Euronews: Obermann Downsizes With Ziggo

Also in today's EMEA roundup: Microsoft fined over browsers; BT boasts more FTTX jobs; Inmarsat hit by LightSquared failure; hosted OSS in Germany

Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe

March 7, 2013

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Euronews: Obermann Downsizes With Ziggo

Ziggo B.V., Deutsche Telekom AG, Microsoft Corp., E-Plus Service GmbH & Co. KG, Comarch SA and Interoute Communications Ltd. head up today's parade of EMEA headlines.

  • Rene Obermann, the outgoing CEO of Deutsche Telekom, will next hang his hat at Dutch cable operator Ziggo, reports Reuters. Obermann will replace Bernard Dijkhuizen as CEO of Ziggo in January 2014, while Obermann in turn will be replaced at Deutsche Telekom by current CFO Timotheus Höttges. (See Deutsche Telekom: It's Over for Obermann.)

  • BT Group plc's fiber rollout is spawning 1,000 new engineer jobs at its Openreach access unit. Once these are recruited, BT says there will be 6,000 people working on the rollout. And in a new development, BT will be extending its fiber reach to the Scilly Isles (an archipelago located about 28 miles from the south-western tip of the U.K. mainland), using a currently redundant subsea cable. (See BT Creates New FTTx Jobs.)

  • The European Commission has fined Microsoft €561 million (US$731 million) for failing to provide Windows users with a clear choice of browsers, despite being ordered to do so in 2009. (See EC Fines Microsoft Over Browsers.)

  • Inmarsat plc, the U.K.-based satellite communications company, saw full-year pre-tax profits fall around 20 percent to $294 million as the knock-on effects of LightSquared's failure hit home. Looking ahead, Inmarsat predicts the withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan will hit its numbers, though it maintains that organic growth will compensate for this. (See Ides of March Looms for LightSquared and LightSquared Pays Inmarsat, Amends Agreement.)

  • Service Provider Information Technology (SPIT) vendor Comarch has won a managed services deal with German mobile operator E-Plus, which is entrusting the hosting and running of a new network performance management system, sourced from Mycom, to the Polish firm. Comarch, which previously supplied network planning software to the operator, will host and run Mycom's NIMS-PrOptima Network Performance Management and Service Assurance platform from its own data center.

  • Nokia Siemens Networks has landed a 3G contract in the Balkans, providing the HSPA+ radio access network and related services for BH Telecom d.d Sarajevo, which operates across the northern and eastern parts of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

  • Pan-European service provider Interoute has added Microsoft Corp.'s Lync unified communications package (voice, messaging, multimedia conferencing) to its growing list of hosted services that are offered on a monthly fee basis. — Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

About the Author(s)

Paul Rainford

Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

Paul is based on the Isle of Wight, a rocky outcrop off the English coast that is home only to a colony of technology journalists and several thousand puffins.

He has worked as a writer and copy editor since the age of William Caxton, covering the design industry, D-list celebs, tourism and much, much more.

During the noughties Paul took time out from his page proofs and marker pens to run a small hotel with his other half in the wilds of Exmoor. There he developed a range of skills including carrying cooked breakfasts, lying to unwanted guests and stopping leaks with old towels.

Now back, slightly befuddled, in the world of online journalism, Paul is thoroughly engaged with the modern world, regularly firing up his VHS video recorder and accidentally sending text messages to strangers using a chipped Nokia feature phone.

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