Eurobites: Telekom Srbija turns to Vodafone for supply and more


Also in today’s EMEA regional roundup: rumors of Rwandan LEO satellites; Vivendi / TIM at the latest; faster speeds in Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogoch.

  • State property Telekom Srbija hope a pinch of Vodafone fairy dust will help her with supplies and more. The two operators have entered into a new partnership agreement covering Serbia, Montenegro and Bosnia and Herzegovina, which in Vodafone’s words Press release, will allow Telekom Srbija to “benefit from Vodafone’s global knowledge and experience as well as sourcing capabilities”.
  • OneWeb satellite broadband founder Greg Wyler is behind a Rwandan government plan to launch 327,000 satellites into low Earth orbit, industry sources cited in a report. Telegraph report (subscription required). Wyler, who once ran the now defunct operator Rwandatel and founded satellite company O3B, ended his involvement with OneWeb after being saved from bankruptcy by a combination of the UK government and Indian company Bharti Enterprises . (See Eurobites: OneWeb Leaves Chapter 11, Hires New CEO.)
  • Vivendi, the French media giant and majority shareholder of Telecom Italia (TIM), plans to install its CEO, Arnaud de Puyfontaine, as president of the Italian operator, according to a press release Reuters report. In recent months, Vivendi has been unhappy with the recent performance of TIM and its CEO, Luigi Gubitosi.
  • UK Network Service Provider cool waves appointed Tom Bennett as the new CTO. Bennett comes from BT-owned mobile operator EE, where he has worked for ten years, most recently as Director of Partnerships and Innovations. Freshwave is part of the Digital Bridge group of companies.
  • South Africa MTN expressed interest in acquiring a smaller competitor Telkom, according to a Bloomberg report (paywall applies) which cites anonymous sources. Telkom has so far shown no interest in this approach, the report says. Apparently, this is not the first time that MTN has scouted Telkom ?? it has happened at least twice before.
  • The creation and deployment of banking malware on mobile phones is a growing industry, the latest Threat Intelligence Report from Nokia found. The report, based on aggregate data from monitored network traffic on more than 200 million devices worldwide, showed an 80% year-over-year increase in the first half of the year the number of new banking “Trojans” which, among other hissing hisses, are trying to steal SMS messages containing one-time passwords. The malware is mainly directed at Android phones, the report adds.
  • Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogoch. It’s the longest place name in Europe, don’t you know? In addition, this unpronounceable Welsh village will soon have better broadband, thanks to a partnership between the local community and Open litter. The enhanced fiber broadband infrastructure is made possible by Openreach’s Community Fiber Partnership (CFP), a program to help people living and working in rural communities who are not included in any current deployment plans.

    Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogoch: 56 characters – count them!
    (Source: Openreach)

    ?? Paul Rainford, Associate Editor, Europe, Light Reading

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