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T-Hrvatski Telekom appoints CTIO

Thorsten Albers has been appointed CTIO at T-Hrvatski Telekom

Croatian operator T-Hrvatski Telekom, which is majority owned by Deutsche Telekom, has appointed Thorsten Albers as chief technical and information officer (CTIO). Albers has also been appointed as a Management Board Member at the operator.

Kontron joins OpenStack, takes open source cloud to telcos

Kontron announced it is joining OpenStack and plans to offer carrier-grade OpenStack-based solutions

Embedded computing developer Kontron has joined the OpenStack foundation as a sponsor and is working to integrate its cloud-based application infrastructure with the open source cloud provisioning and orchestration platform. Kontron said the move is a “significant milestone” in its long-term strategy in the software defined infrastructure space, an area telcos, cloud service providers and vendors are paying more attention to as of late.

Deutsche Telekom and Orange connect to RCS hub

Deutsche Telekom and Orange have signed up to use a RCS hub from cloud communications solutions firm Jibe Mobile

Operator groups Deutsche Telekom and Orange have signed up to an RCS hub from cloud communications firm Jibe Mobile, enabling interoperability between RCS and Joyn services hosted by third parties as well as in-network deployments.

Deutsche Telekom pilots Smart City project in Pisa

Deutsche Telekom has announced a Smart City pilot project in the Italian city of Pisa

Operator group Deutsche Telekom has announced a Smart City pilot project in the Italian city of Pisa. The project sees the operator integrating a number of parking spaces in Piazza Carrara, in the city centre, within a sensor-based parking management system.

Deutsche Telekom acquires remainder of T-Mobile Czech Republic

Deutsche Telekom has acquired the remaining 39.23 stake in its Czech subsidiary for €800m

German operator group Deutsche Telekom has acquired the remaining 39.23 per cent stake in its Czech subsidiary for €800m. The group said it was a “natural step” to acquire the remaining stake in T-Mobile Czech Republic from a consortium of investors led by private equity group Mid Europa Partners, as it looks to position itself as a Pan-European operator.

Sowing seeds of distrust

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Germany’s opposition to security agency eavesdropping was in the news again this week, with Deutsche Telekom outlining the opportunity to liberate citizens being monitored by national spy agencies and encouraging European operators to focus on providing data security and data privacy.

Deutsche Telekom: NSA/GCHQ revelations an opportunity

Deutsche Telekom has hailed last year’s NSA/GCHQ revelations as an opportunity

German operator group Deutsche Telekom has hailed last year’s revelations that the US spy agency NSA and the UK’s GCHQ had been monitoring ordinary citizens’ browsing and messaging habits as an “opportunity” for operators to provide data privacy and data security services.

Sprint taps Pogoplug for cloud storage and backup

Sprint has tapped cloud storage vendor Pogoplug to offer cloud storage and backup to its mobile cutomers

US telco Sprint announced a partnership this week with cloud storage service provider Pogoplug that will see Sprint offer its customers free cloud storage as part of their mobile services package.

Fon raises $14m funding from investors

Fon has announced that it has attracted $14m in funding from a range of investors

Wifi hotspot provider Fon has announced that it has attracted $14m in funding from several investors. It would not disclose how much each investor contributed but said that chip maker Qualcomm contributed the largest share of the total. Tech giant Google and European operator group Deutsche Telekom also contributed to the funding, along with venture capital firms Index Ventures, Coral and Atomico.

Slovak Telekom launches LTE network

Slovak Telekom has launched LTE services in five of the nation’s cities

Slovakian operator Slovak Telekom has launched LTE services in five of the nation’s cities. The operator claims the network is the largest LTE rollout in Slovakia to date.

Deutsche Telekom upgrades domestic voice encryption

Deutsche Telekom has deployed the A5/3 encryption standard for voice transmission in its German network

Operator group Deutsche Telekom has increased the security for voice transmissions in its German network in a bid to better protect its subscribers from wiretapping. The operator has deployed the A5/3 encryption standard for voice transmission, which is currently being rolled out nationwide. The full implementation of the technology is expected to be completed by the end of the year.

Deutsche Telekom partners with Twitter

Twitter is now signing up 500,000 new users every day

German carrier Deutsche Telekom has announced a strategic partnership with Twitter, allowing subscribers with selected Android smartphones to keep up with the social site directly from their home screen. The service will launch next year, initially in Germany, the Netherlands, Romania, Greece and Croatia.

Deutsche Telekom to emulate App Store with M2M model

Jürgen Hase, head of DT’s M2M Competence Centre

German operator group Deutsche Telekom is looking to emulate Apple’s success in the smartphone app market with its M2M offering, Jürgen Hase, vice president M2M competence center at the operator told delegates at Internet of Things World Forum 2013.

Deutsche Telekom to boost fixed line capability with GTS acquisition

Eircom describes its fibre rollout as Ireland's largest

German operator group Deutsche Telekom has announced its intention to acquire fixed line player GTS Central Europe for €546m. Deutsche Telekom said the deal will enhance its ability to offer pan-European telecommunication services and offer integrated products and services in countries where it currently has limited fixed-line access network infrastructure.

Deutsche Telekom posts Q3 profit

Deutsche Telekom has recorded a €588m profit in 3Q13

Operator group Deutsche Telekom has recorded a €588m profit in 3Q13 after posting a €7bn loss in the same period of 2012.

Deutsche Telekom becoming a “software defined operator”

Deutsche Telekom is looking to transform itself into a “software defined operator”

Operator group Deutsche Telekom is looking to transform itself into a “software defined operator”, the firm’s VP for aggregation, transport, IP and fixed access, Axel Clauberg told Broadband World Forum delegates.

Ubuntu OS launched for smartphones and PCs

Canonical has announced the release of Ubuntu 13.10 for desktops and mobiles

Open source software developer Canonical has launched an operating system for both mobile handsets and PCs. Ubuntu 13.10 is the firm’s effort to create OS convergence across all devices and has been hailed by Canonical as the “first true mobile release of Ubuntu”. The firm added that it is working with partners to bring Ubuntu smartphone devices to market in 2014.

VP core network & services, Deutsche Telekom: “IMS services like RCSe/Joyn and VoLTE are key building blocks of our strategy”

Franz Seiser, VP Core Network and Services, Deutsche Telekom, Germany

Franz Seiser, VP Core Network and Services, Deutsche Telekom, Germany, is speaking on Day One of the LTE Voice Summit, taking place on October 1st-2nd at the Hilton Paddington, London. Ahead of the show we speak to him why operators have been slow to implement IMS and the benefits the services running on it will bring.

KPN shareholders to decide E-Plus fate

KPN is holding an extraordinary general meeting for its shareholders to decide the fate of its German business unit E-Plus

Dutch operator group KPN is holding an extraordinary general meeting for its shareholders to decide the fate of its German business unit E-Plus. In July, Telefónica Deutschland made a bid to acquire the unit for €5bn; a bid that was approved by KPN’s board.

Deutsche Telekom avoids US servers; another secure email shuts

Deutsche Telekom says email will be more secure, Silent Circle disagrees

Deutsche Telekom late Friday said it will avoid routing customers’ email traffic through US hosted infrastructure and will step up email security in the wake of the NSA PRISM spying scandal.

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