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Eurobites: O2 & 3 May Not Become One

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Vodafone, SAP team up for IoT; Apple loses streaming patents case in Germany; Southend goes gigabit.

  • 3 Group Europe, part of the CK Hutchison Holdings Ltd. empire, saw its active customer base grow by 4% in 2015, to 26.1 million, its revenue grow by 10% and its EBITDA rise by 27% in terms of local currencies. In its results statement, CKHH also said that if its plan for Three UK to acquire Telefónica UK Ltd. (O2) gets the go-ahead, it may consider implementing a revised business structure that would maintain 3 and O2 as separate operations, though this would depend on it being able to sell a stake in 3 to a new investor. (See Eurobites: 3 & O2 Deal to Fail – Analyst and Hutchison Offers Major Concessions to Seal 3/O2 Deal.)

  • Vodafone Group plc (NYSE: VOD) has joined forces with SAP AG (NYSE/Frankfurt: SAP), the German enterprise software giant, to try to help their customers launch and monetize new services aimed at the Internet of Things. The collaboration is intended to allow enterprises to connect and manage devices using Vodafone's IoT connectivity platform and to collect and move data from the devices onto the SAP HANA platform.

  • Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) has come in second in a legal battle in Germany over video streaming patents, losing out to Kudelski Group 's OpenTV unit, reports Reuters. The case centered on various streaming patents -- in 2014 OpenTV sued Apple, claiming that the iPhone, iPad, and other Apple products infringed its intellectual property rights. It is not yet known whether Apple will appeal the decision.

  • Southend-on-Sea, the sun-drenched UK coastal town that lays claim to the longest pleasure pier in the world, is to be the latest place to get the Gigabit City treatment from CityFibre , the UK network infrastructure challenger. The new Southend dark fiber network, 50km in length, will connect 120 local authority sites around the town. The deal is worth £3.24 million ($4.66 million) over ten years.

    Southend Pier: On a clear day you can see Canvey Island.
    Southend Pier: On a clear day you can see Canvey Island.

  • British chip designer Imagination Technologies Group plc has announced it is to cut another 200 jobs as a dip in iPhone sales continues to hit its revenues, reports the Daily Telegraph. Imagination is also still trying to sell Pure, its digital radio unit.

    — Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

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