In Brief: Telefonica joins EU cyber security push 

Telefonica revealed this week it has been selected as the only telco to join the board of the European Cyber Security Organisation (ECSO).
The ECSO is the private-sector-led half of a contractual public-private partnership (cPPP) with the European Commission; it is tasked with promoting the development of cyber security technology and strategies.The initiative aims to stimulate up to €1.8 billion of investment in cyber security research.

***Huawei signed a Cooperation Contract with the Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services (DTPS) on July 19. The Centre will showcase futuristic ICT products and solutions across the Carrier, Enterprise and Consumer business, as a new platform to push the development and innovation of the ICT industry in Africa.
The joint Innovation and Experience Centre is a platform for industry players to explore what the ICT world has in store allowing them an experience of what is available in the developed world and what is to come.

***The German Government has unveiled a new updated telecoms law to impose fines for companies breaching new EU net neutrality rules. The changes to the law outline the responsibilities of the Federal Network Agency and create new rules for financial penalties. Service providers face fines of up to EUR 500,000 if they restrict data traffic unlawfully; and ISPs face fines of up to EUR 100,000 if they do not inform their customers of contractual restrictions on open internet access or the rights of users, and if the actual data transmission is different from the contract.

***Cambodian wireless operator Smart Axiata has announced plans to invest a further USD75 million this year, as it continues to expand its 4G LTE network nationwide, amid surging demand for mobile data services. The investment follows on from the more than USD63 million spent on the extension of the Malaysian-owned cellco’s 4G service to all 25 provinces during 2015. Smart Axiata has also revealed that it recently completed the upgrade of all of its 2,000 base transceiver stations (BTS) with ‘3.75G’ HSPA+ technology. At present, over 40% of BTS are equipped with LTE technology, but this will increase to more than 50% by the end of 2016. Smart launched Cambodia’s first 4G LTE services in Phnom Penh in January 2014, before gradually rolling out the network to reach parts of all 25 provinces in June 2015.

***Russian national operator Rostelecom won several large state contracts in Siberia in the first half of this year. The national operator won a tender to deploy a unified data network for the regional government in Krasnoyarsk region. The size of the deal totalled almost RUB 100 million.It also signed a major contract to provide internet services to regional power company MRSK Siberia, worth RUB 14 million. From January to June, Rostelecom won 632 tenders in Siberia, worth a total of RUB 840 million.