Security Strategies

Eurobites: Merkel Urges New Data Diktat

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: EU to probe Qualcomm/NXP deal; London Tech Week 2017 is up and running; Nokia wins big in China; mission-critical LTE tests planned; Dixons gives up on US.

  • German Chancellor Angela Merkel has called for proper international rules and standards on data handling to prevent a potential cybersecurity meltdown, Reuters reports. Speaking on a visit to Mexico over the weekend, Merkel said: "We still have no international rules," adding that "some provider could emerge ... that's an island, and from which things could be done, relevant to security, that could destroy an entire system." It's not first time Merkel has visited this issue: Back in March she pointed to cyber attacks in Ukraine as a warning of what could happen closer to home.

  • The European Commission has opened an in-depth investigation into the proposed takeover of NXP Semiconductors N.V. (Nasdaq: NXPI) by Qualcomm Inc. (Nasdaq: QCOM), citing fears that the deal could lead to higher prices, less choice and reduced innovation in the semiconductor industry. While Qualcomm supplies UMTS- and LTE-compliant baseband chipsets, NXP specializes in near-field communication (NFC) chips and would also provide Qualcomm a play in the connected vehicle, IoT, security and expanded networking markets. The deal was first announced in October 2016. (See Qualcomm Makes $39B Bet on NXP.)

  • London Tech Week 2017 has launched, with the city's Mayor, Sadiq Khan, helping to get proceedings underway with news of a new London-based clean tech incubator that is being funded by the European Regional Development Fund. For daily updates on London Tech Week, check out our sister site, TechX365. (See London's Mayor Unveils Clean Tech Incubator.)

  • Nokia Corp. (NYSE: NOK) has landed a massive contract in China, which this year will see its optical network terminal (ONT) home gateways deployed to 30 million-plus homes served by China Mobile Communications Corp. in 29 different provinces, facilitating ultra-broadband and "smart home" services. (See China Mobile Deploys Nokia's FTTH ONTs.)

  • The European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) has joined forces with the TCCA, a lobby group for those involved with TETRA mission-critical technology, to set up what it says is the first interoperability test sessions for Push to Talk mission-critical LTE equipment. The tests will run from June 19-23.

  • UK phone retailer Dixons Carphone is to end its mobile joint venture with Sprint Corp. (NYSE: S) in the US in response to the "changing US mobile market landscape," the Financial Times reports (subscription required). It was in July 2015 that Dixons Carphone agreed with the US mobile giant to open and managed several Sprint-branded stores, but after a review of the arrangement, Dixons is to sell its 50% stake in the venture to Sprint for an undisclosed amount.

  • Relax, Nordic nature fans; the Discovery channels are back on Telia 's TV service. After fulfilling a promise to drop the channels if it couldn't reach an agreement with European broadcaster SBS, the Swedish operator has obviously hammered out a deal that is satisfactory to both parties.

    — Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

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