Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Roku targets UK market with Hisense; SES launches cloud service on Microsoft's Azure; Telekom Slovenije offers data gifting.
The departing CEO of Belgian operator Proximus, Dominique Leroy, has issued a statement denying she had already decided to leave Proximus for Dutch incumbent KPN when she sold her shares in Proximus in early August. In the statement she says: "I understand that with hindsight the timing can create the perception that I did this exactly prior and because of my departure. This is surely not the reason for my sale of shares … I regret that this perception has been created, this is not in line with my values where integrity and transparency are very high." Leroy will begin life as a CEO at KPN in December of this year, succeeding Maximo Ibarra: Her appointment was made public last Friday.
Roku, the US-based streaming specialist, is to train its firepower on the UK market through a smart-TV partnership with Chinese manufacturer Hisense. As Reuters reports, the pair will market televisions pre-loaded with Roku TV software from the fourth quarter. According to Roku founder Anthony Wood, the Hisense deal is being seen as a "stepping stone to the rest of Europe." (See Roku Rocks in Q2, Sizes Up Global Expansion.)
Satellite operator SES is hoping to add a dash of artificial intelligence to media delivery with the launch of what it describes as a "broadcast-grade" managed cloud service on Microsoft's Azure platform. The new service will be demonstrated at this week's IBC show in Amsterdam.
Telekom Slovenije is claiming a Slovenian first with the launch of a mobile package that allows its customers to "gift" its unused data from their monthly data allowance to other Telekom Slovenije customers. Residential and business customers can transfer 1GB, 5GB, 10GB or 20GB to another user, and can do so several times per month, if they have enough unspent data in the bank.
Dominik Müller has been lined up as the next CEO of Swisscom Broadcast, replacing Jean-Paul de Weck, who is retiring. Müller, who has been with Swisscom Broadcast for more than ten years, starts in his new role on November 15.
The proportion of people who access the Internet using only their smartphones has now reached 15% in the UK, according to a new survey from Oxford Internet Institute. The vast majority (63%) of respondents still use both a computer and a smartphone to get online, while only 5% of British Internet users completely eschew the smartphone when it comes to "surfing."