Eurobites: UK Wants Closer Look at Hutchison/O2 Deal

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: management re-jig at Tele2; AlcaLu veteran heads for Technicolor; ADVA turbocharges DCI offering.

  • The UK's Competition and Markets Authority has told the European Commission that it wants to take a closer look at the proposed takeover of Telefónica UK Ltd. (O2) by Hutchison Whampoa Ltd. (Hong Kong: 0013; Pink Sheets: HUWHY), after taking an initial view that the deal "threatens to affect significantly competition in the UK retail mobile and wholesale mobile markets." The CMA believes it is justified in asking for the case to be referred to it because, in the CMA's view, any impact on competition resulting from the deal "will likely be limited to UK consumers," and it also thinks an investigation would mesh well with its ongoing examination of BT Group plc (NYSE: BT; London: BTA)'s proposed takeover of mobile operator EE . (See Telefónica Seals $15.2B O2 Sale to Hutchison and Hutchison's Wind of Change.)

  • Pan-European operator Tele2 AB (Nasdaq: TLTO) has introduced a new management structure and promoted a number of senior executives as part of its efforts to successfully implement its Challenger Program, which aims to make the company more efficient and productive. As part of the revamp, Niklas Sonkin becomes executive vice president and chief operating officer, with responsibility for all CTIO and Shared Operations across the Tele 2 group in addition to management responsibility for Kazakhstan and Germany. Lars Torstensson, currently responsible for communications and strategy, becomes executive vice president, New Growth & Strategy, while Anders Olsson, currently chief commercial officer, takes responsibility for the successful execution of the Challenger Program. Malin Holmberg, currently acting executive vice president, market area director central Europe, becomes permanent in her role. For the full details, see this press release. (See Integrating Networks & IT the Tele2 Way .)

  • French cable and video systems vendor Technicolor (Euronext Paris: TCH; NYSE: TCH) has appointed experienced Alcatel-Lucent (NYSE: ALU) executive Luis Martinez Amago as president of its Connected Home division (serving cable, telco, satellite and OTT firms) for the North American market. The appointment comes as Technicolor prepares for the €550 million (US$617.6 million) acquisition of Cisco's Connected Devices division, a deal that is set to close before the end of the year. Amago was at AlcaLu for 27 years, most recently as the CEO of its Chinese operation, Alcatel Shanghai Bell Co. Ltd. , which is set to transfer into Nokia’s hands along with the rest of AlcaLu. For the full details of Amago’s appointment, see this press release. (See Alcatel-Lucent Shanghai Bell Gets New CEO, Nokia Preps JV Future in China and Cisco Sells STB Unit to Technicolor for $604M.)

  • ADVA Optical Networking has added extra functionality to its data center interconnect (DCI) platform, the FSP 3000 CloudConnect. The vendor says it now supports 10Gbit/s and 40Gbit/s rates, in addition to 100Gbit/s, and now offers new multiplexing and amplification capabilities that will enable connectivity at 200Gbit/s per wavelength at distances in excess of 1,200km. ADVA launched CloudConnect specifically for the DCI market at the start of 2015, having already supplied its regular FSP 3000 system to data center operators previously: Nurturing business with DCI customers, including Internet content providers and Web 2.0 firms, helped the company improve its financials during the first half of the year. (See ADVA Ups Its DCI Game and Brisk Web Business Boosts ADVA's Outlook.)

  • Nokia Networks has unveiled an LTE-based portfolio of products targeted at the public safety sector. The offering, which has been tested with various government agencies in the US, is built on the vendor's radio access network, evolved packet core, VoLTE solution, IP Multimedia Subsystem, Core in a Box solution, subscriber data and device management, network management, self-organizing networks and Liquid Applications technology. (See Nokia Networks Unveils LTE Public Safety Portfolio.)

  • Brighter, a Swedish medical technology firm, has chosen Ericsson AB (Nasdaq: ERIC)'s Device Connection Platform (DCP) to give its global connectivity a shot in the arm. Through the DCP, which is Ericsson's cloud-based Internet of Things (IoT)/machine-to-machine (M2M) connectivity management platform, operators worldwide will be able to connect to Brighter's cloud platform.

    — Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

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