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Brits arrest DT hacker

Britain’s National Crime Agency (NCA) has arrested someone for last year’s cyber-attack which infected nearly one million Deutsche Telekom routers.

The NCA fingered the collar of the 29 year old Brit at one of London’s airports, the coppers said in a statement.

The attack on Deutsche Telekom, Germany’s largest telecom company, took place in late November. Internet outages hit as many as 900,000 of its users, or about 4.5 percent of its fixed line customers.

German security experts thought the internet outages that have hit hundreds of thousands of Deutsche Telekom customers in Germany were part of a worldwide attempt to hijack routing devices.

Dirk Backofen, a senior Deutsche Telekom security executive said the attack was not an attack against Deutsche Telekom. “It was a global attack against all kinds of devices. How many other operators were affected, we don’t know,” he said.

Deutsche Telekom said the problems seemed to be connected to an attempt to make customers’ routers part of the Mirai botnet.

Telcos try to blackmail the EU

KraysEuropean telcos are having a go at blackmailing the EU by saying they will only bring in 5G if the community abandons its net neutrality rules.

A group of 20 major telcos including Deutsche Telekom, Nokia, Vodafone, and BT has said that it will launch 5G networks in every country in the European Union by 2020 — so long as governments decide to weaken net neutrality rules.

In a pretty blunt and open extortion plan called the “5G Action Plan.” They say that 5G will change the world giving shedloads of benefits in cars, health, public safety, smart city, and entertainment scenarios by 2018. To add insult to injury they also want the EU to invest in it.

However the companies are also pushing for what they call the “right regulatory environment,” which would involve addressing the “dangers” that would come with open internet policies.

“The EU must reconcile the need for open Internet with pragmatic rules that foster innovation. The telecom industry warns that current net neutrality guidelines, as put forward by BEREC [the Body of European Regulators], create significant uncertainties around 5G return on investment. Investments are therefore likely to be delayed unless regulators take a positive stance on innovation and stick to it.”

“The EU must reconcile the need for open internet with pragmatic rules that foster innovation.””

So far the EU has already told the telcos to sling their hook and rejected amendments to legislation passed last fall that would have protected net neutrality in Europe. The laws currently feature loopholes that allow so-called “specialised services” like self-driving cars and medical operation to hop onto internet fast lanes.

So far supporters of the manifesto include companies like Airbus, Siemens, and Phillips. The EU’s Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society, Gunther Oettinger, praised the document, stating, “The manifesto is a valuable input for the 5G action plan that will be presented in September, together with the proposal for the review of the telecom regulatory framework.”

However, we are not quite sure if he read it properly. Unless the telcos can make commissioners interested in their plan to hold the web hostage it is pretty likely that the EU will see it in the following manner – the telcos will make a fortune out of 5G and it is in their competitive interest to adopt the technology as soon as possible. They can did this with or without an open internet and it is better for EU citizens to have an open internet.

This does not apply to the UK of course. Now it has Brexited, it no longer has any protection from the telco gangsters.


Deutsche Telekom puts T-Mobile sale on hold

tmobile1Deutsche Telekom has put the sale of T-Mobile US on hold while it worries about an upcoming US auction of radio airwaves.

The move gives potential suitors time to wait for a more favorable political environment toward telecoms mergers.

The US Federal Communications Commission is to start an auction for low-frequency airwaves at the end of this month and this could last for months. While this is happening, it is unlikely that there will be many mergers.

Auction participants are not allowed to engage in any partnership or merger talks during the weeks before and after the bidding process. T-Mobile US, which is 65.4 percent owned by DT has said it could spend up to $10 billion in the auction.

An auction of AWS-3 airwaves, which ended early last year, raised a record $44.9 billion.

DT has been trying to sell the unit for years, hoping to cash in on a recovery in the business.

Last month T-Mobile US’s net profit nearly tripled in the fourth quarter after it added more than 2 million customers. Last year it overtook Sprint to become the third largest provider.

But attempts to sell T-Mobile to Sprint in 2014 were blocked by US regulators and last year talks between T-Mobile US and Dish Network stalled.


Deutsche Telekom complains about Google

monopoly (1)Deutsche Telekom is expected to file an antitrust complaint with European competition authorities against Google.

Apparently the formal complaint will be prepared by early November and claims Google uses Android to unfairly promote its own products like Google Maps and online search over those of rivals.

The European Union has accused the company of distorting Web search results to favour its own shopping service, and has also started another antitrust investigation into the Android mobile operating system.

The US Federal Trade Commission opened a preliminary investigation into whether Google uses its Android operating system to dominate competitors as more consumers go mobile.

It might be that DT saw what was going on across the pond and took an opportunity to put the boot in. Having said that Google is not the most popular multi-national operating in Europe at the moment so it would not have taken much to set Brussels off.

Huawei lands Everything Everywhere deal

It’s built itself a firm little UK nesting place in the concrete jungle otherwise known as Bracknell, and now Huawei has made its stand over here in blighty, winning its first UK major UK contract.

The all encompassing Chinese network equipment maker has received the wireless network deal from Everything Everywhere – a joint venture between Deutsche Telekom AG and France Telecom SA, inherited from the merger of T-Mobile and Orange.

