Brief:Tablets a Key Part in Digital Transformation with Hybrids Meeting 

According to International Data Corporation's (IDC) latest study, tablets are among the top IT spending priorities for 2017 in European enterprises,with sectors such as education,hospitality,government, and transport ranking them among their top 3 priorities.Based on 1,500 interviews with IT and LOB decision makers in 10 vertical sectors across the U.K.,France,Germany,and Sweden,IDC reveals that tablets are part and parcel of the mobility strategy of 60% of companies,with over two-thirds evaluating or planning to purchase slate or detachable devices in the short term,contributing to a significant increase in tablet penetration over the next three years.The study confirms that tablet adoption continues to expand in terms of users and new usage scenarios.

***In Italy,Telecom Italia(TIM)reportedly plans to introduce a new low-cost mobile operation in early 2017 to combat the threat of competition from Iliad,which is planning to launch the country’s fourth mobile network next year.TIM’s new MVNO will be entirely independent of the parent company.French firm Iliad has acquired spectrum and network assets from Wind and 3 Italia to allow it to launch in Italy; it shook up its domestic cellular market in 2012 when it introduced its low-cost Free Mobile service.TIM recently acquired 100% of the Italian mobile virtual network aggregator (MVNA) Noverca.

***Cyta Hellas,the Greek arm of Cypriot incumbent Cyta,has been put on sale.The operator said that economic uncertainty in Greece poses major challenges for all telcos there."It was decided to separate the procedures of Cyta Greece from the rest of Cyta Group,in order to open up the prospect for strategic choices with potential investor partners,"the company said.Cyta Hellas offers fixed telephony and broadband, as well as TV services.It also offers MVNO services via Vodafone's network.It serves approximately 300,000 customers.The sale of Cyta Greece will be carried out independently from the privatisation of Cyta,which is expected to take place next year.The report said Cyta Hellas had an equity value of €149.9 million at the end of 2015.

***Telecoms operator Zain Saudi has been ordered by an arbitration panel to pay SAR219.46 million(USD58.51 million)to rival Etihad Etisalat (Mobily).Zain said that it previously made provisions to cover the full amount awarded and that the decision would not have a negative financial impact on the company.As previously reported,in early December 2014 Mobily requested a referral to arbitration with regards to receivables due under an agreement signed with Zain Saudi on 6 May 2008. Mobily disclosed that by 30 November 2013,Zain owed it SAR2.2 billion for the provision of national roaming, site sharing, transmission links and international traffic; the company said that it could not reach an amicable settlement with its rival for the amount due, so its management decided to revert back to arbitration.

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