Internet firms push to be left out of EU cybersecurity law

Lawmakers want law to cover critical sectors such as energy, transport and finance

Reuters

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Internet companies like Cisco and Google are seeking to be excluded from a new EU cybersecurity law that would force them to adopt tough security measures and report serious security breaches to national authorities.

The so-called Network and Information Security directive is due to be finalised in talks between the European Parliament, the European Commission and member states over the coming weeks.

EU lawmakers want the law to cover only sectors that they consider critical, such as energy, transport and finance.

Service Providers Making Headway on SDN

Common concerns and cautious optimism voiced by carriers at MEF’s GEN14

Software Defined Networking (SDN) technology has offered a little bit of everything for everyone: Hype, promise, and challenges. After many years of the hype, the promise has so far exceeded the productivity for service providers. But that may be about to change.

At the recent Metro Ethernet Forum (MEF) event held in Washington D.C. in late November, GEN14, network operators were given the chance to share their respective outlooks, and discuss the challenges in a public forum.

Telenor and TeliaSonera signal truce with Danish mobile merger

Combined business would be on a par with Denmark's former national telecoms operator TDC

Reuters

OSLO (Reuters) - Norwegian telecoms company Telenor and Sweden's TeliaSonera have agreed to combine their Danish mobile businesses to boost margins in their toughest market.

The plan to put their Danish operations into a 50-50 joint venture, which aims to save 800 million Danish crowns ($133 million) a year by 2019, lifted the share price of both companies and their main rival on investor hopes of an end to cut-throat price competition.

Optinet China Conference & China FTTH Forum

Date
Start Date: 
Wednesday, June 17, 2015
End Date: 
Thursday, June 18, 2015

China:

As the nation’s premier event for optical communications and networking , OptiNet China offers world-class presentations on issues critical to telecom operators from increasing bandwidth and operational efficiency to lowering costs and achieving greater flexibility, automation and better control of the optical and data layer. An educational program led by the eminent Wei Leping, Director of China Telecom's Science & Technology Committee draws on the knowledge and experience of distinguished experts from around the world. 

China SDN/NFV Conference

Date
Start Date: 
Wednesday, April 22, 2015
End Date: 
Thursday, April 23, 2015

China:

The 3rd China SDN/NFV Conference allows you to catch up on all the exciting new developments for creating your SDN and NFV strategy, running your SDN and NFV evaluation projects, and other initiatives. Over 700 delegates took part in the inaugural China SDN/NFV Conference in 2013 and more than 900 attended the second event in 2014 which provided a lively forum for discussions, information exchange, and dialogue.

Telecom Council Deep Dive: LTE Advanced

Date
Start Date: 
Wednesday, February 11, 2015
End Date: 
Wednesday, February 11, 2015

California:

Join 80+ executives for our meeting at LTE-A we will look at the hardware and network technologies that will bring LTE-A to market. We'll also discuss the products, services, user experiences, and lifestyle changes that LTE-A can bring.

IBM signs $1.25 billion WPP cloud deal and says more coming

Building hybrid clouds, which mix together private and public-facing Internet

Reuters

LONDON (Reuters) - IBM is enjoying a wave of major technology outsourcing deals from European customers in the fourth quarter and the new contract signings are not over yet, an executive for the computer services giant said in an interview.

Late on Tuesday, IBM announced the third in a string of billion dollar plus contracts, saying it had won a seven-year, $1.25 billion deal with WPP, the world's top advertising firm, to run WPP operations in the cloud.

Cable & Wireless helped Britain spy on the world: Channel 4

Vodafone said in a statement that a compliance review found no evidence

Reuters

LONDON (Reuters) - Telecommunications firm Cable & Wireless helped Britain eavesdrop on millions of Internet users worldwide, Channel 4 reported on Thursday, citing previously secret documents leaked by a fugitive former U.S. National Security Agency contractor.

Cable & Wireless, which was bought by Vodafone in 2012, provided British spies with traffic from rival foreign communications companies, Britain's Channel 4 television said, citing documents stolen by Edward Snowden.

Boeing eyes revamp of cyber business to focus on key areas

Market has not proven to be as promising as once expected

Reuters

EL SEGUNDO Calif. (Reuters) - Boeing Co said this week it is reevaluating its cybersecurity business and could divest or reassign some units as it focuses more on a few critical areas, including classified work it is doing for some U.S. government agencies.

Boeing, the Pentagon's No. 2 supplier and the world's largest aerospace company, bought a handful of cybersecurity companies several years ago, but the market has not proven to be as promising as once expected.

Digital Disruption

Date
Start Date: 
Monday, December 8, 2014
End Date: 
Thursday, December 11, 2014

California: 

Digital transformation doesn’t happen overnight. But you need to be ready for all that lies ahead for your organization. Digital Disruption 2014 covers the three hottest areas of the digital ecosystem: IoT, Big Data, Virtualization.
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