Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Anti-capitalist protest hits MWC attendees; Telefónica goes loco on NFV; Deutsche Telekom launches encryption app.
It's the first day of Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, and hordes of would-be attendees are reportedly unable to make it to the showground because of an anti-capitalism protest in the city center. So that's a good start. The team from Nokia Networks is there, however, and it's using the MWC stage to announce a £250 million (US$416 million) multi-year antenna and network security contract with EE for the next stage of the UK operator's 4G rollout, reports the Financial Times (subscription required). NSN is also upgrading EE's 2G network, partly to improve its energy efficiency.
Deutsche Telekom AG (NYSE: DT) is looking to benefit from the post-Snowden data security anxiety/paranoia (delete where applicable) by launching an app that encrypts voice and text messages, reports Reuters. The app will initially only be available on Android, but an iOS version will follow. Deutsche Telekom has been quite a vocal proponent of a more circumscribed version of the Internet, as has been the German chancellor, Angela Merkel. (See Euronews: Merkel Moots US Data Bypass.)
Orange (NYSE: FTE) is planning to launch the new Nokia X range of "affordable" smartphones -- which can run Android apps -- across the EMEA region, kicking off in Romania, Poland, and Egypt. For more details, see this Orange press release.
UK electronics retailer Dixons is in merger talks with leading independent phone seller Carphone Warehouse Group plc (London: CPW), in a deal that would bring together two companies with a combined market value of around £3.6 billion ($6 billion), reports Bloomberg.