Eurobites: BT Climbs Aboard the SD-WAN Bandwagon

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: ARM hovers over Imagination deal; Sparkle banks on SMS growth; Ericsson teams up with Intel on 5G.

  • BT Group plc (NYSE: BT; London: BTA) has launched a new SD-WAN service, Agile Connect, that is powered by technology from the Nokia-owned Nuage Networks . The service uses SDN to determine the best route for traffic traveling across a customer's WAN, offering customers a portal through which they can prioritize applications or tweak their use of access services.

  • UK chip designer ARM Ltd. is waiting in the wings in case Imagination Technologies Group plc 's proposed £550 million (US$738.7 million) sale to the China-backed Canyon Bridge is vetoed by the government on security or other grounds, the Daily Telegraph reports. ARM, which was bought by Japan's SoftBank Corp. last year, does not want to get involved in a bidding war but is interested in "being a buyer of last resort,'' according to the report. (See Eurobites: Imagination Cashes In Its Chips With Canyon Bridge for £550M.)

  • Telecom Italia Sparkle , the international arm of Telecom Italia (TIM) , has combined with Telarix Inc. to launch a new SMS management offering aimed at IoT applications. According to an MEF study cited by TIM, messaging traffic is set to increase by more than 350% over the next five years, with application-to-peer (A2P) messaging driving the growth as IoT becomes increasingly part of the mainstream.

  • Sweden's Ericsson AB (Nasdaq: ERIC) says it has completed the first 5G 3.5GHz multivendor end-to-end Interoperability Developmental Test (IoDT) at a 5G field test in the Chinese capital of Beijing, in partnership with chip giant Intel Corp. (Nasdaq: INTC). Ericsson's 5G 3.5GHz radio prototype uses a range of technologies, including Massive MIMO, multi-user MIMO and beamforming.

  • Bricks-and-mortar mobile phone shops need to be increasingly on their game to compete with online sales channels and ultimately justify their existence on high-rent high streets. With this in mind, UK operator Three UK is offering a free in-store sign language service for deaf customers, who will be able to communicate with in-store staff via a video connection on an iPad that connects them to an interpreter.

  • Data breaches latest: Deloitte, the UK-based fancy-pants consultancy, has suffered a cyber attack that has exposed the supposedly private email addresses of some of its clients, the BBC reports, while in Finland, the personal data and lab test results of more than 6,000 people have leaked online, writes YLE.

    — Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

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