100G Ethernet

Euronews: Feb. 23

Telekom Austria AG (NYSE: TKA; Vienna: TKA), Telia Company and a Orange (NYSE: FTE) unit head up today's digest of Euro telecom news action.

  • Telekom Austria, which has operations in eight countries in Central and South-East Europe, posted its fourth-quarter and full-year group financials Wednesday, and reported a 3.1 percent drop in full-year group revenues year-on-year to €4.65 billion (US$6.37 billion) but a doubling of its net income to €195 million ($267 million). Austria, Bulgaria and Croatia were all down in terms of revenue, with a contrasting story in Belarus, Slovenia, Serbia, Macedonia and Liechtenstein. (See Telekom Austria Reports Q4, Full Year.)

  • Reuters reports that TeliaSonera has made an "indicative bid" for Polish mobile operator Polkomtel SA . The Sweden-based carrier joins a list of private-equity suitors that includes Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. (KKR) , Apax Partners , Bain Capital , Providence Equity Partners and joint bidders TPG Ventures and The Blackstone Group . (See Euronews: Feb. 7)

  • Another Polish operator, Telekomunikacja Polska SA , is having a rough old time of it, recording in its full-year 2010 financials a year-on-year decline in revenues "limited to" 5.1 percent, with net income down 6.5 percent too. On the bright side, the France Telecom-controlled operator did add 618,000 new mobile customers and 172,000 subscribers to its TV offer. (See TPSA Reports 2010 and Euronews: Sept. 6.)

  • Amsterdam Internet Exchange B.V. (AMS-IX) , one of the world's largest Internet interconnection points, has installed two of Anritsu Corp. 's MD1260A IP/Ethernet analyzers as part of a strategy to monitor its network infrastructure so that it can cope with rapidly growing volumes of IP data throughput. We're talking 100 Gig-E, ladies 'n' gennlemen. (See Amsterdam Exchange Analyzes 100GE.)

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    — Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

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