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Eurobites: Deutsche Telekom Repels Malware Attack on Customers' Routers

Paul Rainford
11/29/2016

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Vodafone counts BT's "excess profits;" CityFibre targets business parks; Nokia soups up vectoring in Denmark; ship's anchor drags on Jersey's connectivity.

  • Deutsche Telekom AG (NYSE: DT) says it has seen off a cyber attack which attempted but failed to infect its customers' routers with malware. The attack did, however, cause routers to crash and placed a restriction on services for 4-5% of affected customers. The operator has been told by Germany's Federal Office for Information Security that attacks on "maintenance interfaces" (or maintenance-related ports) are currently taking place worldwide. Affected customers were told to disconnect their routers from the power supply for 30 seconds. Ah, the old "turn it off and turn it back on again" routine. Never fails. To find out more about security challenges and strategies, head to Light Reading's Service Provider & Enterprise Security Strategies event on December 1, at the Westin Times Square in New York.

  • As UK regulator Ofcom announces it is unhappy with the progress that BT Group plc (NYSE: BT; London: BTA) is making on carrying out a "legal separation" from its Openreach network access unit, Vodafone Group plc (NYSE: VOD) has weighed in again on the issue, citing a report from Frontier Economics which, it says, reveals that BT's "excess profits" from its wholesale broadband services increased by 28% to more than £1 billion in the last financial year. Vodafone says the report shows that BT made returns of 70% from the wholesale broadband services used by around 1.8 million customers living in rural parts of the UK, "where it faces little or no competition."

  • One of Openreach's most vociferous critics, CityFibre , has begun a rollout of full-fiber networks in business parks that fall within its 40-city UK footprint. The networks will be made available to ISPs and resellers on a wholesale basis, providing what CityFibre describes as an "entry level, ultra-fast, symmetrical service" for £120 per month. In a not wholly unexpected pop at his company's larger rival, CityFibre CEO Greg Mesch said in a statement: "After decades of underinvestment, Openreach's antiquated network infrastructure is strangling our nation's businesses. It is up to CityFibre to provide them with a viable and fit for purpose alternative."

  • Cloud-based IMS technology from Nokia Corp. (NYSE: NOK) has enabled Finnish operator Elisa Corp. to turn on voice-over-LTE and voice-over-WiFi services, speeding up call connectivity and improving coverage, particularly indoors.

  • And in Denmark, Nokia has deployed its VDSL2 35b Vplus vectoring technology to allow incumbent TDC A/S (Copenhagen: TDC) to offer ultra-broadband speeds. The vendor describes Vplus, which offers aggregate speeds of 200 Mbit/s+ up to 500 meters and 300 Mbit/s+ up to 250 meters, as filling the gap between standard VDSL2 vectoring and G.fast. (See TDC Broadens Its Ultra-Broadband Mix.)

  • Members of the European Parliament have agreed on caps on the wholesale prices that operators can charge each other for using their networks to carry cross-border "roaming" calls, clearing the path for the abolition of roaming charges next year for consumers within the European Union. The agreed rates are: €0.03 for voice calls, instead of €0.04 proposed by the European Commission; a gradually decreasing cap on data, from €4 to €1 per gigabyte instead of the €0.0085 per megabyte proposed by the Commission; and €0.01 for text messages, as proposed by the Commission. (See Eurobites: Dunroamin'.)

  • Jersey, the Channel Island tourist mecca famed for its potatoes, cream and favorable tax arrangements, has had three of its main subsea Internet cables cut overnight by a ship's anchor, the BBC reports. JT, the main operator in Jersey, said it might take up to a week to repair, and that, in the meantime, broadband speeds are likely to be noticeably slower.

  • Telecom Italia Sparkle , the international service arm of the Italian incumbent, has signed a new agreement for messaging services with Vodafone. The deal will directly connect their messaging hubs to improve quality of service for end users of person-to-person and application-to-person messaging.

  • Swisscom AG (NYSE: SCM) has been knocked off its perch by Sunrise Communications AG in the latest test of Switzerland's mobile networks carried out by Connect magazine. Speaking through gritted teeth, Swisscom CIO/CTO Heinz Herren said: "We are delighted to be awarded 'very good' although we are disappointed not to win the title for the eighth time in row."

    — Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

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