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Euronews: Vodafone Confirms Kabel Bid

Vodafone Group plc and Google kick things off in today's jog through the EMEA headlines.

  • Following months of speculation that it wants to buy Germany's largest cable operator, Kabel Deutschland Holding AG, Vodafone has issued a statement confirming it has "made a preliminary approach to KD regarding a possible offer for the company," noting also that an actual offer might not be forthcoming. Vodafone already has fixed-line and mobile operations in Germany.

  • Google has acquired Israeli startup Waze, which has developed map applications for smartphones, for an undisclosed sum. Reports suggest the price tag was about US$1.1 billion. Read this Google blog and this post from Waze CEO Noam Bardin for more details.

  • British security agencies made more requests to Skype Ltd. for user calling information than their U.S. intelligence counterparts, according to this report from The Guardian. Skype, the VoIP services giant owned by Microsoft Corp., was asked for personal details such as "the names of callers, their address, email account details and telephone numbers dialed," according to the report. The Guardian has been carrying numerous reports of communications data gathering by security agencies for the past five days, having broken the story about the Prism program run by the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA). (See Prism in a Big Data World.)

  • Just days after the U.K. Intelligence and Security Committee report that raised concerns about the security implications of deploying gear from Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. in British communications networks, the Chinese vendor has opened its new U.K. headquarters in the hi-tech but low-glamor town of Reading. (See Security Concerns Cling to Huawei.)

  • Colt Technology Services Group Ltd claims that it has shrunk its energy bill by 18 percent over a three-year period across its European data centers, equivalent to savings of €4 million ($5.3 million) per annum. (See Colt Boasts Energy Efficiency Savings.)

  • Swisscom AG has implemented massive cuts in the cost of international data roaming for its customers, with both its weekly packages down more than 60 percent in price.

  • Amino Communications Ltd. and its East European content delivery network systems partner Intracom Telecom are trumpeting the award of a new contract from a "major South Eastern European operator." The deal involves the supply of HD IPTV set-top boxes for deployment in a number of countries.

    — Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

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