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Eurobites: TDC Goes Gigabit With Huawei

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Nokia shoots, SCOREs; eir rises in second quarter; Orange forms biometrics partnership; Lycamobile in UK tax trouble.

  • Denmark's TDC A/S (Copenhagen: TDC) is to upgrade its coaxial network so it can offer gigabit-speed broadband. The project, which calls upon the services of Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. and is scheduled for completion by the end of 2017, will introduce DOCSIS 3.1-compliant architecture to create what is being billed as "Giga COAX." (See TDC Upgrades to Gigabit Broadband With Huawei.)

  • Nokia Corp. (NYSE: NOK) has introduced another acronym into the overstuffed telecom lexicon with SCORE (Site Certified for Overall Relative Efficiency). This new service, which will be demonstrated at the forthcoming Mobile World Congress, provides a rating of potential sites for small cell deployment in urban areas.

  • Ireland's eir (formerly eir ) has recorded its third consecutive quarter of revenue growth and its fourth consecutive quarter of EBITDA growth. Revenues were up 4% year-on-year in its second quarter, to €328 million (US$357 million), while EBITDA was up by the same margin, to €117 million ($127 million). During the quarter it bolstered its pay-TV content by acquiring Setanta Sports Ireland, which offers a range of premium sports content in the Republic, including English Premier League soccer. (See Eurobites: eir Buys Setanta for Sports Assist.)

  • Orange Cyberdefense, the security subsidiary of the French incumbent, has formed a partnership with biometrics specialist Morpho Technologies . The plan is to use their complementary skills in the ongoing battle against cyber attacks on both public sector and private organizations.

  • Lycamobile, which sells international telephone airtime, could be struck off the register of UK businesses for failing to file its accounts on time, and is facing a £9.5 million ($13.6 million) bill from the UK authorities for unpaid tax, reports The Guardian. The company may have not been paying its tax when it should but it has found time to donate £1.5 million ($2.1 million) to Britain's ruling Conservative party since 2011.

    — Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

  • Susan Fourtané 1/27/2016 | 6:12:47 PM
    MorphoTech Paul, the link to Morpho Technologies doesn't seem to work. 

    -Susan 
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