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Super-fast Internet to Hit Tel Aviv, Ra'anana

Unlimited fiber optic company will offer Internet line with speeds of 100 megabits per second; In other news, project launches to protect Israel's diplomatic missions from cyber attacks.

Yael Engelhart

Super-fast Internet in Tel Aviv, Ra’anana

The Unlimited fiber optic company announced on Thursday that it would be rolling out its super-fast Internet service in Tel Aviv and just north of the city, in Ra’anana. The service will be available shortly, using infrastructure from the Israel Electric Corp. It already offers the service in Be’er Sheva. The super-fast connection is to be expanded early next year to eight additional cities in the center of the country and elsewhere. Formerly known as Israel Broadband Company, Unlimited is offering an Internet line with speeds of 100 megabits per second for 125 shekels ($32) per month, including the services of the Internet service provider. Individual consumers will not purchase the service directly from Unlimited, however, and will instead obtain it through established ISPs. The company does not provide wireless router equipment. At this point, the two major ISPs – 012 Smile and 013 Netvision – are not offering Unlimited’s service, although others – including 018 X-Phone and Triple C – are.

Project launches to protect Israel’s diplomatic missions from cyber attacks

The National Cyber Bureau at the Prime Minister’s Office, along with the Foreign Ministry, launched a project on Thursday to provide innovative means to detect cyber attacks on Israel’s foreign mission offices around the world. The project is being carried out in cooperation with Check Point Software Technologies, along with other partners that have been working on it over the past two years. It includes a network of special sensors and a central processing center where data is analyzed in real time. At last week’s project launch, National Cyber Bureau director Eviatar Matania called the effort proof “of the potential of high-quality and extensive cooperation in the cyber defense field between the government and leading technology companies in this field.”

Compugen to work with Johns Hopkins medical school

Compugen, the Israeli pharmaceutical company that specializes in drugs to treat immune disorders and cancers, has signed a multiyear cooperation agreement with the Johns Hopkins University medical school in Baltimore. The join effort will focus on continued research on immune system proteins that Compugen discovered. The effort is being pursed in the expectation that the research will yield treatments for cancer. “The specific studies under the collaboration will assist Compugen in further substantiating the potential of its novel proteins as targets for cancer immunotherapy,” the company said in a statement on Thursday. Headquartered in Tel Aviv, the company’s shares are traded on the Nasdaq exchange as well as the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange.

L’Oréal acquires Benny Landa’s ColoRight

The French beauty care products company L’Oréal announced last week that it is acquiring Rehovot-based ColoRight, a startup that produces hair fiber optical reader technology. ColoRight was founded by Israeli printing technology pioneer Benny Landa, who established the Indigo digital printing company. Sagiv Lustig will continue to serve as ColoRight’s CEO, L’Oréal said in a statement. The Cosmetics Design Europe website described ColoRight’s technology as providing “beauty tech solutions that overcome the challenges posed by hair and skin pigmentations when applying hair coloring and color cosmetics.”