Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Telekom Austria bags cable operator; ThinkAnalytics scores at Swisscom; Google Glass reaches UK.
UK mobile joint venture EE has completed the migration to its new IP/MPLS core network, which is underpinned by Juniper Networks Inc. (NYSE: JNPR)'s MX Series Universal Edge Routers. According to Juniper, the migration became a priority for EE to provide a firmer foundation for the operator's 4G service, which has notched up 3.6 million subscribers since its launch in October 2012. (See EE Completes IP/MPLS Migration With Juniper and Eurobites: EE's 4G Frenzy.)
Telekom Austria Group has acquired blizoo, one of the largest cable operators in Macedonia with 63,000 subscribers (47,000 of which are broadband subscribers) and 2013 revenues of approximately €10 million (US$13.6 million). The value of the deal was not disclosed. (See Telekom Austria Acquires Macedonian Cable Operator.)
German RF mouthful Rosenberger Hochfrequenztechnik GmbH & Co. KG has bagged a majority stake in CellMax, the Stockholm-based basestation antenna vendor. Torbjörn Kämpe will remain CEO of CellMax. (See Rosenberger Acquires CellMax Technologies.)
ThinkAnalytics Ltd. says it has replaced Jinni Media Ltd. as Swisscom AG (NYSE: SCM)'s provider of IPTV search and recommendations. Swisscom TV 2.0 integrates the ThinkAnalytics recommendations engine into the operator's EPG. Bundles incorporating an IPTV offer have proved a hit for Swisscom, with TV connections increasing 26% year-on-year in 2013, to 1 million. Separately, Swisscom is launching its version of residential cloud services with Docsafe, a cloud storage offering. Customers can access Docsafe from any location, and can store new documents such as receipts by taking a photo with their mobile phone or sending them via e-mail. Interestingly, those wanting to use it don't have to be customers of Swisscom. (See Swisscom Deploys ThinkAnalytics and Swisscom Reports Full-Year Results.)
Google Glass -- otherwise known as "Punch Me Eyewear" -- has been put on sale in the UK, reports the BBC. The UK is the first country to get the Android-powered specs after the US, though the kit is being targeted at developers rather than consumers.
Deutsche Telekom AG (NYSE: DT) has launched what it's calling a "virtual washing machine" -- but relax people, it's not as domesticated as it sounds. It's an addition to its range of security offerings, a cloud service called Corporate Security Hub, which is intended to filter out malware from the slightly soiled corners of the Internet before it reaches corporate tablets and smartphones. I guess you could says this is some product marketing borne of Deutsche Telekom's spin cycle...
Also on the security front, BT Group plc (NYSE: BT; London: BTA) has upgraded the front end of its BT Assure Threat Monitoring service, making it, the operator hopes, simpler to use.
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