BlackBerry , Orange (NYSE: FTE) and Ericsson AB (Nasdaq: ERIC) stick their heads above the parapet in today's run-through of EMEA headlines.
RIM was on the back foot again after millions of BlackBerry users across the EMEA region and India were unable to use messaging or access email on their beloved devices for several hours on Monday following a problem with a data center in the much maligned U.K. town of Slough. One disgruntled user Tweeted: "bbm totally down in UAE, everyone on my contact list is crying on facebook." Ahhh.
Neelie Kroes, the European Commission's vice president for the Digital Agenda, appears to have lost patience with the lack of mobile satellite services in Europe from the two operators that were granted pan-European licenses for these services in 2009 -- Inmarsat plc (London: ISAT) and Solaris Mobile Ltd . Steely Neelie has called for a coordinated effort across all member states to accelerate the launch of the services and to take enforcement action against the two operators, if needed. "We gave the two selected operators two years to deploy their systems. The time has now come for effective enforcement. Either operators deliver on their promises, or the spectrum which they have available, which is a scarce resource, should be used in other ways," she said in a press statement. (See A 'LightSquared' for Europe? and EC Urges Action on Satellite Services.)
The France Telecom-backed ACE (Africa Coast to Europe) submarine cable has made landfall in Brittany, in north-west France, bringing the global broadband network within reach of several African nations that previously had to rely on satellite connections, Sierra Leone among them. (See ACE Subsea Cable Lands in France and France Telecom Backs ACE Cable.)
Mobile operator Vodafone Group plc (NYSE: VOD) has notched up another managed-services win, this time in the shape of a four-year contract for The Linde Group, described here as a "world-leading industrial gases and engineering company." The deal will cover workers in 27 countries across Europe, Asia/Pacific and the Americas. (See Vodafone Lands Linde Deal.)