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Euronews: Colt Creates Cloud Accord

Colt Technology Services Group Ltd , BT Group plc (NYSE: BT; London: BTA) and Sagemcom SAS strut their stuff in today's stroll down the EMEA telecom news catwalk.
  • Colt, the pan-European services provider, has appointed Magirus as its first cloud services distributor to extend the reach of its VMware vCloud infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) offering. (See Colt Forms Cloud Partnership, Interview: Mark Leonard, Colt's Bridge Builder and Colt Extends Euro Cloud Services.)

  • Following in the footsteps of Geo Networks Ltd. , U.K. alternative service provider Entanet has also cast doubt on the future of the Broadband Development UK (BDUK) initiative, claiming that Britain's broadband ecosystem is not yet ready to properly support competitive broadband services in rural and other hard-to-reach areas. Check out Entanet's views by reading this blog. (See Euronews: Crunch Time for Nokia's Lumia.)

  • Dr. Neuhaus, a 100-percent-owned subsidiary of French firm Sagemcom, has been chosen by Belgian utility grid operators Eandis and Infrax to provide communication gateways for a smart-metering pilot project in Flanders. (See Sagemcom Unit Lands Smart Grid Deal.)

  • U.K. incumbent BT has enhanced the interoperability of its cloud-based videoconferecing service: It now supports the industry's major standards, namely SIP, H.323 and H.320, allowing video meetings to be launched and controlled using a hotch-potch of legacy and new devices. (See BT Makes Video Interoperable Via Cloud.)

  • Shares in Egyptian operators have taken a tumble as serious unrest continues in Tahrir Square and elsewhere in the country, reports IT News Africa. Investors are worried the ruling military junta could -- in a repeat of what happened in the spring -- pull the plug on communications if the trouble continues. (See Egypt Unplugs From the Internet and Egypt Protests Throttle Up Web Video Traffic.)

  • Two more U.K.-based studies see the light of day: The first, from video services firm QuickPlay Media Inc. , finds that more than half of those surveyed have watched a TV program or movie on a mobile device (most of them, perhaps surprisingly, doing it in the home rather than on the move); the second, from price-comparison website Broadband Genie, says that only a fifth of mobile broadband users in the U.K. are happy with the download speeds they are lumbered with. (See Survey Charts Rise of Mobile Video in UK and UK Study Reveals Mobile Broadband Blues.)

    — Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

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