Cloud Security

Eurobites: Orange Acquires 'Spy-Proof' Cloud

Also in today's Eclipse special EMEA regional roundup: OBS monetizes SDN/NFV service; Vodafone agrees to buy Metroweb stake; Sky offloads betting business.

  • Orange (NYSE: FTE) has bought out its fellow investors in Cloudwatt, which, using open source technology, has built a public, sovereign cloud service that can resist surveillance from the US National Security Agency (NSA). This move shows that Orange believes there will be significant demand for highly secure sovereign cloud services -- and that's a view shared by many European markets, including Germany. Through this agreement, Orange acquires the shares previously held by Thales SA (Paris: TCFP.PA) and Caisse des Dépôts as well as all of Cloudwatt's employees. (See Cloudwatt Builds Snoop-Proof Cloud and Eurobites: Germany Wants Answers on Network Snooping.)

  • Elsewhere in the Orange empire, Orange Business Services has revealed plans to commercialize its new SDN- and NFV-based service in 2016. The service allows small and midsized businesses (SMBs) to manage their communications services through the use of a web portal and is to be trialed by ten SMBs over the next year before being launched commercially. Light Reading broke news of the operator's groundbreaking new offering during this week's MPLS SDN World Congress in Paris. (See Orange Unveils NFV-Based Offering for SMBs.)

  • Vodafone Group plc (NYSE: VOD) has reached an initial agreement to buy a major stake in Italian Metroweb SpA , the Italian fiber network operator, from investor F2i. According to a Bloomberg report, the UK-based group has been looking to bolster its position in Italy after sales fell by nearly a quarter there between 2012 and 2014. (See Eurobites: Vodafone Eyes Italian Prize .)

  • Sky has sold an 80% stake in its Sky Bet gaming business to CVC Capital Partners for ₤600 million ($891 million) in cash and a vendor loan note. In a statement, Sky said the sale will help it to "focus on the significant opportunity for growth in pay TV across the five markets in which it now operates."

  • EE is entering the WiFi calling fray, announcing it is offering the facility on Samsung Corp. 's Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge smartphones. Earlier this month Vodafone said it would launch WiFi calling services and voice-over-LTE in the summer. (See 3 UK to Launch VoLTE by September and Vodafone UK to Launch VoLTE in Summer.)

  • Ghanaian ISP Zipnet is deploying policy and charging control software from Alepo across its WiMax and WiFi networks, and plans to use it for its forthcoming LTE network. The US-based vendor has numerous deployments of its products in west Africa.

    — Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

  • Susan Fourtané 3/23/2015 | 7:24:39 PM
    Spy-proof cloud How wonderful, Orange! There is a need for more and more services in Europe that can resist surveillance from the NSA. -Susan
    jabailo 3/20/2015 | 11:24:27 AM
    VoLTE when LTE is your service? I'm curious.  If I get LTE 4G from a company like Sprint, do they use the LTE for voice?


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