Business Transformation

Eurobites: Telecom Italia Blames It on Rio

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: France makes life awkward for Google; Deezer plans IPO; AlcaLu supplies Sicilian connectivity.

  • Telecom Italia (TIM) is to rethink its strategy in Brazil as a result of the ongoing economic recession there, reports Bloomberg. The carrier, which has been laboring under a pile of debt and announced more layoffs earlier this year, generates nearly a third of its revenues in Brazil via its majority stake in TIM Participacoes S.A. , the second-largest Brazilian mobile operator. (See Eurobites: Telecom Italia Plans Layoffs, Says Union.)

  • Google (Nasdaq: GOOG) has a battle on its hands with CNIL, France's privacy regulator, which has rejected the search giant's informal appeal against CNIL's demand that it must extend the "right to be forgotten" beyond European Google domains to include other geographical extensions, not least google.com. The "right to be forgotten" principle, which allows any individual to ask a search engine to remove results displayed following a search made on his or her name, was introduced in May 2014 following a ruling by the European Court of Justice. (See Eurobites: EU Warns Google Over 'Right to Be Forgotten' Opportunism.)

  • Deezer, the music streaming service that is a big hit in France but bubbling under rivals Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) and Spotify in global terms, is planning an IPO on the Paris stock exchange by the end of the year, reports Reuters. Analysts expect the service, which has 6.3 million subscribers who pay €9.99 (US$11.1) a month to access a catalog of 35 million tracks, to raise around €1 billion ($1.11 billion) from the listing.

  • Alcatel-Lucent (NYSE: ALU) has supplied Telecom Italia (TIM) with a 147km microwave link between the Sicilian islands of Pantelleria and Lampedusa. The link uses AlcaLu's 9500 Microwave Packet Radio Platform to support a mixture of IP and legacy traffic.

  • Sky , the UK triple-play provider, clearly believes there's a place for virtual reality (VR) in the nation's living rooms, as it has invested another $900,000 in Jaunt, a Californian startup which is developing technology for the creation and distribution of live-action VR. This takes the total investment made by Sky in Jaunt since 2013 to $1.65 million.

  • UK regulator Ofcom has issued its latest tally of telecom customer complaints, covering the second quarter of 2015, and the bad news for EE is that it still tops the grumble charts in terms both fixed voice and fixed broadband. On the mobile side, Vodafone UK rules the roost of shame, while TalkTalk edges it over BT Group plc (NYSE: BT; London: BTA) on the pay-TV fall-down front.

    — Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

  • Mitch Wagner 9/22/2015 | 11:54:07 AM
    What will Google do? I wonder if they'll pull out of France over this. Certainly seems unreasonable that someone in the US, UK, or Spain should get Google results filtered by French law. 

    Also sets a dangerous precedent. What if Google is required to reduce the quality of global searches to meet the standards of North Korea or Saudi Arabia. 
    [email protected] 9/22/2015 | 9:29:56 AM
    Re: Erm... That's the official terminology. We can't print what we would call them.
    gm106 9/22/2015 | 9:02:59 AM
    Erm... Grumble charts? really?
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