Euronews: CEO Swap-Out, Ericsson Advances LTE
Cable & Wireless Worldwide plc (London: CW),
Ericsson AB (Nasdaq: ERIC) and Orange Business Services get things rolling in today's regional roundup.
Cable & Wireless Worldwide, the U.K.-based enterprise services company, has a new man at the helm, as CEO Jim Marsh has been replaced by Chairman John Pluthero following a profit warning. (See Pluthero Back in C&W Hot Seat, C&W Worldwide Warns, Dumps CEO and Euronews: C&W Worldwide Mulls Asset Sale.)
Ericsson has been demonstrating LTE Advanced, a technology it calls "the next step of LTE," to the Swedish Post and Telecom Agency. According to the vendor, speeds more than 10 times faster than those currently experienced by LTE consumers in Sweden have been achieved on a system that is based on commercially available hardware. (See Ericsson Demos LTE Advanced , Ericsson + Telcordia: What the Analysts Say, Ericsson's New CMO Has a Soft Side, Ericsson Wins Euro LTE Deal and Who's Bagged the Biggest LTE Deals?)
Orange (NYSE: FTE)-owned Orange Business Services is taking its cloud-based unified communication offering -- snappily titled 'Business Together as a Service' -- to the worldwide market. BTaaS, currently available only in France, is based on Cisco's Hosted Collaboration Solution. (See Orange Fluffs Up UC Cloud, Alliance Gives Orange's Cloud an Edge and Orange Unveils Cloud Formation.)
Level 3 Communications Inc. (NYSE: LVLT) is targeting Eastern Europe by adding points of presence to its Tier 1 international network in Slovenia and Croatia. As a result of this move, the operator says it will now be able deliver a wider range of services to customers in those countries, including Ethernet private-line and wavelength transport services, high-speed Internet protocol, direct Internet access and virtual private network (VPN), as well as content and media delivery services. (See Level 3 Adds East Euro POPs, Level 3's Paul Savill: Not Hot on the Cost of 100G and Level 3 Buying Global Crossing .)
Legal website Law360, citing Le Figaro, reports that French search engine company 1PlusV is planning to file a new antitrust complaint against Google (Nasdaq: GOOG) over what 1PlusV's founder called "discriminatory practices" that resulted in his company missing out on €290 million (US$414 million) in advertising revenue.
— Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading