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Euronews: Telstra Crashes Euro Cloud Party

Telstra Corp. Ltd., Vodafone Group plc and Ericsson AB top the bill in today's lineup of EMEA headlines.

  • Telstra Global is bringing its cloud services offering to Europe as part of an AU$800 million (US$742 million) data center expansion program. The operator, which has long had a international presence and regional offices in London, is expanding its infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) product to the U.K., Hong Kong and Singapore to add to its existing offer in Australia. The operator says the expansion will enable Telstra's cloud services customers to "consistently deploy applications, deliver business processes and deploy offshore disaster recovery solutions across multiple geographic locations, all controlled via a unified service management console."

  • Consolidation in the German cable sector is coming under intense scrutiny by the country's cartel office, according to a report on Reuters. At the start of the week Vodafone agreed a €7.7 billion ($10.03 billion) takeover deal with the board of Kabel Deutschland GmbH, and in 2011 Liberty Global Inc. acquired Kabel BW for €3.16 billion ($4.13 billion). (See Euronews: Vodafone Strikes €7.7B Kabel Deal and Euronews: Liberty Enters Kabel M&A Fray.)

  • Vodafone has struck a 2G/3G network sharing deal in Greece with local operator Wind Hellas Telecommunications S.A. The 15-year agreement covers mainly rural areas but includes some urban sites too. Vodafone's 4G services do not form part of the deal.

  • Norwegian operator Tele2 AB has gone with Ericsson AB for an upgrade of its 2G/3G networks and the rollout of its 4G. The deal includes multi-standard radio base station equipment, LTE RAN software and related services. (See Tele2 Norway Picks Ericsson for 4G.)

  • Telefónica SA has announced a year-long "enhanced marketing effort" for its Windows Phone 8 devices in the U.K., Germany and Spain, as well as in Latin America. The company says it is keen to provide some competition to what it calls the "current duopoly" of Android and iOS. (See 5 Challengers to Apple & Android.)

  • Colt Technology Services Group Ltd. is showing off the collaboration and file-sharing capabilities it can offer to its small and medium-sized enterprise (SME) customers with partner soonr. But is this the full extent of Colt's delve into enterprise collaboration services? (See MW13: What CIOs Really Want.)

    — Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

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