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Eurobites: BT Recruits More Security Muscle

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Sigfox partners on IoT in Oman; Tele2 hooks up with Sisteer for IoT in France; Telecom Italia rethinks top-table pay.

  • Fighters of cybercrime have never been more in demand. BT Group plc (NYSE: BT; London: BTA) is looking for 900 people to work in its security business in the next year, joining the more than 2,500 who already work there. The potentially dire consequences of data hacks for service providers were underlined last year when the UK's TalkTalk saw its share price plummet and customers leave in droves after a cyber break-in that was estimated to cost it more than $80 million. (See Eurobites: TalkTalk Counts Cost of Cyber Attack and Eurobites: TalkTalk Rocked by Cyber Attack.)

  • French Internet of Things specialist Sigfox has teamed up with Oman Telecommunications Co. (Omantel) to roll out an IoT network in Oman. The companies expect to offer network coverage to 85% of the country's population within 18 months. The project will extend Sigfox's IoT network to 17 countries, and represents the company's first Middle East venture. (See IoT's Year Zero, Altice, Sigfox Join Forces in French IoT Battle, There's a Sigfox at the Golden Gate and Sigfox Plans Global IoT Network.)

  • Still in the IoT-sphere, Sweden's Tele2 AB (Nasdaq: TLTO) is aiming to bolster its IoT presence in France through a partnership with Sisteer, a connectivity reseller. On June 8, the pair are hosting an event in Paris where they will set out their plans for this burgeoning sector.

  • Telecom Italia (TIM) is looking again at how it remunerates its CEO, following the departure of the previous incumbent, Marco Patuano. The board is proposing that the compensation package for Patuano's replacement, Flavio Cattaneo, and other selected executives should henceforth include a "Special Award" that is linked to the success or otherwise of a four-year turnaround plan. (See Telecom Italia Names Cattaneo as New CEO.)

  • Swisscom AG (NYSE: SCM) has launched a new set-top box that will enable viewers to watch soccer's forthcoming European Championships in Ultra HD on the SRF zwei channel. The box also supports High Dynamic Range (HDR) and comes with a voice-activated search function.

    — Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

  • iainmorris 4/14/2016 | 6:22:45 AM
    Hacking fallout It's not surprising to see operators taking the security issue a lot more seriously. The attack on TalkTalk appears to have been hugely damaging to its reputation and the operator has been struggling to attract subscribers since that happened. 
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