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Telefonica's new offering: We will penetrate you by surprise, every day

Mobile network giant Telefonica has launched new business unit Eleven Paths, which promises unprovoked attacks on customers every day, in the interests of greater security. Eleven Paths will be semi-autonomous within Telefonica, and will provide ongoing penetration testing to subscribing customers (think businesses, not mobile …
Bill Ray, 10 Jun 2013
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Tu Me to go: Tu Go to be Telefonica's 'NEXT BIG AMAZEBALLS' for voice

Telefonica's freebie VoIP platform Tu Me will be shuttered next month as the mobile network pushes customers towards, er, Tu Go. Tu Me came out of Jajah, the internet voice-call outfit Telefonica bought in 2009, but it was never intended to be more than a stepping stone towards a brave new future of telephony as a service. That …
Bill Ray, 09 Aug 2013

Telefonica and Arqiva set to mop up BILLIONS in smart meter cash

Companies who win upcoming government contracts to install smart utility meters across the UK are set to pocket over £2bn in public money. The money will come from the Department of Energy and Climate Change and will be spent over the next 15 years, at which point the UK is expected to have 20 million smart meters in operation. …
Bill Ray, 15 Aug 2013
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Telefonica Germany starts bonking with friends

Telefonica customers in Germany who have a Samsung NFC phone will be able to pay by bonk from next month as the operator starts "friendly user" testing as a prelude to national rollout. Any customer with a Galaxy SIII or Ace 2 will be able to sign up, receiving a replacement SIM which can host an instance of the operator-owned …
Bill Ray, 22 Jan 2013
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Telefonica stirs up clouds, offers steaming mug of Instant Servers

Telefonica Digital has launched a cloud service from servers in Madrid and London, using kit from Joyent and promising faster scalability and greater reliability than the competition. Instant Servers promises 99.996% uptime and backed cash compensation. Telefonica also reckons its clouds can quadruple in capacity instantly, and …
Bill Ray, 07 Nov 2012
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Telefonica steps back from China as debts mount

Spanish network giant Telefonica revealed just how much financial trouble it may be in after it was forced to sell half of its shares in China Unicom back to China’s number two telco. Telefonica will remain a major shareholder in the Chinese company with a 5.01 per cent stake, but is set to cash in on 4.56 per cent to the tune …
Phil Muncaster, 11 Jun 2012
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Telefonica recruits EA to lure punters with games, deals

Telefonica Digital, the service branch of O2's owner, has signed a content deal with Electronic Arts in the hope of cementing customer relationships with bundled deals. The contract allows Telefonica Digital to create promotions based around EA games including The Sims, FIFA and Monopoly, with the stated intention of turning the …
Bill Ray, 17 Apr 2012
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Telefonica touts new free VoIP app to cut off rival Skype

Telefonica, owner of the O2 brand, has launched VoIP service TU Me across all its territories, and for all punters with an iPhone, as the telco bets on the future direction of mobile use. The new service comes out of Telefonica's purchase of Jajah, and follows on from trials of "O2 Connect" last year. However the VoIP call and …
Bill Ray, 09 May 2012
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Telefonica fails in bid to claw back 'flip-flop' 2010 termination charges

Ofcom acted properly when setting mobile termination rates - the money one operator must cough to another for terminating a call on its network - the Competition Appeal Tribunal has ruled. The UK's second-largest telco, Telefonica/O2, had appealed to the tribunal over Ofcom's ruling in a dispute between the big Blighty-side mobe …
Bill Ray, 31 Oct 2012
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Telefonica tosses its dosh at pay-by-bonk upstart

Mobile-payment processor Boku has raised another $35m in finance, including some from its new BFF Telefonica who has awarded the company preferred-partner status for its developing wallet offerings. Telefonica, owner of the O2 brand, chipped in a significant proportion of that money, but more importantly it has agreed to make …
Bill Ray, 16 Mar 2012
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Telefonica chooses stable of young ones to make it money in London

Telefonica's desks-for-shareholding deal, Wayra, has picked the lucky sixteen startups who'll benefit from central London office space, logistics support and business development, in exchange for percentage holding in the resulting business. In exchange for ten per cent of the company the selected sixteen get get an average …
Bill Ray, 05 Jun 2012
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Telefonica flashes cash, jangles office keys to lure UK startups

Telefonica will provide offices on Tottenham Court Road to 20 startups, along with funding of up to €50,000 (£41.8k), pushing entrepreneurs to develop ideas, but mostly to make more money. The project is called Wayra, and follows similar efforts in Madrid and Barcelona. Telefonica (owners of the O2 band) will provide desk space …
Bill Ray, 08 Mar 2012
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Why lock your digits to a phone? Telefonica to flog cloudy numbers

Mobile operators are facing an inevitable squeeze as voice minutes disappear and the golden goose of messaging dies, but O2 owner Telefonica Digital has a plan: bring on the Chuckle Brothers and shell the OS out of existence. In the UK, mobile voice minutes are in decline for the first time in the history of telephony. It's an …
Bill Ray, 17 Sep 2012
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Telefonica grabs Jasper cloud to hook up British vending machines

Telefonica has signed an exclusive deal with Jasper Wireless for use of its machine-to-machine cloud in the UK, hoping Jasper's kit will drive developers to a cellular solution. Machine to machine is already an important market for network operators, but it's going to get much more important as embedded intelligence grows. With …
Bill Ray, 06 Jun 2012
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Telefonica zaps 100Mbps 4G masts with shrink ray

Spanish ISP and telco giant Telefonica is beavering away on 4G: it's holding trials in London, Madrid and Barcelona, and rolled out a service in Germany. And while testing of the next-gen mobile broadband tech is underway in ten countries with all major vendors, on its home turf the company chose Alcatel Lucent and Samsung to …
Simon Rockman, 27 Feb 2012
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Three daddy Hutch has no interest in O2

Three network owner Hutchison Whampoa has ruled out making a bid for O2 in the UK. Hutchison agreed to take O2 Ireland off Telefonica's hands last year. The €850m deal is currently pending a final session of horse-trading before approval at the EU level. In an interview with the Telegraph, Three UK's CEO Dave Dyson said "We don …
Andrew Orlowski, 01 Apr 2014
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Telefonica creates NFC District in Madrid

Telefonica is issuing thousands of its own staff with NFC handsets, creating an NFC District around the company's Madrid headquarters, and showing a distinctly pro-bank policy. The operator intends to eventually put 12,500 NFC phones into the pockets of employees at its "District C" campus, though it will start with "several …
Bill Ray, 04 Apr 2011

Ono board mulls Vodafone's offer to grab its pipe for £5.8bn

The board of Spain's biggest cable operator Ono will meet today to decide if it should accept a £6bn (€7bn) bid from Vodafone or push ahead with its plans for an IPO. The sale would see a reasonable return on investment for the four venture funds Anglo-CCMP, Providence, Thomas H Lee and Quadrangle, which invested in 2005. …
Simon Rockman, 11 Feb 2014

Ex-2e2 staffers STILL waiting for wages owed

The frustration for hundreds of 2e2 staffers waiting to discover if they are to be paid wages owed to them continues nearly a year after the Berkshire-based integrator went under in dramatic circumstances. Some 356 claimants of 2e2 UK Ltd, Oakley Capital Ltd, Daisy Data Centre and Telefonica are holding out for the funds, and …
Paul Kunert, 15 Jan 2014
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Pay-by-bonk on the blink: O2 loses Wallet

UK mobile network O2's Wallet was supposed to be the start of its move into the banking biz, with your mobile phone playing the role of bank card. The service grew out of the 2007 trial of NFC which found that if you give people free money they enjoy spending it. But it turns out that people aren't that keen when it is their …
Simon Rockman, 15 Jan 2014
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Reports say Vodafone to gobble Spanish cable outfit Ono

