France Telecom – Orange has had what it calls a "tightening" (ouch!) of its executive team in a bid, it says, to simplify its "innovation structure." Among other appointments, Vivek Badrinath is appointed deputy CEO in charge of the group's "innovation, technology and customer experience resources" and Thierry Bonhomme is appointed senior executive VP in charge of Orange Business Services. (See Is Orange Really Innovating?)
Deutsche Telekom AG has signed an M2M (machine-to-machine) deal with Swiss freight company Arviem. The pair will jointly offer their customers a real-time monitoring system for freight consignments.
And yet another partnership: Swisscom Hospitality Services (the hotel communications arm of the Swiss incumbent) has teamed up with NEC Unified Solutions to offer next-generation voice and data services to the EMEA hospitality market.
"It's me! I'm on top of a mountain!" Everything Everywhere Ltd. (EE) is launching 4G services in the beautiful though often soggy U.K. region of Cumbria, an area as yet largely unserved by fixed fiber-based broadband.
And several hundred miles further south, BT Group plc has signed a deal with Hampshire County Council to bring super-fast broadband to more than 57,000 business and residential premises. The contract forms part of the government-funded BDUK program.
— Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading