Eurobites: Free's Price Drop Spooks Rivals

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: major train WiFi project in Moscow; Zayo provides London link to Amazon Web Services; TIC targets fraud.

  • The fiercely competitive nature of the mobile market in France has been underlined yet again. Shares in several French operators fell sharply following reports that cut-price carrier Iliad (Euronext: ILD), operating under the Free brand, was cutting its prices even further, according to the Financial Times (subscription required). Shares in Orange (NYSE: FTE) tumbled 5.8% in afternoon trading on Monday, Bouygues Telecom shares slumped by 3.5%, while shares in Numericable-SFR -SFR fell more than 10%. And today, in a statement, Free confirmed that for subscribers to its Freebox broadband service, it was extending its €4-per-month price reduction on its €19.99-per-month (US$21.50-per-month) Free Mobile Plan to four plans per subscriber, from the previous limit of two. So this means that four members of the same household subscribing to Freebox can now enjoy unlimited mobile calls, unlimited SMS and 20GB of data for €15.99 ($17.20).

  • Radwin , a UK-based provider of "train-to-ground" wireless systems, has deployed what it says is the largest WiFi-on-trains project in the world, on the Moscow Metro. WiFi services are now provided on board 650 trains and 5,000 carriages along 400 miles of track. Moscow Metro passengers are currently downloading 45 terabytes of data per day via the WiFi service.

  • NEC Corp. (Tokyo: 6701) has joined the project seeking to turn the British city of Bristol into "the world's first open programmable city," a sort of smart cities test-bed. NEC will be supplying its technology and expertise to develop a range of transport, environmental, health and community services for the "Bristol Is Open" venture. (See NEC Joins 'Bristol Is Open' Smart City Project and UK 'Open' Smart City Shows Faith in SDN.)

  • Zayo Group Inc. (NYSE: ZAYO) says it is now offering "secure, private, high-performance connections" to Amazon Web Services (AWS) through its London facilities, in addition to its New York City, Los Angeles, San Jose, Seattle, and Ashburn, Va. Facilities in the US. The AWS connectivity is available as part of Zayo's Quick Connect cloud services portfolio, which can be ordered via its bandwidth shopping platform.

  • Bulgarian operator MobilTel (M-Tel) is implementing Amdocs Ltd. (NYSE: DOX)'s Master Enterprise Catalog, an OSS offering that it hopes will reduce the time to market of new offers by more than 80%. M-Tel is part of the Telekom Austria Group .

  • Sweden-based Telia Carrier is offering a fraud detection service from IPsoft to its international voice customers, enabling them to snuff out new methods of fraud such as deliberately extending call duration or sending calls to automated message platforms. (See TeliaSonera IC Tackles Voice Fraud .)

    — Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

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