which brings applications, services, and content into the basestation to allow local storage. The demo, says Nokia, was a first for the Middle East region. (See NSN: Understanding Liquid Applications.)

  • Orange (NYSE: FTE) has been fined the local equivalent of $14.2 million for illegally using mobile bandwidth for its fixed-line service in the African state of Mali, reports Reuters. Orange has rejected the accusation and has said it will appeal.

  • Unify, which used to be known as Siemens Enterprise Communications, is to cut around 2,000 jobs in central Europe, reports the Financial Times (subscription required). The company says the redundancies are a consequence of moving away from network equipment to focus on software and services.

  • BT Group plc (NYSE: BT; London: BTA) has poached a security expert from the UK government's data monitoring center, GCHQ, as its new vice president of cyber. Prior to his stint at GCHQ, Les Anderson spent 10 years at the Ministry of Defence research agency in Malvern.

    Two cybermen yesterday. Now BT's got one.
    Two cybermen yesterday. Now BT's got one.

    — Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

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