Euronews: Sky Does 100G With AlcaLu

Alcatel-Lucent (NYSE: ALU), Deutsche Telekom AG (NYSE: DT) and Iliad (Euronext: ILD) make it a busy Tuesday in today's helping of EMEA telecom headlines.

  • U.K. triple-play provider Sky has gone all 100G on its DWDM-supported fiber backbone courtesy of Alcatel-Lucent's 1626 Light Manager and 1830 Photonic Service Switch. (See Sky Reaches 100G With AlcaLu, Euronews: FT Does 100G With AlcaLu, Euronews: AlcaLu Turns On 100G for Oni and Shaw Goes 100G With AlcaLu.)

  • Deutsche Telekom has thrown in its lot with GroupOn, the service that uses online "crowdsourcing" to, in theory, offer tempting "daily deals" to consumers on a range of products. Under the terms of the deal, GroupOn will use DT's network to distribute its deals via a large number of smartphones. GroupOn's share price dropped sharply at the start of the year on rumors that some of the participating retailers were losing enthusiasm for the service. (See DT, Groupon Team Up and Mobile Apps Get a GroupOn.)

  • French broadband provider Iliad has put le chat among les pigeons with the launch of its mobile service, which undercuts its more established rivals, namely Orange France , SFR and Bouygues Telecom . Iliad is offering a monthly plan for €19.99 (US$25) per month without a contract, which includes unlimited calls, texts, MMS and Internet usage via Wi-Fi or 3G with a cap of 3GB. Oof! (See Iliad Disrupts the French Mobile Scene .)

  • Colt Technology Services Group Ltd , the pan-European services provider, has hooked up to the CeltixConnect subsea network linking Ireland to the U.K. and on to the rest of Europe. At 131km in length, CeltixConnect is the shortest subsea network linking Ireland and the U.K., providing, claims owner Sea Fibre Networks Ltd. , the lowest latency for businesses. (See Colt Hooks Up to CeltixConnect and Interview: Mark Leonard, Colt's Bridge Builder.)

  • The arrival of Netflix Inc. (Nasdaq: NFLX) in the U.K. has sparked the beginnings of a price war, reports the Daily Telegraph. In the wake of the Netflix launch, LOVEFiLM International Ltd. , Netflix's main rival in the U.K., immediately cut the price of its streaming-only service from £5.99 ($9.26) to £4.99 ($7.71) a month. Game on! (See Netflix Launches in UK & Ireland.)

  • Dutch incumbent KPN Telecom NV (NYSE: KPN) has upped the triple-play ante in the Netherlands by offering subscribers to its Premium package symmetrical speeds of 500 Mbit/s. It could help KPN claw back some of the ground it has lost domestically to more nimble rivals. Mind you, it does cost €85 ($108) a month. (See KPN Preps 500Mbit/s FTTH, KPN CFO Resigns and KPN CFO Resigns.)

    — Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

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