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Eurobites: Orange Eyes Cybersecurity Buy

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Ericsson upgrades Vodafone's Dutch network; Etisalat profits rise as CEO resigns; data breach at Ofcom.

  • Orange (NYSE: FTE) has entered into talks with private equity firm Argos Soditic over the possible acquisition of Lexsi, an IT security specialist. If it goes ahead, the purchase would bolster the French giant's cybersecurity subsidiary, Orange Cyberdefense. In a statement, Orange said it expected to complete the deal in the second quarter of 2016.

  • Ericsson AB (Nasdaq: ERIC) has drawn on its NFV expertise to upgrade Vodafone Netherlands ' core network so it can handle voice-over-LTE and WiFi calling. The NFV-based deployment, which the vendor claims is the first of its kind in the country, uses Ericsson's IP Multimedia Subsystem and Evolved Packet Core. (See Ericsson, Vodafone Deploy Cloud-Based VoLTE & WiFi Calling in the Netherlands.)

  • Full-year revenues at Etisalat were up 7% to 51.7 billion Emirati Dirham (US$14 billion), with subscriber numbers throughout the group reaching 167 million. Group EBITDA in the fourth quarter was up 10% year-on-year, to AED2.6 billion ($707.8 million). On Thursday Etisalat announced the surprise resignation of its CEO, Ahmad Julfar, for "personal reasons." Hatem Dowidar has been appointed acting CEO in the meantime.

  • UK regulator Ofcom has egg on its face after one of its former employees offered a download of sensitive information on TV companies to his new employer, reports The Guardian. The recipient of the information, an unnamed "major broadcaster," apparently did the decent thing and alerted Ofcom to the matter, rather than seeking to exploit the data breach.

  • FTS (London: FTS), the Israel-based BSS vendor, has appointed Avi Kachlon as its new CEO. Kachlon's most recent berth was at Amdocs Ltd. (NYSE: DOX). (See FTS Appoints New CEO.)

  • The European Telecommunications Network Operators' Association (ETNO) has welcomed the decision by ICANN , reached late Thursday, to shift the stewardship of key Internet functions, away from direct US-based control and towards a more internationalist approach.

    — Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

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