Upon signing on the dotted line Huawei has agreed to rebuild the operator’s 2G infrastructure over the next four years, which is claimed to give better sensitivity and improve coverage . It also seems that it will get itself into top position when it comes to building and advancing  4G too although Everything Everywhere hasn’t named its partner for this.

Whilst the Chinese giant will be splashing out on the champers, not everyone is going to be impressed at the deal. After all it’s no secret that many countries are already suspicious of the company when it comes to security. Most notably is the US, which last year tried to banned a deal between the company and an acquisition bid for 3Leaf. It tried to force the company to pull out of the deal – something Huawei refused to do – after claiming that the company failed to declare the acquisition of 3Leaf Systems. It instead claimed that it did not require clearance in this instance.

Of course the US isn’t being paranoid when you consider Huawei’s content against the threats to cybersecurity and the fact it’s a Chinese company. In October last year US lawmakers also made their feelings clear when they put the company under pressure over trading concerns on its links to the Chinese military and government

Then again, it seems old Huawei is juggling a double edged sword playing nicely, nicely with the US. Earlier this year Huawei’s chairman in the USA wrote an open letter gushing about his host country and appreciation for democracy.

25 tech firms sued for breaching 3G patents

A case started in a Delaware district court by Golden Bridge Technology lists 25 tech firms alleged to breach a number of 3G patents.

The defendants in the case are T-Mobile, Deutsche Telekom, Amazon, Acer, Barnes & Noble, Dell, Garmin, Hewlett Packard, HTC, Exedea, Huawei, Lenovo, LG Electronics, Novatel, Option NV, Palm, Panasonic, Pantech, Research in Motion, Sharp, Sierra Wireless, Sony, Sony Ericsson, UTStarcom and ZTE.

Golden Bridge Technology (GBT) alleges these companies have all breached patents relating to standards for 3G wireless comms, including devices and base stations. The defendants, the filing says, have refused to license the patents. These patents are 6,574,267 B1, and 7,359,427.

GBT said that it has contributed to the telecommunications standards with the patents related to 3G networks that use UMTS. Together with AT&T, it developed a wireless multimedia service using Code Division Multiple Access (GB-CDMA) and co-chared standardisation committees.

It claims that many of its developments were adopted by 3GPP “as an important and necessary part of the 3G and UMTS standards”.  All of the defendants, in one way or another, use GBT’s technology, it alleges. GBT is seeking damages from each of the defendants’ alleged past and present infringement. In addition, it wants treble damages against T-Mobile, HTC, LG, Palm, RIM and Sony Ericsson, and lawyers’ costs.

GSMA working on Near Field Communication standard

The Telco muscle of the world all agree that Near Field Communications, or NFC, technology should be high on the agenda and reach the commercial markets as early as 2012. 

NFC is the much hyped way to pay for stuff using your smartphone. But global industry heavyweights are committing to a roll-out, including Bharti, Telefonica, Vodafone, Orange, Telecom Italia, Deutsche Telekom, China Unicom and America Movil. 

Franco Bernabe, the GSM Association’s (GSMA) chairman, thinks that the applications of NFC go far beyond your smartphone being your wallet. “NFC represents an important innovation opportunity, and will facilitate a wide range of services and applications including mobile ticketing, couponing, the exchange of information, control access to cars, homes, hotels, office car parks and more.” Best not to lose your phone, then.

Frost & Sullivan figures suggest that NFC’s total payment value will reach €110 billion by 2015. It certainly has the chance when backed with strong GSMA approval. Operators are hoping to standardise deployment of mobile NFC, with the SIM card the port of call for security and authentication. 

The idea for now is to develop and test different standards on NFC to make sure it will work, globally. The GSMA warns that if there is no single standard NFC will effectively be crap, as users will not be able to reap the benefits of the technology when they travel elsewhere and find themselves faced by different operators, networks or devices. 

Russia wants to force Glonass down throats

Russian oligarch Vladimir Yevtushenkov has threatened handset makers with an import ban if they don’t use Russia’s positioning system Glonass, reports Heise, citing Russian newspaper Wedomosti.

Yevtushenkov apparently said the Russian market will be closed for handsets not using a Glonass chip if a law he and his mates are lobbying for gets passed. Vladimir Putin has the hots for the law and told Yevtushenkov it’d be a spiffing idea to protect national interests.

Some believe Russia is thinking about such a law to indirectly force handset makers to open plants in the country, others fear Glonass might be used to spy on the opposition. Prices are also expected to take a hike and it is seen as highly unlikely that Apple will produce an iPhone tailored for the Russian market.

Yevtushenkov owns the majority of corporation AFK Sistema and has tried repeatedly to lay his hands on German chipmaker Infineon. End of June, Yevtushenkov asked the German Chancellery for help to start talks with Infineon, the chipmaker however was not in the least bit interested.

Back in 2006, AFK Sistema was also interested in investing in Deutsche Telekom but never followed through. The Bundesnachrichtendienst, Germany’s foreign intelligence agency, warned against any sort of tie up between AFK Sistema and Deutsche Telekom.