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Eurobites: Ericsson Strengthens Its Analytics Hand With Sentilla Buy

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Telekom Austria claims G.fast breakthrough; Deutsche Telekom fined for margin squeezing; Ryder Cup boost for BSkyB.

  • Ericsson AB (Nasdaq: ERIC) is looking to bolster its cloud management and analytics offer with the acquisition of Sentilla Corp. , an 11-year-old company based in Redwood, Calif. Sentilla, which will be absorbed into Ericsson's Business Unit Support Solutions, boasts strengths in data gathering, performance monitoring, policy management and reporting. Financial details of the deal were not disclosed. Sentilla is just the latest in a series of small, strategic acquisitions announced by the Swedish giants recently. (See Ericsson Acquires Bankrupt Smart Grid Co, Ericsson Buys Majority Stake in Apcera, Ericsson Buys Cloud Video Firm for $95M and Ericsson Goes Beyond Telecom with MetraTech Acquisition.)

  • Telekom Austria Group is claiming a world first with the connection of a residential broadband customer using G.fast, the still-developing technology that can squeeze fiber-like speeds out of copper lines. In partnership with Alcatel-Lucent (NYSE: ALU), Telekom Austria's domestic subsidiary A1 has demonstrated speeds in excess of 100 Mbit/s on the line, and plans to make G.fast commercially available in 2016.

  • Deutsche Telekom AG (NYSE: DT) has been fined €69.9 million (US$89 million) by European Union antitrust authorities for putting a "margin squeeze" on its competitors in the Slovakian market, Reuters reports. DT's Slovak Telekom unit was deemed to have overcharged its rivals for wholesale access to its legacy network infrastructure.

  • This year's Ryder Cup, which proved once again how much better Europe's golfers are than their US counterparts, played its part in healthy fiscal first-quarter results at Sky , which had exclusive live rights to the event in the UK. During the final day's play, its dedicated Sky Sports Ryder Cup channel was the single most-watched channel in the UK. Overall, quarterly revenues were up 6% year-on-year to ₤1.92 billion ($3.07 billion), while EBITDA (earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization) was also up 6%, to ₤417 million ($667 million).

  • Ziggo B.V. , the Dutch cable operator that is about to become part of the Liberty Global Inc. (Nasdaq: LBTY) empire, saw core profits rise 3.4% to €228 million ($292.25 million) in the third quarter, Reuters reports. (See Euronews: Liberty Global Plans Pan-European MVNO.)

    — Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

  • jbtombes 10/16/2014 | 10:29:18 AM
    G.fast rates The touted rates for G.fast are for aggegate (upstream + downstream). Not exactly how service providers advertise their speeds - or criticize the competition. See Verizon's "half-fast" (say it quickly three times) ads against cable's asymettrical throughputs. 
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