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Eurobites: Oracle Expands Cloud Biz in Europe

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Bosnia & Herzegovina telco sell-off plan; Sky strikes content deals; top Tweetery on BT/EE deal.

  • Software giant Oracle Corp. (Nasdaq: ORCL) is on the lookout for 1,400 cloud sales professionals in the EMEA region, where it is eager to expand its range of cloud computing services. The company says the roles will be based in Amsterdam (the Netherlands), Cairo (Egypt), Dubai (United Arab Emirates), Dublin (Ireland), Malaga (Spain) and Prague (the Czech Republic). Oracle has also announced it will ramp up investments in new sales centers in Amsterdam and Cairo and open new offices this year in Dubai, Dublin and Prague. In a statement, Oracle said the recruitment drive follows a multi-billion-dollar investment in its cloud computing activities. It also claimed to have signed up 1,500 new software-as-a-service and 2,100 platform-as-a-service customers in the last six months. Oracle is one of several cloud companies expanding operations in Europe in the hope of reassuring customers their data will be safe from US authorities. In May last year the company had 132,000 employees in total worldwide. (See BT, DT Tie-Up Holds All-IP, Cloud Promise.)

  • The government of Bosnia & Herzegovina is to sell part of its majority stakes in BH Telecom d.d Sarajevo and HT Mostar later this year, reports Broadband TV News, citing newspaper Capital. According to the report, the move is a prelude to eventual privatization of the the two telcos.

  • Sky has signed three new content deals ahead of the launch of its soon-to-launch Sky Q TV platform. The content channels in question are: Barcroft TV, which features short-form factual programs; Electus Digital, which features comedy; and Funny or Die, which threatens "celebrity videos." (See Eurobites: OTT Feel for Sky's New Set-Top.)

  • Russia's VimpelCom Ltd. (NYSE: VIP) has hired Christopher Schlaeffer as its chief digital officer. Schlaeffer joins from his role as founder and chief executive officer of two tech startups in Berlin and London, though prior to that he was Deutsche Telekom AG (NYSE: DT)'s chief product and innovation officer.

  • And finally: Tweet of the day so far on the news that BT's takeover of EE has received approval from the UK's Competition & Markets Authority has to be this:

    Good work, Rich!

    — Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

  • nasimson 1/24/2016 | 5:49:02 AM
    The war on clouds is ON The war on clouds is ON. Microsoft, Oracle and IBM are all geared up. I hear thunder. Oh don't you?
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