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Eurobites: DT Completes 'Pan-Net' Jigsaw

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: TDC feels the heat on its home turf; Russia investigates Apple over iPhone pricing; UK broadband advertising slammed (again).

  • Deutsche Telekom AG (NYSE: DT) has revealed that Poland and Greece are to be the sites for the two new data centers that will, in combination with one already announced in Hungary, form the backbone of the operator's much-vaunted "pan-net" project, through which DT is replacing the legacy operations that have catered to individual markets in the region with a single European network. The "production sites," as DT calls the data centers, will open in 2017 and, according to the operator's announcement, will "enable Deutsche Telekom to offer newly developed services throughout Europe within just a few days." The site in Hungary is due to be up and running by the end of 2016. (See DT's Pan-Net Picks Up the Pace.)

  • Fierce competition in its home market was one of the factors behind a 7.2% year-on-year fall in underlying second-quarter earnings at Danish incumbent TDC A/S (Copenhagen: TDC), with the operator pulling in 2.1 billion Danish kroner (US$315 million) in earnings on revenues of DKK5.2 billion ($781 million) during the period. However, TDC did manage to increase its mobile customer base by 26,000, and for the first time in five years the operator increased gross profit from mobility services.

  • Russia's antitrust authority is investigating Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) over alleged fixing of iPhone prices there, the Financial Times reports (subscription required). The authority says the investigation was sparked by a consumer complaint, and involves several Apple subsidiaries and 16 of Apple's main resellers in Russia.

  • Sky , the pay-TV provider that has millions of customers in the UK, Ireland, Germany and Italy, has extended its content supply chain contract with Los Angeles-based Vubiquity Inc. The contract, which was originally signed in 2012, sees Vubiquity processing and delivering more than 5,000 hours of content every month for Sky.

  • The UK's Local Government Association (LGA) has joined the chorus of disapproval of the use of the phrase "up to" in reference to downlink speeds when advertising broadband packages, believing them to be often downright misleading, especially when it comes to rural areas. As the Daily Telegraph reports, the LGA has warned that those living in the more remote corners of the UK can often receive only a fifth of the advertised speeds, with many areas receiving just 2 Mbit/s during peak periods. The LGA is calling for average downlink and uplink speeds to be used in broadband advertising instead. (See 'Up To' No Good.)

  • Alexandra Reich has been appointed CEO of Telenor Hungary Zrt. , replacing Christopher Laska, who has been moved to another role within the company. Reich, who started her career in investment banking, served as EVP and head of mobile business for Swisscom Enterprise since 2014, after joining the company in 2009.

    — Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

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