Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Netflix raises European prices; DT exec gets a dig in at online advertising; BBC upgrades iPlayer.
Alcatel-Lucent (NYSE: ALU) is to play a key role in Telefónica 's global, three-year "Fusión Red IP" project, which will initially see the vendor replacing older routers in Telefónica's network in the Spanish city of Murcia with its IP routing technology comprising the 7950 Extensible Routing System, the 7450 Ethernet Service Switch and the 7750 Service Router. The whole caboodle will be overseen by AlcaLu's 5620 Service Aware Manager. The three-year Fusión Red IP project has been prompted by the explosive growth in video traffic on Telefónica's networks, not least through its Movistar TV service, which has expanded to included Canal+ services and the introduction of catch-up TV. The two companies are also working on the evaluation of virtual network functions (VNFs). (See Eurobites: Telefónica Signs NFV Pact With Alcatel-Lucent .)
Netflix Inc. (Nasdaq: NFLX) is raising the cost of its HD video streaming service by €1 (US$1.10) a month for new customers in most of its European territories, reports Bloomberg. The company says that the increase has been brought about by the need to fund its acquisition and content creation strategies.
Deutsche Telekom AG (NYSE: DT)'s senior vice-president of technology strategy, Tomasz Gerszberg, has potentially rocked the boat by using a LinkedIn blog to call for the likes of Google (Nasdaq: GOOG) and Facebook to subsidize users' mobile subscriptions, reports the Financial Times (subscription required). In the blog, Gerszberg argued that this would help protect customers from rising data charges partly caused by online advertising routed through Google et al.
UAE carrier Etisalat may be opening up its shares to non-UAE investors but those foreign shareholders will not be granted voting rights, reports Reuters. Foreign investors will be allowed to own up to 20% of the shares on offer.
The BBC has upgraded its popular iPlayer catch-up service in time for the UK's fall TV schedules, reports Broadband TV News. Probably the most significant tweak is the introduction of a "live restart" facility, which allows viewers tuning into a live show to view it from the beginning without having to wait for the show to reach the end first. Also being introduced is the ability to pause a show and resume it on a different device, via a sign-in process.
— Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading