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Eurobites: DT Looks to Secure Germany's Email

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Dixons Carphone looks on the bright side; Thales connects with Cisco; ETNO does irony.

  • Deutsche Telekom AG (NYSE: DT) and the Fraunhofer Institute for Secure Information Technology (SIT) have jointly launched their Volksverschlüsselung software product, which allows Windows users to encrypt their own emails. The software generates cryptographic keys on the user's device and configures the user's existing email programs to work with them. It is planned to issue versions of the software that work with Mac OS X, Linux, iOS and Android in due course. The German giant has for years been one of the most vocal proponents of data privacy, and Edward Snowden's revelations of US government data surveillance only served to heighten awareness of the issues. (See Deutsche Telekom Aims for Security Advantage and Euronews: Prism a Wake-up Call, Says DT.)

  • UK phone retailer Dixons Carphone has reported underlying pre-tax profits up 17% to £447 million (US$600 million), and its CEO has used the earnings announcement to look on the bright side following Britain's decision to leave the European Union. Speaking to the BBC, Seb James said that the company hopes to find "opportunities for additional growth, " insisting that it was vital that the UK government negotiated a post-Brexit deal that ensured Britain still had access to the European single market. (See Brexit: It's Hard to See an Upside.)

  • Thales SA (Paris: TCFP.PA), the French electronics group that is heavily involved in the defense sector, has signed a strategic agreement with Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO) to help boost its profile in the cybersecurity market, reports Reuters. The two companies plan to develop a product that will be initially aimed at French infrastructure providers before being made available on a global basis.

  • Finnish operator DNA Oy has made a binding cash offer of €120 million ($133 million) for Anvia Telecom, a fixed line operator in western Finland, and four other Anvia subsidiaries.

  • Swisscom AG (NYSE: SCM) has opened its Digital Lab on the Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL) campus. The research center covers more than 400 square meters, and those with a prototype to develop in one of the relevant areas -- think AI, the Internet of Things and cloud computing -- can book a time slot at the center to work on it with the lab's interdisciplinary teams.

  • In what may be considered unfortunate timing considering the UK's momentous decision last week, the European Telecommunications Network Operators' Association (ETNO) has lent its support to the so-called "digital single market," as advocated by the European Commission. In a statement, ETNO Chairman Steven Tas said: "We are firm believers in the European Single Market. Positive digital reform has the potential to bring about fresh growth and job opportunities for all. We support a renewed policy focus on innovation and investment." Quick, someone tell this feller.

  • BT Group plc (NYSE: BT; London: BTA) has, in conjunction with Frost & Sullivan, published new research that suggests new IoT-type technologies could reduce the amount of cars needed on urban roads globally by up to 20 million vehicles a year in 2025 as "ridesharing" and "ride-on-demand" platforms change city-dwellers' attitudes to car ownership. Click here for a summary of the report.

    — Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

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