Eurobites: Could Netflix Crash Europe's Networks?

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Deutsche Telekom launches hybrid DSL/LTE router; Swedes give finger sensor to Huawei; French broadband update.

  • Could Netflix Inc. (Nasdaq: NFLX) bring European networks to their knees? That's the scenario being painted by a top consultant at consulting and business services giant Deloitte, reports Bloomberg. Klaus Boehm, Deloitte's head of media in Germany, sounded his warning at the IFA electronics show in Berlin. Netflix is currently in the midst of a bout of frenetic European expansion, with launches in six more EU countries due this month. (See Eurobites: Netflix to Take Euro Hit in Q3.)

  • Deutsche Telekom AG (NYSE: DT) is to deliver what it claims is the world's first hybrid Internet connection for consumers, launching a router later this year in Germany that combines DSL and LTE functionality to offer, says the carrier, the "best of both worlds." The Speedport Hybrid router, supplied by Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. , prioritizes the DSL line for data transfer and makes use of additional mobile bandwidth when needed, improving Internet access in areas with low coverage. (See Fiber Revival at Deutsche Telekom.)

  • Fingerprint Cards, a Swedish biometrics firm, has revealed that it is supplying fingerprint sensors to Huawei for the Chinese vendor's new smartphone, the Ascend Mate 7, reports Reuters. The handset will be Huawei's first with such a sensor.

  • French regulator Arcep has revealed that the number of "superfast" broadband subscriptions rose by 130,000 in the second quarter to reach 2.3 million, a rise of 32% year-on-year. For a more detailed breakdown of the numbers, see this press release. Overall, France now has 25.4 million broadband subscriptions.

  • The German regulator seems set on a collision course with the European Commission over the levels of its mobile termination rates, reports the Financial Times (subscription required). Germany's Bundesnetzagentur announced this week that it plans to cut the rates by 4%, but this still leaves them much higher than the Commission wants.

  • We've had fingerprints, and now it's "veinprints": The BBC reports that UK bank Barclays has launched a new gizmo that, it claims, adds a new level of security to online banking by scanning the veins in the finger before allowing access to the service. "Finger vein authentication" will initially only be available to business users.

    — Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

  • mhhf1ve 9/5/2014 | 4:54:42 PM
    How does hybrid DSL/LTE actually work? Bonding different internet connections can definitely improve reliability, but I'm skeptical that the speeds will actually be *that* much better -- unless DT/T-mobile doesn't have a bandwidth cap on its LTE?
    Atlantis-dude 9/5/2014 | 12:55:18 PM
    who is to blame Nfix or the nws ?
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