Business Transformation

Eurobites: All Change at Telenor's Top Table

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: BT draws on Trend Micro security tech; Cato strengthens EMEA management; Telefónica targets gaming; Sunrise joins FreeMove.

  • It's major management shake-up time at Norway's Telenor Group (Nasdaq: TELN), with nine executives being culled from the top table as part of a restructuring exercise that will kick in on March 1. The new-look Telenor will be organized into four "clusters": Scandinavia; Central and Eastern Europe; Emerging Asia; and (here's a new one) Mature Asia. For a full run-down of who's in and who's out, see: Telenor Unveils Reorg, Shakes Up Top Team.

  • BT Group plc (NYSE: BT; London: BTA) has done a deal with Trend Micro Inc. to incorporate the Tokyo-based security specialist's Deep Security data center offering on its Cloud Compute platform in 19 countries across Europe. Deep Security is intended to act as a barrier against malware, ransomware and other nasties.

  • Cato Networks , an Israel-based company that describes itself as "the world's first software-defined and cloud-based network with built-in enterprise security," has expanded its management team across the EMEA and Asia-Pacific regions with the addition of Alon Alter and Stree Naidu. Alter, previously at Incapsula, will be Cato's EMEA man, responsible for all sales, business development and partner acquisition efforts.

  • Telefónica has teamed up with electronic gaming company ESL in a bid to grab a bigger slice of the so-called e-sports action and help shrink its debt pile. For more details, see this story on our sister site, Telecoms.com.

  • Switzerland's Sunrise Communications AG has joined FreeMove Alliance , the collaborative venture between Orange (NYSE: FTE), Telecom Italia (TIM) , Deutsche Telekom AG (NYSE: DT) and Telia Company that helps deliver mobile services to multinational companies by synchronizing the expertise of its members. FreeMove will now be able to access Sunrise's mobile network, which is currently being readied for 4G+ technology.

  • Spain has been identified, along with the US, as one of the two most prolific countries when it comes to originating fraudulent mobile calls. The findings come in a report from Syniverse Technologies LLC , which cited Spain's high number of overseas visitors as a significant factor behind its mobile fraud problem. For more details, see this story on sister site Telecoms.com.

  • Deutsche Telekom's IT services arm, T-Systems International GmbH , has joined forces with Roambee, a Silicon Valley-based "smart logistics" firm. As part of the global IoT agreement, Roambee will provide software-as-a-service (SaaS) applications that include wireless portable sensors and cloud-based software to help transport companies keep tabs on their trucks and the contents therein.

    — Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

  • kq4ym 1/24/2017 | 6:10:32 PM
    Re: "Mature Asia" Lots of jokes possible there with the mature asia phrase.... But anyway it may bear watching Cato in Israel as they describe "itself as "the world's first software-defined and cloud-based network with built-in enterprise security." If that's accurate and their Asia expansion pans out well, there should be lots of other folks joining that bandwagon too I would guess.
    PaulERainford 1/12/2017 | 12:40:11 PM
    Re: "Mature Asia" I think you'd better stop right there Mitch. Human Resources are watching...
    Mitch Wagner 1/12/2017 | 12:19:24 PM
    Re: "Mature Asia" Also, you do NOT want to Google the phrase "Mature Asia." At least not from work you don't. 
    Mitch Wagner 1/12/2017 | 12:17:13 PM
    "Mature Asia" I've never heard a reference to "Mature Asia." 

    If I lived in Asia, it would be Immature Asia where we all tell dirty jokes and stay up too late playing video games. 
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