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Eurobites: Telia Carrier Puts Göjeryd in Charge

Paul Rainford

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Net Insight wins in Abu Dhabi; Square staffs up for Europe; Mediaset files suit against Vivendi; Pokémon GOes, but comes back.

  • Telia Carrier , formerly known as TeliaSonera International Carrier (TSIC), has a new CEO in the shape of Staffan Göjeryd, who has been with the company since 1995. Göjeryd steps into the shoes of Brendan Ives, who is heading up a new unit that has been given the job of boosting Telia's profile in up-and-coming market sectors such as IoT and eHealth.

  • Sky News Arabia has chosen Sweden's Net Insight AB (Stockholm: NETI-B) to connect its ten global news bureaus to its main hub in Abu Dhabi. Sky will use Net Insight's Nimbra Vision offering to distribute broadcast-quality video over the Internet.

  • Square Inc. , the San Francisco-based mobile payments company, is indicating that it plans to build up operations in Europe by posting three new job openings in the region, Reuters reports. Square's flagship offering is a card reader that turns a smartphone into a payment processing terminal. The company began testing its system in London in June.

  • Italian media group Mediaset S.p.A. has filed suit against French giant Vivendi for allegedly pulling out of a deal to buy its pay-TV unit, Mediaset Premium. As Broadband TV News reports, citing French daily Les Echos, Mediaset is seeking damages of €50 million (US$56.5 million) a month until the case is resolved. According to Vivendi, Mediaset Premium's business plan is based on unrealistic assumptions.

  • Phew! A nation breathes again. Proximus customers in Belgium can now have access again to Pokémon GO, after teens and those old enough to know better found that the game was out of bounds to them on Friday due to the activation of security measures on servers belonging to the game's developer, Niantic, which caused a loss of connections to the Proximus network. Apparently, the measures had been activated due to a player using an anonymous prepaid card to fund his or her fun.

    — Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

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