Estonia and Latvia among first countries to use coronavirus tracing app based on Apple/Google tech

bne IntelliNews May 27, 2020

Tracings apps are intended to allow identification and fast isolating of people suspected of carrying the virus and testing of those who might have been in contact with them.

Estonian ride-hailing service Bolt raises €100mn in latest financing round

bne IntelliNews May 26, 2020

The capital injection comes in spite of Bolt suffering a severe decline in demand under lockdown. CEO Markus Villig says the long-term drivers of on-demand mobility continue to grow.

Romanian firm develops first flat screen recycling line in region

bne IntelliNews May 25, 2020

Green WEEE says new recycling line is part of the company's strategy to diversify and increase production capacity.

Russia's Yandex.Taxi's IPO still on, as it struggles to stay profitable

Vladimir Kozlov in Moscow May 25, 2020

Yandex.Taxi, the ride-hailing arm of Russian online giant Yandex, is pushing ahead with its plans to organise its highly anticipated initial public offering (IPO), while struggling to remain profitable despite the crisis

Russia's IT segment looks at losses in Q2

Vladimir Kozlov in Moscow May 25, 2020

Hit by the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis and lockdown measures aimed at curbing the pandemic, the Russian IT segment expects losses in the April-June period, unless support measures are offered by the government.

EV battery company InoBat Auto acquires site for Slovakia R&D centre

bne IntelliNews May 22, 2020

InoBat Auto says the factory will reduce EV manufacturers’ dependence on Asia and contribute to a strong European energy production and storage infrastructure.

Hungary's government rolls out new subsidy scheme for EVs, e-scooters

Tamas Szilagyi in Budapest May 21, 2020

Price advantage of combustion engine cars to disappear after Budapest announced €141mn of subsidies for purchases of fully electric vehicles and scooters.

Government may delay Yarovaya data law requirements for one year, due to pandemic

bne IntelliNews May 20, 2020

The government may delay imposing part of the investment obligations on telecoms companies under the so-called Yarovaya law for a year to ease the pressure during the pandemic crisis that would have cost $1bn.

Russian tech amid the pandemic: Impact and response

EWDN in Moscow May 15, 2020

bne IntelliNews partners East-West Digital News released a nice round up of their stories on corona and its impact on the tech business on May 14 with links to their top stories since the end of February, which we reproduce.

North Macedonia ranks 2nd in Europe for quality of mobile services finds Germany’s Connect

bne IntelliNews May 14, 2020

Macedonians are extremely satisfied with the standard of telecoms services from the local operators and at the same time enjoy some of the highest quality services in Europe.

E-grocery surges in April, could more than triple in 2020

bne IntelliNews May 14, 2020

The volume of orders for grocery deliveries online surged in April and could more than triple this year to $1.8bn, according to the data released by e-commerce consultancy INFOLine,

Estonia passes law to scrutinise telecommunication service providers for security

bne IntelliNews May 14, 2020

The law was passed as the tech-savvy Estonia is gearing up to roll out 5G services, offering unprecedented speed of data transfer but also potentially opening up new possibilities for cyber attacks or espionage.

Police detain 64-year-old Hungarian for Facebook post critical of PM Viktor Orban

Tamas Szilagyi in Budapest May 13, 2020

Man taken into custody on suspicion of fear mongering as he claims relaxing lockdown will "send thousands to their deaths".

Hungary’s online retailers overwhelmed by upswing in new orders

Tamas Szilagyi in Budapest May 7, 2020

The coronavirus pandemic has had a huge impact on sales as demand for food, cleaning products, vitamins, and medicines surged.

Will Telegram’s blockchain project turn into legal, technical and financial failure?

Adrien Henni of East-West Digital News May 5, 2020

Last week Telegram, the messaging app founded by Russian tech genius Pavel Durov, yet again postponed the launch of its blockchain platform TON and cryptocurrency Gram. The release is now scheduled for April 2021.

Microsoft to invest $1bn in building Poland’s “Digital Valley”

Wojciech Kosc in Warsaw May 5, 2020

US software giant will invest $1bn over seven years to develop a data centre and associated cloud computing services for business in Poland.

Uber Eats exits all but core CEE markets

bne IntellNews May 5, 2020

The express food delivery service will only stay in markets where it is already number one or two in terms of market share, or can see a clear path to achieving this status.

Revolut launches bank in Lithuania

bne IntelliNews May 5, 2020

Earlier this year, Revolut said it would shift the management of its payment operations from the UK capital to Ireland and Lithuania because of Brexit.

Romanian UiPath partner Future WorkForce deploys robots in banks

bne IntelliNews May 5, 2020

Future WorkForce has developed a software robot to process the requests local banks receive from clients struggling during the coronavirus pandemic who want to defer their instalments.

Pressure on Iran’s public broadcaster to hand over frequencies for 5G internet

bne IntelIiNews April 30, 2020

IRIB may fear surrendering 700 and 800 MHz bands would make it even less relevant to viewers.