Feeds

MS plans stakes in ten key Euro companies

And is lobbying to get DSL implemented faster. Sometimes you find yourself applauding Microsoft...

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Seven Steps to Software Security

Microsoft has a target list of ten European communications companies it wants to put money into, according to company European Internet director Georges Nahon. The list's existence, together with some clues about who the companies might be, was revealed in an interview published yesterday by Dow Jones Newswires. Market size, location and reasonable numbers of existing subscribers are apparently important, so presumably this means Microsoft wants to pick off large cable TV operations in the larger countries first. It's done a pretty thorough job in the UK already, and is currently in a huddle with Bertelsmann and Deutsche Telekom in Germany. French and Italian operators should therefore prepare to receive emissaries. Microsoft is also looking for territories where there is a 'positive regulatory environment.' What this means isn't exactly clear, as Europe is at least theoretically subject to a single regulatory environment. The requirement could therefore be code for 'countries whose politicians aren't going to beat-up Microsoft.' Nahon says the investments will come in several stages, with a minority investment first. This is the stage we're at right now, although some are more minor than others. The objective is to give the cable outfits sufficient resources and incentives to roll out broadband data networks faster. Then later on Microsoft might increase its investment, or try to bring in other companies. Which is a pretty meaningless thing to say, really - Microsoft could do anything from taking total control to cashing its winnings and leaving, it would seem. Cable is the most important area right now, but Nahon's interest in doing something to encourage faster roll-out for DSL is worth noting. Investment doesn't seem to be the route Microsoft intends to take here, but he says the company has been talking to several operators about deploying DSL, and suggests developments in eight to 12 months. We'd guess both British Telecom and Deutsche Telecom as likely perpetrators, regulatory environments permitting. ®

Boost IT visibility and business value

More from The Register

next story
Airbus promises Wi-Fi – yay – and 3D movies (meh) in new A330
If the person in front reclines their seat, this could get interesting
BBC goes offline in MASSIVE COCKUP: Stephen Fry partly muzzled
Auntie tight-lipped as major outage rolls on
There's NOTHING on TV in Europe – American video DOMINATES
Even France's mega subsidies don't stop US content onslaught
UK Parliament rubber-stamps EMERGENCY data grab 'n' keep bill
Just 49 MPs oppose Drip's rushed timetable
Want to beat Verizon's slow Netflix? Get a VPN
Exec finds stream speed climbs when smuggled out
Samsung threatens to cut ties with supplier over child labour allegations
Vows to uphold 'zero tolerance' policy on underage workers
Dude, you're getting a Dell – with BITCOIN: IT giant slurps cryptocash
1. Buy PC with Bitcoin. 2. Mine more coins. 3. Goto step 1
prev story

Whitepapers

Top three mobile application threats
Prevent sensitive data leakage over insecure channels or stolen mobile devices.
The Essential Guide to IT Transformation
ServiceNow discusses three IT transformations that can help CIO's automate IT services to transform IT and the enterprise.
Mobile application security vulnerability report
The alarming realities regarding the sheer number of applications vulnerable to attack, and the most common and easily addressable vulnerability errors.
How modern custom applications can spur business growth
Learn how to create, deploy and manage custom applications without consuming or expanding the need for scarce, expensive IT resources.
Consolidation: the foundation for IT and business transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.