Now Ian Livingstone can organize his leaving party. Also in today's EMEA roundup: Ericsson's South Korean gig; Kudelski's H1; and 4G behavioral studies in the UK.
A stock market announcement has confirmed that Gavin Patterson is to take over the reins as CEO of BT Group plc (NYSE: BT; London: BTA) on September 10, succeeding Ian Livingston. Livingston announced in June that he was leaving the company to become the UK government's Minister of State for Trade and Investment. Patterson is the current head of BT Retail. (See BT Appoints New CEO.)
Ericsson AB (Nasdaq: ERIC) is trumpeting a successful completion of its LTE-Advanced expansion project with South Korea's SK Telecom (Nasdaq: SKM). The Nordic vendor helped the operator expand its LTE-Advanced service to the downtown areas of 84 towns and cities across the country's south-eastern regions by providing software upgrades for Carrier Aggregation. (See Asia-Pac's 4G Advances.)
Kudelski Group , the Swiss digital video security specialist, has reported half-year revenues up 1.9 percent year-on-year to 390.2 million Swiss francs (US$424 million), while net income was up 20 percent to CHF10.3 million ($11.1 million). Growth in the Americas made up for weak consumer demand in Europe, said the vendor in a statement.
EE , the UK mobile joint venture that stole a march on its rivals with its early launch of 4G services, has been doing some "research" on how said services are being used in its "4GEE Mobile Living Index Report." Among the findings: Network upload traffic has overtaken download traffic at "key" events thanks to video- and photo-sharing over 4G; men are more likely than women to spend more than £200 a month on their mobile; and one in four 4G customers check their social apps more than ten times a day using their smartphone or tablet. That's progress, right there, that is.
— Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading