IoT Strategies

Eurobites: Telefónica Sounds Warning on Internet of Bad Things

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Sky reveals first-half figures, brings James Murdoch back; Orange offers more APIs; Tele2 bags spectrum in Lithuania.

  • A new report published by Telefónica is warning that businesses are rushing headlong into the Internet of Things (IoT) without properly considering the security implications of the new technologies. Called Scope, scale and risk like never before: Securing the Internet of Things, the report advocates building a set of consistent standards for the IoT, and creating a greater sense of trust between developers and operators.

  • The UK and Ireland were the standout performers for Sky in its fiscal first half-year, with the combined territories adding 778,000 new paid-for products, revenues rising 6% year-on-year to £4.07 billion (US$5.81 billion) and operating profits up 16% to £756 million ($1.07 billion). By contrast, Germany and Austria taken together yielded an operating loss of £34 million ($48.5 million), dented by the increased costs of the rights to Bundesliga and Champions League soccer, among other things. Overall, the group saw revenue rise 5% to £5.71 billion ($8.15 billion) and operating profit rise 12% to £747 million ($1.06 billion). Aside from the numbers, Sky also announced the return of James Murdoch to the Sky fold as chairman, replacing Nicholas Ferguson, who is stepping down after 12 years on the board. Murdoch, son of the more famous Rupert, exited what was then BSkyB in 2012 in the wake of the phone-hacking scandal at News International, which is also part of the wider Murdoch empire.

  • Orange (NYSE: FTE) is to launch a new "self-service" platform for developers, offering more than 20 APIs divided into three groups -- those based on what it calls core operator assets, those related to the IoT, and those dedicated to services aimed at Africa and the Middle East.

  • Sweden's Tele2 AB (Nasdaq: TLTO), which yesterday reported a 5% slide in profits in its fourth quarter, has secured 900MHz and 1800MHz bands for LTE services at its operation in Lithuania. Tele2 paid €13.7 million ($14.9 million) for the spectrum.

  • Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Co. (du) is working on repairing subsea cable cuts near Egypt, which have slowed down some of its customers' broadband speeds. While repair work is carried out, du has been rerouting data traffic through alternative paths. The vulnerability of subsea links in the Middle East and Africa has been driving investment from the likes of Liquid Telecom , as Telco Transformation recently reported.

  • BT Global Services has landed a networks deal with the BBC, replacing the existing combination of Vodafone and Atos, reports the Daily Telegraph. The broadcaster, which is increasingly strapped for cash, reckons that the deal will save it tens of millions of pounds.

    — Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

  • nasimson 1/31/2016 | 5:13:54 PM
    The Telefonica Report I downloaded Telefonica report with much hope. It has not added to the IoT body of knowledge. Same old topics: need for built-in security and need for standardization.
    Kruz 1/31/2016 | 3:03:19 PM
    Re: Opinion I am interested to know what is the pricing model for these exposed operator APIs
    PaulERainford 1/29/2016 | 11:47:03 AM
    Re: The Darker Web All rights are reserved, by the way, Dennis.
    mendyk 1/29/2016 | 11:25:26 AM
    The Darker Web IoBT -- early favorite for best new buzz term of the year.
    Edward56 1/29/2016 | 9:33:58 AM
    Opinion Bad things are everywhere. They have a good idea, but whether it actually comes out? Let's wait - we'll see.
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