Euronews: Swisscom, Akamai Get Jiggy

Also in today's cassock-free EMEA roundup: Telecom Italia's spin-off won't; hedge fund boss slams Vodafone; AlcaLu does 4G in Galicia

Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe

March 14, 2013

2 Min Read
Euronews: Swisscom, Akamai Get Jiggy

Swisscom AG, Akamai Technologies Inc., Telecom Italia SpA and Vodafone Group plc say "move over, Pope Frank" as they jostle for position in today's EMEA news queue.

  • Swisscom and content delivery network (CDN) operator Akamai have forged a strategic partnership focused on the “content delivery, Web application acceleration and cloud security market” that will see them jointly invest in sales, customer support and marketing. Swisscom will integrate Akamai’s suite of services into its enterprise and consumer service packages. The move is notable as Swisscom is opting to rely on Akamai’s CDN infrastructure and applications acceleration capabilities, in a similar way to AT&T Inc. and France Télécom – Orange, while other telcos have opted to build their own content delivery architectures. (See AT&T Hands Its CDN Over to Akamai, Orange, Akamai Form CDN Alliance and CDN: Build or Buy?)

  • Telecom Italia's attempts to spin off its fixed-line network are running into the sand, according to a report on Bloomberg. The Italian incumbent is looking to reduce its debt pile through job cuts and asset sales.

  • U.K.-based Vodafone has felt the full wrath of a disgruntled hedge fund manager for its performance during the past decade, reports The Guardian. Presumably speaking from his lavish Bondi Beach hideaway, the Aussie boss of Bronte Capital, John Hempton, described Vodafone as "incompetent" and said that it should put itself up for sale. Fair dinkum? Or is this a case of the "whinging pom" cliché being turned on its head?

  • Well this bit of cost-cutting might please Mr Hempton: Vodafone is terminating its sponsorship of the McLaren Formula 1 motor racing team at the end of the season, reports Autosport.

  • Alcatel-Lucent has been running 4G trials with the enigmatically named mobile operator R, which has around 300,000 customers in the northern Spanish region of Galicia. Let's hope they found time between tests for a spot of this.

  • Viacloud, a U.K. company that describes itself as a "mobile virtual network aggregator" facilitating the relatively painless setting-up of MVNOs, has made several key appointments: Emanuele Angelidis becomes CEO; Tim Stone is chief commercial officer; and Richard Schafer is CFO.

  • Romanian operator Romtelecom has a new CEO in the form of Nikolai Beckers, formerly of T-Systems France. He will also head up Cosmote in Romania.— 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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