In today's EMEA roundup: Rostelecom doubles-down on mobile; Vodafone's Icelandic boost; Opera's on song.
Russian operator Rostelecom is planning to sharpen the focus on its mobile business, forming a new, separate management arm and rolling out a 4G LTE network, reports the Moscow Times. Its mobile revenue declined 5 percent in the first quarter, despite an overall growth in subscribers. (See In Russia, LTE Licenses Command No Fee.)
Vodafone Iceland has boosted its capacity courtesy of a subsea link on the Emerald Networks "Emerald Express" cable system that connects North America to Europe. As well as helping Vodafone cope with increased data demands, the move could herald the development of the frankly chilly country as a prime datacenter location. (See Vodafone Adds Subsea Link to Iceland.)
Opera Software ASA , the Norwegian mobile browser specialist, seems to be on a roll: Its second-quarter EBITDA (earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization) rose 38 percent year-on-year to US$15.2 million. The number of people using Opera for Android reached 59.7 million at the end of the second quarter, up 145 percent on the same period a year ago.
Mellanox Technologies Ltd. (Nasdaq: MLNX), the Israeli optical components vendor, has completed its acquisition of Kotura Inc. , for approximately $82 million. The deal was announced in May. (See Mellanox to Buy Kotura.)
— Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading