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Eurobites: Sunrise IPO on Horizon

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Telecom Egypt signs wholesale deals; Telefónica boosts VoIP with Zaark; AlcaLu reaches vectoring milestone.

  • Sunrise, Switzerland's second-biggest mobile operator, is planning an IPO in the first half of 2015, reports Reuters. The owner of Sunrise, CVC Capital Partners , is hoping to raise around 1.35 billion Swiss francs (US$1.3 billion) from the sale. Competition is hotting up in the Swiss market: Only last month, Xavier Niel, the maverick boss of French challenger Iliad (Euronext: ILD), agreed to buy Orange Switzerland from Apax Partners for 2.8 billion Swiss francs ($2.9 billion). Sunrise isn't the only European service provider IPO in motion currently: German cable operator Tele Columbus AG is preparing to offer its shares on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange. (See Eurobites: Tele Columbus Closes In On IPO and Tele Columbus to Launch 400Mbit/s Service.)

  • Telecom Egypt has signed wholesale agreements with both Mobinil and Vodafone Egypt , which together will generate revenues for Telecom Egypt of around 15 billion Egyptian pounds ($2 billion). The agreements cover international services, which are valid for four years for both mobile operators, and domestic transport infrastructure services, which cover a period of five years for Mobinil and three years for Vodafone Egypt. Telecom Egypt, which is still awaiting a mobile license, owns a fixed-line infrastructure covering thousands of miles.

  • Swedish VoIP specialist Zaark has signed a deal with Telefónica SA (NYSE: TEF) that will see it supply the Spanish giant with codec and optimization capabilities to improve the quality of its Tu Go VoIP app. (See Telefónica Partners Zaark on VoIP.)

  • Alcatel-Lucent (NYSE: ALU) has been celebrating a broadband milestone: It has now notched up 10 million VDSL2 vectoring line shipments. Executives at Proximus, the domestic market brand of Belgian operator Belgacom SA (Euronext: BELG)), with whom AlcaLu has deployed a nationwide VDSL2 vectoring network, were the lucky recipients of a golden line card to celebrate a year of VDSL2 vectoring operations. That's a heck of a paperweight for someone. (See Alcatel-Lucent Boasts Vectoring Milestone and Belgacom Switches on Nationwide VDSL2 With AlcaLu .)

  • Piksel , the New York-based video monetization specialist, is signaling its EMEA ambitions with the hiring of three new senior execs to help boost its operations in the region. Greig Hilton, Jason Johns, and Jonathan Steel join the Piksel EMEA team, working under Executive Vice President of Commercial Neil Berry. (See Piksel Expands in EMEA, Appoints Execs.)

  • Dutch digital security firm Gemalto is expanding further into Africa with the opening of an office in Ivory Coast. Gemalto now has 85 offices in 44 countries.

  • Tanzanian operator Tigo has teamed up with music streaming service Deezer to launch Tigo Music, which will be available to customers through pre-paid data bundles. Tigo Music has already launched in Ghana and Latin America. According to Tigo, music content is the second most popular mobile phone feature in sub-Saharan Africa. (See Tanzania's Tigo Teams With Deezer for Mobile Music.)

    — Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

  • Susan Fourtané 1/14/2015 | 11:32:34 PM
    Re: which is the most popular service? nasimson, 

    It's probably SMS. Generally, and globally, people call less than SMS for several reasons. It's more convenient, saves time and money, it can be more efficient, and the one on the receiving end is not interrupted when engaged in other activities. All this is especially true in younger generations. 

    -Susan 
    nasimson 1/14/2015 | 8:52:18 AM
    which is the most popular service?
    > According to Tigo, music content is the second most popular 
    > mobile phone feature in sub-Saharan Africa.

    So which type of music content sells the most? Ring back tones? streaming? And then which is the most popualar service? Call or SMS
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