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Eurobites: Suitors Circle KPN's BASE

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Belgacom offers cloud service for SMBs; Swisscom takes stake in banking software specialist; BT/EE latest.

  • KPN Telecom NV (NYSE: KPN)'s renewed attempt to sell BASE , its Belgian wireless business, has attracted interest from several quarters, according to a Bloomberg report. Citing L'Echo, the report says that Telenet Group Holding NV and Nethys SA have submitted a joint bid for the operator. KPN tried to sell BASE in 2012, but the bids forthcoming were deemed too low.

  • Still in Belgium, Belgacom SA (Euronext: BELG) -- now branded as Proximus -- has launched a cloud offering for small and midsized businesses. Included in the "SME in the Cloud" package are Microsoft Office and a range of collaboration tools.

  • Swisscom AG (NYSE: SCM) has taken a 9% stake in banking software specialist Finnova, with whom it has been working for a number of years in the Swiss financial sector. Financial details of the deal were not disclosed.

  • BT Group plc (NYSE: BT; London: BTA) has told its shareholders that it expects to finalize its acquisition of EE before the end of the end of March next year, which marks the end of BT's financial year. As the Financial Times reports (subscription required), the circular to shareholders also warned that further price cuts in the UK mobile market were likely once the acquisition is completed. (See BT Locks Down £12.5B EE Takeover Deal.)

  • Selta, the Italian vendor of broadband technologies, reports full-year revenues in 2014 climbed 4.6% at group level year-on-year, to €56.7 million (US$61.3 million), according to "preliminary data." Selta attributes its growth mainly to the success of its fiber-to-the-cabinet (FTTC) offering.

  • Telekom Austria Group has signed a multi-country deal with German pay-TV channel Classica, which specializes in classical music programs. Telekom Austria will initially offer the channel in Austria, Madedonia and Croatia.

  • UK regulator Ofcom has published new research which shows that, overall, 4G networks performed much better than 3G networks in five sample towns and cities, with average 4G download speeds of 14.7 Mbit/s, compared with 5.9 Mbit/s on 3G. EE was found to deliver the fastest average download speed, at 18.6 Mbit/s.

    Table 1: 4G & 3G Performance Across Networks, Q4 2014

    4G 3G
    Download speed
    Average speed (Mbit/s) 14.7 5.9
    Probability of a speed greater than 2 Mbit/s (%) 97 74.8
    Web browsing
    Average speed (seconds) (lower is better) 0.72 1.04
    Probability of a speed of less than 1 second (%) 83.4 46.7
    Upload speed
    Average speed (Mbit/s) 13.6 1.6
    Probability of a speed greater than 2 Mbit/s (%) 93.8 30.7
    Latency
    Average speed (milliseconds) (lower is better) 53.1 63.5
    Probability of a speed of less than 0.1 seconds (%) 98.5 85.1
    Source: Ofcom

  • Tomorrow and Monday are public holidays in the UK, so Eurobites will return on Tuesday, April 7.

    — Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

  • Susan Fourtané 4/3/2015 | 4:46:32 AM
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