Quarter of German companies have broadband

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According to the federal bureau of statistics, only every fourth company in Germany with ten or more employees had a fast internet connection with bandwidth of at least 30 Mbps in 2014. This put Germany just over the European average of 23%. Denmark ranked first with 53% of companies connected to broadband, followed by the Netherlands and Belgium with 43% …

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Tele2 mobile service revenue grows 10% in Q1

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Tele2 reported first-quarter sales up 6% to SEK 6.512 billion, led by continued growth in its mobile customer base and demand for data services. Revenue was also helped by currency effects and rose just 2% excluding forex. EBITDA increased 5% (or 2 percent excl forex) to SEK 1.428 billion, while net profit fell 12% to SEK 517 million. The results are …

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Vodafone Netherlands adds credit card support to Wallet

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Vodafone Netherlands announced the launch of a new ‘mobile credit card’ for use with its Vodafone Wallet. Offered in cooperation with International Card Services, the card will be linked to the Wallet app, allowing users to make contactless payments with their NFC smartphones. Payments up to EUR 25 would not require a PIN code. The mobile credit card is initially …

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Vodafone tests public transport payments with NFC Sim

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Vodafone Netherlands announced a test of public transport payments over smartphones. The operator is working with Trans Link Systems, the company running the Dutch public transport contactless card system, and the Amsterdam public transport operator GVB. Following a successful internal test, Vodafone plans a broader pilot with around 100 people in Amsterdam using a NFC-based system and Sim card on …

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PayPal brings free postal return to users in Belgium

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PayPal has opened its free postal returns service to users in Belgium, different Belgian media reported. The service allows buyers to return online purchases made via PayPal, for free. The payment service wants the option to highlight its services in Belgium The service is also available in the Netherlands.

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KPN launches Blackphone for EUR 479

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KPN confirmed the start of sales of the Blackphone in the Netherlands. The phone, which offers encrypted communications, was presented at the Cyber Security Week in The Hague. It will sell for EUR 479 (excluding VAT), including a one-year subscription to the Silent Circle apps. It’s available initially only for business customers. KPN said the phone addresses a new demand …

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Ziggo searches for solution to CI+ problems on Sony TVs

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Certain Sony Bravia TVs do not work with the Ziggo CI+ modules, a spokesman for the cable operator confirmed to Telecompaper. The modules result in error messages on certain Sony TVs from 2010. The problem has been known for some time and is not related to the recent network harmonisation with Ziggo’s merger partner UPC. Ziggo stated it’s working with Sony …

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112 availability over mobile networks ‘very good’ – AT

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According to the state Telecom Agency, the 112 emergency number has “very good” availability over Dutch mobile networks. Its research found that 99% of calls to the number from across the country were successful. In the few cases where calls did not go through, there were usually technical limitations, such as a nearby tall building or trees. Its investigations also …

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Vodafone NL starts pilot sales of smart cameras

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Vodafone Netherlands is starting to sell a number of new products such as smart cameras in selected shops, as reported by Tweakers. The Vodafone Plaza online shop already offers a number of devices such as IP camera from Withings, Amaryllo and Motorola. The site focuses on a range of M2M applications. The offering in shops will be run as a pilot …

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