Eurobites: Swisscom Gets a Gig to a Million

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Orange and Partner split in Israel; new boss for Truphone; Serbian incumbent manages devices with AlcaLu.

  • Swisscom AG (NYSE: SCM) can now offer gigabit broadband services to 1 million homes and businesses, about 30% of Switzerland’s total, thanks in part to the deployment of Alcatel-Lucent (NYSE: ALU)'s 7302 Intelligent Services Access Manager (ISAM) platform, which enables the provision of point-to-point fiber broadband, according to the vendor. Swisscom's other main fixed broadband technology partner is Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. Alcatel-Lucent is about to become part of Nokia Corp. (NYSE: NOK). (See Eurobites: Alcatel-Lucent Reaches Finnish Line, Optical Options for FTTH/B: Broadband Special Report Part 2 and Swisscom's Fiber Feast.)

  • Israeli mobile operator Partner Communications Co. Ltd. (Nasdaq: PTNR; London: PCCD) has terminated its brand license agreement with Orange (NYSE: FTE). Stephane Richard, Orange's CEO, caused something of a diplomatic incident in June of last year when he said he would end his company's relationship with Partner "tomorrow morning" if he could, and finished up apologizing to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for perceived criticism of the Israeli regime. Orange had been under pressure in France to end its relationship with Partner because of the Israeli firm's supply of telecom services to settlements regarded as illegal under international law.

  • London-based global virtual mobile operator Truphone Ltd. has appointed Ralph Steffens as its new CEO, who joins from Indian 4G operator Reliance Jio , where he was president and chief operating officer (COO). He has also previously worked at BT Group plc (NYSE: BT; London: BTA), Colt Technology Services Group Ltd and Australia's NBN Co Ltd. Previous CEO Steve Robertson is now executive chairman and CEO, Strategic Partnerships, with responsibility for developing mobile operator relationships around the world. Truphone currently offers its low-cost mobile service in 66 countries.

  • Telekom Srbija a.d. , which operates in Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Montenegro, is to deploy Alcatel-Lucent's mobile device management platform. The state-owned operator was put up for privatization last year but the Serbian government rejected all eight non-binding bids it received for the 58% stake in the carrier it was offering for sale. (See Telekom Srbija Manages Mobile Devices With AlcaLu .)

  • Danish operator TDC A/S (Copenhagen: TDC) has appointed Marina Lonning as the new executive vice president of its enterprise arm, TDC Business, reports Reuters. Previously Lonning was CMO at Telenor Norway's business division.

    — Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

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