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Eurobites: ARM Buys Into 'Computer Vision'

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Nokia teams with Russia's MTS on 5G, IoT; connectivity in Nigeria; Queen's Speech sparks masts row in UK.

  • UK-based chip designer ARM Ltd. is to acquire Apical, a specialist in imaging and "computer vision" technology, for $350 million. ARM is banking on the acquisition accelerating its growth into the Internet of Things (IoT) market, in connected vehicles, robotics, security systems and the like. Computer vision technology is intended to allow devices to understand and act intelligently on information gleaned from their immediate environment.

  • Nokia Corp. (NYSE: NOK) has announced a collaboration agreement with Russian operator Mobile TeleSystems OJSC (MTS) (NYSE: MBT) covering IoT and 5G technologies. The companies will put a test network through its paces at an international sports event in Russia in 2018, with a focus on the implementation of what Nokia calls "LTE-Advanced Pro" features such as enhanced carrier aggregation and LTE Broadcast.

  • Airtel and Ericsson AB (Nasdaq: ERIC) are to address the growing demand for mobile broadband in Nigeria with the rollout of the Ericsson Radio System across the country. Eighty-three percent of mobile phone subscribers in Nigeria rely solely on their mobile device for Internet connectivity, according to an Ericsson Mobility Report.

  • Landowners in the UK are concerned that legislation being proposed in the Queen's Speech today will allow mobile companies to "ride roughshod" over the concerns of rural property owners, according to the Financial Times (subscription required). The proposals, which are intended to bolster the UK's digital infrastructure, will make it easier for mobile companies to access land for masts, and give them new rights to upgrade and share equipment.

  • The boss won't mind if I save these 5,000 holiday snaps to OneDrive, will she? A new study has revealed the not altogether surprising news that 70% of UK employees are using unauthorized cloud services at work, potentially putting their companies' IT systems at risk. And according to the research, commissioned by Cloudstanding.co.uk, the media industry is the worst offender, with 83% of employees using unauthorized services.

    — Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

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