Eurobites: Telia Adds 4G Access to VPN Package

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: 3 completes UK Broadband acquisition; Telefónica trumpets security first; Murdochs huddle with Ofcom to chew over Fox-Sky deal; Brits live dangerously with their mobiles.

  • Telia Company has launched a new service that allows large organizations to connect far-flung sites to their wide area data networks via 4G connections. The offering, dubbed '4G Mobile Access for L2VPN' and described as "4G access for Carrier Ethernet services," is aimed at sites where there is no fiber-based connectivity or where connectivity relies on a copper-based network with limited bandwidth. The service is currently available in Sweden and Finland. Meeting the connectivity needs of business users with facilities in hard-to-connect or temporary locations has become a major focus for communications service providers during the past year or so, with the reported early clamor for SD-WAN services testament to the pent-up demand for such offers.

  • UK mobile operator Three UK has completed its £300 million acquisition of UK Broadband Ltd. , a company that provides residential and business broadband services in central London using the Relish brand. The acquisition forms part of a plan to roll out fixed-wireless broadband to around 40% of the UK population within three years. In the short term, the Relish brand will be maintained and it will continue to manage its 17,000 customers. (See Eurobites: UK's 3 Plans Fixed-Wireless Rollout.)

  • ElevenPaths, Telefónica 's cybersecurity unit, says that its Sanda GRC security platform complies with new European data protection regulations one year earlier than required. The European Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which is intended to give EU citizens more control over their personal data, comes into force on May 25, 2018.

  • James and Lachlan Murdoch, who together run 21st Century Fox with their father Rupert, have reportedly had "secret" talks with UK regulator Ofcom in a bid to persuade it to sanction Fox's planned takeover of Sky . According to the Daily Telegraph, the Murdochs met up with Ofcom Chief Executive Sharon White in London last week to discuss the deal. The proposed acquisition has already been approved by the European Commission, which concluded that the transaction would raise no competition concerns in Europe. (See Eurobites: EU Gives Blessing to Fox-Sky Deal.)

  • A new study commissioned by Virgin Media Inc. (Nasdaq: VMED) to help its mobile arm plug its new Internet security services has found that only a third of UK consumers have anti-virus software installed on their mobile phones, and that 19% of mobile phone users have fallen victim to online fraud or cybercrime. But the good news is that a mere one in ten of them have sent naked selfies to their partners. That's the famous British reserve for you.

    — Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

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