Eurobites: Colt Commits to 100G Upgrade

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Swisscom treads water in Q3; Ericsson extends Turkcell partnership; Privacy Shield faces French legal challenge.

  • UK-based Colt Technology Services Group Ltd is set for a system-wide network upgrade that will offer its customers bandwidth levels of up to 100Gbit/s. The independent operator, which currently delivers connectivity to over 680 data centers globally, plans to build out a multi-terabit optical backbone and next-generation packet network to meet the ever-growing data requirements of its customers. (See Colt Talks Culture & Operations Transformation.)

  • Swisscom AG (NYSE: SCM)'s third-quarter net revenue remained more or less at the same level as the year-ago quarter, at 2.8 billion Swiss francs (US$2.87 billion). The operator's TV offering continues to do well, with the number of Swisscom TV access lines rising by 12.9% in the third quarter to 1.44 million. Less fruitful areas are prepaid mobile, which saw a small decline, and fixed-line broadband connections, which fell by 6.5% to 2.46 million.

  • Ericsson AB (Nasdaq: ERIC) has landed a major managed services gig with Turkcell Iletisim Hizmetleri A.S. (NYSE: TKC), which will see the Swedish vendor managing and operating Turkcell's mobile (2G, 3G and 4G LTE) and fixed fiber network in an extension of its existing relationship with the operator. In the Marmara region of Turkey, which includes Istanbul, Ericsson will be Turkcell's exclusive managed services partner.

  • VimpelCom Ltd. (NYSE: VIP), which has its headquarters in Amsterdam but its core market in Russia, saw both underlying third-quarter service revenue and EBITDA rise by 0.6% year-on-year. According to the operator, strong results in Pakistan and Ukraine were offset by continued weakness in Algeria. Earlier this month the Italian government gave the green light to the €20 billion (US$21.75 billion) merger of Vimpelcom-owned Wind and 3 Italia. (See Eurobites: Italy Blesses €20B Wind/3 Italia Merger.)

  • Privacy Shield, the protocol for EU-US data transfer which replaced the discredited Safe Harbor framework following a challenge from privacy activists, is itself facing a challenge from a French privacy advocacy group, La Quadrature du Net, non-profit ISP French Data Network and its Federation FDN industry association, Reuters reports. The legal challenge is being heard in Luxembourg's General Court. (See Eurobites: Privacy Shield Gets EU Go-Ahead and Eurobites: EU Data Watchdog Dents Privacy Shield.)

  • Underlying revenue at Ireland's eir was up 2% year-on-year, while EBITA inched up 1% to €122 million ($135 million). The operator is in the midst of a rural fiber rollout program, which aims to connect 300,000 homes and businesses. More than half of eir's broadband customers are connected to its existing fiber network.

  • IAG, the company that owns British Airways, Aer Lingus, Iberia and Vueling, is to introduce WiFi on its short-haul flights in 2017, the BBC reports. Up to 341 IAG-owned planes will be kitted out with the technology, which will be supplied by Inmarsat plc (London: ISAT).

    — Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

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