Cisco chairman promises 'win-win' deal with China over network control

Commitment despite unease among foreign business groups over a China national security law adopted in July

Reuters

DUBAI (Reuters) - Cisco’s executive chairman on Monday declined to say whether it would cede to China’s demands to be able to control equipment deployed in the world’s largest internet market, instead pledging to find a “win-win” solution.

The world’s top maker of switching equipment and routers that run the Internet has a bet big on China, announcing in June it would invest more than $10 billion in the country along with local business partners.

U.S. appeals court hears challenge to net neutrality rules

The fight is the latest battle over Obama administration rules requiring broadband providers to treat all data equally

Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. appeals court heard arguments on Friday over the legality of the Federal Communications Commission's net neutrality rules, in a case that may ultimately determine how consumers get access to content on the Internet.

The fight is the latest battle over Obama administration rules requiring broadband providers to treat all data equally, rather than giving or selling access to a so-called Web "fast lane."

With an eye on Russia, Estonia seeks security in computing cloud

One of the world's most wired countries with 95 percent of government services online

Reuters

TALLINN (Reuters) - Concerned about its assertive neighbor Russia, Estonia plans to upload much of its government data to computing clouds to guard against security threats, enabling the Baltic state to be run from abroad if necessary.

Estonia is one of the world's most wired countries with 95 percent of government services online. You can vote, register births and cars, sign official documents and set up businesses online, often in a matter of minutes.

Internet of Things (IoT) in Public Infrastructure: Smart Cities

We see great synergy coming in public and commercial IoT initiatives, but it will take up to twenty years fully develop

We believe that Smart Cities represents an opportunity in the public sector as we expect IoT to support various infrastructure initiatives including Smart Grids and other critical areas. Major IoT initiatives will begin to be impactful starting in 2020 as critical adoption points are reached and major issues, such as interoperability and security, are solved initially through preliminary solutions. >> Read more
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U.S. government reveals breadth of requests for Internet records

Twitter has sued in federal court seeking the ability to publish more details in its transparency reports

Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Federal Bureau of Investigation has used a secretive authority to compel Internet and telecommunications firms to hand over customer data including an individual’s complete web browsing history and records of all online purchases, a court filing released Monday shows.

The documents are believed to be the first time the government has provided details of its so-called national security letters, which are used by the FBI to conduct electronic surveillance without the need for court approval.

EU wants to give national privacy regulators more clout in new U.S. data pact

Brussels and Washington locked in negotiations to forge a new framework enabling data transfers from Europe to the U.S.

Reuters

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union wants to enhance the power of the bloc's national privacy regulators in policing a planned new EU-U.S. data pact after the previous one was struck down by a top EU court on concerns about mass U.S. surveillance.

Brussels and Washington are locked in negotiations to forge a new framework enabling data transfers from Europe to the United States, which are otherwise subject to cumbersome and lengthy legal processes under EU data protection law.

NSA to shut down bulk phone surveillance program by Sunday

New surveillance measures may become law following the November 2016 presidential elections

Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. National Security Agency will end its daily vacuuming of millions of Americans' phone records by Sunday and replace the practice with more tightly targeted surveillance methods, the Obama administration said on Friday.

As required by law, the NSA will end its wide-ranging surveillance program by 11:59 p.m. EST Saturday (4:59 a.m. GMT Sunday) and expects to have the new, scaled-back system in place by then, the White House said.

Is Your Network Ready for the Cyber Monday Rush?

CIOs counting on the Cloud to come to their rescue may be in for a rude awakening on Tuesday morning

This year, more holiday shoppers are expected to shop online, beginning before Black Friday through to the pinnacle of online commerce, Cyber Monday. While an increase in online shopping is good news for anyone looking to avoid the holiday rush, CIOs are rightly worried that their networks may get trampled in the online aftermath. The effect of millions of customers hitting your website at the same time can have a crippling effect on network performance, resulting in unplanned downtime, sales delays and other system hiccups at the most critical and costly time of year.

Nokia CEO says Alcatel buy will increase its 5G firepower

Deal expected to close in January coincides with a industry investment cycle develop next gen 5G

Reuters

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Nokia's planned takeover of rival network gear maker Alcatel-Lucent will give it far greater scope to invest in new technologies like 5G mobile equipment while cutting costs, its chief executive said on Wednesday.

Rajeev Suri also told Reuters in an interview that the Finnish company was making rapid progress toward closing the acquisition, originally valued at 15.6 billion euro ($16.62 billion).

Nokia remains bullish about Africa business despite economic slowdown

A growing wave of consolidation in the sector is forcing mobile operators to step up investment

Reuters

CAPE TOWN (Reuters) - Finnish network equipment maker Nokia remains upbeat about its growth prospects in Africa despite a slowdown in many of the continent's fastest-growing economies, a senior company executive said on Thursday.

Nokia, which sold its once-dominant mobile handset business to Microsoft in 2014, deals in Africa mostly with telecommunications operators and governments, both of which have been hit by weaker currencies and slower economic growth.

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