Mobily, Saudi Arabia's second-biggest mobile operator, is denying claims by a software engineer that he was asked by the company to build surveillance tools to monitor customers' messages on Twitter and the like. Arabian Business reports that the engineer, Matthew Rosenfield, declined to help, deciding to instead to leak allegedly incriminating emails from the operator.
Vodafone Germany has struck a deal with Deutsche Telekom which will allow the former to offer high-speed fixed-line broadband and IPTV using the latter's VDSL network. Vodafone will initially be able to offer speeds of up to 50 Mbit/s, rising to 100 Mbit/s once Deutsche Telekom has deployed vectoring technology. (See
Vodafone Strikes VDSL Deal With DT.)
AT&T Inc. CEO Randall Stephenson has expressed doubt as to whether M&A opportunities abound in Europe, calling the region "a difficult place for that sort of thing," reports Reuters.
U.K. broadband provider TalkTalk saw its full-year EBITDA (earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization) fall 11 percent year-on-year to £290 million (US$441.5 million), though this was largely attributable to the hefty investment made in its YouView-driven TV offering.