Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: German regulator steps into Telefónica/E-Plus deal; mobile banking boost in UK; NSN's ping-pong diplomacy.
Infinera Corp. (Nasdaq: INFN) has landed a significant transport gig in Africa with Internet Solutions, which is a division of Dimension Data and supplies IP-based connectivity to clients across the continent. Infinera will implement its DTN-X platform across the company's South African long-distance network, enabling Internet Solutions to offer 10G, 40G and 100G Gigabit Ethernet services to its clients, as well as what Infinera claims is the industry's only commercially available 500Gbit/s FlexCoherent super-channels. (See Internet Solutions Deploys 500G Super-Channels With Infinera and Infinera Shifts Up a Gear.)
UK bank customers will be able to make payments via their mobiles using a new service -- called, somewhat awkwardly, Paym -- from April 29. Most of the major UK banks have signed up to the scheme, which is being run by the Payments Council, the body charged with ensuring that payment services in the UK work properly. After registering with the scheme, customers will be able to use their existing mobile banking app, if they have one, to make and receive payments through Paym.
Telefónica has struck a deal with electric car manufacturer Tesla, under the terms of which the operator will provide M2M connectivity for the Tesla Model S in Europe. This will provide the full panoply of M2M goodies, including navigation, online music, Internet browsing (mind that cyclist, Herb!), and remote vehicle diagnostics. The underlying M2M platform was developed by Jasper Wireless Inc. (See Tesla Connects Its Cars in Europe With Telefónica .)
The Tesla S: It's electric, and very, very shiny.
Still in four-wheels territory, Orange Business Services has hooked up with struggling French carmaker PSA Peugeot Citroën to launch a fleet management offering that uses M2M technology to feed back precise data from the vehicle's onboard computers to the fleet manager, to improve operational efficiencies and be more environmentally friendly. For more details, see this press release.
UK cloud company Iomart has gained the ISO 20000 International Standard for IT Service Management, following an inspection by ISOQAR, an independent certification body. This, says iomart, is "an important recognition for the company's management of its customers' cloud services," as the certification "acknowledges that iomart is operating according to industry recognised best practices; is strongly aligned with the ITIL (IT Infrastructure Library) methodology; and provides efficient, reliable and consistent customer hosting and cloud services." Which is all good, obviously.
Nokia Networks CEO Rajeev Suri has been doing a spot of international diplomacy/promotional work in Germany, where he met up with Chinese President Xi Jinping. NSN has a long-standing presence in China, not least through TD-LTE deployments there.
"No, your excellency, I'm not from Huawei." NSN's Rajeev Suri presses the flesh with Chinese President Xi Jinping.
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