Euronews: Telekom Austria Lights 100G in Croatia

Telekom Austria AG, ZTE Corp., BT Group plc and BSkyB Ltd. stand up to be counted in today's bout of EMEA news headlines.
  • Telekom Austria has officially launched its 100G network in central/eastern Europe, the first section of which, in Croatia, is already operational. The operator claims this is the first commercial 100G network in the region. (See Telekom Austria Launches 100G in CEE.)
  • Meanwhile, on the mobile front, Telekom Austria has chosen ZTE to deploy a new mobile softswitch core in its northern operational districts, which include Austria, Slovenia and Liechtenstein, and add hosted IMS-based voice core elements. Once complete, the network will be able to support VoLTE (voice-over-LTE) and RCSe (Rich Communication Suite-enhanced) services. (See Telekom Austria Builds Voice Core With ZTE.)
  • U.K. regulator Ofcom is to investigate whether BT is abusing its dominant position in the provision of super-fast broadband, reports Reuters, following complaints from rival TalkTalk that BT's wholesale access price to other operators does not allow them enough margin. (See Ofcom Cuts BT Wholesale Prices.)
  • BSkyB, the U.K. satellite broadcaster that is now all about the triple play, is creating 550 new jobs in response to increasing demand for its services, reports the BBC. Over the nine months to March 31, BSkyB's pre-tax profits were up year-on-year from £899 million (US$1.4 billion) to £966 million ($1.5 billion).
  • Ericsson AB has completed the acquisition of Devoteam Telecom & Media, the French division of European IT services firm Devoteam. The deal brings 400 new employees to Ericsson and bolsters the vendor's offer in the Service Provider Information Technology (SPIT) arena. (See Euronews: Ericsson Buy Beefs Up Services Offer and Ericsson Completes Devoteam Acquisition.)
  • Swisscom AG reported a year-on-year decline in net revenue and operating income in its first-quarter results, with income falling 6.1 percent to 1.03 billion Swiss francs ($1.10 billion). Separately, Swisscom has increased its holding in broadcaster and cinema owner Cinetrade from 49 percent to 75 percent.
  • Rivals Telefónica Deutschland GmbH and Deutsche Telekom AG are to extend their cooperation on investment in high-speed data networks in Germany, reports Reuters.
  • The French government is claiming that it blocked a bid from Yahoo Inc. that would have "devoured" Dailymotion, the YouTube-like website owned by France Telecom. Reuters reports that Industry Minister Arnaud Montebourg said he had rejected the Yahoo bid.
  • Norway's Telenor ASA has formed a partnership with Northeastern University, a private research institution in Boston, to explore issues relating to "Big Data." (See Telenor, US University Team Up on 'Big Data'.)
  • Israeli Service Provider Information Technology (SPIT) vendor FTS has won a billing gig with Romanian MVNO (mobile virtual network operator) daPhone Brand Srl. daPhone – not to be confused with this Dada phone -- will deploy the Leap billing platform. (See FTS Lands SPIT Deal in Romania.) — Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

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