Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Arqiva revenues up; Nokia drives French UBB; Ericsson updates analytics; Vodafone UK tops complaints table.
A German privacy regulator has ordered Facebook to stop collecting the data of German users of its messaging app WhatsApp, reports the BBC. The authority, in Hamburg, said that Facebook had not received permission from WhatApp's users for the data collection. The social media giant says it will appeal the order. WhatsApp was acquired by Facebook in 2014 in a deal worth $16 billion. (See Facebook to Acquire WhatsApp for $16B.)
UK towers company Arqiva saw half-year revenues rise to £884.7 million ($1.15 billion) from £857 million ($1.1 billion) in 2015, while EBITDA rose to £424.4 million ($552.5 million) from £418.7 million ($545.1 million), reports the Financial Times (subscription required). Earlier this month it was announced that Virgin Media Inc. (Nasdaq: VMED) had agreed to buy Arqiva WiFi, a deal that will bring the cable operator more than 31,000 WiFi access points across 6,500 locations in the UK.
Nokia Corp. (NYSE: NOK) is to supply fiber access technology to Telecom SudParis, a school of engineering that forms part of the Institut Mines-Télécom. The technology will be used to be used to help develop the "Très Haut Débit" (THD) platform, which is being used as the basis for the French government's plan to bring "ultra-broadband" access to every home in France by 2020.
Ericsson AB (Nasdaq: ERIC) has updated its Expert Analytics offering, a customer experience management product that the vendor says gives operators a "360-degree view" of converged, multi-play networks, helping them to detect problems and automatically take corrective action. For those counting, this is Release 16.1.
Vodafone UK is still attracting by far the most complaints (in the UK market) for its mobile service, according to the latest set of figures from regulator Ofcom . It scored 23 complaints per 100,000 customers, trouncing second-placed Talk Mobile, who notched up a paltry 8 per 100,000. On the landline side, TalkTalk and PlusNet plc came off worst, while BT Group plc (NYSE: BT; London: BTA) continued its domination of the gripes league in the broadband and pay-TV sectors. For more details, and lots of graphs, click here.
— Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading