Light Reading

Eurobites: Telenor Counters Heartbleed Threat

Ray Le Maistre

Also in today's regional roundup: O2 UK boasts of 4G uptake and network modernization; Telefónica offers concessions to seal E-Plus deal; Ericsson to continue doing business in Iran; and more.

  • Telenor ASA (Nasdaq: TELN) has advised its customers in Norway that it has dealt with the network vulnerability it discovered after the Heartbleed security threat was unveiled earlier this week, and has now advised customers to change any online passwords they use to access Telenor services. The operator says it has it has upgraded its systems to "close vulnerabilities in OpenSSL" and believes the chance that its network was exploited prior to the vulnerability being discovered is "low." For more on Heartbleed, see this site.

  • Telefónica UK Ltd. , also known as O2 UK, has signed up more than 1 million 4G customers since it launched its LTE service in August 2013, and notes that those customers have "used more data in the 4G network's first six months than the entire O2 network carried between 2000 and 2008, demonstrating the unprecedented demand for fast and seamless data services." The operator's 4G network now reaches 41% of the UK's population outdoors and about 33% indoors.

    O2 UK also noted that it is modernizing its radio access infrastructure, with 25% of its 2G and 3G masts being upgraded by the end of 2014 in order to improve voice and data service quality and reach. The operator says that the upgrade, which involves an individual assessment of the needs of each site, is "particularly crucial to power the ever-growing M2M industry, enabling valuable business data to power services including vehicle recovery and vending machines."

    In addition, O2 UK says it will invest £16 million (US$26.75 million) to extend 3G coverage to more than 200 areas that are not currently reached by 3G. (See O2 UK Talks 4G, RAN Modernization.)

  • Telefónica SA (NYSE: TEF) has offered unspecified concessions to gain regulatory clearance for its acquisition of German mobile operator E-Plus Service GmbH & Co. KG , reports Reuters.

  • Mobile giant Vodafone Group plc (NYSE: VOD) now has complete ownership of Vodafone India following the recent acquisition of two holdings that comprised a 22% equity stake in the Indian operator. Combined, the two stakes cost Vodafone Group about £1 billion ($1.67 billion). For more details, see this Light Reading India story.

  • Ericsson AB (Nasdaq: ERIC) has been confirming its commitment to a "responsible business approach strengthened within human rights and sales compliance, responsible sourcing, and anti-corruption" with the publication of its latest Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility report. In a press release announcing the report, the vendor notes that "in light of recent international developments related to Iran, Ericsson has decided not to phase out equipment deliveries. The intention is to engage with customers. At the same time the Sales Compliance Board decided to conduct a new Human Rights Impact Assessment based on this foundation." For more details, see this press release.

  • Following four months as acting CFO, Christian Luiga has been appointed Senior Vice President and CFO of TeliaSonera AB (Nasdaq: TLSN). The Nordic operator fired its previous CFO in late 2013 following an investigation into M&A activities in Eurasia. (See Euronews: TeliaSonera Fires Four After Eurasia Probe.)

  • Israeli mobile operator Pelephone Communications Ltd. has deployed storage platforms for its big-data analytics strategy, replacing technology from EMC Corp. (NYSE: EMC). (See Pelephone Deploys IBM Storage Gear.)

    — Ray Le Maistre, Circle me on Google+ Follow me on TwitterVisit my LinkedIn profile, Editor-in-Chief, Light Reading

    (4)  | 
    Comment  | 
    Print  | 
  • Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View        ADD A COMMENT
    User Rank: Light Sabre
    4/19/2014 | 3:08:13 AM
    what about Telenor's other operations in Asia, Nordics and East Europe
    > Telenor Counters Heartbleed Threat

    Good to see that Telenor Norway responded quickly to the HeartBleed threat. But what about the Telenor's operations in 13 other countries in East Asia, South Asia, Nordics & East Europe. Did they confirm fixing the bug in those operations too?
    User Rank: Blogger
    4/11/2014 | 10:16:00 AM
    Re: Password precautions
    haha yes, well played!
    User Rank: Light Sabre
    4/11/2014 | 10:05:26 AM
    Re: Password precautions
    #richpeopleproblems ?
    User Rank: Blogger
    4/11/2014 | 9:58:34 AM
    Password precautions
    This Heartbleed attack is scary stuff. I'm seeing a lot of companies -- browsers, operators like Telenor, etc -- saying they've taken care of it on their end, but do all passwords still need to be changed too? I guess it's probably a good practice to change them now's just so many sites, so many passwords, so much I don't remember.
    Educational Resources
    sponsor supplied content
    Educational Resources Archive
    From The Founder
    Steve Saunders provides an overview of white box networking and introduces a new "slim line" version of the OSI 7-layer model.
    Flash Poll
    Live Streaming Video
    CLOUD / MANAGED SERVICES: Prepping Ethernet for the Cloud
    Moderator: Ray LeMaistre Panelists: Jeremy Bye, Leonard Sheahan
    Wagner’s Ring
    How Might Open Source Fail?

    11|24|15   |     |   (3) comments

    Open source, SDN, and NFV are looking inevitable – but performance, standards proliferation and regulatory capture could derail the movement.
    LRTV Custom TV
    NFV Lifecycle Orchestration – a Fresh Vision for Telco

    11|23|15   |   6.40   |   (0) comments

    Simon Osborne, CTO Comptel, and Heavy Reading's Caroline Chappell reveal the business impacts of new SDN and NFV, and what the term service orchestration actually means. Together they define Lifecycle Service Orchestration and how the virtualized future will look for telecoms operators.
    Between the CEOs
    Cisco's Virtual Role in Saudi

    11|20|15   |   12:15   |   (1) comment

    Light Reading founder and CEO Steve Saunders talks with Zayan Sadek, Regional Manager at Cisco Systems, about the competitive communications services market and advance of virtualization in Saudi Arabia.
    LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
    Huawei Leads With Kubernetes for Cloud PaaS

    11|19|15   |   08:26   |   (0) comments

    Huawei is looking to Kubernetes as a key tool for building robust open source technologies for customers and partners, said Ying Xiong, chief architect of cloud platform at Huawei, in an interview with Light Reading West Coast Bureau Chief Mitch Wagner at the recent Kubecon conference.
    Women in Comms Introduction Videos
    WiC in London: The Highlight Reel

    11|19|15   |   5:33   |   (1) comment

    NetCracker's Mervat El Dabae headlines an inspiring morning in London with help from leading women from Vodafone, TalkTalk, Hyperoptics and Ciena.
    LRTV Documentaries
    Why Saudi's So Hot for New Tech

    11|19|15   |   05:07   |   (0) comments

    Light Reading's Steve Saunders reports from Saudi Arabia, a hyper-competitive market desperate to embrace the next generation of communications technologies and services.
    LRTV Custom TV
    Why Data Models Deliver More Value Than Information Models

    11|19|15   |   5.08   |   (0) comments

    Stefan Vallin argues that more automation is needed to manage end-to-end services and the hybrid networks they run on, and that data models are key to achieving this.
    Telecom Innovators Video Showcase
    SDN Management & Orchestration in the WAN

    11|17|15   |   7.20   |   (0) comments

    Carol Wilson and Packet Design CTO Cengiz Alaettinoglu discuss CSPs' SDN service delivery and assurance requirements. Learn about a modular approach to building automated control, orchestration and management functions for the WAN that are policy- and analytics-driven.
    LRTV Custom TV
    Flash Networks: Optimizing for Radio Spectral Efficiency

    11|17|15   |   3:34   |   (0) comments

    Today most optimization vendors only focus on optimizing voice or data. Ofer Gottfried, Flash Networks' CTO, shows how improving data throughput and maximizing spectral efficiency reduces capital and operating expenses while also providing a platform for user engagement.
    LRTV Custom TV
    Making Pay-TV User Experiences Millennial-Friendly

    11|16|15   |   6:42   |   (0) comments

    The unique challenge of reaching and engaging Millennials is driving pay-TV video experience transformation that can include higher quality UIs, viewing of multiple content streams at once and seamless transitions between handheld devices and the television.
    LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
    Huawei Electric Power Summit 2015 – Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

    11|16|15   |   1:28   |   (0) comments

    Huawei, together with Ethiopia's Ministry of Water, Irrigation and Electricity, hosted the Huawei Electric Power Summit 2015 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The event gathered industry experts and senior executives of global electric power companies to discuss emerging industry trends including: improvements in new energy conversion efficiency, reduction of line losses ...
    Between the CEOs
    Mobily on Bringing Innovation to Saudi Arabia

    11|13|15   |     |   (2) comments

    Mobily CEO Ahmad Farroukh talks to Steve Saunders about the realities of being a mobile operator in Saudi Arabia.
    Allot MobileTrends Report H2/2015 reveals how daily online behavior can be used to discover smarter ways to profile customers and propose valuable, real-time offers to them.
    Hot Topics
    Samsung to Sell Wireless Networking Unit?
    Dan Jones, Mobile Editor, 11/23/2015
    Sprint Undercuts Rivals With Half-Price Offers
    Dan Jones, Mobile Editor, 11/18/2015
    Routers Are Facing Extinction: Let’s Not Save Them
    Scott Sumner, VP solutions marketing, Accedian Networks, 11/18/2015
    Sprint, Verizon Face Reorganization, Job Cuts
    Dan Jones, Mobile Editor, 11/20/2015
    Sprint to Get $1.2B From New Leasing Venture
    Dan Jones, Mobile Editor, 11/23/2015
    Like Us on Facebook
    Twitter Feed
    December 15, 2015
    Virtualizing Cable Services
    Webinar Archive
    BETWEEN THE CEOs - Executive Interviews
    Light Reading founder and CEO Steve Saunders talks with Zayan Sadek, Regional Manager at Cisco Systems, about the competitive communications services market and advance of virtualization in Saudi Arabia.
    Mobily CEO Ahmad Farroukh talks to Steve Saunders about the realities of being a mobile operator in Saudi Arabia.
    Cats with Phones
    Live Digital Audio

    Broadband speeds are ramping up across Europe as the continent, at its own pace, follows North America towards a gigabit society. But there are many steps to take on the road to gigabit broadband availability and a number of technology options that can meet the various requirements of Europe’s high-speed fixed broadband network operators. During this radio show we will look at some of the catalysts for broadband network investments and examine the menu of technology options on offer, including vectoring and for copper plant evolution and the various deployment possibilities for FTTH/B.