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December 16, 2013
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Vodafone sued in Greece; Ericsson does 4G in Slovakia; BT Sport launch balls-up prompts wave of complaints.
Telia Company has revamped its management team and organizational structure in the wake of its Eurasia transaction scandal. From April 1, 2014, the operator will have a new operating model that allows for greater local accountability, with each of its three main geographic focus areas -- Sweden, Europe, and Eurasia -- having their own executive vice president. For more details see this press release and to see which executives are included in the top team see this announcement.
Vodafone Group plc (NYSE: VOD) is on the receiving end of a €250 million (US$344.5 million) lawsuit from Greek telecom retailer MTS, according to a report in the Financial Times (subscription required). MTS claims that Vodafone has hampered its ability to operate following the cancellation of a loan restructuring deal and the termination of a co-operation agreement. Vodafone dismissed the claims as "completely fanciful."
Slovak Telekom has launched 4G LTE services in five cities in Slovakia, using Ericsson AB (Nasdaq: ERIC)'s multi-standard RBS 6000 basestation to create a network with theoretical downlink speeds of 73 Mbit/s. Circuit-switched fallback (CSFB) has also been deployed to allow voice calls and text messages to be delivered to LTE devices via Slovak Telecom's existing 2G/3G network. More 4G locations are planned for 2014. (See Slovak Telekom Launches 4G With Ericsson.)
BT Group plc (NYSE: BT; London: BTA)'s massively bankrolled launch of its premium sports content pay-TV channel, BT Sport, has consolidated its unwanted lead in the latest customer complaints rankings compiled by UK regulator Ofcom . According to Ofcom, almost half of all complaints BT received about its pay-TV service in August of this year related to BT Sport. (BT launched the service on August 1.) Sky , which BT was primarily taking on with its sports offer, received the lowest number of complaints about its pay-TV services during the same period. (See BT's Got Balls.)
Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. is to supply Orange Polska with second-generation E-band microwave products over the next two years to bolster the operator's backhaul. Huawei's RTN 380, the specific product that the vendor cites in its announcement, provides 2.5Gbit/s bandwidth. (See Orange Polska Strikes Microwave Deal With Huawei.)
Ireland's Silicon & Software Systems Ltd. (S3) , which sells software that helps operators improve the delivery of video services, saw its 2013 revenues leap 25% year-on-year to an unspecified total, signing new contracts with BSkyB and Tele Columbus AG , amongst others. (See S3 Group Boasts Stellar 2013.)
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