Eurobites: ‘White Space’ Trial for Rural Wales
Also in today’s EMEA regional roundup: SoundCloud close to stakes sale; CityFibre closes Entanet deal; T-Systems lands health insurance gig; Amazon bags ATP tennis rights in UK.
- A trial of broadband delivered by so-called “white space” technology, which uses TV broadcast frequencies rendered redundant after the switchover to digital TV, is set to begin in Llanarth, a community in a rural corner of Wales. As the BBC reports1, the trial will be the second in a program being run by Nominet, the domain name registry firm, and telecom services provider Broadway Partners. UK fixed-line incumbent BT has dabbled in white space trials before, but has since seemingly turned its attention to other broadband delivery technologies, such as G.fast. (See Euronews: Major White Spaces Trial Launched2.)
- SoundCloud3, the Berlin-based music streaming/upload service, is on the verge of selling stakes in itself to the Raine Group, a “boutique” bank, and Temasek Holdings, Singapore’s state investment firm, as it looks to steady the ship, according to a Bloomberg report4. SoundCloud claims more than 175 million users but, in common with other music streaming services, has struggled to convert those users into paying customers.
- UK altnet CityFibre5 has completed its ?29 million ($37 million) acquisition of Entanet, a wholesale connectivity provider whose network covers a number of the UK’s biggest towns and cities. Entanet’s turnover reached ?35.8 million ($46.2 million) in 2016. CityFibre hopes the deal will bring “synergies” of about ?3 million ($3.9 million) a year within three years. (See CityFibre to Raise ?200M, Ramp Up FTTH Challenge to BT6 .)
- T-Systems International GmbH7 , the IT services arm of Deutsche Telekom AG8 (NYSE: DT), has landed a juicy deal with GKV Informatik, which itself provides IT services to health insurance funds in Germany. The contract win means that 23,500 health insurance fund employees will rely on Deutsche Telekom products for their communications requirements. T-Systems says it took a year of negotiations to wrestle the contract away from the incumbent, Avaya Inc.9 Financial details of the deal were not disclosed.
- Sky10 (NYSE, London: SKY) has been outbid by Amazon.com Inc.11 (Nasdaq: AMZN) for the UK TV rights to tennis’s ATP World Tour, according to a Reuters report12, citing The Guardian. Amazon Prime Video bid ?10 million ($13.2 million) a year for the rights, the newspaper claims, whereas Sky was paying ?8 million ($10.5 million) a year under the terms of a deal that runs until 2018.
- CESNET, the Czech Republic’s network for scientific research and education, is to deploy Coriant13 ‘s Groove G30 Network Disaggregation Platform, together with the CESNET-developed Czech Light family of advanced optical devices, to help with the testing of of high-capacity, high-performance coherent optical transmission in its nationwide e-infrastructure.
- The UK government is to begin trialing a scheme which will allow small businesses to bid for vouchers offering them ?3,000 ($3,967) worth of “gigabit-capable” connectivity, according to a report14 on The Register.
- Swisscom AG15 (NYSE: SCM) is taking on 278 young people as apprentices in a range of roles, including IT and retail.
Sixty-two of them will be taken on as “mediamaticians.” If anyone knows what they are, please use the message board provided to enlighten us.
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- ^ BBC reports (www.bbc.co.uk)
- ^ Euronews: Major White Spaces Trial Launched (www.lightreading.com)
- ^ SoundCloud (www.lightreading.com)
- ^ Bloomberg report (www.bloomberg.com)
- ^ CityFibre (www.lightreading.com)
- ^ CityFibre to Raise ?200M, Ramp Up FTTH Challenge to BT (www.lightreading.com)
- ^ T-Systems International GmbH (www.lightreading.com)
- ^ Deutsche Telekom AG (www.lightreading.com)
- ^ Avaya Inc. (www.lightreading.com)
- ^ Sky (www.lightreading.com)
- ^ Amazon.com Inc. (www.lightreading.com)
- ^ Reuters report (uk.reuters.com)
- ^ Coriant (www.lightreading.com)
- ^ report (www.lightreading.com)
- ^ Swisscom AG (www.lightreading.com)
- ^ Light Reading (www.lightreading.com)
- ^ Charting the CSP’s Future (www.lightreading.com)
- ^ All Upcoming Live Events (www.lightreading.com)