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Eurobites: France Pushes for Tough Data Decryption Powers

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Level 3 expands across Europe; Nokia cozies up to Comarch for M2M; Sky hooks up with Iflix in South East Asia.

  • While Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL)'s battle against the US authorities over unlocking data on a dead terrorist's iPhone rages on, Bloomberg reports that French lawmakers have lent their backing to a plan to impose tough penalties -- including possible custodial sentences -- on technology executives who refuse to offer the security services access to encrypted data. The lower chamber of the French parliament has already cleared the bill on first reading.

  • Level 3 Communications Inc. (NYSE: LVLT) has expanded its SDN-enabled Ethernet services offering to 27 markets across Europe and plans to expand into a further 15 markets in the EMEA region later this year. The network operator says the move is part of its plan to build out a "single, ubiquitous Ethernet platform across its global network" and makes further use of the SDN capabilities it has been adding to its platform. Andrew Dugan, Group VP of Global Network Architecture, talked about the impact of SDN on Level 3’s operations and customer enablement during an exclusive video interview at Light Reading's Executive Summit in Dublin -- see the full interview below. (See Level 3 Expands Ethernet Services In Europe.)

  • The Dutch unit of Nordic operator Tele2 AB (Nasdaq: TLTO) has gone with Nokia Corp. (NYSE: NOK) for small cells after what the vendor says was a successful trial of the technology at Tele2's flagship store in Amsterdam. The operator now plans to complement its LTE macro basestations with small cells in outdoor hotspots and key indoor locations. (See Tele2 Netherlands Picks Nokia's LTE Small Cells .)

  • Still with Nokia, the Finnish giant has signed a partnership agreement with Polish systems integrator Comarch SA for the development of IoT- and M2M-related projects. Comarch's proprietary M2M platform helps mobile operators launch M2M-related services in verticals such as banking, healthcare and consumer electronics. (See Nokia, Comarch Team for IoT R&D.)

  • Sky , the UK-based triple-play provider, has invested $45 million in Iflix, a TV streaming service based in South East Asia. The two companies hope to identify areas of potential collaboration in Malaysia, Thailand and the Philippines, where Iflix currently operates.

  • Telecom Italia (TIM) has completed the sale of its remaining stake in Telecom Argentina (NYSE: TEO) to Fintech, a process that began in 2014. In total, the Italian operator has netted more than $960 million from the sale. (See Telecom Italia Closes Sale of Telecom Argentina.)

  • UK infrastructure challenger CityFibre has signed a national framework agreement with Updata Infrastructure UK Ltd. , under the terms of which Updata can access CityFibre's existing national network to deliver its connectivity services. (See CityFibre's Gigabit Vision.)

    — Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

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