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Eurobites: Pressure Grows on Encrypted Messaging Services

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Openet targets wholesale market; Nokia rolls out 4G in Myanmar for Ooredoo; Opera offers VPN for Android; Inea offers 1Gbit/s Internet in Poland.

  • France and Germany want to create new rules that would force makers of encrypted messaging apps to help governments keep tabs on use of the apps by extremists, reports Business Insider. French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve met up with his German counterpart Thomas de Maiziere in Paris on Tuesday, insisting that they don't want to ban encrypted messaging services, just make them less open to abuse. Telegram, an app widely used by Islamic extremists, was name-checked by Cazeneuve as a particular cause for concern.

  • Irish BSS vendor Openet Telecom Ltd. , which scooped the "Outstanding OSS/BSS Vendor" prize in Light Reading's most recent Leading Lights awards, has launched a "free to use" edition of its Digital Enterprise Solutions for the wholesale market. According to Openet, its Digital Enterprise Gateway, which forms one element of the offering, provides a single interconnect point to multiple applications and packet gateways to simplify internal network routing rules and ultimately help to reduce revenue leakage for wholesale customers.

  • Nokia Corp. (NYSE: NOK) has joined forces with UAE-based Ooredoo to roll out Myanmar's first 4G service, across the densely populated Yangon region. It is hoped that the service will help meet the data demands placed on mobile networks by the country's growing tourism industry, as well as serving the local population.

  • Norway's Opera Software ASA , best known for its eponymous mobile browser, has launched a VPN app for Android, which is intended to allow users to bolster their online privacy, block ad-tracking cookies and access more online content. The Opera VPN is a free service that is not subject to a data limit and does not require a log-in.

  • Polish cable operator Inea has begun offering a 1Gbit/s Internet service to its fiber customers, reports Broadband TV News. Inea, whose heartland is the Wielkopolska region of western Poland, claims to account for nearly 11% of the country's 310,000 FTTH connections.

    — Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

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