Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Orange to play a key role in "Smartseille"; OBS connects shipping crews; Huawei wins big in France.
BT Group plc (NYSE: BT; London: BTA)'s entire network will be IPv6-enabled by the end of 2016, according to a BBC report. The report says that about 1.5 million BT customers already use IPv6-ready hardware, while broadband/TV rival Sky has converted around 1 million customers to the new protocol. But who will have to shell out to replace the routers that need swapping out -- BT or its customers? We'll let you know when we know. (See A Jaded Journalist Views IPv4 News.)
Orange (NYSE: FTE) has been chosen to provide the digital infrastructure of "Smartseille," a massive real estate development in the southern French city of Marseille that is the prototype for the EcoCité Euroméditerranée program. Smartseille will include free WiFi coverage in public areas as well as a range of innovative services such as "e-concierge" systems.
In another corner of the Orange empire, Orange Business Services has launched Maritime Connect, a platform that allows shipping companies to integrate their fleet into the corporate network and provide Internet access for crew and applications. It can be used on ships equipped with any type of satellite communications systems, including Fleet Broadband, Iridium or VSAT systems.
Re: Orange As I understand it, Orange is simply providing the digital wherewithal for those behind the 'Smartseille' project to provide e-concierge systems, not actually providing them itself. There's some more detail on the planned development here: