Also in today's EMEA roundup: Ericsson's under pressure; testing times for Spirent; Telkom investigation; ADVA's numbers; iPlayer on the go.
You don't want to mess with Merkel! The German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, has personally telephoned US President Barack Obama to demand an explanation for what appears to be clandestine monitoring of her phone calls, reports Reuters. A White House spokesman could only say that she was not being currently monitored by the US government's National Security Agency and that she wouldn't be monitored again in the future, refusing to confirm whether she had been eavesdropped on in the past. In a separate but linked development, European Commission representatives have passed a resolution to suspend the EU/US Terrorist Finance Tracking Program (TFTP) agreement in response to the NSA's alleged tapping of EU citizens' bank data held by Belgium's Swift . (See Euronews: French Fury at NSA Snooping, Euronews: Who Hacked Belgacom?, and Another Day, Another Domestic Spying Revelation.)
Ericsson AB (Nasdaq: ERIC) announced third-quarter revenues down 3 percent year-on-year to 53 billion Swedish kronor (US$8.3 billion) and is set to come under further sales pressure as in North America two large 4G projects reached their fruition and CDMA sales declined, while in North-East Asia sales activity also slowed. (See Ericsson Suffers Sales Pressure.)
Volatility in the wireless market took some of the blame for a fall in third-quarter revenue and operating profit at Spirent Communications plc , the test and measurement company. Revenue reached $107.7 million, down from $111.7 million a year ago, while operating profit stood at $16.1 million, down from $27.9 million. (See Spirent Dumps Its CEO and Spirent Sticks With R&D Strategy.)
Germany-based ADVA Optical Networking produced third-quarter results broadly in line with guidance, though revenues were down 3.9 percent year-on-year at €79.1 million ($109.1 million) and operating profits down from €5.6 million ($7.7 milllion) to €4 million ($5.5 million). In a statement accompanying the results, CEO Brian Protiva cited operators' acceleration of plans to evaluate software-defined networking (SDN) technologies as a cause for optimism in the long term.
South African operator Telkom SA Ltd. (NYSE/Johannesburg: TKG) has suspended its CFO, Jacques Schindehutte, while an investigation into unspecified allegations made against him is carried out, reports Reuters.
The British Broadcasting Corp. (BBC) 's iPlayer catch-up service, which is the most popular video-on-demand platform in the UK, is now being viewed more on smartphones and tablets than it is on laptops or desktop computers, according to report in the Daily Telegraph. Three years ago just 6 percent of requests to the OTT service for TV programs came from mobile devices.
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— Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading