Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Ooredoo upgrades network with Ericsson; Clavister wins Nokia order; Spotify looks to improve its ads focus with acquisition.
Deutsche Telekom AG (NYSE: DT)'s "Germany only" public cloud is proving a hit with smaller companies and public sector organizations wanting to avoid Silicon Valley based cloud offerings on security grounds, according to the operator. As the Financial Times reports (subscription required), the operator's IT services subsidiary, T-Systems International GmbH , claims it signed up 600 new customers for its German cloud last year, with demand particularly strong from the financial sector. Germany has long been suspicious of US-centered snooping: In 2013, in the wake of the Edward Snowden revelations, Chancellor Angela Merkel personally telephoned then president, Barack Obama, to remonstrate about what appeared to be clandestine monitoring of her telephone calls. (See Euronews: Prism a Wake-up Call, Says DT, Euronews: Merkel's Mad as Hell at NSA and Euronews: Merkel Moots US Data Bypass.)
Qatar-based Ooredoo has signed a network upgrade deal with Ericsson AB (Nasdaq: ERIC), extending an existing agreement covering 2G, 3G and 4G radio, core and transmissions solutions. Ooredoo has 138 million customers spread across 10 countries in the Middle East, North Africa and Southeast Asia.
Nokia Corp. (NYSE: NOK) has put an order in for Clavister AB 's virtual network security offering, for deployment on an unnamed European Tier 1 operator's network.
Spotify , the Swedish company behind the eponymous music streaming service, has bought MightyTV, a TV and movie recommendations app, Bloomberg reports. Spotify hopes that the acquisition will help it better tailor its advertising -- most of its customers still use the free, ad-supported service rather than the ad-free paid-for version.
"OK Google, pay your taxes." Google (Nasdaq: GOOG) has launched Google Home, its play for the voice-activated "smart speaker" market, in the UK. As the Daily Telegraph reports, the device is seen as a challenger to Amazon's Echo, which has proved surprisingly popular, despite a tendency to take its cues from people's radios rather than their owners' actual voices.
— Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading