Eurobites: Telefónica Hit by E-Plus Costs in Q4

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Telefónica broadens cyber security offer; Danish gig for ADVA unit; Ericsson in WebRTC project.

  • Costs associated with the acquisition of E-Plus have dragged Telefónica Deutschland GmbH 's fourth-quarter figures into the red, reports Reuters. The German operator, which bought E-Plus from Dutch incumbent KPN Telecom NV (NYSE: KPN) for €8.6 billion (US$9.7 billion), recorded an operating loss (before depreciation and amortization) of €46 million ($52 million), down from a €373 million ($422 million) profit in the same period a year earlier. (See Eurobites: Telefónica Gets EC Green Light on E-Plus Deal.)

  • Following its acquisition of Spanish security specialist SmartAccess, Telefónica SA (NYSE: TEF) has announced the incorporation of SmartAccess's SmartID and SealSign offerings into its ElevenPaths security portfolio. SmartID is a user authentication system that combines different elements such as smart cards, RFID/NFC devices and biometric fingerprint recognition, while SealSign is an electronic document-signing platform for enterprises.

  • Danish operator TDC A/S (Copenhagen: TDC) has implemented Oscilloqartz's timing and synchronization technology throughout its network. Oscilloqartz is a subsidiary of ADVA Optical Networking , and it has done business with TDC for a number of years.

  • Ooredoo Kuwait has blamed foreign exchange losses, investments in Algeria and one-off costs in Tunisia for the slump in its fourth-quarter net profit from 18.4 million Kuwaiti dinars ($62 million) in the same period a year ago to precisely zero this time round, reports Reuters.

  • Ericsson AB (Nasdaq: ERIC) is working with Swedish financial group SEB on a project to provide small and midsized companies with remote financial advice using WebRTC. The concept will be demonstrated at next week's Mobile World Congress. Elsewhere on Planet Ericsson, Poland's Legia Warszawa has become the first soccer club in Europe to sign a "small-cell-as-a-service" contract with the vendor. The six-year agreement will deliver carrier-grade WiFi at the team's home ground in Warsaw.

  • UK operator EE -- soon to be snaffled up by BT Group plc (NYSE: BT; London: BTA) -- has launched a new app which aims to help London's Air Ambulance Service save more lives by automatically providing key incident data, real-time navigation and a connection with the service's operations center via EE's 4G network.

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