Euronews: Deutsche Telekom Embraces OTT

Deutsche Telekom AG, BT Group plc, Ericsson AB and Openet Telecom Ltd. come up for air in today's trawl of the EMEA headlines.

  • Deutsche Telekom has nailed its colors to the mast as far as OTT content goes with the launch of LiveStream Perform, a cloud-based video delivery system that is powered by Octoshape's streaming technology. The German giant will use LiveStream Perform to deliver high quality OTT video content across fixed and mobile broadband access networks.

  • BT is hoping to capitalize on the bring-your-own-device (BYOD) trend by launching a number of new products and services intended to help enterprises decide whether they are ready to go down the BYOD route and, if they decide to do so, make it easier for them to manage the transition. (See Rise to the BYOD Challenge.)

  • Mobile Broadband Network Limited (MBNL), the joint mobile infrastructure venture owned by 3 and Everything Everywhere Ltd. (EE), has awarded its network managed services contract to Ericsson. The Swedish vendor will provide a network operations center, as well as field support and maintenance, among other things.

  • Openet, the Irish purveyor of Service Provider Information Technology (SPIT) systems, has landed a charging platform deal at T-Mobile Netherlands. Openet's Evolved Charging software is intended to improve customer engagement, improve real-time control and enable price-plan innovations.

  • Orange CEO Stephane Richard, whose home was raided back in January as part of investigations into the French government's payment of compensation to businessman Bernard Tapie, is today being held for questioning about the case, reports Reuters.

  • Vodafone Group plc will undoubtedly have to face more flak following the news that it has managed to avoid paying any corporation tax in the U.K. for the second year running, http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-22817704"target="new">reports the BBC. The operator said a combination of investment in its U.K. network and interest payments negated its corporation tax liabilities for the 2012 fiscal year. (See Vodafone Talks Tough on Tax and Vodafone Defends Its Tax Record.)

  • Game on! U.K. satellite broadcaster BSkyB Ltd. will respond to BT Group plc's incursion into its premier sport broadcasting territory by significantly reducing the price of its sports packages, according to a report in the Daily Telegraph.

  • And finally: Hey monks! Don’t get into bad Internet habits! That, loosely translated, was the message put out by the head of the Russian Orthodox Church to his flock on a visit to a monastery in Greece, reports Reuters. According to the Beard-in-Chief, Patriarch Kirill, many monks "take their mobile telephone and start to enter the Internet where, we know, there is a large number of sinful and tempting things." Yeah, but what about the cute cats?

    — Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

  • Ray Le Maistre 6/10/2013 | 11:24:25 AM
    re: Euronews: Deutsche Telekom Embraces OTT Is this a major telco focusing on the preferences/needs of its customers? Giving them what they want? Good move - wonder what he business model is? Will generic broadband prices creep up to pay for this?
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