Eurobites: KPN Plots Savings Roadmap

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Cosmote tries Huawei's Super Dual Band technology; TalkTalk has a rethink; Virgin carries data for Met Office.

  • Dutch incumbent KPN Telecom NV (NYSE: KPN) has unveiled the second tranche of its cost-cutting program, which will run from 2017-2019 and, the operator hopes, save it €300 million (US$328.7 million) a year. KPN already reckons it is on track to save €450 million ($493 million) in opex and capex by the end of 2016, compared to 2013. As part of its overall restructuring and refocusing process, KPN sold its Belgian mobile business, BASE, to US cable giant Liberty Global Inc. (Nasdaq: LBTY) for €1.325 billion ($1.44 billion) in 2015, echoing the sale of its German mobile unit, E-Plus, to Telefónica Deutschland GmbH during the previous year. (See EU to Bless Liberty Deal for KPN Belgian Biz – Report.)

  • Greek operator Cosmote has completed a field trial of Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. 's "Super Dual Band" microwave technology for multi-gigabit backhaul. The technology combines "traditional" microwave frequencies (6-42GHz) with so-called E-band ones (71-86GHz), offering, claims Huawei, the long-distance benefits of traditional frequencies with the capacity advantage of the E-band.

  • Following the much publicized cyber attack on its customers last year, UK broadband provider TalkTalk is having a major rethink over how it goes about its business, reports the Financial Times (subscription required). "The business needs to mature in the way it operates. We are running a much bigger, established business," says CEO Dido Harding, who says she personally received a "chilling" ransom demand from those behind the attack. (See Eurobites: TalkTalk Counts Cost of Cyber Attack.)

  • Virgin Media Business Ltd. has landed a significant connectivity contract with the Met Office, the UK's weather-forecasting agency. Virgin will supply two optical circuits to transport large amounts of meteorological data between Met Office headquarters in the city of Exeter and a building about a mile away that will house the agency's new supercomputer.

    — Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

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