Eurobites: Brussels Wakes Up to OTT Threat

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Ericsson and Intel collaborate on security; BT helps protect connected cars; O2 Czech Republic spins off infrastructure assets.

  • Demands from "traditional" European operators for a more level playing field on which to compete against over-the-top rivals could receive a sympathetic hearing from the European Commission , according to a Reuters report. Reuters has seen a draft document relating to the Commission's planned creation of a European "digital single market" which states that: "It is necessary to design a fair and future-proof regulatory environment for all services." The document also acknowledges that OTT operators do not face the same regulatory regime as traditional operators. (See Eurobites: EC Plots Its Digital Single Market and Euronews: Single Telecom Market Is Go!)

  • Ericsson AB (Nasdaq: ERIC) is collaborating with Intel Corp. (Nasdaq: INTC)'s Security division to make managed security services available to operators, who can in turn include them in managed services bundles they provide to enterprises. The partnership intends to focus initially on the development of intrusion prevention services, email security and web security offerings. (See Ericsson, Intel Team on Managed Security.)

  • Still on a security theme, BT Group plc (NYSE: BT; London: BTA) has launched what it calls an "ethical hacking service" to test the robustness of connected vehicles in the face of potential cyber attacks. Concerns have been raised about the vulnerability of connected vehicles to attempts by non-ethical hackers to gain control of the essential vehicle functions.

  • Telefónica O2 Czech Republic is planning to spin off its infrastructure assets into an unlisted separate company, reports Reuters. According to the operator, those assets contribute about half of the group's total operating profit.

  • Orange (NYSE: FTE) has struck an annual wage deal with its labor unions, offering increases for all and specific measures to increase wage parity between its male and female workers.

    — Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

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