Internet firms push to be left out of EU cybersecurity law

Lawmakers want law to cover critical sectors such as energy, transport and finance

Reuters

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Internet companies like Cisco and Google are seeking to be excluded from a new EU cybersecurity law that would force them to adopt tough security measures and report serious security breaches to national authorities.

The so-called Network and Information Security directive is due to be finalised in talks between the European Parliament, the European Commission and member states over the coming weeks.

EU lawmakers want the law to cover only sectors that they consider critical, such as energy, transport and finance.

Intel unveils platform to simplify connectivity of products

Determined to make sure it is on the leading edge of future computing trends

Reuters

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Intel Corp on Tuesday unveiled a new platform to make it easier for companies to create Internet-connected smart products using its chips, security and software.

Intel's platform is like a set of building blocks based on the chipmaker's components and software for companies to create smart, connected devices, Doug Davis, head of Intel's Internet of Things business, said at a launch event in San Francisco.

It also aims to make it easier to connect to data centers in order analyze data collected from devices' sensors.

Service Providers Making Headway on SDN

Common concerns and cautious optimism voiced by carriers at MEF’s GEN14

Software Defined Networking (SDN) technology has offered a little bit of everything for everyone: Hype, promise, and challenges. After many years of the hype, the promise has so far exceeded the productivity for service providers. But that may be about to change.

At the recent Metro Ethernet Forum (MEF) event held in Washington D.C. in late November, GEN14, network operators were given the chance to share their respective outlooks, and discuss the challenges in a public forum.

Telenor and TeliaSonera signal truce with Danish mobile merger

Combined business would be on a par with Denmark's former national telecoms operator TDC

Reuters

OSLO (Reuters) - Norwegian telecoms company Telenor and Sweden's TeliaSonera have agreed to combine their Danish mobile businesses to boost margins in their toughest market.

The plan to put their Danish operations into a 50-50 joint venture, which aims to save 800 million Danish crowns ($133 million) a year by 2019, lifted the share price of both companies and their main rival on investor hopes of an end to cut-throat price competition.

Vodafone says other carriers should be allowed to take Metroweb stake

Also asked that all Metroweb shareholders be allowed to appoint board members

Reuters

MILAN (Reuters) - The Italian arm of mobile phone group Vodafone believes that so-called other licensed operators (OLO) should be allowed to take a stake in Metroweb if infrastructure fund F2i sells its controlling holding in the Italian fiber optic network firm, Vodafone said in a letter to Italy's competition watchdog AGCM.

Orange CEO says expects BT to decide on mobile deal by Christmas

Sources say EU antitrust regulators likely to expand their scrutiny

Reuters

PARIS (Reuters) - Orange Chief Executive Stephane Richard said on Thursday he expected BT Group to decide before Christmas on whether to bid for the UK's largest mobile network operator, EE, or its smaller rival, Telefonica's 02.

"BT has its own calendar," Richard said, speaking at a conference on France's economy and business climate. "You should know more a few days before Christmas."

Denmark's TDC weighs bid for Swedish cable firm Com Hem: sources

Almost 40 percent of Swedish households are connected to Com Hem's network

Reuters

LONDON (Reuters) - TDC, Denmark's biggest telecoms network operator, is weighing a bid for Swedish cable firm Com Hem, as it seeks to expand across the Nordic region, sources familiar with the situation told Reuters.

TDC is sounding out banks to fund a deal that could value the cable operator at more than 11.7 billion Swedish crowns ($1.56 billion) based on its current market price, the sources said.

U.S. House subcommittee postpones hearing on net neutrality

FCC's Wheeler had hoped to set the new rules before the end of the year

Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A key House panel has delayed a hearing on the Federal Communications Commission's efforts to write new Internet traffic rules aimed at assuring "net neutrality."

The U.S. House of Representatives Communications and Technology subcommittee had been expected on Dec. 10 to quiz all five FCC commissioners about so-called net neutrality rules that would regulate the how Internet service providers (ISPs) manage web traffic that travels through their networks.

IBM signs $1.25 billion WPP cloud deal and says more coming

Building hybrid clouds, which mix together private and public-facing Internet

Reuters

LONDON (Reuters) - IBM is enjoying a wave of major technology outsourcing deals from European customers in the fourth quarter and the new contract signings are not over yet, an executive for the computer services giant said in an interview.

Late on Tuesday, IBM announced the third in a string of billion dollar plus contracts, saying it had won a seven-year, $1.25 billion deal with WPP, the world's top advertising firm, to run WPP operations in the cloud.

Canada's Wind Mobile signs roaming deal, Telus likely partner

Deal follows July ruling by CRTC that Rogers unfairly discriminated against new entrants

Reuters

TORONTO (Reuters) - Wind Mobile, a small wireless company that claims fourth spot in an industry dominated by three major players, said on Tuesday that it now reaches 97 percent of Canada's population after adding an unnamed domestic roaming partner.

Wind said the addition would most noticeably increase its coverage in British Columbia, suggesting Vancouver-based Telus Corp as a likely partner.

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