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Eurobites: Kudelski Unit Sues Verizon

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Vodafone customers exposed in UK; M&A moves in Israel; Nokia's cmWave trial; movie-streaming heaven.

  • Nagra , the set-top box security specialist that forms part of Switzerland's Kudelski Group, has teamed up with fellow Kudelski subsidiary OpenTV to file a patent infringement suit against Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE: VZ) and its subsidiary AOL Inc. (NYSE: AOL). The lawsuit alleges that Verizon and AOL have infringed seven US patents owned by Nagra France and OpenTV in a number of their offerings, including Verizon's FiOS TV services, FiOS TV Everywhere services, Verizon's Redbox Instant and Go90 video services and AOL's Spot On advertising and streaming video services.

  • Following TalkTalk 's recent travails at the hands of hackers, now it's Vodafone UK 's turn to feel the heat, if on a much lesser scale. According to the BBC, nearly 2,000 of its customers could be exposed to fraud after their personal details were gleaned from an unknown source, though the mobile giant insisted that its own security systems had not been breached. (See TalkTalk Plummets on Security Woes.)

  • Pelephone Communications Ltd. , the mobile subsidiary of Israel's Bezeq, The Israel Telecommunications Corp. Ltd. (OTC: BZQIF), has made an offer for rival Golan Telecom, reports Reuters. Details of the offer were not revealed. Golan is co-owned by Xavier Niel, better known as the man behind French discount operator Iliad (Euronext: ILD).

  • Nokia Networks has achieved transmission speeds of 19.1 Gbit/s in a 5G trial of its version of cmWave technology with South Korea's SK Telecom (Nasdaq: SKM) -- the first time the technology has been demonstrated in this way, according to the pair. The trial used 256 quadrature amplitude modulation (QAM), 8x8 Multiple-Input Multiple-Output (MIMO) transmission and 400MHz of bandwidth. (See An Inflection Point in Telecom: The 5G Vector.)

  • Good news for movie buffs: The British Film Institute has launched its own streaming service in the UK, offering hundreds of titles for £4.99 (US$7.71) a month. Fitzcarraldo (from 1981), Black Narcissus (1947) and Seven Samurai (1954) are just some the golden oldies available to stream. The long winter nights will just fly by…

    — Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

  • COMMENTS Add Comment
    Susan Fourtané 11/3/2015 | 7:52:43 AM
    British Film Institute streaming service This is wonderful. Great news for film lovers. They even offer Britain on Film free to watch. And some classics which are always a delight to watch. :) I am super happy about this. -Susan
    nasimson 11/2/2015 | 10:41:30 PM
    British Film Institute Good move by British Film Institute. But why only in UK? British films have a good following in Africa, Asia, Australia and so many other countries.
    [email protected] 11/2/2015 | 9:00:25 AM
    Wonder how long Kudelski has been gnawing away? Usually these legal actions only take place once the parties have had lengthy discussions to see if they can agree on licensing.... so this could be another victory for the lawyers and their bank balances.
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