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Eurobites: Telecom Italia Close to Towers Sale

Paul Rainford
11/21/2014

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Cable & Wireless & UK spooks; Nokia's traffic jam-buster; Scilly Isles get fibered up.

  • Telecom Italia (TIM) is close to sealing the deal on the sale of its Brazilian mobile phone towers to American Tower Corp. (NYSE: AMT) for around US$1.1 billion, according to a Reuters report. The sale forms part of a wider program to cut debt and fund investments at the Italian incumbent.

  • A TV report screened by UK broadcaster Channel 4 has pointed the finger at Cable & Wireless Worldwide, now part of Vodafone Group plc (NYSE: VOD), for being rather too hand-in-glove with Britain's intelligence agencies. Documents leaked by Edward Snowden and seen by Channel 4 are said to reveal that C&WW was in charge of a cable access point -- codename "Nigella" -- located at a farm in Cornwall, which allowed UK spies to listen in on the communications from Internet users worldwide running on a cable owned by India's Reliance Communications. (See British Spooks Tap the Global Net and Euronews: Vodafone Gets the Nod on C&WW.)

  • For those not wanting to confront the horrors of local radio to avoid road congestion, Nokia Corp. (NYSE: NOK)'s HERE division has launched Predictive Traffic, a traffic forecasting product that, claims the vendor, can anticipate future traffic conditions in real-time. Nokia hopes that carmakers, transportation agencies and others can integrate the product into their traffic information systems.

  • Ericsson AB (Nasdaq: ERIC) has conducted a data transfer test at speeds of up to 300 Mbit/s in the 1800MHz and 2600MHz bands with Polish operator Polkomtel SA using LTE-Advanced carrier aggregation technology. This is the first test of its kind in Poland, says the vendor.

  • The Isles of Scilly, an archipelago 28 miles off the coast of Cornwall, the county at the south-west tip of England, has welcomed the arrival of super-fast fiber broadband after a project that involved BT Group plc (NYSE: BT; London: BTA)'s Openreach unit and various public sector organizations. A 939km cable which had been lying unused on the sea bed since 2006 had to be diverted to the Isles during a month-long operation that required the services of the cable ship Resolute.

    — Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

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    mendyk
    mendyk
    11/24/2014 | 8:24:02 AM
    Re: Metric metrics
    But there must be a reason to spend all that money to reroute an undersea cable, no? Can it be just so that holiday-makers can watch the YouTubes while working on their windburns?
    PaulERainford
    PaulERainford
    11/24/2014 | 4:30:28 AM
    Re: Metric metrics
    Not a sure a blimmin' great data center humming away on the Tresco seafront would sit too happily with the Scillys' status as a premier holiday destination. (Second only to the Isle of Wight.)
    Susan Fourtané
    Susan Fourtané
    11/22/2014 | 5:23:13 AM
    Nokia's Predictive Traffic
    The sky is the limit when trying to find applications for predictive analytics and cloud computing. Nokia's Predictive Traffic application is going to be of great help for drivers specially when facing extreme weather conditions in winters.

    Having alerts right on your dashboard on the condition of the roads will contribute to reduce road accidents. This will be great as a feature in autonomous cars. 

    -Susan
    mendyk
    mendyk
    11/21/2014 | 2:30:30 PM
    Re: Metric metrics
    Thanks for the clarification. Does this mean that the Scillians are in prime position to create the world's first gigabit archipelago? Will something other than seagulls flock to the aits of Scilly as a result? Is there room for a data center on one of the rocks?
    PaulERainford
    PaulERainford
    11/21/2014 | 12:51:18 PM
    Re: Metric metrics
    Are you sitting comfortably? Here goes:

    'A 939- kilometre cable between Porthcurno, Cornwall, and Santander, Spain, which had remained unused on the seabed of the Atlantic Ocean since 2006, was diverted to the Isles of Scilly during a month-long operation involving the 12,184 tonne cable ship Resolute.'

    It wasn't my idea.
    mendyk
    mendyk
    11/21/2014 | 10:15:03 AM
    Metric metrics
    Paul -- about your Scilly item: help out a metrically challenged Amurikan. A 939km cable was diverted to a pile of rocks less than 50km off the Cornwall coast?
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