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October 4, 2018
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Orange extends telematics deal; Telia goes smart metering; Ireland guns for Facebook.
Beeline, the Russian mobile brand owned by VEON , has clambered aboard the holographic call (or "holocall," if you will) bandwagon, with a leg up from Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd . In the Moscow Museum, a 5G connection was used to demonstrate the potential of the technology, enabling a holocall between Vasyl Latsanych, CEO of PJSC VimpelCom, and Aiden Wu, CEO of Huawei in Russia. The companies used frequencies between 26,600-27,200MHz that had been temporarily allocated to Beeline and Huawei's commercially available 5G basestation, the gNodeB. (See Vodafone's Holo Demo Dazzles Crowd, But Is It a Viable 5G Use Case?)
Orange Business Services has extended and expanded its contract with Octo Telematics, the Rome-headquartered company that supplies telematics and data analytics to the auto insurance industry. The three-year deal will provide Octo with SIM coverage across Europe, allowing it to manage and monitor a large fleet of IoT devices autonomously. Octo claims to have more than 5.6 million connected users across the world.
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Telia Company has struck up a partnership with metering company Landis+Gyr for smart meter data transfer in the Nordic and Baltic countries. Landis+Gyr's first NB-IoT smart devices will be introduced in early 2019 after field testing is completed.
The Irish Data Commission has launched an investigation into the massive data breach revealed by Facebook last week, to see whether the social media giant has contravened the European Union's recently introduced General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). As the BBC reports, in theory the watchdog could fine Facebook 4% of its global turnover if it finds it at fault. The significance of the move is heightened by the fact that Facebook has chosen the Irish Data Commission as a "one-stop shop" for data oversight under GDPR. (See Eurobites: Facebook Backs Out of Ireland as GDPR Jeopardy Looms.)
EcoDataCenter, a Swedish data center developer, is about to put what it says is the world's first "carbon-positive" data center into operation. Situated near the central Swedish city of Falun, the facility will use "green" electricity and repurpose the surplus heat in the district heating network to help keep things cool.
Figure 1: EcoDataCenter's new facility in Falun: It ain't pretty, but it is carbon-positive.
— Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading
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Paul is based on the Isle of Wight, a rocky outcrop off the English coast that is home only to a colony of technology journalists and several thousand puffins.
He has worked as a writer and copy editor since the age of William Caxton, covering the design industry, D-list celebs, tourism and much, much more.
During the noughties Paul took time out from his page proofs and marker pens to run a small hotel with his other half in the wilds of Exmoor. There he developed a range of skills including carrying cooked breakfasts, lying to unwanted guests and stopping leaks with old towels.
Now back, slightly befuddled, in the world of online journalism, Paul is thoroughly engaged with the modern world, regularly firing up his VHS video recorder and accidentally sending text messages to strangers using a chipped Nokia feature phone.
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