Euronews: DT Improves MetroPCS Offer

Also in today's EMEA roundup: AlcaLu powers DE-CIX Apollon Ethernet platform; KPN share sale gets green light; Ciena's new EMEA man

Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe

April 11, 2013

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Euronews: DT Improves MetroPCS Offer

Deutsche Telekom AG, Alcatel-Lucent, KPN Telecom NV and Ciena Corp. are just some of the newsmakers in today's EMEA telecom news roster.

  • Deutsche Telekom has effectively improved its takeover offer for MetroPCS Inc. by cutting the amount of debt it is imposing on what would be the combined company formed by Deutsche Telekom subsidiary T-Mobile USA and MetroPCS by US$3.8 billion, reports Bloomberg. Some MetroPCS shareholders were unhappy about the level of debt with which the company was going to be saddled.

  • What is described as the "world's largest and most advanced" Ethernet platform has been switched on in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. DE-CIX Apollon, part of the DE-CIX Internet Exchange, is powered by Alcatel-Lucent's 7950 XRS core router, and utilizes ADVA Optical Networking's FSP 3000 transport platform, providing speeds of up to 2 Tbits/sec per fiber pair. (See DE-CIX Launches Ethernet Interconnectand ADVA Lands German 100G Metro Deal.)

  • Shareholders in Dutch incumbent KPN have voted in favor of a €3 billion ($3.9 billion) rights issue that will provide funds for investment and drive down debt, reports Bloomberg. (See Euronews: Slim Makes His Move on KPN.)

  • Ciena has appointed David Tomalin as its new CTO for the EMEA region. Tomalin has previously worked for euNetworks Group Ltd. and Level 3 Communications Inc., among others. (See Ciena Still Struggling for Profitability.)

  • Telefónica SA has chosen Ohio-based TOA Technologies Inc.'s cloud-based field service management system to streamline its mobile workforce operations.— Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

About the Author(s)

Paul Rainford

Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

Paul is based on the Isle of Wight, a rocky outcrop off the English coast that is home only to a colony of technology journalists and several thousand puffins.

He has worked as a writer and copy editor since the age of William Caxton, covering the design industry, D-list celebs, tourism and much, much more.

During the noughties Paul took time out from his page proofs and marker pens to run a small hotel with his other half in the wilds of Exmoor. There he developed a range of skills including carrying cooked breakfasts, lying to unwanted guests and stopping leaks with old towels.

Now back, slightly befuddled, in the world of online journalism, Paul is thoroughly engaged with the modern world, regularly firing up his VHS video recorder and accidentally sending text messages to strangers using a chipped Nokia feature phone.

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