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Eurobites: Sky Launches Mobile Offer

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Telekom Austria makes acquisitions in Belarus; National Lottery hacked; Höttges wants a NATO for Internet security; MTS bigs up its M2M chops.

  • Sky , the UK-based company best-known for its pay-TV platform, has launched its mobile offering, focusing its fanfare on customers' ability to keep their unused data for up to three years in an "online piggybank." Customers can also change their plan every month, should they so wish. Sky Mobile comes with a choice of three data plans: 1GB for £10 (US$12.45) per month, 3GB for £15 ($18.67) per month and 5GB for £20 ($24.91) per month. Those who are already Sky customers do not have to pay for UK calls, while non-Sky TV customers can add on unlimited calls and texts for £10 per month, or pay for calls and texts on a pay-as-you-go basis.

  • Telekom Austria Group has agreed to acquire Belarusian fixed-line operator Atlant Telecom and its subsidiary Teleset. It is being sold by private equity firm ZUBR Capital as well as the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD). In 2015 the two operators combined notched up €16 million ($17 million) in revenues. Financial details of the deal were not disclosed.

  • The latest high-profile hack in the UK has hit the National Lottery, affecting around 26,500 accounts, according to the BBC. Camelot, the company that runs the lottery, said that the accounts did not hold full debit or bank account details and that no money has been stolen, though other personal information may have been accessed.

  • Reacting to last weekend's cyber attack that affected many of its customers' home routers, Deutsche Telekom AG (NYSE: DT)'s CEO Timotheus Höttges tweeted:

    Not sure if President-elect Trump would be standing four-square with Höttges on that one…

  • UK-based Vodafone Group plc (NYSE: VOD) has renewed its strategic partnership with Singapore's StarHub for a further three years, allowing all traveling StarHub customers to use Vodafone's 4G networks, while Vodafone customers visiting Singapore can use StarHub's 4G LTE-Advanced network.

  • Mobile TeleSystems OJSC (MTS) (NYSE: MBT) is claiming leadership in Russia's burgeoning M2M market, citing a report from AC&M which says that by the end of the third quarter this year 43% of SIM cards used in Russian M2M applications operated on the MTS network. According to MTS, there are around 10 million IoT devices winking away in Russia.

    — Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

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