Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: EE does deal with Apple Music; Vivendi looks to cut costs at pay-TV unit; catch-up TV content rights shake-up in the offing across EU?
Ericsson AB (Nasdaq: ERIC) has been chosen to play the lead role in a public-private partnership project to build a hybrid cloud for Estonia's public sector. The project, that also includes EMC Corp. (NYSE: EMC) and Telia
, among others, will set out to improve a range of "e-society" services, such as tax reporting and online healthcare. Ericsson will fire up its HDS 8000 hyperscale data center system for the project.
Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) has done a deal with EE that will see the BT Group plc (NYSE: BT; London: BTA) -owned UK mobile operator offer the Apple Music streaming service "free" to new and upgrading customers for six months. Apple has lost ground in the music world since the likes of Spotify and Deezer introduced headphone-wearers everywhere to the delights of streaming (as opposed to iTunes-style downloads), so this deal could represent a useful way for Apple to play catch-up.
Personally I Preferred Him in Tremors...
Kevin Bacon and – yikes! – Britney Spears in a still from an EE ad promoting its new Apple Music offer.
French media giant Vivendi is to cut €300 million (US$338 million) in costs over the next couple of years at its Canal+ pay-TV business in a bid to break even, MarketWatch reports. Second-quarter earnings at Vivendi slipped 3.1% year-on-year to €187 million ($211 million) in real terms, with revenue falling 1.9% at Canal+.
The European Commission has plans afoot to allow broadcasters to show their catch-up services content right across the EU, once they have secured the rights to the content in their home country, EurActiv reports. The new rules would, says the report, apply to the likes of the BBC's iPlayer, but will face strong opposition from movie/TV show producers and the sports industry.
Stefan Backman has been appointed EVP, group general counsel at Nordic operator Tele2 AB (Nasdaq: TLTO), replacing Caroline Fellenius-Omnell, who is taking a similar position at Skanska Group. Backman joined Tele2 in 2007.
African wholesaler WIOCC has appointed Nikki Popoola as its sales director. Popoola has been in the telecom industry for almost 20 years, the last seven of them spent at Tata Communications. WIOCC offers connectivity to more than 500 locations across 30 African countries, using more than 55,000km of terrestrial fiber and 40,000km of subsea fiber.