Telex: Majority optical fiber in France, Nicolas Brien dismissed from EuraTechnologies, Capgemini acquires Knowledge Expert, Google limits the travel of its employees

– Majority optical fiber in France. According to Arcep, 51% of high and very high speed subscriptions are made via fiber optics. The number of fiber subscriptions reached 16.3 million at the end of the second quarter of 2022 for a total, all subscriptions combined, of 31.7 million. The regulator nevertheless notes a slowdown (20% over one year) in connections: 1.2 million additional premises have been made connectable to FTTH. Overall, as of June 30, 2022.

– Nicolas Brien dismissed from EuraTechnologies. The Supervisory Board of EuraTechnologies has just terminated Nicolas Brien’s term of office as Chairman of the Management Board. It is Koussée Vaneecke who will therefore be in charge of the interim chairmanship of the board. In office for barely a year, Nicolas Brien’s mission was to restore the image of the European incubator of start-ups, and stimulate a new dynamic. The cause of his departure according to our colleagues from La Voix du Nord: a bad ambient climate and a policy of terror within the incubator, to the point of scaring away more than one company.

– Capgemini acquires Knowledge Expert. In order to strengthen its service offer, particularly in the digitalization of the customer experience, the consulting giant has just announced its intention to acquire the Swiss company Knowledge Expert. On the strength of this acquisition, the SSII will expand in Europe and target key sectors such as insurance, finance, the pharmaceutical industry, consumer goods, energy and telecommunications. Welcoming the news, Jérôme Siméon, Executive Director of the Central and Southern Europe strategic business unit, also a member of the Capgemini Group’s General Management Committee, specifies that “these highly qualified experts from the Pega platform will make it possible to better develop and implement our “customer first” service offer in Europe”.

– Google limits employee travel. According to The Information, the Mountain View firm will tighten its belts when it comes to employee travel, planning to limit employee travel to only “business-critical” trips. From now on, the bar will be high for all future business trips, with event monitoring or remote intervention options to be favored. Known for its many advantages, the firm seems to be changing direction on this subject and taking the path of sobriety. A decision that comes in an increased context of layoffs and where rumors of a recession are circulating.

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