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Eurobites: Davos Considers the Unconnected

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Bouygues looks to add content; rogue web developer nabs personal data; Linkem gets €100 million investment.

  • World leaders gathered in snowy Davos, Switzerland for the World Economic Forum this week have been turning their attention to the problem of "connecting the next billion," as in the section of the world's population that has yet to experience the benefits of Internet access. A special session co-organized by the World Economic Forum and the ITU heard the ITU's secretary general, Houlin Zhao, call for "fresh investment models" and "innovative public-private partnerships" to help push towards the goal of universal and affordable access to the Internet and related ICT. According to ITU estimates, there are still some 3.9 billion people -- more than half the world's population -- who have never been online, with 58% of them being female.

  • French operator Bouygues Telecom is in talks with various publishers over incorporating a digital "newspaper kiosk" into its telecom bundles, Les Echos reports (in French). Bouygues has already announced that content from the sports newspaper L'Equipe will form part of its bundle offerings.

  • A case of cybercrime in the Netherlands has underlined that companies can have all the sophisticated defense measures in the world but the human factor can always put a spanner in the works. As the BBC reports, a rogue web developer, who has worked for several companies, has been found to have purloined the details of more than 20,000 people. Dutch police say the man, who was arrested last July and is still under investigation, coded a "backdoor" into the sites he built for businesses, allowing him to cream off customer data.

  • Linkem, a provider of fixed wireless broadband services in Italy, has scored a €100 million (US$106 million) equity investment from US fund manager BlackRock. The money will be used to, among other things, help expand its LTE "ultra-broadband" fixed wireless network across Italy.

    — Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

  • Kelsey Ziser 1/20/2017 | 10:22:13 AM
    Human factor The case of cybercrime in the Netherlands is a perfect example of how companies can't be too careful about accounting for human error -- both accidental and intentional -- in their security strategies. 
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