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Euronews: Internet Blackout in SyriaEuronews: Internet Blackout in Syria

Also in today's EMEA roundup: Telecom Italia says no to Sawiris; tough times in Portugal

Paul Rainford

November 30, 2012

2 Min Read
Euronews: Internet Blackout in Syria

Syria, Telecom Italia (TIM) and Portugal Telecom SGPS SA (NYSE: PT) proffer something for the weekend in Friday's skip through the EMEA headlines.

  • The Internet has effectively been shut down in Syria, according to a report on the BBC website. Renesys Corp. , which describes itself as "the Internet intelligence authority," said on Thursday that Syria's connection protocols were unreachable. The government there blames "terrorists" for the shutdown, but activists have said the same thing has happened previously, prior to government-led military actions in remote areas.

  • Telecom Italia is set to reject the offer of a US$3.9 billion cash infusion from Egyptian billionaire Naguib Sawiris, reports Telecompaper (subscription required), citing Italian daily Il Sole 24 Ore. Sawiris had been looking to expand Telecom Italia's interests in Brazil.

  • In the "no surprise there, then" corner, Portugal Telecom saw its third-quarter net profits slump 29 percent year-on-year to €64 million ($83 million), reports Reuters. But it wasn't just economic problems on its home turf that were to blame -- it's Oi unit in Brazil also saw revenues fall 6 percent year-on-year.

  • Virgin Media Business Ltd. , the enterprise arm of the U.K. cable operator Virgin Media Inc. (Nasdaq: VMED), has won Wi-Fi deals in the northern cities of Bradford and Leeds. The free public Wi-Fi services, which form part of the U.K. government's "super-connected city" initiative, will be operated for Virgin by Global Reach Technology. (See Virgin Lands City Wi-Fi Deals.)

  • The latest edition of Orange (NYSE: FTE)'s annual study into mobile media habits in the U.K., France and Spain has some encouraging news for BlackBerry : BlackBerry penetration amongst teenagers in the U.K. and Spain is two to three times higher than it is among the respective overall "mobile media user" population. "Advertisers must not write off BlackBerry if they are to successfully engage with a younger audience," warn the report's authors. (See Orange Keeps Tabs on Mobile Habits and RIM Posts $235M Net Loss as Sales Slip.)

  • BT Group plc (NYSE: BT; London: BTA) has signed a contract with the authorities in Cumbria -- the northern English county that is home to the much-visited Lake District as well as pockets of real deprivation -- to supply super-fast broadband to the region as part of the U.K. government's Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) program. (See Euronews: UK's Broadband Plan Gets EU Nod.)

  • A court battle between Alcatel-Lucent (NYSE: ALU) on one side and Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) and LG Electronics Inc. (London: LGLD; Korea: 6657.KS) on the other is underway in San Diego, reports Bloomberg. The trial, which has been a long time coming, centers on Apple and LG's refusal to pay AlcaLu for patents relating to video-compression technology. (See Euronews: AlcaLu Looks to Profit from Patents.)

    — Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

About the Author(s)

Paul Rainford

Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

Paul is based on the Isle of Wight, a rocky outcrop off the English coast that is home only to a colony of technology journalists and several thousand puffins.

He has worked as a writer and copy editor since the age of William Caxton, covering the design industry, D-list celebs, tourism and much, much more.

During the noughties Paul took time out from his page proofs and marker pens to run a small hotel with his other half in the wilds of Exmoor. There he developed a range of skills including carrying cooked breakfasts, lying to unwanted guests and stopping leaks with old towels.

Now back, slightly befuddled, in the world of online journalism, Paul is thoroughly engaged with the modern world, regularly firing up his VHS video recorder and accidentally sending text messages to strangers using a chipped Nokia feature phone.

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