Vodafone is about to pay around $US10bn to acquire Spain's Ono, according to several sources. The Wall Street Journal reports the deal will be announced on Monday, with $9.73bn to change hands. Bloomberg offers round $10bn, citing the same folks familiar with the report as does the Journal. Ono is a triple-play operator, …
Simon Sharwood, 17 Mar 2014
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Tesla cars can now 'do an ET' without hurting anyone's bottom line

Electric car firm Tesla's products are almost as talkative as the company's CEO. They constantly ET* to allow the company to check that the battery is in tip-top condition, the car isn’t being driven badly or that the owner isn’t thinking negative thoughts about Tesla. The company can collect a huge amount of data, although CEO …
Simon Rockman, 03 Apr 2014
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Telefonica prices up HP smartbook

Spain will get HP's Compaq AirLife 100 'smartbook' next month, the nation's biggest telco, Telefonica - owner of Britain's O2 - said yesterday. Prices start at €229 (£199) for the 10.1in ARM-based, Android-running netbook on a €48 (£42) per month 'unlimited' data contract. Pay €299 (£260) up front and you can get away with a €39 …
Tony Smith, 29 Apr 2010
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EU regulators quiz mobe industry over Hong Kong group's new bid

EU competition regulators are going to the mobile ISP industry with new concessions from Hong Kong firm Hutchison Whampoa, as it seeks approval for its $1bn bid for O2 Ireland. Sources whispered to Reuters that the conglomerate has offered the European Commission a new deal for Telefonica's Irish company after an initial …
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Telefonica gobbles up Jajah

VoIP outfit Jajah got its Christmas wish, €145 million in cash from mobile operator Telefonica. Telefonica, which operates as O2 in the UK, has bought Jajah lock, stock and barrel, gaining a presence in social networking sites as well as the opportunity to up sell services to the millions of users who signed up for the cheap …
Bill Ray, 29 Dec 2009
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Canadian gov: Have half a million BlackBerrys now, pay later!

Telefonica will be spending another €200m with BlackBerry, borrowed from Export Development Canada (EDC) as part of its ongoing deal with the company and its supporting country. It's far from the first time Telefonica has taken advantage of low-interest loans from the government-backed agency. EDC has been lending to Telefonica …
Bill Ray, 08 Apr 2013
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Cheap'n'cheerful Chinese mobesters ZTE launch Firefox phones

As Telefonica pushes Firefox as a foil to the dominance of Apple and Android, ZTE is keen to play ball with a couple of new Firefox phones. Called the Open C and Open II, they are looking to ship more than one million devices this year. The new phones run Firefox OS 1.3. It’s Telefonica’s strategy to sell Firefox phones to users …
Simon Rockman, 24 Feb 2014
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Telefonica, Verizon ready VMware schizophones

VMware rules the x86 server virtualization racket, giving physical servers multiple personalities. And now cell phone operators are lining up to support its Mobile Virtual Platform (MVP) hypervisor on smartphones. At the VMworld Europe conference in Copenhagen, Denmark, VMware announced that US cellphone operator Verizon and …

Rip up telco red-tape so they can take on Viber, WhatsApp, says Brazil

Brazil's communications minister says the country is looking at a new telecommunications regulatory regime, to take into account the rise of services like Viber and WhatsApp. Speaking at Mobile World Congress, minister Paulo Bernardo said the quality-of-service requirements placed on incumbents (Telefonica, Embratel and Hi) is …

Sky falling: 119,000 Brits flee O2, Be after Murdoch broadband gobble

One in five O2 and Be broadband subscribers abandoned the home internet service after it was bought by BSkyB - according to figures shown to the City this morning. At the end of last month, BSkyB's total broadband customer base stood at 4.9 million having gobbled up about 400,000 subscribers following its acquisition of O2 and …
Kelly Fiveash, 26 Jul 2013
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Snapchat bug lets hackers aim DENIAL of SERVICE attacks at YOUR MOBE

A security consultant who works for Telefonica has turned up a bug in how Snapchat handles authentication tokens, which enables a denial-of-service attack against users' phones. It's a simple enough problem, as Jaime Sánchez explains here: the tokens should expire, but don't. As a result, one token can be re-used on many …
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EE and Voda subscribers to get 2G and 3G INSIDE the Channel Tunnel

British suits on trains hurtling along deep beneath the Channel will soon be able to continue to work online and over the phone with biz colleagues, after mobile carriers Vodafone and EE inked a 10-year deal with Eurotunnel. The companies said that from March this year their 2G and 3G mobile services will be available to …
Kelly Fiveash, 09 Jan 2014
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Campus Party: Did it start Silicon Britain or let 5,000 geeks sleep together?

This year's Campus Party didn't hit the target of 10,000 geeks in a giant tent - but it did manage half that and showed them how to program a Raspberry Pi and overclock a PC, the nerd equivalent of ballroom dancing while on a cruise ship. The Pi programming session was overcrowded, with peeps lining up to learn how the …
Bill Ray, 05 Sep 2013
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O2 scoffs at call-centre outsource fears, forgets to rule it out completely

Rumours that O2 UK plans to outsource all its telephone support work have been dismissed as speculation by the mobile network operator. The cynical among us will note that's not the same as completely ruling it out. The whisperings were enough to prompt an emergency motion from the Communication Workers Union, stating that more …
Bill Ray, 25 Apr 2013
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Wireless goliath bankrolls wireless-free super-hackfest in Blighty

Campuseros* and technology entrepreneurs will be gathering in London come September, for a week of talks, workshops and general tech worship - but there'll be no wireless, despite sponsorship from mobile network giant Telefonica. The event is the famous annual tech fest and LAN party, Campus Party, which has been running since …
Bill Ray, 08 May 2013

O2 averts strike action over mass Capita outsourcing deal

The Communication Workers' Union has called off its strike ballot, scheduled to close today, following a last-minute deal with O2 and outsourcing giant Capita, the details of which haven't been released. The union called the ballot last week, following O2's announcement that call centre staff would be transferred to outsourcing …
Bill Ray, 18 Jun 2013
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10,000 app devs SLEEP together in four-day code-chat-drink tech orgy camp

London's O2 is this week hosting Campus Party - a four-day tech-fest during which as many as 10,000 software developers from across Europe get together for coding, talking and drinking. The marketing people like to call it Glastonbury For Geeks. Campus Party does have tents – three and a half thousand of them, two geeks to a …
Bill Ray, 03 Sep 2013
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Soz, BT: All EE's 4G goodies still won't give you 'seamless voice'

BT can't seem to kick the mobile habit. Since selling O2 (nee BT Cellnet) to Telefonica back in 2002, the former state-owned telco has been in bed with all of the mobile operators. Now it has signed up with EE. What makes it interesting this time around is that BT now has spectrum. This makes the big difference between BT being …
Simon Rockman, 03 Apr 2014
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Unmasked: Euro ISPs raided in downloads strangle probe

Three internet providers raided by European g-men probing allegations of throttled download speeds have been named. The officials burst uninvited into the head offices of Deutsche Telekom, Orange and Telefonica, which operates O2 in the UK, as part of an investigation into alleged anticompetitive behaviour. The trio are accused …
Jasper Hamill, 15 Jul 2013
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Firefox OS starts third-place race against Windows Phone

Mozilla has announced that smartphones running Firefox OS have arrived, with Telefonica-owned Spanish mobile phone operator Movistar promising delivery of the first low-priced phones on Tuesday. The Firefox shop announced on Monday that Alcatel's One Touch Fire handset, along with the ZTE Open, which will be distributed by both …
Gavin Clarke, 01 Jul 2013
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O2 brushed off outsourcing 'rumour' - but it's happening ... to THOUSANDS

