Cable Tech

Euronews: Red Alert on Orange Cable Ship

Orange (NYSE: FTE), Telenet and Ericsson AB (Nasdaq: ERIC) start the week in today's run through the EMEA telecom headlines.

  • A France Télécom cable ship was at the center of a major incident when a fire broke out on board as the ship was returning from a cable repair operation off the coast of Namibia. All 56 crew members were rescued, and the operator maintains that the fire had no "immediate impact" on submarine cables in the region.

  • Contrary to reports that emerged last week, Belgian cable operator Telenet appears to have ruled itself out of bidding for BASE , KPN Telecom NV (NYSE: KPN)'s mobile unit, according to Reuters.

  • Ericsson has been chosen by Polish network-sharers Polkomtel SA and Aero 2 Sp. z o. o. to supply WCDMA and LTE infrastructure to upgrade the pair's mobile broadband services in the western and northern parts of the country.

  • Residents and businesses in the British coastal resort of Weymouth, which recently hosted the Olympic sailing events, are disgruntled that promised super-fast broadband hasn't reached them yet, reports the BBC. A high-speed connection was installed at the nearby Portland National Sailing Academy for use by the media, administrators and sailors during the sailing events, but a delay in construction work (according to BT Group plc (NYSE: BT; London: BTA)) means that the beneficial effects of the installation have yet to filter through to the locals.

    — Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

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