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Eurobites: Telefónica Deutschland Turns to Ericsson for VoLTE

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: ARM salivates over Christmas device sales; VimpelCom sells African units; Virgin does fiber-to-the-monkeyhangers.

  • Telefónica Deutschland GmbH has chosen Ericsson AB (Nasdaq: ERIC) to upgrade its network to support voice-over-LTE (VoLTE) services. Ericsson will deploy its IMS offerings to allow Telefónica to offer multimedia services such as video calling, video conferencing and unified communications via its fixed or mobile network. (See VoLTE: So Close You Can Hear It.)

  • ARM Ltd. , the UK-based smartphone chip designer, is expecting a sales spurt this quarter on the back of pre-Christmas demand for new devices such as the iPhone 6, Bloomberg reports. CEO Tim Score said that he anticipated royalty revenues to grow in the "mid-teens," compared to 9% growth (to $150.2 million) in the last quarter. In the longer term, ARM is looking for a slice of the Internet of Things action, and to this end is in the process of designing a new software platform. (See Eurobites: ARM Targets the Internet of Things.)

  • Russia-based operator VimpelCom Ltd. (NYSE: VIP) is busy on two fronts. Reuters reports that it has offloaded two of its African businesses, Telecel CAR in the Central African Republic and Telecel Globe in Burundi, for $65 million to Econet Wireless Global. Closer to home, VimpelCom has chosen Telekom Austria Group to provide it with signaling expertise to power its roaming services.

  • Another Russian operator, Mobile TeleSystems OJSC (MTS) (NYSE: MBT), is exploring the sale of part of its Ukrainian business to help fund the construction of a 3G network in the troubled state, Bloomberg reports. Between them, MTS and VimpelCom control around 80% of the Ukrainian mobile market in terms of subscriber numbers.

  • Belgacom SA (Euronext: BELG), which now operates under the Proximus brand name, has formed what it calls a "cyber security coalition" with public authorities, academia and the business sector to fight cybercrime. Between January and June 2014, CERT.be, Belgium's federal cyber emergency team, received reports of more than 751,000 cases of infected computers in the country.

  • Broadband World Forum kicks off today in Amsterdam, and Swedish home gateway specialist Tilgin AB is using the show to launch the HG2380, which comes equipped with 802.11ac compliant triple-stream WiFi radio (giving performance beyond 600 Mbit/s) and beamforming technology.

  • UK cable operator Virgin Media Inc. (Nasdaq: VMED) is expanding its fiber network to 5,000 more homes in the Teesside region, providing downlink speeds of up to 152 Mbit/s. Historical footnote: One of the towns to be served is Hartlepool, whose residents are known as "monkey hangers": This is the reason.

    — Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

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