More than 3,000 helpdesk staff at mobile network O2 will be transferred to outsourcing giant Capita and around 600 made redundant by August, according to the Communications Workers Union. The trade union described the move as "a betrayal". O2 owner Telefonica, meanwhile, told the Telegraph that only 2,000 positions would be …
Bill Ray, 21 May 2013
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Hey, MoJ, we're not your Buddi: Brit firm abandons 'frustrating' crim-tagging contract

Talks between the UK Ministry of Justice and British firm Buddi for a new system to electronically tag criminals have broken down after Buddi's founder claimed the MoJ wanted a system that was a "figment of their imagination". Sara Murray, who is a member of business secretary Vince Cable's "entrepreneurs' panel", said in a …
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BT and O2 ink deal to build mega 4G network

BT has reached out to its prodigal child O2 and offered to help build it a flashy new 4G network - for a few hundred million quid. It has signed a 10-year deal with O2 owner Telefonica UK to work on a 4G network which will be used by millions of O2 mobile customers. The deal is said to be worth around £500m over the next decade …
Jasper Hamill, 30 Apr 2013
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Yet ANOTHER Brit MOBE tower BORG: Three and EE ink network-sharing deal

A new deal between EE and Three will apparently see the two British mobile operators sharing their cellular networks, according to reports. Neither company has an obligation in its licence to provide a certain level of coverage – the only company which does is Telefonica's O2, which is required to provide 98 per cent indoor …
Simon Rockman, 04 Feb 2014
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O2 pulls plug on OAP-monitoring service

O2 has shut down its foray into health monitoring, quietly dropping Help at Hand and Health at Home and offering refunds to the few who had signed up to the services. Health at Home was only launched a few months ago, in March. It was supposed to be a direct-to-consumer counterpart to Help at Hand, the professional service which …
Bill Ray, 25 Jul 2013
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FUTURE of mobe tech: Today will be dry with chilly gusts of 12Mbps

Internet monitoring isn't just for the US government as mobile network operators turn to real-time analysis to work out what we're doing, and what we're going to be doing, too. The live data processing comes from Actix, which reckons we should expect connectivity congestion reports from mobile operators (eg: there's heavy data …
Bill Ray, 10 Jun 2013
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2e2 staffers get day in court over unpaid pre-meltdown wages

Hundreds of former 2e2 UK employees will be told just days before Christmas at a Reading tribunal whether wages owed to them will be paid in full or not. There are some 356 claimants of 2e2 UK Ltd, Oakley Capital Ltd, Daisy Data Centre and Telefonica, a clerk at Reading tribunal told The Channel. The hearing date has been set …
Paul Kunert, 24 Sep 2013

Spanish startup to ship first Mozilla-phones

Mozilla has taken a small step closer to finding out whether the world wants another smartphone operating system, with Spanish startup Geeksphone (working with Telefonica) announcing developer previews of two Firefox-based devices. Details are relatively sketchy about the two Qualcomm Snapdragon-based 3G mobiles. One, the Keon, …
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Virgin Media revs up for Liberty Global merger

Virgin Media - which is imminently set to be scooped up by US cable giant Liberty Global - reported a good start to its financial year this morning. It told the City that revenue had climbed to £1.04bn for the three months ended 31 March 2013 - up 3.6 per cent from £1.01bn for the same period a year earlier. The telco said it …
Kelly Fiveash, 24 Apr 2013
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O2 flogs logs of mobe locations to anyone with a wallet

Telefonica, the owner of the O2 brand, has set up a new division to exploit its massive heap of customer data. This means selling punters' movement patterns and the number of people ambling through a particular spot to anyone with the cash. Telefónica Dynamic Insights will sift through the data to see what's worth selling, while …
Bill Ray, 09 Oct 2012