Euronews: Zayo Switches On Its 100G

Also in today's EMEA roundup: Shareholders discuss Telecom Italia's future; Orange Business Services develops M2M offer; Astellia wins in Moldova.

  • Zayo Group Inc. (NYSE: ZAYO) has upgraded its London-to-Amsterdam route to 100G and plans to launch 100G wavelength services on other European routes before the end of 2013 and into next year. The transport network operator, which launched 100G services in the US in late 2012, is seeking to increase its business across Europe and may indulge in some continental M&A activity to this end. (See Zayo's Fiber Diet and Zayo Going National With 100G.)

  • Today could be a red-letter day for Telecom Italia (TIM) as several of its major shareholders, Telefónica SA (NYSE: TEF) among them, hold informal talks about their long-term investment strategy, reports Reuters. Telecom Italia is controlled by a holding company, Telco, which has a 22.4 percent stake in the operator. Earlier this week a group of Telecom Italia shareholders reportedly rejected an €800 million (US$1 billion) offer from Telefonica for part of their stakes.

  • Meanwhile, back at the coalface, Telecom Italia is continuing its 4G rollout program, launching services in the municipalities of Catania, Reggio Calabria, Reggio Emilia, Pavia, Siena, Busto Arsizio, Viareggio, and Pozzuoli (all of which sound very tasty). The services in question offer top whack download speeds of 100 Mbit/s and uploads at 50 Mbit/s.

  • Orange Business Services has signed up to use Ericsson AB (Nasdaq: ERIC)'s managed Device Connection Platform to expand its machine-to-machine (M2M) service offerings to its enterprise customers. For more details, see this press release.

  • French Service Provider Information Technology (SPIT) vendor Astellia is to supply subscriber analytics software to Orange (NYSE: FTE)'s Moldovan unit, which provides 4G coverage to more than 1 million people in the small East European country.

  • Virtus, the UK datacenter operator, has chosen BT Group plc (NYSE: BT; London: BTA)'s Openreach unit to provide a high-capacity fiber link to its Enfield facility just north of London. The link will allow Virtus and its customers to access Ethernet backhaul services.

    — Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

  • DOShea 9/21/2013 | 12:21:35 PM
    Zayo With Verizon recently going 100G on its Brussels-to-Frankfurt route, it's looking like Europe is the new field of competition for U.S. carriers. And, if Zayo even hints at M&A activity, history shows that two or three deals probably are already as good as done.
    [email protected] 9/19/2013 | 6:58:54 AM
    Telecom Italia - time for tough decisions here';s the thing - the Euro telco market can't go on as it is. OTT competitoin + regulations + greater power in the hands of customers means the old models just don't work any more and scale will be come even more important than before. The T Italia board needs to make some pretty tough decisoins and come up with a credible 2, 5, 10, and 15-year plan and decide who it wants to go forward with, or it's goin to come unstuck.

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