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Euronews: DT Bolsters Mobile Voice Security

  • Deutsche Telekom AG has deployed the A5/3 encryption standard to make voice communications on its mobile networks, including GSM (2G), more secure. The move, prompted by consumer trust concerns following the disclosure of interceptions by the US government's National Security Agency (NSA), "means conversations are better protected against wiretapping, even in the GSM network." Nationwide implementation is expected to be complete by the end of 2013.

    DT had previously deployed A5/3 encryption in Macedonia, Montenegro, Poland, and the Czech Republic and says it will now also be enacted in other countries where it offers mobile services. Mobile network security is an increasingly hot topic, as coverage from the recent Mobile Network Security Strategies conference showed. (See Euronews: Merkel's Mad as Hell at NSA and Mobile Network Security Strategies show coverage.)

  • Alcatel-Lucent has won a deal to provide Belgian public transport operator STIB with network equipment and support services for the construction of an optical transport network that will connect 70 metro stations in Brussels. Amongst the deliverables are AlcaLu's 1830 Photonic Service Switch and 5620 Service Aware Manager. For the full details, see this press release.

  • Norway's recent mobile spectrum auction raised 1.78 billion Norwegian krone (US$290.7 million) from three successful bidders -- Telia Company , Telenor Group (Nasdaq: TELN), and the previously unknown Telco Data. For details of who paid for what, see this announcement from regulator Norwegian Post & Telecoms Authority (NPT).

    As noted in a previous Euronews, Tele2 AB (Nasdaq: TLTO) failed to win any spectrum, leaving it in a precarious position. Now the Norwegian market is awash with speculation that Telco Data, which is backed by Ukrainian-American billionaire Leonard Blavatnik, could forge a partnership with Tele2, reports Reuters.

  • Swisscom AG (NYSE: SCM) is acquiring a majority stake in DL Groupe GMG SA, a provider of IP-based managed unified communication and collaboration services in the French-speaking region of Switzerland. (See Swisscom Buys Unified Comms Specialist.)

  • Telekomunikacja Polska SA (TPSA), the Polish national operator owned by Orange (NYSE: FTE), is asking 2,950 of its employees to take voluntary redundancy as the carrier seeks to cut costs, reports Reuters. The operator, which has been struggling in a highly competitive market that is subdued by macro-economic conditions, employs about 20,500 staff currently.

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