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Euronews: Orange Buys Security Specialist

Paul Rainford
1/6/2014
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Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Huawei wins in the Netherlands; Google buys Bitspin; Telefónica denies Brazil deal.

  • Orange Business Services has boosted its cybersecurity credentials by acquiring Atheos, a leading player in the French IT security systems sector with numerous large enterprise and telco customers and about 130 staff. OBS will incorporate Atheos's expertise with its own under the banner of "Orange CyberDefense." No financial details of the deal have been disclosed. Network and subscriber data security is becoming an increasingly hot topic for service providers. (See Orange Business Services Acquires Atheos, Network Security in a 4G LTE World, Battling Malware & Madware, and 2014: A VoLTE Security Nightmare?.)

  • Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. has been awarded a five-year managed services deal by T-Mobile Netherlands , which is already a mobile infrastructure customer of the Chinese vendor. The deal, which will involve the transfer of about 80 T-Mobile staff to Huawei, includes the management of the operator's radio access, packet core and transport networks, according to a report from Nutech.nl.

  • Bitspin, the Swiss app developer best known for the Timely alarm clock app that works on Android devices, has been bought by Google (Nasdaq: GOOG).

  • Telefónica SA (NYSE: TEF) is denying rumors -- reported by Euronews on Friday -- that it is working on a complicated deal to acquire Brazilian mobile operator TIM Brasil . Telefónica already has a stake in Vivo Participacoes SA , another Brazilian mobile operator.

  • Swisscom AG (NYSE: SCM) is trumpeting the fact that it now has more than 1 million subscribers to its IPTV offering, a figure, it claims, that is equivalent to nearly one in three Swiss households. The service currently provides 270 channels, 70 of which are in HD. (See Swisscom Updates on IPTV.)

    — Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

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