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Eurobites: Vasona Banks $14.6M

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: French "white spaces" compensation plan gets EU approval; CityFibre bags long-haul customer; Bezeq taps into Devicescape's WiFi box-of-tricks.

  • Mobile network optimization specialist Vasona Networks Inc. has raised $14.6 million in a Series C round of funding from multiple investors, including high-profile VC firms Bessemer Venture Partners , New Venture Partners LLC and NexStar Partners. The new round, which will help fund the San Jose and Tel Aviv-based vendor's international expansion and further R&D efforts, takes Vasona's total funding to $48 million. Vasona, which has developed traffic management and analytics tools that help mobile operators gain visibility into their data traffic and manage network loads and flows accordingly, says it's working with a number of Tier 1 operators in four major cities, including London, where Telefónica UK Ltd. has been using its technology to boost performance on its O2 UK network. (See Vasona Raises $14.6M, Telefónica Taps Vasona to Improve London 3G and Vasona's Video Vision at MWC 2016.)

  • A French plan to compensate TV viewers who will need to buy special equipment so they can continue to watch free-to-air services once the authorities have reallocated TV frequency to wireless broadband services has been approved by the European Union. As Reuters reports, France intends to free up the 700MHz band for wireless broadband by June 2019. (See Is White Space the Right Space?)

  • CityFibre , the go-ahead UK fiber infrastructure provider, has signed up the first customer on its long-distance network running between the English towns of Reading and Slough, to the west of London. SSE Enterprise Telecom, a connectivity and colocation specialist, has agreed a 15-year dark fiber deal with CityFibre along the 48km stretch of network.

  • Bezeq, The Israel Telecommunications Corp. Ltd. (OTC: BZQIF) is tapping into Devicescape Software Inc. 's WiFi platform, which integrates public and private WiFi into a single "curated virtual network," for a service launch later this month. Devicescape has built up its network of WiFi hotspots in shops, cafés and other venues throughout the world that it connects users to through an app that scans for the best available connection. (See Bezeq Deploys Devicescape's WiFi Tech and Devicescape Adds Insights, Interactivity to WiFi.)

  • Nokia Corp. (NYSE: NOK) has launched its Passive Optical LAN (POL), which it says provides a less capital-intensive to traditional copper-based LANs. Nokia is targeting the offering at operators, enterprises, governments, healthcare and hospitality providers and higher education institutions. (See Nokia Unveils Passive Optical LAN Package.)

  • Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. has secured a contract to build a GSM-R train-to-ground communications system for Kenya's Mombasa-Nairobi railway line. Huawei has already bagged a number of similar deals elsewhere in Africa.

    — Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

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