Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Telecom Italia agrees redundancies program with labor unions; CityFibre's Edinburgh project extended; Ericsson bags Dutch OTT deal.
African operator Smile has raised $365 million in financing to expand its mobile broadband network and improve its voice services, reports Bloomberg. The improvement program will include achieving nationwide 4G coverage in Nigeria, Tanzania and Uganda by the end of this year, and the expansion of its broadband services to the Democratic Republic of Congo in early 2016. Under the terms of the funding, Alcatel-Lucent (NYSE: ALU) and Ericsson AB (Nasdaq: ERIC) will be supplying the lion's share of the technology and services required for the rollout.
Telecom Italia (TIM) says it has reached an agreement with labor unions over a program of redundancies that will see 3,000 people leave the company. Just 330 of these are scheduled to be voluntary redundancies, with the rest being "managed" in various ways, including retraining. (See Eurobites: Telecom Italia Plans Layoffs, Says Union.)
CityFibre , the infrastructure provider that is one of the few alternatives to BT when it comes to UK fiber rollouts, is extending its Gigabit City project in Edinburgh to encompass an additional 294 council-owned sites in an agreement worth at least £5.6 million. The seven-year program, which falls under the Public Service Network (PSN) contracts umbrella, will be carried out in tandem with Commsworld, and will replace copper circuits provided by BT. (See Split BT to Lessen Regulation, Says CityFibre.)
SBS/Sanoma, a Dutch media company, has chosen a managed OTT live and on-demand platform from Ericsson as the engine for a new TV service that will roll out in the Netherlands next month. Ericsson's Online Video Service is powered by Mediaroom Reach, the vendor's adaptive bit-rate technology platform for OTT delivery to connected devices.
Nokia Networks has launched two new analytics services, Nokia Ad Analytics and Nokia Big Data Consultancy. The former extracts data from operator networks, anonymizes it, analyzes it according to the demands of the advertising agency using it, and builds in location data from maps and other sources; the latter is intended to help operators understand "their current big data landscape" and build analytics models.
Swisscom AG (NYSE: SCM) has become the latest Tier 1 telco to join the Global M2M Association (GMA), joining Deutsche Telekom AG (NYSE: DT), Orange (NYSE: FTE), Telia Company and others. Among other things, the GMA allows its members to offer enhanced M2M roaming services.
— Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading