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Thursday, June 15, 2017

Profile of Orange, a global operation with big ambitions, slow, steady growth – Part 2

Preamble

Orange is perhaps the global carrier with operations in the most diverse geographies and cultures. From its headquarters in Paris, Orange (formerly France Telecom) now serves 265.162,000 subscribers worldwide with mobile, broadband, fixed telephony, TV and a range of advanced enterprise services. Part 1 covered the company’s recent performance indicators, this part will cover two growth segments for Orange: Africa and mobile money.

Ambitions for Africa

Orange currently is the No.1 or No.2 mobile network by market share in 21 countries across Africa and the Middle East, where it has more than 120 million customers. As of last August, Orange had launched 4G in 9 of these countries, with network upgrades planned or underway in all of these markets. The stated ambition is for Orange revenue in Africa and the Middle East to grow 20% over the 2015 to 2018 time frame. For 2016, Orange reported Euro 5.2 billion in revenue from Africa and Middle East (12% of the group total). The company views this region as a strategic priority given the young and growing population, as well as the lower mobile penetration and broadband adoption rates compared with developed markets in Europe.

One obstacle to overcome in the region is the lack of financial services for large segments of the population. For the past few years, Orange is striving to develop a mobile money service that could turn this situation into a strategic differentiator for its mobile networks. Orange Money is its flagship capability for money transfers and mobile financial services, currently available in 17 countries and with more than 31 million customers. To manage risk associated with its electronic money operations, Orange has set up a dedicated organization, CECOM, based in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire. CECOM reports to the Orange Group and provides second-level control for the Orange Money business, which exceeded one billion Euros of transactions in June 2016.

For many subscribers, Orange Money is their first experience with an electronic bank but, over time, Orange Money is moving beyond basic banking. Earlier this year, Orange Money announced a partnership with Vivo Energy that enables customers to cash in and cash out money from their Orange Money account and pay in any of the 1,000+ Shell service stations operated by Vivo Energy. The services are already available in Mali, Cote d’Ivoire and Madagascar. Orange Money expects to have this operational across the rest of its common footprint by mid-2017.

The latest project in Africa is the expansion of the Orange brand in May 2017 to Liberia, where the former Cellcom Liberia has just become Orange Liberia. This was accomplished via acquisition of the Liberian operator Cellcom by Orange Côte d’Ivoire. Cellcom Liberia, founded in 2004, claimed over 1.6 million customers at the end of February 2017. The Republic of Liberia, which has a population of about 4.5 million, has a relatively low mobile penetration rate of 70%. Cellcom Liberia launched its 4G LTE network last year, with the construction of 29 sites. Now that it has taken over operations, Orange plans to accelerate the 4G network upgrade across the country, including in areas that are still awaiting basic telecom services. Approximately three-quarters of the population resides outside of the capital city of Monrovia.

Previously, in 2016 Orange acquired the second largest mobile operator in Burkina Faso from Airtel. Burkina Faso, with a population of approximately 18 million, has one of the strongest growth rates (5.8%) in the Economic Community of West African States, and a mobile penetration rate of about 80% as of last year. The deal with Airtel brought 4.6 million customers.

Also in 2016, the Orange brand replaced the Méditel brand in Morocco. Orange’s Moroccan subsidiary had 14.2 million customers at the end of September 2016, the second largest total within the group’s Middle East and African footprint, after Orange Egypt, and contributing close to 10% of its revenue in this region. The group's interest in Morocco goes back to 2010, when France Telecom invested Euro 640 million to acquire a 40% stake in Méditel. The Méditel network includes more than 5,400 km of optical fibre and more than 4,000 radio sites throughout the kingdom.

However, despite the many new markets and growing subscriber counts, the volatility of political and economic conditions in Africa always remains a worry. Over the past year, Orange said it was impacted by difficult conditions in Egypt and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

Orange Brings mobile banking from Africa to Europe

Interestingly, several years after launching its Orange mobile banking service in African markets, Orange is now ready to bring it to Europe. In October 2014, Orange Finanse was introduced in Poland in partnership with mBank, the fourth largest retail bank. The company says Poland is where NFC (near field communication) has developed most fully in Europe, with 80% of payment terminals already equipped for contactless payments and more than 3 million users routinely using mobile payment services (Poland has a population of about 38 million).

Starting in July, Orange is launching a mobile bank for its home market of France. Launch materials distributed to the press state this new business is organised as Orange Bank SA, with capital of Euro 297,575,712 and a commercial relationship with Visa. In addition to standard banking services, Orange will provide money transfers via SMS, as well as a virtual assistant driven by artificial intelligence. Ultimately, Orange Bank aims to have more than 2 million customers in France, where it currently has around 30 million mobile users. Orange's ambition is to reach Euro 400 million in revenue in 2018 in the financial services field across all markets.

Stéphane Richard, chairman and CEO of Orange has commented that the commercial launch of Orange Bank for the general public in July marks an important new chapter in the group's history, with Orange also a bank that places customer experience at the heart of its business model. He added that Orange Bank will build on the professional skills of its banking experts, the disruptive capability of its partnerships with start-ups and the traditional assets of Orange: its distribution network, its expertise in digital services and financial strength. By bringing together these different sources of energy, it aims to meet the expectations of customers in a way that will enable it to adapt as their needs evolve.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Iliad's Online launches cloud service based on Cavium ThunderX

Web hosting provider Online, a wholly-owned subsidiary of French telecom company Iliad Group, announced the commercial deployment of server platforms based on Cavium's ThunderX workload-optimised processors as part of its Scaleway cloud service offering.

Online offers a range of services to Internet customers worldwide including domain names, web hosting, dedicated servers and hosting in its data centre, and with several hundred thousand servers deployed is one of the largest web hosting providers in Europe.

For the deployment, Online is using dual socket, 96 core ThunderX based platforms as part of the Scaleway IaaS cloud offering. The Scaleway cloud platform is supported by Ubuntu 16.04 OS, including LAMP stack, Docker, Puppet, Juju, Hadoop and MAAS, and also provides support for standard features of the Scaleway cloud including flexible IPs, native IPv6, Snapshots and images.

Cavium's ThunderX products offer a 64-bit ARMv8-A based server processor designed for data centre and cloud applications. The devices feature custom cores, single and dual socket configurations, and high memory bandwidth and memory capacity. The products also include hardware accelerators, integrated high bandwidth network and storage IO, virtualised core and IO functionality and a scalable high bandwidth, low latency Ethernet fabric.

ThunderX products are compliant with ARMv8-A architecture specifications, as well as with ARM's SBSA and SBBR standards, and supported by major OS, hypervisor and software tool and application vendors.

Earlier in the year, Cavium announced it was collaborating with Microsoft to evaluate and enable a range of cloud workloads running on its flagship ThunderX2 ARMv8-A data centre processor for the Microsoft Azure cloud platform.


As part of the partnership, the companies demonstrated web services on a version of Windows Server developed for Microsoft's internal use running cloud services workloads on ThunderX2. The server platform was based on Microsoft Project Olympus open source, hyper-scale cloud hardware design.

Friday, April 28, 2017

Thales to Acquire Guavus for Data Analytics

Thales agreed to acquire Guavus, which specializes in big data analytics, for US$215 million.

Guavus said it currently analyzes more than 5 petabytes of data every day on behalf of its customers, which include telecom and cable operators.  The company supports more than 20 major operators around the world, including the 5 largest North-American mobile operators (AT&T, Rogers, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon), 4 out of the top 5 Internet backbone carriers, and 7 out of the top 8 cable operators. Guavus is based in San Mateo, California and has about 250 employees, including 140 in Gurgaon (India).

Patrice Caine, Thales’s Chairman and CEO, commented: “Combined with our established expertise in other key digital technologies, the acquisition of Guavus represents a tremendous accelerator of our digital strategy for the benefit of our customers. The application to Thales’s core businesses of Guavus's technologies and expertise in big data analytics will strengthen our ability to support the digital transformation of our customers, whether in aeronautics, space, rail signaling, defense or security.”

https://www.thalesgroup.com/en/worldwide/group/press-release/thales-acquires-guavus-one-pioneers-real-time-big-data-analytics
http://www.guavus.com

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Ekinops and OneAccess Plan Merger

Ekinops based in Lannion, France, a global supplier of next-generation optical networking equipment, and the major shareholders of OneAccess, a provider of network access solutions, announced that they have entered into exclusive discussions for a combination of their operations, with the proposed transaction to involve the acquisition of OneAccess by Ekinops.

The combination of the two companies would create a major player in transport solutions, Ethernet services and business routing sectors with combined annul revenue of over Euro 76 million (based on data for 2016).

As an initial step, Ekinops and OneAccess will consult with their employee representative organisations, with a view to finalising negotiations once the opinions of those organisations have been received.

Under the terms of the proposed acquisition, OneAccess' enterprise value is estimated at Euro 60 million, or approximately 1x revenue, representing an equity value of Euro 58 million. Ekinops plans to fund acquisition through a combination of cash and shares, as a part of which it would implement a capital increase for the equivalent of approximately 50% of OneAccess' equity capital, with this transaction subject to approval by its shareholders.

Subject to shareholder approval, on completion of capital increase transaction, OneAccess' shareholders would contribute all of their shares in exchange for 50% of the value in cash and 50% in Ekinops shares. The new Ekinops shares would be priced at the average share price, weighted by volume, of Ekinops shares on Euronext between 30 March and 15 April 2017, but within the range Euro 7.25 and Euro 8.21. On completion of the transaction, OneAccess shareholders would own 20%-25% of the new company.
In addition, an earn-out payment based on revenue generated of not more than Euro 6 million would be paid to OneAccess shareholders for the 2017 and 2018 fiscal years.

France-based OneAccess, founded in 2001 and with around 350 staff, is a supplier of software and hardware platforms to telecom carriers and service providers serving large corporate and SME customers. The company claims nearly 130 telecom carriers as clients, including 29 in the global Top 100, and has four R&D centres, located in Velizy and Sophia Antipolis, France, Louvain, Belgium and Bangalore, India. In 2016, OneAccess generated revenue of Euro 58 million and EBITDA margin of 9.1%.

Through combining their operations, Ekinops and OneAccess would establish a major global supplier of optical transport and telecom network virtualisation solutions. The new company would have a total workforce of over 400 employees and combined revenue of Euro 76 million, with around 55% sales generated outside of France.

The transaction is currently expected to be completed during the summer of 2017.

Friday, March 31, 2017

Bouygues Telecom partners with Altitude Infrastructure to expand FTTH

French telco Bouygues Telecom, operator of national IP fibre-based and mobile networks with over 16 million subscribers, announced it has entered into a framework agreement through which it will begin providing a FTTH service in partnership with Altitude Infrastructure.

Under the agreement, Altitude will provide Bouygues with fibre network technology to serve both retail and business customers across France. The companies plan to launch a trial phase in September 2017, with Altitude expected to start marketing the new fibre-based services in 2018. Bouygues noted that at the end of 2016 it had 3.1 million fixed broadband customers, including 121,000 signed up to FTTH services.

France-based Altitude is an established company that works with local authorities in France to build, develop, operate and market alternate networks. The company specialises in public initiative network (PIN) projects, through which networks are deployed where no existing operator wishes to invest in building infrastructure independently. PINs are backed by public funding and may require approval from local and European regulators.

The new agreement with Bouygues covers all of the PINs implemented by Altitude, although it will initially focus on two networks in the east of France that cover around 670,000 customers. To date, Altitude has passed approximately one million premises across France with FTTH infrastructure via 19 PINs in one region covering 15 departments and four urban authorities. As of September 2016, there were 3.2 million FTTH subscribers in France for all operators.

Regarding the agreement, Richard Viel, deputy CEO of Bouygues Telecom, commented, "Bouygues Telecom has already been a customer of Altitude Infrastructure's networks for its business clients for a number of years, the new partnership… (demonstrates) its ambitions in FTTH, specifically to be present in all of France's PINs… to enable Bouygues Telecom to reach its target of 20 million premises marketed by 2022".

Thursday, March 30, 2017

OneAccess launches OVP Design Studio for NFV

OneAccess Networks of France announced the launch of OVP Design Studio, a software tool designed to enable communication service providers and managed service providers to accelerate the creation and delivery of NFV-based services.

The new OVP Design Studio provides a graphical software tool with a 'drag and drop' design environment within which operators can model, design, test and validate complete virtual network function (VNF)-based service chains.

Once a service had been tested and validated, OVP Design Studio allows the user to export it either as an XML template or a network service descriptor (NSD) for integration into any NetConf-capable orchestration system, enabling a significant time-saving compared to current service design and deployment methods.

OVP Design Studio is designed to be used in conjunction with OneAccess' Open Virtualization Platform (OVP), a hosting platform featuring integrated vRouter for OneAccess and third-party VNFs. The solution is designed to simplify the process of creating virtual network services by quickly instantiating and interconnecting VNFs, defining the service parameters and troubleshooting the resulting service chain.

OVP Design Studio is a key element of the OneAccess OVP portfolio, which targets applications in branch offices where users wish to create virtualised deployment of on-premise services.

In October 2016, OneAccess Networks launched its OVP Linux-based middleware platform that enables lifecycle management of both OneAccess VNFs and those from third-party vendors. The platform included a drag and drop GUI that combines the NetConf, SNMP and CLI APIs in a single VNF management interface. OVP can also be bundled with OneAccess' range of white-box CPEs and VNF catalogue.

OneAccess unveiled a range of carrier-grade physical and virtual network functions designed to enable service providers to deploy NFV (network functions virtualisation) in an open and interoperable environment earlier last year. The solution includes OVP, a carrier-grade VNF catalogue and whitebox CPE.



Thursday, September 29, 2016

AWS Plans New Availability Region in France

AWS disclosed plans to open a new data center availability region in Paris, France during 2017.

This will be the fourth AWS Region in Europe. AWS data centers are currently running in Ireland and Frankfurt, Germany. An additional data center in the UK is expected to launch in the coming months.

https://aws.amazon.com/about-aws/global-infrastructure/



Thursday, August 25, 2016

ZTE Picks Sequans for LTE-Advanced CPE

ZTE has selected Sequans Communications' Cassiopeia LTE-Advanced chipset platform for a new line of high-performance CPE for LTE networks operating on LTE bands 42 and 43, primarily used in regions including southeast Asia, Latin America, Middle East, and Europe.

The ZTEWelink WF830 is an outdoor, fixed wireless router matched with an indoor multiservice gateway that supports advanced networking and WLAN AP functionalities.. It offer dual-carrier aggregation and category 6 throughput. The unit could be used for advanced residential or small business services delivered over the LTE network.

“We chose Sequans technology for the WF830 because of the robust LTE-Advanced capabilities of the Cassiopeia platform that has been well-proven in the marketplace,” said Sanqiang Liu, Product General Manager, ZTEWelink. “Cassiopeia’s carrier aggregation capability is flexible and robust, allowing for advanced MIMO operation and very high throughput. Sequans’ support was excellent throughout, especially during the operator certification process.”

“We are pleased to contribute our technology to the new LTE-Advanced ZTEWelink CPE,” said Craig Miller, Sequans VP of marketing. “It provides very high LTE performance enabling integrated access for data, voice, and Internet in one powerful unit.”

The LTE-Advanced chip inside the ZTEWelink WF830 is Sequans’ Cassiopeia LTE-Advanced platform, compliant with 3GPP Release 10 specifications. Cassiopeia supports highly flexible dual-carrier aggregation that allows the combination of any two carriers of any size up to 20 MHz each, contiguous or non-contiguous, inter-band or intra-band. Cassiopeia also supports other Release 10 enhancements such as new MIMO schemes, enhanced inter-cell interference coordination (eICIC) schemes for heterogeneous networks (HetNets), and improvements to eMBMS (evolved multimedia broadcast multicast service) or LTE broadcast. Cassiopeia features Sequans’ advanced receiver technology for improved performance. Cassiopeia can support additional optional features, including envelope tracking and secure boot, at customer request.

http://www.ztewelink.com/en

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

KOSC Telecom Picks ADVA for National Network in France

KOSC Telecom has selected the ADVA FSP 3000 for a new nationwide DWDM transport network in France for delivering 100G wholesale connectivity to other service providers.

KOSC is a new telecom operator dedicated to the wholesale business connectivity market in France. The new network will serve major French cities, such as Paris and Marseille, to mid-sized cities, including Annecy and La Rochelle, spanning 20,000km and covering all regions of the country.

“We’re bringing a new level of flexibility and efficiency to the wholesale connectivity market. That’s why it’s essential to have a technology partner we can trust. ADVA Optical Networking’s team has supported and worked with us at every stage to create our ideal solution,” said Antoine Fournier, CEO, KOSC Telecom. “We knew we wanted phenomenal capacity and always-on dependability. Our other essential requirement was scalability. As French businesses harness more cloud-based services and virtual reality applications, and as the industrial internet of things continues to develop, demand for reliable, super-fast broadband will only accelerate. That’s why we’ve invested in a network that can grow and we’ve already discussed the potential to deploy the 400Gbit/s capabilities of ADVA Optical Networking’s CloudConnect™ solution in the future.”

“KOSC Telecom’s new transport system features a seamless combination of our long-haul technology and our highly versatile metro solution. By teaming up these technologies we’ve enabled KOSC Telecom to deliver 100Gbit/s capacity across its entire national network,” commented Fabrice Jean, VP, North and Southwest Europe sales, ADVA Optical Networking. “The people behind KOSC Telecom share many of our core values. At every level, they have a clear vision of what customers need and a bold strategy for delivering it. By working closely with their engineers we’ve been able to create a network tailor-made to their customers’ needs. Now service providers will be able to deliver even more in France by accessing cost-effective, super-fast and incredibly reliable wholesale broadband.”

Google Acquire Moodstocks for Machine Vision

Google has acquire Moodstocks, a start-up based in Paris, that specializes in image recognition and machine vision technologies. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Moodstocks said its new mission "will be to build great image recognition tools within Google." The team included Denis Brule and Cedric Deltheil.

http://www.moodstocks.com

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Altice Complete Cablevision Deal, Now No.4 Cable Operator in U.S.

Altice completed its previously announced acquisition of Cablevision Systems, the leading MSO in the NY metro region.

Cablevision together with Suddenlink will form Altice USA, the #4 cable operator in the U.S., which serves more than 4.6 million Optimum and Suddenlink customers across 20 states. The deal was valued at $17.7 billion. BC Partners and CPP Investment Board hold a 30 percent stake, as previously announced.

Altice outlined a number of plans, including to:

  • Significantly increase broadband speeds through extensive investments in network upgrades and improvements;
  • Introduce a low-income broadband offering;
  • Introduce a state-of-the art and fully evolutive, all-in-one home center that integrates the functionality of set top boxes, routers and Wifi modems in one device and provides a more user-friendly experience;
  • Introduce a next-generation customer interface offering a modern, informative and seamless navigation, integrating video on demand, online content, and advanced navigation and recommendation tools to maximize the consumer’s experience;
  • Invest more into and support the WiFi network, which will further extend the reach of broadband offerings;
  • Upgrade existing and invest into new IT systems to optimize processes and better serve customers; and
  • Inspire the next generation of technology leaders through programs that encourage the pursuit of STEM-related career paths.

Patrick Drahi, Founder and Controlling Shareholder of Altice: “The completion of the Cablevision acquisition marks a critical step in the development of the Altice Group. Altice USA is a key pillar of our business and a powerful and dynamic growth platform. We are very excited about our U.S. business and the opportunities we see in this market. We will accelerate network investments and bring innovative products and services to U.S. customers by leveraging our global operational expertise, scale and resources. I wish to also thank the Dolan family for entrusting us with their life’s work at Cablevision, where they have developed under their pioneering stewardship one of America’s pre-eminent cable operations with best-in-class management talent.”

http://www.altice.net

Altice to Enter U.S. Cable Market with Acquisition of Cablevision & Suddenlink

Altice, the second largest communications company in France, confirmed plans to acquire Cablevision, the fifth largest cable operator in the United States. Under the agreement, Altice will pay $34.90 in cash for each Cablevision share, for an enterprise value of approximately $17.7 billion. The transaction is to be financed with $14.5 billion of new and existing debt. Altice has received full financing commitments from JP Morgan, BNP Paribas and Barclays.



Cablevision serves the New York City metropolitan area, passing more than 5 million premises and serving more than 3.1 million residential and business customers.  With approximately 65% of its cable customers subscribing to triple-play services, Cablevision generates industry-leading ARPU and benefits from high customer loyalty. The deal also includes Lightpath, the company’s business services unit, as well as local news operations.

Earlier this year, Altice announced plans to acquire Suddenlink for $9 billion, a cable operator based in St. Louis with 1.4 million subscribers in 17 states. The combination of Cablevision + Suddenlink will make Altice the fourth largest cable operator in the U.S. with 4.6 million customers in 20 states.

“As a family business we are proud to be entrusted by the Dolan family with the ownership of Cablevision and look forward to continuing the pioneering path they have paved for us. The strategy of Altice in the large and highly strategic US market is reinforced with the acquisition of Cablevision. We will be in a stronger position, as in all other markets in which we operate, to deliver the best services, invest in the most advanced technology, and develop innovative products for the benefit of our customers,” stated Patrick Drahi, Founder and President of Altice.


http://www.altice.net/


  • Cablevision was founded in the 1960s by Charles Dolan.
  • In 2014, Altice acquire SFR from Vivendi, combining it with Numericable, which has over 5.2 million fiber homes in France, with more than 10 million homes passed. SFR has 3G/4G mobile networks in France as well as 1.6 million fiber homes.
  • In June 2015, Altice acquired Portugal Telecom.

Monday, April 25, 2016

Sequans LTE for IoT Module Certified by AT&T

Sequans Communications' newest EZLinkLTE module, the US60L, has been certified to operate on AT&T’s 4G LTE network.

At the heart of the module is Sequans’ IoT-optimized, LTE Cat 4-capable chipset, Colibri, along with memory, power management and a complete RF front-end.

http://www.sequans.com

Sunday, April 17, 2016

ACCO Raises $35 Million for CMOS RF

ACCO Semiconductor, a start-up with offices in Sunnyvale, California and Paris, France, raised $35 million for its CMOS RF solutions.

ACCO has developed and patented RF front-end technology for mobile communications devices (power amplifiers and antenna switches) that uses standard complementary-metal-oxide semiconductor (CMOS) processing. Its bulk CMOS cellular power amplifier offers highly linear performance yet can operate at high power without breakdown or degradation.

ACCO said it is currently accelerating its business into various brands of LTE smart phones now found in several countries throughout Asia and Europe.

The funding round was led by Bpifrance, through its growth fund Large Venture, with participation from investors in both the US and France including Foundation Capital, Pond Ventures, Partech Ventures, Omnes Capital, Siparex Group and A Plus Finance.

"The commitment from Bpifrance and other participating investors validates the importance of building the RF front-end in bulk CMOS—the process used in nearly the entire electronics industry,” states Greg Caltabiano, ACCO President and CEO. “Not only is this important for smart phones, but also critical to IoT where highly integrated, highly functional, low-cost solutions will
drive success of the entire market.”

http://www.acco-semi.com

Thursday, October 29, 2015

France's RENATER Selects Coriant Universal Transport Platform and hiT 7300

RENATER, the French national telecommunications network for technology education and research, has selected Coriant to deploy a new 100G-capable end-to-end packet optical transport network .

Spanning approximately 15,000 kilometers of fiber optics and 75 points of presence, the RENATER transport infrastructure connects over 1,400 sites via campus, metropolitan, and regional networks and provides bandwidth and IP services that support a broad community of education and research institutions in France, as well as throughout Europe and the world.

The Coriant solution, which includes the Coriant mTera Universal Transport Platform (UTP) and Coriant hiT 7300 Multi-Haul Transport Platform, met RENATER's stringent network architecture requirements with features such as hybrid Optical Transport Network (OTN) and packet switching, flexible protection and restoration, and coherent 100G optical transport. Management of the mTera UTP and hiT 7300 network nodes will be supported by the Coriant Transport Network Management System (TNMS), an end-to-end management platform that simplifies service provisioning and reduces operating expenses.

"Our customers continue to experience increased demand for fast, reliable, and high-capacity connectivity to support a wide range of critical research and education applications, including bandwidth-intensive data transfer, video conferencing, and grid computing," said Patrick Donath, director of RENATER. "In bringing new and more robust capabilities to our underlying transport infrastructure, we were looking for a highly flexible technology solution with the ability to efficiently and cost-effectively meet current as well as future capacity requirements – and Coriant proved the most capable and trusted solutions provider."

http://www.coriant.com/company/press_release.asp?id=1254

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Altice to Enter U.S. Cable Market with Acquisition of Cablevision & Suddenlink

Altice, the second largest communications company in France, confirmed plans to acquire Cablevision, the fifth largest cable operator in the United States. Under the agreement, Altice will pay $34.90 in cash for each Cablevision share, for an enterprise value of approximately $17.7 billion. The transaction is to be financed with $14.5 billion of new and existing debt. Altice has received full financing commitments from JP Morgan, BNP Paribas and Barclays.



Cablevision serves the New York City metropolitan area, passing more than 5 million premises and serving more than 3.1 million residential and business customers.  With approximately 65% of its cable customers subscribing to triple-play services, Cablevision generates industry-leading ARPU and benefits from high customer loyalty. The deal also includes Lightpath, the company’s business services unit, as well as local news operations.

Earlier this year, Altice announced plans to acquire Suddenlink for $9 billion, a cable operator based in St. Louis with 1.4 million subscribers in 17 states. The combination of Cablevision + Suddenlink will make Altice the fourth largest cable operator in the U.S. with 4.6 million customers in 20 states.

“As a family business we are proud to be entrusted by the Dolan family with the ownership of Cablevision and look forward to continuing the pioneering path they have paved for us. The strategy of Altice in the large and highly strategic US market is reinforced with the acquisition of Cablevision. We will be in a stronger position, as in all other markets in which we operate, to deliver the best services, invest in the most advanced technology, and develop innovative products for the benefit of our customers,” stated Patrick Drahi, Founder and President of Altice.


http://www.altice.net/


  • Cablevision was founded in the 1960s by Charles Dolan.
  • In 2014, Altice acquire SFR from Vivendi, combining it with Numericable, which has over 5.2 million fiber homes in France, with more than 10 million homes passed. SFR has 3G/4G mobile networks in France as well as 1.6 million fiber homes.
  • In June 2015, Altice acquired Portugal Telecom.


Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Technicolor to Acquire Cisco's CPE Business for EUR 550 Million

Technicolor has agreed to acquire Cisco's customer premises equipment (CPE) business for approximately €413 million ($450 million) in cash and approximately €137 million ($150 million) in newly issued Technicolor shares,

The companies also agreed to enter into a strategic partnership that will allow both companies to develop and deliver next generation video and broadband technologies, with cooperation on Internet of Things (IoT) solutions and services. Technicolor and Cisco also have signed a long-term patent cross-licensing agreement that covers specific intellectual property and patents from both companies.

Technicolor said the acquisition will make it one of the global leaders in CPE , increasing its industrial and technological scale in all major geographies:


  • c.15% market share worldwide;
  • c.60 million devices shipped each year and a global presence with an installed base of c. 290 million set-top-boxes and c.185 million gateways in over 100 countries;
  • c.€3 billion n of pro-forma revenues in 2014, doubling Technicolor’s revenues in the Connected Home segment;
  • Synergies generation in excess of €100 million per annum on a run-rate basis, in particular in the field of supply chain and SG&A;
  • Strengthened innovation capabilities with over €250 million of combined annual spending in Research and Innovation.

In addition, Mr. Hilton Romanski, Senior Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer of Cisco, will join Technicolor’s Board of Directors.

“The strategic relevance of video to every consumer, business, city and country around the world is only growing, and the market is moving rapidly," said John Chambers, Chairman and CEO of Cisco. “This is the right time and we have the right company in Technicolor to drive the future of the CPE business to deliver what our customers and partners need, today and into the future. At Cisco, we are prioritizing our investments to deliver on our strategy of video in the cloud, and will partner with Technicolor to position the CPE business and employees for future success.”

http://www.cisco.com
http://www.technicolor.com/en/who-we-are/press-news-center/press-releases/technicolor-acquire-cisco-connected-devices-division-eu550m-stock-and-cash

Monday, July 6, 2015

Cisco Invests in 6WIND for its SDN/NFV Software

Cisco has made an investment in 6WIND, a high-performance networking software company based in France.

The investment comes as part of Cisco's country digitization initiative announced in Paris last February to commit $100M to innovative French businesses. The announcement coincides with the visit between Cisco CEO John Chambers and CEO Designate Chuck Robbins, and French President Francois Hollande, in France this week.

6WIND's software enables the network architecture transition to SDN and NFV.  It delivers the performance, features and network hardware independence required for virtual networking on standard servers, without changing the existing software infrastructure.

"We are proud to have Cisco, the largest networking company in the world, as an investor, which is a testament to the critical technology 6WIND provides to enable the transition to NFV and SDN," said Eric Carmes, CEO and Founder of 6WIND. "With this investment, we look forward to further advancing our technology innovation and world-wide growth to accelerate the networking and telecom industry transformation."

http://www.6wind.com


Monday, June 29, 2015

Pica8 Powers France’s TOUIX Internet Exchange with SDN

TOUIX, one of France’s leading Internet exchanges, is leveraging Pica8’s network operating system and white box switches to program and optimize its exchange fabric. TouIX is providing an interconnected network infrastructure in 4 PoPs around Toulouse city and is interconnected with the Paris FranceIX and LyonIX IXPs.

Pica8 said its software enables TOUIX to avoid network outages and congestion caused by broadcast storms. The deployment is leveraging Ryu, the NTT Labs open-source controller, with parallel development underway for ON.Labs’ ONOS controller. Additionally, for this installation, developers used Pica8’s REST API as a means to communicate with a Graphical User Interface (GUI), simplifying common operational tasks.

“With traditional MAC-based switches, exchanges have restrictions on how to easily scale and avoid broadcast storms,” said Marc Bruyere, researcher at LAAS CNRS. “By default, an OpenFlow driven network does not do anything until you tell it. Traditional switches are routers that use lower-performance CPUs compared to servers, which is good enough to scale routed BGP networks, but not high performance enough to handle all of the MAC lookups. By controlling end-to-end paths using OpenFlow, we know the destination explicitly.”

“Low-cost, top-of-rack switches are ideal for our needs,” Bruyere added, “as the OpenFlow environment is more programmable circuit by circuit, and lack of a broadcast domain reduces what providers call broadcast ARP overhead. TOUIX’s OpenFlow design provides the optimal Ethernet fabric for IXP members to do BGP peering in a secure and stable manner. SDN OpenFlow is a fantastic opportunity to develop innovative services like a metropolitan neutral marketplace interconnecting all of the datacenters and IT services for the city of Toulouse.”

http://www.pica8.com

Monday, June 8, 2015

Telefonica and Bouygues Telecom Plan JV for France

Telefonica and Bouygues Telecom agreed to established a joint venture to provide telecommunications services to multinationals in France. The joint venture will use Bouygues’ domestic infrastructure in France and Telefonica’s global presence in 40 countries and service reach in more than 170.

The new Telefonica Global Solutions France will include its own dedicated marketing and sales resources committed to selling both Telefonica and Bouygues Telecom communication services whilst simultaneously managing the end-to-end commercial relationship with multinational companies. The “Telefonica” brand will be used.

Juan Carlos Lopez-Vives, CEO of Telefonica Business Solutions, said: “This agreement with our strategic partner Bouygues Telecom reflects our joint commitment to the MNC market and represents a significant step forward in the improvement of our value proposition for our customers, while reinforcing our position in the European market”.

Richard Viel, COO of Bouygues Telecom, commented: “Telefonica has been our strategic partner since 2011, bringing fruitful collaboration in all fields. Now we are happy to strengthen this alliance targeted on key accounts. A joint commercial approach was tested in 2014, and resulted in a booming performance in the MNC market thanks to the combined strengths of our leading 4G network and a truly global proposition.”

https://www.globalsolutions.telefonica.com/en/news/2015/06/03/telefonica-and-bouygues-telecom-create-telefonica-global-solutions-france-a-joint-venture-to-meet-the-needs-of-multinationals-in-france/

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Orange Business Acquires a Fleet Management Company

Orange Business Services has acquired Ocean, a fleet management and vehicle tracking company in France. Financial terms were not disclosed.

The company, which currently manages 45,000 vehicles for 2,000 corporate clients, will become an operational unit of Orange Applications for Business – the digital services division of Orange Business Services specializing in connected objects, the digitalization of customer experience, Big Data and data analytics.

"With the acquisition of such an innovative and powerful leader as Ocean, we are creating a new European leader in Fleet Management that will support the growth strategy of Orange Applications for Business on the connected objects and M2M markets. Through these advanced technologies, companies managing fleets of vehicles or equipment can leverage huge benefits that will facilitate their digital transformation and develop new processes and business models," said Thierry Bonhomme, Executive Director of Orange Business Services.

http://www.orange.com/

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