Cable Tech

Euronews: Will DT Buy Back Into Cable?

Deutsche Telekom AG (NYSE: DT), Ericsson AB (Nasdaq: ERIC) and ARM Ltd. are in the mix for today's EMEA roundup.

  • Deutsche Telekom could be attempting a return to the cable market, according to a Bloomberg report. People "familiar with the matter" have said the German incumbent is among the bidders for PrimaCom AG (Nasdaq: PCAG; Frankfurt: PRC). Deutsche Telekom previously owned cable services operations but disposed of them about a decade ago. (See DT Picks Bidders and Deutsche Telekom Dumps Cable.)

  • Ericsson faces some stiff competition as two major U.K. managed services contracts come up for renewal, according to analysts at ABI Research . (See UK Managed Services Heats Up.)

  • PeerApp Ltd. , the Massachusetts-based CDN systems specialist, has opened an R&D facility in Novosibirsk, Russia, which will focus on the development and deployment of PeerApp's UltraBand product. Ultraband, described as a transparent caching platform, is used by more than 270 fixed and mobile operators to manage the delivery of video and other over-the-top content on their networks, claims PeerApp. (See PeerApp Opens Russian R&D Facility.)

  • ARM, the U.K.-based chip designer, has released the latest version of its Mali T600 graphics processors, which it claims will significantly extend the battery life and improve the performance of ARM-powered devices.

  • SFR is suing Orange (NYSE: FTE) over alleged anti-competitive practices in the fixed broadband market, reports L'Expansion (in French).

  • South Africa's Telkom SA Ltd. (NYSE/Johannesburg: TKG) has been fined 449 million rand ($55 million) by the country's regulator for so-called "bullying" of its rivals, reports Reuters. However, this represents something of a result for the operator, as the regulator had originally been looking to slap it with a whopping ZAR3.5 billion ($429 million) fine.

  • Traffic on the BBC's iPlayer over-the-top video streaming service has predictably gone through the roof as hyperventilating Brits catch up on the exploits of their heroes at the London Olympics. Usain Bolt's star turn in the 100m final pushed traffic up 30 percent, while Andy Murray's dispatching of Roger Federer in the tennis final added 25 percent to the numbers. But just wait for the Greco-Roman wrestling factor to kick in…

    — Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

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