Pan-European network operator Interoute has reported a 20 percent increase in year-on-year revenues for the first six months of the year to €167 million (US$228 million), while its EBITDA (earnings before interest, tax and some other stuff) increased by 5 percent to €29.4 million ($40 million). The operator cited a surge in demand for its Unified ICT cloud service and renewed international demand for pan-European bandwidth services as the main reasons for its leap in revenues.
Smartphones are now more popular in Europe than basic feature phones, according to a report in The Guardian that cites a second-quarter 2011 handset shipments report from IDC .
France Telecom/Orange is offering an FTTH-based version of its popular quad-play Open package (voice, broadband up to 100 Mbit/s, dual-screen IPTV and mobile) to Parisians at just €5 ($6.82) more than the DSL version (broadband connection up to 20 Mbit/s). The DSL-based package costs €49.90 ($68). The FTTH-based service will be offered outside Paris before the end of the year.