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Eurobites: EE Boasts Record 4G Take-Up in Q1

Paul Rainford

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: NSN donates to OpenSSL Project; vectoring in Serbia; BSkyB rethinks the set-top box; Etisalat on the up; more WiFi down the Tube.

  • UK mobile joint venture EE has had its best ever quarter for 4G take-up, with 889,000 new connections during the first three months of 2014, taking its 4G customer base to 2.9 million. Half of all new and renewing postpaid customers opted for 4G. However, the effect of regulatory measures means this has failed to translate to an increase in revenues: First-quarter turnover slipped 3.6% year-on-year to £1.54 billion (US$2.59 billion).

  • Nokia Networks says it has made a "substantial donation" (spread over two years) to the OpenSSL Project "to help improve security of open source software which is increasingly used in mobile broadband networks." The project is "a collaborative effort to develop a robust, commercial-grade, full-featured, and Open Source toolkit implementing the Secure Sockets Layer (SSL v2/v3) and Transport Layer Security (TLS v1) protocols as well as a full-strength general purpose cryptography library." So it's very important! The vendor says the cash donation of $100,000 increases the funding so far given to the project "by a factor of five to help prevent recurrence of bugs like Heartbleed." The vendor also plans to contribute to the project in a non-financial way by offering support and input from its Berlin-based Mobile Broadband Security Center. The issues associated with Heartbleed, and all other mobile network security topics, will be analyzed and discussed at the upcoming Mobile Network Security Strategies event in London on May 21. For more details, check out the conference agenda, which features presentations from Heavy Reading , AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T), EE, Telenor Connexion , and others. (See Mobile Apps Susceptible to Heartbleed, Too and NSN Plans Mobile Broadband Security Center in Berlin.)

  • Serbia's Telekom Srbija a.d. is calling upon Alcatel-Lucent (NYSE: ALU)'s Service Provider Information Technology (SPIT) technology to improve customer experience levels as it upgrades its broadband network. The operator is deploying AlcaLu's Motive Network Analyzer, an OSS offering that monitors broadband connections and enables appropriate troubleshooting. Telekom Srbija, currently government-owned, is likely to be privatized within the next quarter, reports Broadband TV News, citing and Blic, with Deutsche Telekom AG (NYSE: DT) name-checked as a possible buyer.

  • Sky (NYSE, London: SKY) is working on a radical overhaul of its set-top box technology in the face of fierce content-streaming competition from the likes of Inc. (Nasdaq: AMZN), Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL), and Google (Nasdaq: GOOG), reports the Sunday Telegraph. According to the report, a dedicated unit has been set up within the company, working under the "Project Ethan" moniker.

  • UAE-based Etisalat saw first-quarter profits rise 11% year-on-year to 2 billion dirhams ($544.5 million) in the three months to March 31, reports Reuters, as the number of its subscribers grew and taxes shrank. Last year Etisalat reached an agreement with Vivendi for the purchase of the French conglomerate's 53% stake in Morocco's Maroc Telecom . (See Etisalat to Buy Vivendi's 53% Stake in Maroc Telecom.)

  • Virgin Media Inc. (Nasdaq: VMED) has connected another six stations on the London Underground train network to its WiFi service, bringing the total number of connected stations to 137. If only there was enough room in the rush hour to actually use a mobile device…

    The London Underground: Bringing people together.
    The London Underground: Bringing people together.

    — Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

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    4/30/2014 | 1:59:47 AM
    Re: Virgin Media
    hahaha. The investment is well justified then :)
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    4/29/2014 | 12:30:33 PM
    Re: Virgin Media
    There'll be just time to change your Facebook status and then it's time to get off. 'Status: In someone else's armpit.' That kind of thing.
    User Rank: Light Sabre
    4/29/2014 | 11:17:53 AM
    Virgin Media
    Are there specific services Virgin Media offers to the commutting subscribers?What do people actually have time to do once board before reaching the next hop for Virgin to actually invest in underground connectivity?
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    4/28/2014 | 9:31:11 PM
    Re: It may not be millions, but....
    The tech support contribution may be the more valuable part of its donation. I'm sure everyone wants open source projects to maintain their independent identities, but such support from some of telecom's biggest firms can come in very handy.
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    4/28/2014 | 9:26:36 AM
    It may not be millions, but....
    The donations may not be in the millions, but NSN is putting its money where its mouth is in terms of mobile security. Good on it.
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