Euronews: ECI Replaces its CEO

ECI Telecom Ltd. , BT Group plc (NYSE: BT; London: BTA) and Sky get the nod in today's EMEA regional roundup.

  • Transport and access equipment vendor ECI Telecom has named Shimon Bart as its new president and CEO with immediate effect. Bart joins from Keter Plastic, a manufacturer of "resin-based home consumer products" (such as weather-proof outdoor furniture), notes ECI in its announcement. He replaces Rafi Maor, who becomes chairman. Maor, who was appointed as President and CEO in 2005, oversaw ECI's transition from a public to a privately held company. (See ECI Telecom Names New CEO, ECI Names President, ECI Shareholders Approve Buyout and ECI Deal Completed.)

  • The U.K. government has gently warned British operators not to delay next year's 4G spectrum auction by launching legal action against regulator Ofcom, reports the Financial Times (subscription required). BT and Telefónica UK Ltd. (O2) have already sounded notes of disquiet over the proposed rules of the auction. (See Euronews: NSN Stake Bids Fall Away and UK Plots 4G Spectrum Auction .)

  • You've Been Warned Part 2: Naming no names, Spain's industry minister has told local telcos they could face fines for poor service if they don't pull their socks up, reports Reuters, citing news agency EFE. Results of "various investigations" would be announced shortly, the minister stated. (See LatAm Saves Telefonica in Q1.)

  • British satellite broadcaster BSkyB is launching Sky Go, a multi-screen service that will allow Sky TV subscribers to watch the channel on their mobiles, PCs or tablets at no extra charge. Sky Go effectively brings together two existing services, Sky Player (an online TV service) and Sky Mobile TV (guess). (See BSkyB Launches Multi-Screen Service and BSkyB Reports Full Year.)

  • In the immortal words of leather-lovin' 1980s electro-popsters Depeche Mode, it seems Brits just can't get enough of smartphones and tablets, reports The Independent. According to a KPMG report, smartphone ownership in the U.K. is up 36 percent this year, while tablet-touters have doubled in number over the same period. (See Gartner: Smartphone Sales Go Crazy and Devices Drive ZTE in Q1.)

    — Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

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