Eurobites: Things Get Hairy for Combes

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Free 1, Orange 0; Net Insight buys ScheduALL; du goes gigabit for gaming.

  • The flak attack on former Alcatel-Lucent (NYSE: ALU) CEO Michel Combes has been ratcheted up a notch, with the French Economy Minister, Emmanuel Macron, describing his move to Altice before the completion of Nokia Corp. (NYSE: NOK)'s takeover of AlcaLu as "shocking." According to this Reuters report, Macron told reporters that it is "not normal that a big company boss is the first to jump ship." Altice confirmed on Monday that Combes was its new CEO, as well as the chairman of its Numericable-SFR business, replacing Altice founder Patrick Drahi in the latter role. (See Ex-AlcaLu Boss Tasked With Bolstering Altice and Nokia Makes €15.6B Bid for Alcatel-Lucent.)

  • Elsewhere in French telecom, regulator Arcep has ruled in favor of mobile operator Free in its legal dispute with Orange over extra fees added by Orange to the cost of Free using its fiber backhaul network.

  • Net Insight AB (Stockholm: NETI-B), the Stockholm-based video delivery specialist, has acquired ScheduALL, a provider of ERM (enterprise resources management) software for media, broadcast and transmission businesses, for $14 million. ScheduALL posted revenues of $10.6 million and net profits of $0.7 million in 2014. The companies had been working together for some time, jointly developing an SDN offering which Net Insight now hopes to enhance with new services and applications. For more on Net Insight's long-term plans, check out this audio interview with its CEO, Fredrik Tumegård (Light Reading registration, which is free, is required).

  • Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Co. (du) says it is now offering the fastest broadband services in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) following the launch of its gigabit broadband service, which, it claims, offers "a seamless gaming and home entertainment experience." The operator says the service should be of particular interest to the “emerging gaming community” in the UAE.

  • Orange (NYSE: FTE) is having a management reshuffle in Africa and the Middle East. Éric Bouquillon replaces Alassane Diene as CEO of Orange Guineau; Alassane Diene replaces Jean-Luc Bohé as CEO of Orange Mali; Jérôme Hénique replaces Jean-François Thomas as CEO of Jordan Telecom; and Thierry Marigny replaces Jérôme Hénique as deputy CEO of Sontal in Senegal.

  • Irish operator eir suffered a major outage Wednesday, with 5% of call volumes affected. It affected businesses that use 1800 and 1500 numbers, as well as some mobile numbers. The operator has also revealed details of its re-branding exercise: eircom is to become… "eir". You can say what you like, but those branding guys are worth their weight in gold.

    — Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

  • lucalussurioso 8/22/2019 | 1:51:03 AM
    Re: eir today ...  eir without the com -- that's just the Irish sense of porno at work.
    mendyk 9/3/2015 | 12:15:08 PM
    Re: eir today ... eir without the com -- that's just the Irish sense of humor at work.
    PaulERainford 9/3/2015 | 12:12:11 PM
    Re: eir today ... You're wasted here Dennis. Kind of ironic that eircom dropped the 'com' bit on the day they had a massive outage.
    mendyk 9/3/2015 | 9:48:45 AM
    eir today ... In the next round of rebranding, "eir" will be rendered upside down, with an umlaut under the r.
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