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Eurobites: UK government finds £7M for rural connectivity trialsEurobites: UK government finds £7M for rural connectivity trials

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: OneWeb launches maritime service; Zain wants to get greener with Ericsson; Three UK and Jola strike business SIMs deal.

Paul Rainford

June 5, 2023

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Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: OneWeb launches maritime service; Zain wants to get greener with Ericsson; Three UK and Jola strike business SIMs deal.

  • The UK government is to lavish £7 million (US$8.6 million) – roughly the equivalent of what Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has spent on short-hop helicopter flights in the last three months – on trials of new ways of bringing together satellite, wireless and fixed-line connectivity as part of a wider plan to "unleash rural opportunity." It is hoped that farmers and tourism businesses in remote areas will be able to access faster and more reliable broadband as a result of the trials, with agriculture in particular being able to benefit from new technologies such as the use of drones to monitor crops and livestock.

  • OneWeb, the satellite broadband operator co-owned by the UK government and India's Bharti Global, is launching a "Try Before You Buy" maritime broadband service, offering download speeds of more than 100 Mbit/s. To prepare for the launch of the service, OneWeb and its partners have also developed a range of terminals available from maritime communications providers Intellian and Kymeta. OneWeb completed its "constellation" in March, with the launch of 36 satellites from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in India.

  • Middle Eastern operator Zain is teaming up with Ericsson to explore sustainability initiatives aimed at building more energy-efficient networks in the future. The two companies will also look at Zain becoming a part of Ericsson's global product take-back program, whereby the Swedish vendor retrieves its obsolete products from its customers and disposes of them safely.

  • Another part of the Zain empire, ZainTech, has signed a deal with Mastercard to create new data analytics offerings intended to streamline clients' operations and save them money, though details appear sketchy at present.

  • Mobile operator Three UK has partnered with mobile data specialist Jola to launch a range of unlimited business SIMs intended for the reseller channel.

  • Employees of the BBC and British Airways were among those affected by a hack of data being transferred by payroll provider Zellis via MOVEit, a file transfer software program. As Reuters reports, the provincial government of Nova Scotia, in Canada, was also a victim of the attack.

— Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

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Paul Rainford

Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

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, Paul has worked as a copy editor and sometime writer since the age of William Caxton, covering the design industry, D-list celebs, tourism and much, much more.

During the nougthies he 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 sending text messages to strangers using a chipped Nokia feature phone.

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