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Eurobites: Vivendi Bids for Orange's Dailymotion

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: AlcaLu/Accenture tie-up bags Telefónica contract; Free Mobile OK on 3G; enter the DragonWave at STC.

  • France's Vivendi , which used to own mobile operator SFR before it agreed to sell it to Numericable-SFR last year, has made an offer for Dailymotion , the video-sharing website currently owned by Orange (NYSE: FTE). Reuters reports that Vivendi had put in a bid of €250 million ($275 million) for a controlling share in the business, and that the Orange board will be discussing the offer today. Elsewhere on Planet Orange, it seems that the French state will soon be able to double its voting rights in the operator, following the passing of the so-called "Florange" law. This means the government could sell some of its stake in Orange without diminishing its influence on the company.

  • Alcatel-Lucent (NYSE: ALU)'s tie-up with consultancy firm Accenture , which was announced last year, appears to be paying dividends as the partnership has just struck a four-year deal with Telefónica SA (NYSE: TEF) for the deployment of AlcaLu's Motive CEM software. The Spanish giant intends to use Motive for its residential customers in Europe and Latin America.

  • Free Mobile , Iliad (Euronext: ILD)'s game-changing mobile brand, has been told by French regulator Arcep that it has fulfilled its 3G rollout obligations. Under the terms of the license issued to Free Mobile in January 2010, the operator had to achieve at least 75% coverage of the population of urban France by January 12, 2015.

  • Saudi Telecom Co. (STC) has chosen DragonWave Inc. (AIM/Toronto: DWI; Nasdaq: DRWI)'s microwave products to help with the expansion of its enterprise network. STC provides mobile, fixed and broadband services to more than 100 million customers globally.

  • UK cable operator Virgin Media Inc. (Nasdaq: VMED) is pleased with itself: It says it has defeated a tenth successive patent infringement claim from Rovi Corp. , the TV guide/video search and navigation specialist. At a hearing in London, the High Court ordered Rovi to pay the infringement costs.

  • Swisscom AG (NYSE: SCM) has formed a fleet management joint venture with vehicle leasing firm Sixt Leasing. Managed Mobility AG will be based in Urdorf, near Zurich.

    — Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

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